Hundreds of supporters of the popular NewSpring Church in South Carolina that announced the firing of its founding and Senior Pastor Perry Noble on Sunday, due to his alcoholism and other "unfortunate choices and decisions," launched a petition Wednesday to have him reinstated, but Noble doesn't endorse the move.
"This petition was started to show Pastor P that we, as church members, friends, family, and others are standing with and praying for him in this difficult time. We all love him and want him to get the help he needs," said the petition launched Wednesday, seeking 100,000 signatures.
"Let it also be known that once Perry Noble has conquered this storm, with God's amazing grace, we want to see him reinstated as senior pastor. No one is perfect. We are all sinners in need of God's forgiveness. Perry needs our support and our prayers. All things are possible though Christ Jesus. If you have taken the time to sign this petition thank you and God bless. Let's make Perry Noble great again!" it ended. more >>
Why do they fall? They fall for the same reason that all Christians fall. Each of us are drawn away by our own evil desires and enticed. When these desires are acted upon, they lead to sin (cf. James 1:14-15).
Sin has a life cycle — it either grows or withers depending on whether we feed or starve it.
John Owen, the prolific Puritan author wrote, "Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you." more >>
Perry Noble has reemerged on social media following his firing as pastor of NewSpring Church due to issues related to alcohol abuse, and revealed that he is checking into a treatment facility, and will fight for his family.
Noble said in a Facebook video on Wednesday that he is grateful for the "unbelievable support" that he has received this week as news of his firing spread through the South Carolina megachurch congregation, noting that he "felt those prayers."
"I want to say to everyone at NewSpring Church that I am sorry that I allowed a dependency on alcohol — I ran to it rather than to Jesus for my comfort, and that was wrong and I am sorry. I am going to do whatever it takes to make it right," Noble said. more >>
NEW YORK — Influential evangelical leaders throughout the U.S. will fly to Washington, D.C. this weekend to join a crowd of as many as 1 million Christians to pray and worship together for the nation.
Inspired by Nick Hall, founder of PULSE, "Together 2016" is a prayer and evangelism movement to empower the church and awaken the culture to Jesus. Americans are being urged to unite on the National Mall, July 16, to offer prayer that God will change the hearts of individuals and thus change the nation.
"It's a gathering for all people to come together under the banner of Jesus. The only agenda is Jesus," Hall told The Christian Post. "It's the church from all backgrounds — Lutherans, Catholics, Pentecostals. It's going to be worship, it's going to be prayer, and it's going to be lifting up Jesus and praying that He changes our hearts individually. We're talking about a reset in our lives and ultimately a reset in this generation. We really believe that there's a heart issue and that God wants our heart." more >>
Jamal Bryant, pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland, called out church leaders for their absence from the Black Lives Matter movement Monday, charging that it's the first civil rights movement in America that isn't being led by the Church.
"We cannot diminish or presume that this is a colorblind society. It is not," said Bryant. "Race is a real issue that has to be dealt with and discussed as we move forward. But the thing that I really relish in this dialogue is historians long after us will footnote that this [Black Lives Matter] is the very first movement of civil rights in America not led by the Church.
"It's the very first time that clergy are not on the frontlines. And the absence of spiritual mobilization is evident in how it is that we move, how it is that we perceive," he added. "I want to speak to clergy, black and white, if you want to heal America and change a generation, take your robe off and go hit the street corner and do something that is gonna change where it is that we are going." more >>
When Preston Ulmer set out for Colorado with missions on his heart, one of his first stops was at a coffee shop in Denver's Highlands neighborhood.
Quite randomly he asked the guy behind the counter, Trax, who happened to be the owner: "What kind of church would you want to go to?"
The owner laughed and said "Oh, I'm not religious" — he identifies as an atheist — but then said he would consider attending a church where people were not pushed away for asking questions and for believing different things, a place where they could actively engage their minds with pastors. more >>