19 June 2012

Unleashing Perry Noble

Perry Noble, pastor of Newspring Church, finally is releasing his first book. Unleash! is due out in September of 2012 and it promises to deliver. Deliver what, exactly? Well, according to the website,
God doesn't want you to be a spectator of what He has done. He wants you to be a participant in what He is doing.
Embrace the promises that will define your future. Unleash the life that is more than you could possibly imagine.
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Sounds like there have been some mysteries hidden to Christians that have prevented them from reaching their full potential. This is precisely why God has sent Perry Noble to reveal and explain how to "embrace" God's promises and "unleash" an unimaginable life.

Unleash! already boasts quite a list of purpose-driven endorsements:



For the sake of time and space, let us look a bit more closely only at Robert Morris' endorsement above:
Perry Noble is one of the most gifted communicators I know with a true pastor’s heart. In Unleash!, he uncompromisingly deals with common life struggles while constantly emphasizing that we can only build God’s kingdom through His grace and His power. I am blessed to know Perry, and you will be blessed by the message the Lord has given him. (Source)
First, Morris states that "we can only build God's kingdom through His grace and His power." So, he's saying that we need God's help to build God's kingdom. Yet, who is it who builds God's kingdom? Is it you? Is it me? Is it Perry Noble or Robert Morris? Or is it God?

Also interesting is that Robert Morris here affirms that the Lord has spoken directly to Perry Noble to deliver the message of Unleash! Consequently, if anyone disagrees with or opposes anything in this book, then that one is opposing God Himself.

The Unleash! website provides a free sample of chapter 1, and it helps to quickly and clearly set the tone for this book. This one chapter alone provides a litany of misapplied and misused verses, each designed to convince the reader that God desires for him (or her) to live an "unleashed," abundant, exciting, exhilarating life.
God has called each one of us to embrace life, not merely to endure it. He wants us to have overwhelming victory (see Romans 8:37), to conquer sin and death (see 1 Corinthians 15:57), to not get tired of doing the right thing (see Galatians 6:9), and to make a difference rather than make excuses (see Acts 22:16). (Source)
Again, for the sake of time and space, let us look at only one of the above out-of-context verses. Noble says that God has called us to conquer sin and death, and then refers to 1 Corinthians 15:57, which reads:
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Most are probably familiar with the broader passage here, which speaks joyously of resurrection and of Christ's victory over death. Noble similarly has twisted Romans 8:37, implying that it is the Christian who is a conqueror, when the text clearly teaches that it is through Christ that the believer has victory, and that His work ensures that the powers of Satan and this world will not prevail.

By page 7, Perry Noble finally reveals the inspiration for this book, and that is the story of David. Of course, this is a favorite tale among the seeker-driven crowd, as hardly a year passes without each seeker-driven pastor delivering a revitalized sermon encouraging the crowd to be like David. The fact that the story of David is historical narrative and not a story to be allegorized and spiritualized matters little. Scripture is not nearly as fun if one cannot attempt to read himself back into the biblical text, after all.

About David, Noble says:
God knew that David’s life was filled with tremendous potential—David just needed to be unleashed from taking care of sheep so he could transition to leading a nation of people. (Source)
No, God chose to use David as an instrument for His purposes and glory. It had nothing to do with the "tremendous potential" that God supposedly saw inside of the young man.
The Lord was seeking to unleash David so he could do greater things than he ever could have imagined. The same is true for us.
(Source
Noble's choice of topics tends to make one wonder if he heard the message delivered by fellow Code Orange Revival speaker, Matt Chandler at the COR event in January. In his message, Chandler warned against preaching oneself into the biblical text and declared, "You're not David!" Perhaps Noble missed that evening of preaching.

But then, why should we be content with a dull, hum drum existence when we could be out slaying giants and ruling nations? Why settle for a quiet, peaceful life when you can be unleashed?

Why? Because everyone one of us is not a David or a Paul. Yet not one Christian ought to feel that he is missing out if his life is seemingly boring and colorless. God calls each one to a different task, a different place, a different status. Live your life and do your work unto the Lord and He will bless you as He chooses.
But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. (1 Thess. 4:10-12)
FURTHER READING
Which One of These is Just Like the Other?
"Code Orange" Speaker Perry Noble
Perry Noble Unleashed

6 comments:

  1. The narsisstic gospel at it's finest, laced with spiritual elitism and dominionist lite theology. What more could a guy ask for--a prayer cloth, oh please send out the prayer clothes.

    What a rude awakening these will have when they stand before Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world.

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  2. I find these people like to talk about themselves..a lot. And these books are all the same. God is just an add on, a personal life coach, you know someone to help YOU realize YOUR big dreams to make YOU great and unleash YOUR potential. Perry Noble's big dream was to lead a church of 1000 people. I wonder if he ever took the time to ask God what He wanted him to do?

    This What if

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  3. This might be a violation of the comment policy but Perry Noble is an idiot and his fans deserve him.

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    1. Well, I would prefer that we stay away from ad hominem attacks. Otherwise, we're resorting to the same tactics used by Noble and others.

      It does appear, though, that God is doing exactly as He promised He would - giving people preachers to scratch their itching ears.

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  4. A ten second look at Perry Noble while he is wild-eyed and spouting will give a reasonable person, much less a discerning Christian, ample reason to realize this dude needs to repent and be saved and ask God to exorcise and subdue whatever it is that Perry Noble has had "unleashed" already.

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  5. A mutual admiration society for false teachers

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