So many New$pringer’s parrot Perry Noble when they comment to me about my criticism of New$pring Church. I get messages all the time saying,” Lives are being changed, thousands are coming to Christ, and God is moving” as evidence that Perry Noble is a true man of God.
I fully agree that lives are being changed at New$pring Church. Only a fool would say that lives are not being changed because of Perry Noble. What we must look at is the nature of these changes and what actually changed because of New$pring Church and Perry Noble.
A new routine included in your busy schedule called church every Sunday.
A new sense of self worth, purpose, and direction.
Giving 10% from your gross income as directed by the church.
Setting aside time to volunteering for something within the church.
Talking about Jesus and the inviting people to church.
While the above are very positive changes(minus the 10% tithe lie), it does not mean the message being preached by Perry Noble is correct.
Questions about the new life change:
Has anything changed in your life changed outside of the things listed above?
Are you still doing the same old things(social events etc.) as before since this new life change?
Is there any conviction over what you are currently doing or have done?
Is there a burning desire for holy living and living in a manner that is pleasing to God?
Has your life really changed outside of going to church, volunteering, giving 10% of your income to the church, and talking about Jesus?
The dangers of this “life change” gospel is that it’s not exclusive only to the Christian church. Many people experience a life changes all the time. When a person decides to become Mormon(Please visit this site for some great info on Mormons) they go through a life change. This conversion to Mormonism produces a very positive change to an individual. I can argue that Mormons are some of the best people I have encountered in my life. They are faithful to their church, friendly and kind, faithful to their god, they live clean godly lives, and they strictly follow the Great Commission(Matthew 28:16-20). All of these qualities I listed about the Mormon’s would indicate that “God is moving” according to seeker-sensitive dogma. Another fact when adding Mormon’s to this “life change” evidence of “God is moving” is the enormous number of members in the LDS! Surely God must be blessing the Mormon’s because they have 1.)Huge numbers and successful churches 2.) Lives are being changed 3.) Mormon’s volunteer and worship God.
Any Mormon can say that lives are being changed, marriages are being restored, and people are coming to Christ by the thousands. The fact is lives are being changed because of the Mormon church. Does this mean Mormons are Christians because we can see life changes that reflect Christian values?
There is power in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the center of that power is the atonement wrought by the Savior of the World. “Understanding the Atonement of Christ and its relationship to our eternal existence is the greatest knowledge we can have in support of our quest to return to God, our Eternal Father.”(source)
If we base God’s blessings and evidence of salvation on the “seeker-sensitive” definition of regeneration, then we miss the point of the Gospel. Just because we have a life change does not mean this change was because the Holy Spirit. The evidence of a life change the Holy Spirit’s gives go far beyond just attending church, inviting people to church, and giving money to the church. The life change that God gives disrupts our love of the world, disrupts our love of self, and the things that are contrary to holy living. God’s life change sometimes causes problems with our family and friends because it changes us from the inside out. This new birth gives us conviction over sin and makes us sorrowful when we walk in sin. True salvation does not enable us to walk in the old ways while making excuses that it’s ok because we proclaim the name of Jesus. True salvation is not found in a program, alter call, saying,”Repeat after me, Jesus I accept you“, in a church denomination, etc… it is only by the drawing of the Holy Spirit through the preaching of the true Word of God.
So I ask again, has your life really changed outside of going to church, volunteering, giving 10% of your income to the church, and talking about Jesus?
Does sin bother you?
Is Jesus the Lord of your entire life or just the parts of it that make you feel good?
Matthew 7:21-23 (NASB)
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’