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We here at DefCon (as well as our brothers and sisters at other sites, such as Ken Silva and Ingrid Schlueter) use the written Word of God as the rule and basis for everything we believe about God and how one is to worship Him. For that, we are constantly accused of being “Pharisees” by those who would lead the Body of Christ away from the clear teachings of Scripture, and into areas which are questionable (at best) and/or heretical (at worst).

Well, here’s my question–what exactly does it mean to be a “Pharisee”? Are we justly accused as Pharisees by the Seeker-Driven™/Purpose-Driven™, “Let’s all just get along in unity” church-goer who does not dare speak for fear that it may offend someone? Or is there a more accurate description of a Pharisee? Let us examine the issue.(source)

Please visit Defending.Contending to read the rest of this well written article that explains from the Bible the characteristics of a Pharisee.


Confusion_of_TonguesI want to explain why I call the emergent church the Seeker-Sensitive Purpose Driven Church for the Carnal Nature of Mankind.

Seeker-sensitive– This refers to the goal of the emergent church. They are sensitive to the needs of the unchurched. On the surface there is nothing wrong with being “sensitive” to the needs of the lost. We should go out and be Jesus to the world in love and truth. The emergent church takes this way too far in how they cater the church to the lost and trample the Bible’s clear commandments about not loving the world (1 John 2:14-161 John 2:15-17, James 4:3-5). They are so relevant to society that the Word of God is irrelevant. The biblical way of spreading the Gospel is deemed old by them, therefore they think God needs their works to help spread His Word.

Purpose Driven–  We hear so much about vision from these leaders. Vision is what drives these people as they project their goals for the church. This is the burning desire that makes this movement tick. I’m not saying that this aspect is bad; on the contrary, I view it as very good. We all need to cast vision; however, that vision must be grounded in the Word of God.

Carnal Nature of Mankind– This refers to our sin nature, our love of the world, our love of evil, our natural rebellion against God, and how we, as humans, want to be a god. The Seeker-Sensitive Purpose Driven Church for the Carnal Nature of Mankind transforms the church into a circus of bait-and-switch, creating an atmosphere of deception in order to appeal to the lost. The leaders of this movement do not believe the Gospel is enough to reach the lost anymore. They believe that we must cater to the world by using anything the world deems popular to attract people into the church where they can meet Jesus. They rely upon themselves to be the vessel to lead people to the church rather than simply following the Bible’s example of going out witnessing the good news of Christ and making disciples of new believers (Matthew 28:18-20). By appealing to the carnal nature of mankind, these seeker-sensitive relevant pastors omit the offensiveness the Gospel is to the world (Matthew 10:32-36) by replacing it with stage shows, gimmicks, contests, sex talk, marriage counseling, pep talks, financial planning, etc… using anything to lure people into the church. They substitute the power of the Holy Spirit to convict and draw mankind unto Himself with a new relevant power of human reason. They accomplish this goal by creating and using very well thought out programs, relevant sermon series, professional sounding bands, and simply urging people to say “Jesus” as the new way to win souls to Christ (2 Timothy 4:2-4).

The Gospel is offensive to our carnal nature because it tells us that we are unable to redeem ourselves and that we must be saved by the one method that God established for us. The Gospel shows man as depraved and incapable without God’s conviction even to understand that he is lost  (1 Corinthians 2:13-15). The natural man cannot seek God (Romans 3:10-12). These two facts alone are very offensive to the unchurched because it stats that we as humans:

  1. We are sinful (evil) by nature, therefore no one is good and worthy of Heaven.
  2. We cannot save ourselves by good works, simply saying, “Jesus” (Matthew 7:21-23), or by volunteering.
  3. It is the Holy Spirit that draws us to Himself and not mankind that comes to God by our own merits.

The emergent church appeals to the carnal nature of mankind by ignoring the Bible’s clear commandments about the world (Romans 12:1-3, Galatians 6:13-15, Ephesians 2:1-3, Colossians 2:6-9, Titus 2:11-13, James 4:3-5, Ephesians 5:4). It is appealing because it allows mankind to make his own rules thus telling God what is good enough for God. In other words, they allow man to become as a god by changing what God said in order to suit mankind’s needs and wants. The Seeker-Sensitive Purpose Driven Church for the Carnal Nature of Mankind allows mankind to remain in the pit of the world just because the name of Jesus is proclaimed. As long as people profess the name of Jesus, and the church is growing, it is evidence to the Seeker-Sensitive Purpose Driven Church for the Carnal Nature of Mankind that God must be blessing them because of their new methods. This new twist on the old sinful nature of mankind is just as appealing today as it was thousands of years ago. The only things that have changed is the terminology and technology.

An age old sin problem

Universal Language, Babel, Confusion

1 Now the whole earth 1used the same language and 2the same words.

2   It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land aof Shinar and 1settled there.

3   They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used atar for mortar.

4   They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top awill reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves ba name, otherwise we cwill be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

5   aThe Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.

6   The Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have 1athe same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be 2impossible for them.

7   “Come, alet Us go down and there bconfuse their 1language, so that they will not understand one another’s 1speech.”

8   So the Lord ascattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city.

9   Therefore its name was called 1aBabel, because there the Lord confused the 2language of the whole earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth. [1]

When I was pondering writing this blog, the Tower of Babel came to mind when I thought about the foundation of the Seeker-Sensitive Purpose Driven Church for the Carnal Nature of Mankind. I see a striking resemblance in these two man-made accomplishments.

Attitude– The old Satanic lie (Genesis 3:1-5) of “we can be like God” is seen in both the Tower of Babel and the Seeker-Sensitive Purpose Driven Church for the Carnal Nature of Mankind. The builders of the Tower of Babel were working to reach Heaven by their own rules. They had vision, and they were united in their goal to reach Heaven. They followed their leader’s vision to its end without question. Does this sound familiar?

Sin– The people building this city did wondrous works that were appealing to the people. This was from the desire of man to reach God by man’s methods vs. God’s way to Him. The builders sought to reach God by their rules and by their works. They expected God to accept them because of their works. If they did not expect God to accept them, then why did they build this tower to Heaven?

We will- In spite of what God said in His Word, the leaders of the Seeker-Sensitive Purpose Driven Church for the Carnal Nature of Mankind insist that because of their leadership lives are being changed. The attitude of “we will lead, lives are being changed because of our work, and people are coming to Christ” overrides God’s commandments.  The problem here is the “we” attitude. These leaders ignore God when God’s Word condemns their actions but uplift God’s Word when it suits their own visions. This reminds me of “They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” The leaders of the emergent church say,” Come, let us build a church that is relevant, a church that will use culture to lead people to Jesus, we shall make a name for ourselves by reaching out to the world using everything popular, otherwise the people will never know Jesus because of all the religious church people who do nothing because they are set in the old ways.

All the good works the emergent church does, all the thousands of numbers of confessions stating “Jesus,” all the grand buildings, and all the volunteers do not pardon these churches from the condemnation God’s Word puts upon them and their love of the world. God clearly told us not to love the world and not to mix light with darkness (Philippians 2:14-16). The outcome of the emergent church is confusion just like what happened at the Tower of Babel. God’s Word is there in front of them, but they choose to ignore it in favor of man’s wisdom.

1Lit was one lip

2Or few or one set of words

aGen 10:10; 14:1; Dan 1:2

1Lit dwelt

aGen 14:10

aDeut 1:28; 9:1; Ps 107:26

bGen 6:4; 2 Sam 8:13

cDeut 4:27

aGen 18:21; Ex 3:8; 19:11, 18, 20

1Lit one lip

aGen 11:1

2Lit withheld from

aGen 1:26

bGen 42:23; Ex 4:11; Deut 28:49; Is 33:19; Jer 5:15

1Lit lip

aGen 11:4; Ps 92:9; Luke 1:51

1Or Babylon; cf Heb balal, confuse

aGen 10:10

2Lit lip

[1]New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Ge 11:1-9). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.


#4 – The “Keep Everyone Happy” Leader.
You will NEVER please everyone in your church…


AND…the thing I’ve learned is that when people are upset they are usually the loudest…which makes them seem like the majority.

One of the problems that exist today in church world is that very few people are willing to LEAD…to have convictions and stand up for them…no matter who gets pissed off. Perry Noble (source)

BTW…why is it that many of the reformed guys are complete @$$holes?  Did God REALLY call them to pick apart verb tenses and voice intonations of speakers who don’t say things exactly right or don’t use a particular word order? Perry Noble (source)

I am amazed at how little value is placed upon the Word of God by many people in the seeker-sensitive emergent church movement. One glaring example of this is seen in their speech and how they openly use filthy language without any regard to the Bible’s condemnation of filthy speech. In the ever-shifting sands of relevance and the need to appeal to the world, emergent church business CEOs like Perry Noble of NewSpring Church place the Bible on the back burner in order to reach out and be relevant to the unchurched. Not only do men like Perry Noble transform the church from a place of teaching the whole council of God into an entertainment stage show, but they also change the meaning of what is considered Christian living by their antics and gimmicks. In order to defend their open rebellion and sin, they call people like me “Pharisee” and “religious” because we strive to obey God’s clear commandments found in the Bible concerning our walk in this world as children of the King.

James 1:19-27

19 1This ayou know, bmy beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, cslow to speak and dslow to anger;

20   for athe anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

21   Therefore, aputting aside all filthiness and all 1that remains of wickedness, in 2humility receive bthe word implanted, which is able to save your souls.

22   aBut prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

23   For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his 1natural face ain a mirror;

24   for once he has looked at himself and gone away, 1he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.

25   But one who looks intently at the perfect law, athe law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but 1an effectual doer, this man will be bblessed in 2what he does.

26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not 1abridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.

27   Pure and undefiled religion ain the sight of our God and Father is this: to bvisit corphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained 1by dthe world.

The Scriptures are very clear in passages like James 1:19-27. God knows we are not perfect, but this does not pardon us to sin all because we are not the model of perfection. Our walk with Christ should be close to Him, ever striving to be more like Him. Jesus wants us to be holy, humble, and an example to those who do not know Jesus. Jesus wants children who obey Him. We should not use Him, Jesus, as an excuse to sin all because we are not perfect.

I would think that not speaking filth from the pulpit stage, in blogs, and in our conversations would be a very simple command to follow and understand. Yet again, I am amazed by many in the Seeker-sensitive Purpose Driven Church for the Carnal Nature of Mankind who openly scoff at the Scriptures concerning filthy speech. If they cannot get this simple interpretation correct, then how can they understand the deeper teachings of the Scriptures? This is very basic Christian teachings that even small children can understand but Pastors Perry Noble and Brad Cooper struggle with.

With God the end does not justify the means. If God was not concerned with our speech, then why did He even bother to tell us about our sinful nature and our tongue? Repentance from sin is remorse when we sin. Rebellion is continuing in sin with no remorse.

1Or Know this

a1 John 2:21

bActs 1:15; James 1:2, 16; 2:1, 5, 14; 3:1, 10; 4:11; 5:12, 19

cProv 10:19; 17:27

dProv 16:32; Eccl 7:9

aMatt 5:22; Eph 4:26

aEph 4:22; 1 Pet 2:1

1Lit abundance of malice

2Or gentleness

bEph 1:13; 1 Pet 1:22f

aMatt 7:24–27; Luke 6:46–49; Rom 2:13; James 1:22–25; 2:14–20

1Lit the face of his birth; or nature

a1 Cor 13:12

1Lit and he

aJohn 8:32; Rom 8:2; Gal 2:4; 6:2; James 2:12; 1 Pet 2:16

1Lit a doer of a work

bJohn 13:17

2Lit his doing

1Or control

aPs 39:1; 141:3; James 3:2–12

aRom 2:13; Gal 3:11

bMatt 25:36

cDeut 14:29; Job 31:16, 17, 21; Ps 146:9; Is 1:17, 23

1Lit from

dMatt 12:32; Eph 2:2; Titus 2:12; James 4:4; 2 Pet 1:4; 2:20; 1 John 2:15–17

[1]New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Jas 1:19-27). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

The love of the world runs deep within the inner workings of NewSpring Church in SC. It’s really disturbing to know that NewSpring Church’s Greenville Campus Children’s Minister Pudge Huckaby openly defends listening to filthy language (See the picture) and justifies it by making it an outreach to hurting people. Where is the discernment from right and wrong? How can such worldly filth be used to reach people when God clearly said in His Word to be separate? 2 Corinthians 6:16-18

Here are some examples taken from Mr. Huckaby. I want you to truly ponder the example Pudge Huckaby is setting for the children who go to NewSpring Church. Ask yourself what kind of fruit will grow as Pudge waters their minds with the things of the world?

“One of the things that DRIVES me in CM is that I want to expose as many kids as I can to the unconditional, unfailing, unmeasurable love of Jesus Christ!

I want them to KNOW and FEEL God’s love in such a way that it over powers the pain that the world cuts them with! So many of us are sheltered and ignorant when it comes to the “real life” stories that children go through today.” source

Pay attention to how Pudge is setting up his defense. He starts off by talking about the unconditional love of Christ. Christ’s love for us is unconditional, but living for Christ does have conditions because God told us not to love the world.

Notice the emphasis on “knowing and feeling” God’s love. Pudge then proceeds to label anyone who speaks out against his carnality as being sheltered and ignorant. This is a good setup to ignore critics because Pudge immediately painted a picture of us as:

1.) Not understanding the unconditional love of Christ.

2.) We are sheltered and ignorant to the real world.

To help me prove this point, I want to look at a popular rap song, but before I dig in…(source)

Instead of going to the Word of God, Pudge proceeds to dig into popular culture for his defense.

YES, I LOVE RAP MUSIC! And (not to chase a white rabbit here but…) I LOVE EMINEM’S music too, and many others that say “bad words” in their music! And before many of you FREAK OUT because a Children’s Pastor just said he liked “bad music,” let me explain!

I love their music because it is packed with EMOTION and tells a story! They pour their hearts out and (if you listen hard enough) you will be exposed to a reality that most Christians miss because they are too busy being a “Pharisee” rather than a Christ follower. They tell the story of a broken heart, a broken world, and help me to remember the reality of what it feels like to be lost & without hope! (source)

Now we get to the heart of Pudge’s defense for rap. The bottom line is Pudge loves rap music no matter how filthy the words, how foul the message, no matter how explicit the sexual the content, etc… Pudge loves the world far more than he loves the Word of God! Romans 12:1-3

It’s amazing how he just lumps us as Pharisee and not Christ followers if we speak out against the poison he is teaching. I would like to know which Christ Pudge is following because that Jesus Christ is not found in the Word of God. My Jesus taught us not to love the world(1 John 2:15-16). My Jesus would never defend the worldly filth coming from people like Pudge Huckaby(Col 3:8). My Jesus loves the lost who are without salvation because He died for them, therefore He redeems them to a new life in Him by separating them from their past sins(2 Corinthians 5:16-18). My Jesus told us not to love the world(James 4:4) and not to be taken captive by it (Col 2:8). So which Jesus is Pudge following?

Now, after reading those lyrics you are thinking one of two things…

  1. How could I listen to such music
  2. How can I help

If you are thinking the first, I’m sorry I let you down. I’ll work harder to continue to care more about where God is leading me than what makes you feel “safe”

If you are thinking the second, I’m with you!

The thing that catches me about this song is that its someones STORY! It’s many peoples STORY! And tragically many times, the 1st thoughts we have as believers has more to do with condemning them and their story than finding ways to pour out the love of Christ on them…no matter their situation.

With all this, verses like James 1:27 have been sticking with me HARD lately! (source)

In this statement Pudge gives us a glimpse into his heart. We see the arrogance, rebellion, and prideful attitude coming from him as he defends his rebellion(Jude 1:17-19). It’s amazing how he ends this using James 1:27 as a defense. Clearly Pudge Huckaby has been corrupted and taken captive by the world. His own words are a testimony to this sad fact.

There’s something brewing in me with this. There are single mom’s, homeless children & tragic stories EVERYWHERE in our communities! Day after day they are longing for hope, dying for love and begging that someone would show them the love that Christ has POURED out on us IN HIS MERCY!!

They are waiting for a happy ending…

I have a dream…(source)

What’s brewing in Pudge is rebellion and sin. This is a classic example of the blind leading the blind. The end result of Pudge’s seeker-sensitive-purpose-driven vision is rebellion and having a form of godliness but denying God’s power to change us.

2 Timothy 3:1-7 (New International Version)

2 Timothy 3

Godlessness in the Last Days

1But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

6They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.

I’ll again refer to the Pilgrim’s blog “When the world’s your mistress” as a source to expand on this blog. The Pilgrim lays a solid defense for the Word of God exposing people like Pudge Huckaby who only want to mix the world with the Word. In the end, the world overpowers the Word and it is evident in the testimonies of these worldly pastors.

In all fairness, Pudge is just the fruit of Perry Noble’s preaching and teaching.

If anyone from NewSpring Church reads this blog, I really hope that you ponder what I have been saying about NewSpring’s leadership. The end result of NewSpring’s teachings are sin and rebellion. The final result is a church where there is no difference between it and the world except they attach the name “Jesus” to everything in sight.

“Worldly preachers seem to go out of their way to put their carnal expertise on display—even in their sermons. In the name of connecting with “the culture” they want their people to know they have seen all the latest programs on MTV; familiarized themselves with all the key themes of “South Park”; learned the lyrics to countless tracks of gangsta rap and heavy metal music; and watched who-knows-how-many R-rated movies. They seem to know every fad top to bottom, back to front, and inside out. They’ve adopted both the style and the language of the world—including lavish use of language that used to be deemed inappropriate in polite society, much less in the pulpit. They want to fit right in with the world, and they seem to be making themselves quite comfortable there. John MacArthur(source)

Tim Conway pretty much sums up the problem with many of the seeker-sensitive think tanks of today. Too many times emergent pastors want to flirt with the limits of sin. They are ever striving to get as close to the sin line as possible in order to reach out to the world with relevance. Many times these seeker sensitive Christians just keep moving the line farther and farther down the road until they are consumed by the love of the world.

This is a short video that sums up the attitude we should have as Christians about sin and not loving the world. Minimal Morality? Just go back to the world! – Tim Conway