Perry Noble has recently published a particularly troubling blog post over on his site in which he makes the audacious claim that Planned Parenthood is “acting more Christlike” than a certain group of Christians — particularly those boycotting Girl Scout cookies this year because they allegedly raised funds for Planned Parenthood. Now, without diving into whether or not the Girl Scouts actually funded Planned Parenthood, and without responding to the entire article (the blessed Professor James Duncan has done a far better than adequate job of that already), I want to explore two lines of thought that occurred to me upon reading the drivel that dripped from Noble’s page.
The first problem with Noble’s approach is that it is blatantly hypocritical. He states “far too many ‘Christians’ always seem to be obsessed with the sins of others way more than their own faults and failures.” Pardon me, Perry… but what exactly are you doing in your post? Variating on this theme just slightly, Perry accuses us pro-lifers (and I do mean us as a group separate from Noble) of reducing the term abortion to nothing more than a “sin category,” which presumably means something we use to beat up on people and prove our self-righteousness. Yet in his post he is the one reducing the seriousness of abortion.
He says “abortion carries a scar so deep that most people never fully recover[.]” But the problem that pro-life advocates have with abortion is not that it makes people unhappy later in life — although having “locked eyes” with women who had abortions, I can agree with Perry that it is a guilt that is carried throughout life. No, the problem we have with abortion is that it destroys one of the little children whom Christ bids us bring to Him. So attempting to defund Planned Parenthood is not an effort to climb into heaven on the backs of abortionists or the women they scar, but instead it is an attempt to save precious lives and prevent emotional damage. On the other hand, Perry, by reducing the serious nature of abortion and using his new definition to beat up on those who fight death, has found his stone rolling back down on himself. He is striking out at the pro-life movement, even questioning their commitment to Christ, based on his so-called “sin category.” The great sin, in Noble’s mind is not the Slaughter of the Innocents — it is John the Baptist criticizing Herod.
Secondly, Perry makes the unholy and revealing statement that “It really is sad when Planned Parenthood and The Girl Scouts are actually acting more Christ like than many of the people who are taking aim at them through this boycott!” Read that several times. He just said that Planned Parenthood — an organization which, if on track with recent statistics, has already destroyed the lives of 31,000 unborn children this year — is acting Christ like. I almost want to leave this without commentary, but I simply cannot. Try and fathom, if you dare, what perversity Perry must have been thinking to write this kind of nonsense. To call America’s number one abortion provider “Christ like” is more than enough to disqualify you from any sort of public ministry; this is borderline demonic. Newspringers should be outraged over this: Your pastor has given tacit approval to the culture of death, and blasphemed your God while doing so. Perry, from my cheeto-stained fingertips to your ears: Please, repent of this! Calling Planned Parenthood Christlike is equivalent of saying Yahweh would rather we worship Him like the pagans worship Molech! Even if you want to outright accept the ad hominem attack (many would say the lie!) leveled at the pro-life movement that we don’t do enough for women, then criticize our position in a manner fitting your position (of course, it also might help if your church staff didn’t interfere with adoption efforts). But for a pastor to confuse The Life with death is great and terrible blasphemy.
I’ll close by saying that if you attend Newspring and you care even in the slightest for your wellbeing, you must wrestle with what your pastor said in this post. You cannot be silent on it. You must either approve of his words or call him to repent. And if he does not repent? You ought to leave. Noble is unfit to be a pastor and if you have any concern for your eternal state you will not subject yourself to this nonsense any longer. And just as a note, there is absolutely no rejoicing here. I am grieving that a man this influential in the lives of so many people I care deeply about has strayed so far afield. I am praying desperately that the Lord would grant repentance to Perry, and to any who follow him in this matter. If you don’t attend Newspring, you should be praying for Noble. This man holds a lot of sway in the Evangelical Celebrity Industry, to borrow a phrase. To have him advancing such godless babble is representative of some of the spiritual winds sweeping America. We should urgently petition our Father that His Name once again be holy, and that His kingdom will once again come here among us.
Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Kyrie Eleision.