Many people are quick to say that Newspring is a cult, and I am one of them. Yet that statement seems a bit too bold to declare without a further look into who is running this movement. In the same way that we all should have probably looked deeper into Invisible Children's Kony 2012 movement against the LRA, so should I look equally as hard into what the real story is here.
The best place to begin is easy: a man named Perry Noble, a 'pastor' who is not really a pastor. You can see the controversy runs deep on the many Youtube videos that this man and Newspring in general are involved in. People always complain about haters -- but if the man was really so great, why would there be so many? I think that often society doesn't get credit for being able to accurately feel out the general correctness in a situation. No one is perfect, but I don't think that there is any way there could be so many complaints if everything that was going on at this 'church' was completely okay. And so I challenge it. I have that right -- and I invite everyone else to challenge it too, instead of following blindly.
I think that lots of people are looking for a leader in times when there aren't many to follow. Moreover, they are looking for the support of having a church to go to. And inviting people is a great way to get more people to ome. However, going to Newspring is just not the way to do it. But I wonder how many people just go there because their friends go. I have no idea. I just wanted to understand what made this one guy tick. And so I did some digging. Here's what I found:
Here's my first complaint. It's about the tithe. Noble takes this to an extreme level and distorts Bible verse to the point where, as one commenter/reviewer put it, God is portrayed as a mobster where you'd better pay your 10% off the or you'll get blown away. I have always had an issue with churches begging for money. The Catholic one I go to does it too. It is a nice gesture though, to be so generous. But when you feel guilty for not being able to afford your tithe, I don't think that's right. Here's a news flash -- God doesn't give a crap about money. What's he going to do with it? I think that the most important part here is lost -- the part about having a relationship with the Lord, and really praying often and bettering yourself as a person by reading and learning from scripture. God wants devotion, not money, in my eyes.
From a related link on the first video, I found another that I found pretty disturbing. One person had commented on the tithe video saying:
"You know what? Perry has a passion for God's people and he loves all people. He is getting bashed all the time because he is doing the work for the Lord. People who work for Satan don't get bashed! Perry, we love you and Newspring. God has poured out His blessings on Newspring and we are all happy and blessed to be a part of it. Praise the Lord!"
Well, the next clip I watched spoke otherwise. While watching, think, would I want this man to be leading me in my journey to become closer with Christ?
"I don't have time" is a bullshit excuse. If people want to know their pastor, they should be entitled to that, whether you have time or not, and whether you want to or not. What kind of self-righteous twat that calls himself a pastor would refuse the company of his congregation? I don't give a fuck if your 'congregation' is 8 million people -- you started this, so see it through. BE THERE for those people.
And thus if I were considering Newspring, I would consider the people running it. Just because your friends go and you like the music or whatever the reason is that you go, look into it a little bit farther. You at least owe that to yourself, rather than following blindly. I know I sure don't want to be following this twat down some mystery path.
What do you expect in a pastor/priest? How do you feel about Newspring in general?