Oh, by the way, the title of this post is not just some sensationalist attempt to attract readers nor is it a personal observation. Rather, it is my professional opinion.
For those of you that don't know, Perry Noble is the CEO, not pastor, of New Spring Church. The church is one of those seeker sensitive type churches that preaches easy believism and "cheap grace". Frankly, the man couldn't preach his way out of a wet paper sack but his "sermons" are light on truth and non-confrontational so that makes him attractive to people who don't want the truth.
Anyway, on his recent blog post, he opines:
I know SO many people who really don’t have a problem with Jesus…but they have major problems with the church, and so because of that they simply refuse to receive “the product” (Jesus) because of who/what is associated with Him (the church.).
First of all, that is one of the single, most pedantic statements I've ever heard. Jesus, the Lord and Savior, the Lamb of God, the Second Person of the Godhead, is here reduced to a "product"? Are you kidding me? Secondly, we are reduced from being ambassadors for the gospel proclaiming salvation through the name of Christ for those who repent of their sins to the position of wearing little paper hats and plastic name tags saying "Would you like fries with that?" If this man is even saved he obviously has no clue whatsoever about the gospel.
People don't reject Christ because of Christians. They reject Christ because they "suppress the truth in unrighteousness" (Romans 1:8) and "those who perish...did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved" (II Thess 2:10). Further, Jesus is not a Big Mac or McDLT with His hot side staying hot and His cool side staying cool and you can either get Him or run down the road to Burger Bar and get something else. Jesus is the Lord of hosts, the King of kings, and you will either repent of your sins and confess Him as your Savior or you will burn in hell for all eternity. Period.
We can't afford to water down the gospel as this man obviously would like us to do. There are people who need to hear about Jesus. Have you told anyone today?