Alcoholic Pastor, Perry Noble, Says He Will Return To Ministry


Not so fast, says Jeff Maples of Pulpit & Pen.  “Let’s be clear,” he warns, “if God is ever going to use Perry Noble for ministry, the first thing Perry Noble is going to have to do is repent.”  What sins has he committed that he must repent of?  According to Maples, for sinning against God and “misrepresenting him all those years he was pretending to be a pastor.” Likewise, “He needs to repent for all of his false teachings. He needs to repent for leading countless thousands upon thousands of his followers astray, away from the truth and into the darkness. He needs to repent to his family for being a hypocrite, a liar, and a bad leader. And he needs to turn to Jesus Christ in full faith and submit himself to the absolute final authority of Scripture and find a solid, bible-believing church to submit to for teaching and training in righteousness.”

Maples has more on the disgraced pastor’s return to ministry.  He writes:

perry-noble-2Perry Noble recently told his Facebook followers that he has completed alcoholic rehab, and would return to ministry–eventually. Noble, the man who is credited with single-handedly building the seeker-friendly Southern Baptist megachurch, Newspring, in Anderson, SC, was fired from his church. Noble is well known for his faulty biblical exposition, unsound theology, and an anger streak that could bring out the worst in anyone. He says,

I spent 30 days in a treatment facility in Arizona from mid-July until mid-August. Being in that place allowed me to come face to face with issues from my past as well as my current struggle, and placed me in a place to successfully overcome my overmedication via alcohol.

Apparently, after years of battling alcoholism and hiding it from his congregation, he now believes that the 30 days he spent in rehab in Arizona, (incidentally, the same state that another befallen pastor, Mark Driscoll, reignited his failed ministry) is enough to set him back on path for his own ignoble return to ministry.

Currently, he has given himself over to his therapist, John Walker, who is also an ordained pastor. Perry says, “Per John’s request, I will not be posting on social media or responding to any sort of comments until he says I can do otherwise.”

John Walker has been my therapist for around seven years now and I hold him in highest regard. In those seven years I’ve allowed him to speak into me; however, I am now humbly submitting myself to him and giving him authority over me as I believe he will serve as my pastor, my psychologist and my spiritual formations director in this next season.

Now, I’m not sure if what he says next is a result of his years of intoxication, or if he’s simply playing some kind of mind game, but he goes on to say,

I can honestly say I am excited about the future God has for me and my family. The one thing I keep hearing from Him over and over again is that He is not finished with me.

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Perry Noble removed as pastor at NewSpring — GreenvilleOnline

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8 Responses to Alcoholic Pastor, Perry Noble, Says He Will Return To Ministry

  1. Manny1962 September 8, 2016 at 11:59 am #

    “over medication by alcohol”………,.. I’m pretty sure the bible calls this drunkeness! Where’s the brokenness? All I’m getting is pity-party, thou shall not judge me……….. If he’s honest about repenting and following Christ, he will not return to the pulpit, as a former “leader” he must get right with his victims, his family and most of all ask for forgiveness from The Lord. Teachers, or those that act as one will be held to a stricter judgement, he knows the score.

  2. Nellie September 8, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

    “finished with doing what” is what he should be asking more correctly.
    I hear that so many times and it always is relayed as “ministry.”
    Maybe it is chastising, or correction, or the most difficult to get from these preachers – humility.

    My guess is he misses the good size paycheck.

  3. Joe Lopez III September 8, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

    Johnny Walker is his therapist? Uhmm?

    • Manny1962 September 8, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

      You can’t make this stuff up. I feel sorry for his family and his former parishioners, maybe it’s been a wake up call not only to this man, but those that followed him.

  4. Sheila Beers September 8, 2016 at 10:14 pm #

    Why are the critics (well meaning as they are) so hung up on whether or not a so-called pastor has repented? If the man was promoting false teaching, perhaps he really did not know the Lord as his Savior, did not accept the Bible as God’s inerrant Word, and, of course, was not called into the ministry in the first place!

    It seems a good place to start is to ascertain what the person believes about salvation by faith and about the Bible being the Word of God and THEN addressing the person’s “falling from grace” — if he does profess to know the Lord.

  5. Manny1962 September 11, 2016 at 10:24 pm #

    1 Timothy 3:8

    “7Furthermore, he must have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the snare of the devil. 8Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued or given to much wine or greedy for money. 9They must hold to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.…

    Does he meet those standards to be in office?

  6. stephen September 12, 2016 at 6:17 pm #

    “In those seven years I’ve allowed him to speak into me; however, I am now humbly submitting myself to him and giving him authority over me as I believe he will serve as my pastor, my psychologist and my spiritual formations director in this next season.”

    So apparently when someone ‘speaks into you’ you don’t have to do anything. Seems to me that this is just another false teacher who got caught use this as a way to jump right back into the mix without real repentance or long term proof that the problem is fixed.

    Just saying “Trust but Verify”.

  7. Stephanie June 23, 2020 at 5:04 pm #

    I do remember a verse in the Bible that says “judge not lest ye be judged”. He was wrong to overindulge in alcohol. Then again Ye without sin may cast the first stone. Maybe the man had faith in Jesus and after the nightmares from being molested became more than he could bare. If you haven’t been molested how can you judge what a person does to cope? I have been in that position and let me tell you, I went wild. I couldn’t deal with everything going on. I tried to commit suicide cause I wanted to escape from my life and didn’t care if I went to heaven or hell. It really messes with your mind. I pray for all those that are quick to judge (don’t forget you will be judged by God) and cast the first stone even without walking in someone else’s shoes.