Former Megachurch Minister Refuses to Exclude Profanity From Social Media Post: ‘I Will Not Sanitize This’

ANDERSON, S.C. — A former megachurch pastor who says he has been struggling with guilt since being fired last year due to problems with alcohol abuse recently refused to exclude profanity from a social media post that transparently expressed how badly he feels about his sins and the consequences of his choices. His language has generated a variety of reactions, including concern from those who note that profanity is not to proceed from the mouths of those who profess Christ.

“I know it’s harsh, but I will not sanitize this article to appease those who may be offended at the language and want a scrubbed and safe version of Christianity that simply doesn’t work for the world!” Perry Noble of NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina recently wrote on social media.

He told followers, repeating the phrase numerous times throughout the post, that he woke up one morning and thought to himself that he was a “worthless piece of [expletive].”

Noble said that as the thought entered his mind, “guilt, condemnation and shame” overwhelmed him, reminding him of the consequences of his sins.

“The fact I was fired from a job I love for abusing alcohol. The fact I lost friendships I thought I would always have in my life. The fact my wife left me and we are still separated, and I am a failure as a husband and father. The fact I have limited time with my daughter, and feel I have let her down in so many ways. All of this because of horrible personal choices I made!” he lamented.

Repeating the expletive again, Noble said that the phrase hung over him throughout the day.

“I literally thought I was going crazy and that maybe I was sinking back into a deep depression that was going to crush the life out of me,” he stated.

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However, Noble said that he remembered Romans 8:1, and it began to pull him back out of the cloud. The passage reads, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

“Finally, I snapped back to reality and remember a phrase I have declared from the pulpit, but have never actually believed for myself, that ‘Jesus knew every stupid, sinful, self-centered decision I would ever make, and still created me, called me, equipped me and arranged for the payment of my sin!'” he explained.

“In Christ, what we did is not who we are—no matter what others try to label us as, or how long they try to judge as to whether or not we have truly repented!” Noble stated.

He said that the phrase still hung over his head the following day, but that he had learned to refuse to believe it. He urged others to think differently of themselves as well.

“I am not a ‘worthless piece of [expletive]’ and neither are you!” Noble exclaimed, repeating the expletive for the fourth time. “I pray my battle last week helps someone reading this to fight their battle today!”

Noble’s use of profanity drew a mixed response from hundreds of followers, with some likewise using profanity in sharing that they struggle with the same feelings, or defending Noble’s use of an expletive and calling those concerned “holier than thous.”

“Thank you for being real! Thank you for not being afraid to use the word ‘[expletive],'” one wrote. “You are an amazing man and I am thankful for the transparency, and I pray your family would be whole again soon!”

“Perry, that was Satan sitting beside you wanting you to hit a pity party! Well, sometimes you got to talk back to that son of a !@&&$$#%%%#. You are a child of the most high God!” another wrote. “Tell slew foot good for nothing piece of [expletive] Satan to go straight back to Hell!”

“[F]or any of you to call Perry out for using the word ‘[expletive]:’ Are you kidding me?” another posted. “Honey, he without sin will cast the first stone. Please go home, look at yourself in the mirror, and try to find some humility.”

However, others stated that they were genuinely concerned about Noble’s use of profanity while writing about the things of God, as well as the influence that it might have on others.

“Just to be frank, you people using God’s name and your filthy language in the same breath are only fooling yourselves. That is not right in God’s eyes,” one commenter stated. “Your influence on Christian people is very negative. Study your Bible.”

“You might feel that way, but very poor choice of words. Sometimes we need to keep our thoughts to ourselves or at least consider what the response might be if we reveal them in print,” another wrote. “Even sadder is that churchgoers are accepting this talk. And we wonder why so many have a negative opinion of ‘Christians.’ Would Jesus use this kind of language? Don’t think so. Neither should His followers.”

“No wonder this man feels so terrible. He calls himself a pastor but he needs to be saved first. A true child of God can’t use such language and serve God,” a third opined.

Colossians 3:8 instructs, “But now ye also put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.” Ephesians 4:29 also exhorts, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

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  • Mark Stevenson

    This man needs a twelve-step recovery program and good solid counseling. It is not acceptable practice to continue using a foul mouth and abusing alcohol. If his wife and child are not with him, maybe he should look at what his emphasis and priorities need to be.

    • Paladin Roy

      No, he needs to repent, by fasting and praying.

      The “twelve step” program is nothing but the hellmason religious CULT !!! They brainwash their followers by reading the same things at every meeting even if there have been no newcomers for a year. The aa/na “god” is NOT the God of Abraham, Jacob, and Issac. …. They even have atheist’s who don’t believe in God.

      Not sure if he would listen to counseling neither, seeing he perverts the Scriptures to fit his situation. … The only thing left is much fasting and praying to the Lord, and being willing to accept the Lord’s chastisement.

  • Psychdude1

    I do not know the guy. He sounds like many others who are Christians and caught in addiction. I hope he gets help. How sad that so many abandoned him in his hour of need.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      he is not “abandoned” ….. he is RUNNING AWAY …………

      1 Timothy
      3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
      3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
      3:4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
      3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
      3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
      3:7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
      3:8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
      3:9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
      3:10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
      3:11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
      3:12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
      3:13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

      1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
      1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
      1:12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
      1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
      1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

  • “[F]or any of you to call Perry out for using the word ‘[expletive]:’ Are you kidding me?” another posted. “Honey, he without sin will cast the first stone. Please go home, look at yourself in the mirror, and try to find some humility.” – Honey, you need to learn the Word before you start quoting it to others because in one single quote, you just made a complete fool of yourself & put yourself on BLAST.

    Perry needs his mouth washed out with soap. Where in the Bible does it say we are to behave as the world to attract the world? Where does it say to go to the strip club to draw in the strippers? Are we to put a pole in the sanctuary? Should we put a bar in the corner behind the pews? How about a few slot machines in the balcony? Let’s have a few rooms set aside for some prostitution rings. That will draw the world in. When did Jesus stop being enough?

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      this is the guy who played “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC in the sanctuary ………

      • I seen a local church in NC play Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Guns & Roses when showing its baptisms online. Don’t know if they played it during the service but they did online.

        • Amos Moses – He>i

          Stephen Furtick? ……………. seems like something he would do ….. and then post the “baptism numbers” stats on their web page ………

          • lol No. It was Family Worship Center in Kings Mountain. It use to be Church of God but they changed up the name years ago. Have no clue why. Actually, don’t really care. hahaha

          • Just1Name

            Tammy & Amos –
            Sad that so many ‘churches’ are slipping these days.
            Nothing that was not predicted over 2,000 yrs ago, however.
            This world is on that slippery slope like never before.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            not a slippery slope ….. a cliff …………

          • Just1Name


          • And it’s stopped sliding, it’s running & leaping. I never thought I’d see such an incredible landslide in my generation like I see today. We read the prophecies & watched them gradually being fulfilled & then BAM!!!!! It’s like it’s overnight.

          • Just1Name

            Not a lot of time left, Tammy. End Days are in rapid acceleration. Just as He told us.
            The Rapture is at the door.
            This world doesn’t have 10 yrs, IMHO.

          • Amen

          • Over night! –Yes! At age 79 I’m amazed I’ve live to this age to see over night all the dark deeds once hidden deep down under the cover of hypocrisy that transcends over every and all social, political, and religious realms of our daily lives. The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the meds and especially the toxic vaccinations to many trust in; –none of these are any longer to be assumed safe, claimed by those who profess ‘peace’ and ‘safety’ in all these things. Yes! Wars kill by the rapid millions, being bloody and nasty. Death by those previous causes, and even more various means, is slow and profitable for the pharmaceutical and even food industries. Once in a while, a newly generated plague, or, one of an old re-worked variety, somehow appears as if out of thin ‘air’. Well! 79 years and I’ve seen the curtain being drawn back to reveal all this. The hand is almost ready to give the signal; –Close the curtain, and there will be no curtain call this time…

            And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
            Luke 21:28

    • Coach

      The professing church has bowed the knee to Satan and accepted his offer “…I will give you all the kingdoms of this world…”

  • gramma aac

    2 Timothy 3 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good…”

    Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

    Matthew 5:48 “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    Perry Noble ….. aint very noble …………..

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    i have heard the man “preach” …… what a train wreck …………..

  • God’s Kid

    Sounds like the Lord is starting to work with him.

    • Just1Name

      Sometimes rock bottom for many, is the only way they’ll look up.
      Seems he lost a lot along the way. But still a bit rebellious.
      I think many of us, if honest, can say, ‘been there’.
      Thankfully, we serve a God with far greater grace & mercy, than we are capable of.

  • sandy anderson

    What is sad is how many people think their stuff don’t stink! Not one of us is perfect not one! We all have areas in our lives where our sin nature and flesh still rise no matter how pure we try to be. Everyone everywhere we all need improvement… do you ever drive faster than the speed limit? Do you weigh more than you should be? How many of you have been divorced and remarried? How many of you maybe take a pen from the office, or call out sick to start your vacation a day early? Or how many of you turn and give a 2nd look to someone? And for the person who thinks that the sinner who pole dances, or the drinker, or the prostitue are going to walk into the church without someone reaching out to them you might want to look a lot closer of the 12 disciples Jesus chose and all the women He spent time with! I mean He didn’t come to earth to go to church and rules. He came to set the captive free and to heal the sick and He is the only 1 who has a right to judge not you and not me! So, a pastor, elder, deacon, they are just as human as the person in the pew and they are no more and no less than you are! So, why not keep your accounts short and not worry about judging someone else leave them to God and take care that you don’t become a stumbling block for someone. U

    • Robin Egg

      You are absolutely right, Sandy, that none of us are without sin. I think the difference here, though, is the blatant, in your face, posting on social media putting himself out there for all to see and judge. I Peter 3:4 says that the hidden man of our heart is a meek and quiet spirit.

      • Kevin

        So, essentially, you (and others) decide what is blatant/in your face? Same lyrics, different melody, I’m afraid.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      ” So, a pastor, elder, deacon,”

      are held to a higher standard ……….. a higher BIBLICAL standard ….. and they do not get to Limbo dance under that biblical bar in an attempt to be like the world …………..

      • So true! Moses, in spite of his high standing before Jesus; –he was denied to enter the promised land. Yet! Judgement and mercy prevailed. Moses being present to comfort Jesus in His weakest hour, tells it all.

    • Kevin

      Well stated, Sandy.

      • sandy anderson

        thank you

  • Robin Egg

    For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Matthew 12:34.

    “Thanks for being real” one said. Real what? Unintelligent? Unable to not sound like a sophomore high schooler? This guy needs to go into hiding and seek God while He is still there for him.

  • TheEditor2866

    If Mr Perry had written that sentence and used symbols(:;;+=#!$) instead of typing out the word, EVERYONE would know what he meant. Nevertheless, as believers we must be careful that we are not a stumbling block to others. We can be transparent without compromising.

  • Lynda

    Who walk Not after the flesh. Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk Not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    “The fact my wife left me and we are still separated, and I am a failure as a husband and father. The fact I have limited time with my daughter, and feel I have let her down in so many ways. All of this because of horrible personal choices I made!” he lamented.”

    this is not a “personal choice” problem ….. it is a SIN problem …………….. maybe PN needs to START there …………. because “Noble said he was ready for ministry after having completed rehab.” ………. apparently not …. not if he thinks “He then started “The Growth Company,” called church a “business” and began offering his services to help churches grow their congregations based upon his business model.” ….. and one of his offers is to get “churches get more money out of their Christmas offerings.” ………..

    i think there is something about the qualification for a pastor to NOT be motivated by FILTHY LUCRE …………..

    • God’s Kid

      I praise the Lord for your testimony. I did the same things. I will pray for you and your family.

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    “Dropping a four-letter word for feces is one thing, but doing it on Facebook is another. Doing it in the name of Jesus is yet another. But, don’t worry. At the end of Noble’s post, he reveals that neither he – nor anyone else – is a piece of [feces].

    The accuracy of that assertion remains undecided.”

    – Pulpit and Pen News Division

  • Kevin

    Wow, the legalism and lack of grace being displayed here is absolutely breathe-taking. :'(

    • dansLaRue

      The slang term for feces is considered profane?? Wow, I apparently don’t live in the same world of pink sunshine and daffodils as others here.

    • JohninRedding

      So I suppose anything goes is your read on what scriptures say? As Christians we need to strive to live the “good” life and avoid worldly ways. Making excuses for poor behavior doesn’t seem to be a approach.

      • Kevin

        No John, that isn’t my read. My read is, Christ died on the cross for far more vile things than this. Even for those He, through omniscience, knew would never accept Him. My point is He did this because of grace. Grace isn’t an “endure no consequence” card. It’s a “While God may not like this, He isn’t going to remove your inheritance” card. Some of you could exercise a little more grace here, trusting God will handle this His way, and a little less condemnation. 🙂

        • Sandra Lee Smith

          There’s a caveat on that gift: REPENTANCE of those ways! The word “repent” means to do a 180 degree about face and walk away from those behaviors; it doesn’t mean you give lip service and continue to do them! Indeed, there is strong indication that he who claims to repent and then returns to the behavior loses any hope of salvation. Seems to me, that’s an error that should be avoided at all costs, just in case. Grace does have rules and expectations attached, which we are expected to follow and meet. God is love, but He is also RIGHTEOUSNESS and both aspects MUST be met. And the only one who condemns a person is that person himself! No one else can do so except God and He doesn’t have to since the person has done it to himself by his choices in this life.

          • Kevin

            Sandra, have you ever repented of a sin, then returned to it at some point? If you haven’t [returned] then you’re a better Christian than the vast majority of us. 🙂

        • Just1Name

          Kevin, I can see both sides of the coin. As a pastor, he is/was held to a higher standard/account. As God too, will do.
          Coming from one in higher rank, looks worse to most. Understandable.
          On the other hand, you are correct. He’s not going to be losing his Salvation over it. That’s if he is truly saved.
          Many just say the words & don’t recall them a day later. They are not saved.
          Unless the Holy Spirit is allowed to work in a persons heart & people see a definite change in them b/c of it, I would wonder who really has their heart.
          The ultimate judge is Our Holy Father, God.
          For me personally, if I were in his shoes, I wouldn’t want to be taking any chances.
          We will be accountable for EVERY IDOL WORD.
          THAT’S a sobering thought, for every Christian. If not, it should be.

    • sandy anderson

      Amen! I am so thankful that Jesus died for much worse (He even chose disciples that HE Himself would 1 day sell Him out and cause His death!) That is grace!!! That is why I can forgive anyone of anything. It is so sad that we American Christians think we know so much! With a church on every corner we feel so superior, yet we are trying to housebreak Holy Spirit and the person of God by our narrow minds and rules. Time to let Holy Spirit out of the box and let Him show us how to do life!!! That to me is the God and person of Holy Spirit, Father, Son who I want to be partnered with in all that I do.

      • Just1Name

        Well put, Sandy.

  • InTheChurch

    Perry, ask Christ for forgiveness of sins, sit in the pew for a year or two, learn from that mistake and you can return to teach once you are fully restored and recovered. If not, stay away from the alter and you are not a pastor or teacher, you are a sinner.

  • NCOriolesFan

    He should stop feeling sorry for himself and get on his knees instead.

  • George Jenkins

    Hypocritical attitudes like this are one of the reasons the church is mocked. This pastor needs to meditate on the words of James…………. and then apply them. This guy’s arrogance is amazing. James writes,
    “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

    How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,[c] these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.”

    • Robin Egg

      Great post.

      • George Jenkins


    • Is it possible, once pastor though he was;
      –Has he not read these things? or
      –Has he read over these these, but flee from memory?
      –Has it not taken one word of inspired recall, to bring such into memory?

      Thanks for posting and jogging my memory…

  • Teresa

    It is one thing for a word to slip out of your mouth, and to repent for it, but quite another to intentionally do it, and to fight for the right to do it. It is sin. The Bible says not to let filthy language come out of your mouth, period. End of story. Don’t try to excuse it by throwing a verse in that you have taken out of context, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Come on people, read your Bible and get intimate with God!

    • To the law, and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Isaiah 8:20

  • Candlewood

    It’s obvious this man is not living his life filled with the Holy Spirit, for the Holy Spirit does not lead a person to spew out a profanity laden tirade. What is most frightening is that he has no conscience and no sensitivity to God’s conviction, but is filled with arrogance, worldliness, and a perverse tongue.

    • Dash me on the rocks of bitterness, and let the tide carry away my filth…