A few posts ago a pastor in South Carolina wrote a gutsy post that just melts the veneer right off some plastic people. Perry isnâ€™t known for holding back, and every now and then says something that goes way beyond the 4 walls of Newspring Church. What follows is a commentary that Iâ€™ve seen play out word for word over and over and over again. I thought Iâ€™d post it in the slim hope that someoneâ€”about to bestow their misguided pearls of wisdom on an unsuspecting pastor somewhere might just think twice.
From Pastor Perry Noble:
One of the lessons Iâ€™ve learned while being in the ministry for the past 17 years is sometimes what people say isnâ€™t exactly trueâ€¦things such asâ€¦
(WARNINGâ€¦you will probably only like this post if you are a pastor or a staff member of a church!)
What They Say:Â â€œIâ€™m looking for a church that preaches the Word!â€
What They Mean: â€œIâ€™m looking for a church that preaches MY view of the Word.Â I think the BLANK translation should be usedâ€¦I think BLANK should be talked about a lot while BLANK should be ignored.Â And if you ever stop preaching my view of the Word I will leave and tell others that you donâ€™t preach the Word!â€
What They Say:Â â€œLotâ€™s of people have been coming to me and saying they donâ€™t like thisâ€¦â€
What They Mean: â€œI basically only have three friendsâ€¦and all of them think exactly like me.Â The other night we were enjoying a time of self righteousness because, after all, we are right about everythingâ€¦and were also slandering you (in the form of prayer requests) and thought it would be wise to approach you with our pet peeve.Â Weâ€™ve actually talked to no one else about this but said â€œlotsâ€ because we wanted to validate our dysfunction.â€
What They Say: â€œIâ€™m leaving the church.â€
What They Mean: â€œBeg me to stay.Â If you will just ask me I will share with you several ways you can compromise Godâ€™s vision that Heâ€™s given you, thus becoming nothing more than a people pleasing pastor who is more interested in popularity than obedience.Â If you donâ€™t bow to my demands I will remind you that I tithe and that the church needs my money, reducing you to a mere preaching whoreâ€¦one who is paid for a service for the pleasure of another person.â€
What They Say: â€œI want a church that is more focused on discipleship.â€
What They Mean: â€œI want a church where everyone knows me and how important I am!Â I donâ€™t want to reach people who are different from me, be it economic class or race or even musical preference.Â I already know WAY more than I doâ€¦but I somehow equate spirituality with knowledge rather than application and I rather enjoy feeling intellectually superior to those who donâ€™t know as much as me.â€
What They Say: â€œDonâ€™t take this personallyâ€¦butâ€¦â€
What They Mean: â€œI am about to lower the BOOM on youâ€¦but you canâ€™t get angry because I told you not to take it personally.Â Even though you have dedicated your life to this and pretty much invest every ounce of energy you have to this causeâ€¦and I think about it once or twice a weekâ€¦you need to receive my attacks, even when they are personalâ€¦and you cannot retaliate because, remember, itâ€™s not personal.â€
OKAY, that was fun!Â I typed it all with a smile.Â Trust meâ€¦Iâ€™m not mad or frustrated with anyoneâ€¦I just thought a pastor or two MIGHT get a smile out of this.Â
What could I possibly add to that?!
If the shoe fits, get rid of that particular shoe!