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For the past two weeks at NewSpring Church, we dove into the subject of sexual sin IN the church (based on the fact that Jesus rebukes two churches in Revelation chapter two for sexual sin IN the church.)  Here are several thoughts/reminders in regards to what we covered.

(The sermons are available on iTunes and on the NewSpring Church Web site if you want to see/hear them in their entirety.)

1. Who or what you pursue will ultimately determine what you do and who you become.  It is a spiritual impossibility to pursue Jesus AND sexual sin at the same time.  (Psalm 25:15)

2. As a friend of mine has often said, “God is not after our begrudging submission but rather our joy!”  And long-term joy, peace, and fulfillment are never the result of pursuing sexual sin.  (Please read Proverbs 5Proverbs 6, and Proverbs 7 for further confirmation in regards to this point.)

3. Sexual sin is not something that can be “prayed away,” nor can we simply read Bible verses about grace after committing it in order to feel better.  NOR can we simply promise God over and over that we won’t do it again (how’s that working for you?)  We CAN be set free from it…but it will not be pretty.  It must be confessed (James 5:16) and repented of (Revelation 2:21-23!)  (I did not overcome my nearly 20-year battle with pornography until I confessed it and asked for help!)

YES, it may “cost you” when it comes to your reputation…but remember, the costs of concealment are far greater than the costs of confession…and repentance is WAY more important than our reputation.

4. Sexual sin costs us our spiritual esteem…people who are involved in sexual sin feel disconnected from God, guilty, and spiritually dead.

5. For those who want to STOP sinning sexually…a decision MUST be made to renew your mind (Romans 12:1-12), to FIGHT the battles in your mind (II Corinthians 10:5), and to ask GODLY men and women to come alongside you and both encourage and spur you when necessary (Hebrews 10:24-25).

(PS…this means you have to stop saying, “I messed up sexually.”  OR “I made a mistake!”  Call it what it is…sin.  AND stop meeting with people who are doing the same things that you are doing and so when you get together to “hold one another accountable,” you are actually hoping that the other person “messed up” so that you don’t feel bad about doing so!)

6. Understand that IN CHRIST, you CAN have victory over sexual sin!  (See Romans 8:37I Corinthians 15:57Philippians 4:13!)  IN CHRIST, you are NOT a victim but rather a receiver of VICTORY!  If Jesus overcame DEATH, then Christ in you can help you breakthrough the stronghold of sexual sin!  (Luke 1:37!)

7. For those who belong to Christ and are trying their best to pursue Him on a daily basis but are still haunted by a sexual past…remember that is who you WERE, it is not WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST!  (II Corinthians 5:17!)  Do not allow what used to defeat you to define you!  You are no longer defined by what you did but rather by what CHRIST did for you on the cross!



Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. The church averages 26,000 people during weekend services at multiple campuses throughout the state. Perry is a gifted communicator and teacher, convicted about speaking the truth as plainly as possible. God has given him a vision and a passion for helping people meet Jesus, and each week he shares God’s word and its practical application in our daily lives. Perry, his wife Lucretia and their daughter Charisse live in Anderson, South Carolina. You can read all of Perry’s unfiltered thoughts about life and leadership at PerryNoble.com. Don’t worry, he holds nothing back.

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Brad Brucker

commented on Dec 6, 2011

Great Article Perry. Thanks for your vulnerability too! The only thing that hit me a little wrong was Sermon Central stating that you're a Pastor of a church of 7000. That's awesome, but it just seems like that's used to give credibility. Standing on God's word and living it is enough. I guess I'm just tired of Christian organization using worldly methods... But love your heart!

Keith B

commented on Dec 6, 2011

Get out of the pulpit, Perry. You're not qualified to be there. You're not above reproach.

Jim Ressegieu

commented on Dec 6, 2011

Thanks Perry! As one who was pulled from the pit of sexual sin several years ago by being confronted, confessing my sins, a wonderful, forgiving wife (we just celebrated 45 years of marriage), and Christian brothers and sisters who came alongside. I'm going to print off your article as a reminder to me when I'm called to come alongside a brother in the grip of sexual sins.

O. K. Neal

commented on Dec 6, 2011

Wonderful article. As a forgiven sinner myself, I can shout, "Amen." I, also, have a ministry. I do not know from where the earlier comments come. I hope you can ignore them.

Very Rev. Sam Aidoo-Bervell

commented on Dec 6, 2011

Rev. this is a wonderful sermon. Christians need to flee from sexual sin and walk more closely with Jesus. For without holiness no one can see the power of God in his or her life. God richly bless you. I pray for more anointing.

Andrew Shields

commented on Dec 6, 2011

Is the author recommending that a person with sexual sin not meet with those who are also trying to overcome them with God's help or are you just reminding people that you shouldn't go to a group and hope that others are struggling greater at the moment than you are? Would the author affirm this is an instant change from this sin or a gradual one?

Chris Aiken

commented on Dec 6, 2011

K B. Really? Perry, thanks for your article. Vulnerable. Powerful. Gracious.

Jeff Berry

commented on Dec 6, 2011

Thanks Perry, it's good to know that there are still some who preach the Truth. Yes we still preach God's love but as John Wesley has said, "Before I can preach love, mercy and grace, I must preach sin, law and judgement." It's time churches quit looking the other way and preach truth (God's Word).

Keith B

commented on Dec 6, 2011

Chris....yah, really. Besides his questionable methodology and use of profanity from the pulpit, publicly stating he doesn't care to know his congregation and outright lying, he is now admitting to 20 years of sexual sin. He's not qualified to be a pastor.

Steve Grove

commented on Dec 6, 2011

Short, Sweet, and practical - a great article. #5 is key.

commented on Dec 6, 2011

please define 'sexual sin' - as in affairs, pornography, masturbation, lusting ? ?

Dean Johnson

commented on Dec 6, 2011

Very powerful article. Thank you.

Andrew Moffatt

commented on Dec 6, 2011

Perry great article will use some of the points! Good to see you showing the path to repentence, KB be strong tell everyone your name!

Rev. Wellington Wonders Satee, Jr

commented on Dec 7, 2011

Thank you Pastor Perry. That is a great article.This will be taught to the young people in my church.I am one of the assistant pastors in my church, First Baptist Church New Kru Town, Liberia.

Keith B

commented on Dec 7, 2011

Andrew---I'm actually trying to figure out how to edit my account to add my name...but I can't figure it out. Is there an account setting somewhere?

Gordon Dorsey

commented on Dec 7, 2011

shalom very interesting article.but very true we must lay hold of sin not just sex sins b ut all sins to fre ourselfs from it,the naturn of sin is bondage we are held captive in sin.in order for the chains to be released we must use the correct key exspose the the sin = confession we must go to the very root of it we cannot bandade it over and over most people are very fearfull of exsposing thier sin before othersbut there must come a time when we take a stand against whats keeping us in bondage.

commented on Dec 7, 2011

Gracias por dejarte usar por Dios, Perry eres de bendici?n para mi vida, tengo luchas fuerte con el tema sexual. continuare encontrando ayuda. Abrazos.

Darrell Asche

commented on Dec 8, 2011

K. B. - I'm guessing here, but I'm pretty sure the APOSTLE Paul back in the day was told he didn't deserve to be in the pulpit either because he was a persecutor of...oh yeah, Christians before his conversion. He said himself he was the chief of sinners. Hmm...wonder what it was that God used him to do; oh yeah write over half the new testament, plant multiple churches, and lead thousands into a life-changing relationship with Jesus. Get off Perry Noble's back!! God has forgiven him of his sin. Are you gonna accuse Paul of being a liar too? This isn't a place to cut others down. You got a beef with Perry Noble have a meeting with HIM and talk to HIM (Matthew 18:15-20).

Keith B

commented on Dec 8, 2011

Darrell, I guess it would largely depend on when his 20 year issue with sin took place. From what I've seen of Perry, he seems to still have quite the rebellious streak. Listen to interviews with him. He gets a kick out of offending religious people. He has flat out lied about his reasons for playing Highway to Hell at Easter and was caught in his lie. It's well-documented. There is nothing about this phony that is pastoral.

Darrell Asche

commented on Dec 8, 2011

K. B. - I know that his bout with Porn was prior to his ministry with NewSpring. As far as playing highway to hell to open a church service, I saw that service and thought it was great. It served a purpose. ---The rebellious streak; so what, as far as I can tell Jesus would've been a rebel in his day, same with Paul, Peter, all of them; pretty sure that's why they were all killed by the 'religious' Pharisees and Jews, except John, but he was boiled in oil and somehow lived to tell about it and write Revelation. ---I think getting a rise out of religious people is fine. Sometimes we all need a kick in the pants and its typically the people who have been in church the longest who need the biggest kick (I say that being a lifelong church goer). Mostly because religious people are the ones who only care about having the same seat at church every Sunday and love complaining about the style of music or the fact that the preacher didn't wear a suit and tie or at least a sport coat. Often times its the Pillars of the church who are holding up the church and keeping it from reaching people. There's a difference between being religious and a Christ-follower. Being religious is about rule-following. Being a Christ-follower is about picking up your cross daily and being so sold-out in your faith and love for others that people can't help but ask what makes you different. Your so hung up on HOW NewSpring DOES church that you can't even praise God for the thousands of lives being SAVED through their ministry. ---His job isn't to be pastoral. That's why they have campus pastors at every campus. His job is to teach the word of God every Sunday and lead the church by casting vision. Look I know something about him rubs you wrong; but maybe you should worry about whatever ministry you've been charged with. Scripture tells us that we (ministers of the gospel) will be judged more stringently for our handling of our ministry. If NewSpring is a ministry of Christ it will prosper and grow; just the same as yours. If it is not of Christ it will fail.

Keith B

commented on Dec 8, 2011

20 years of a struggle with it? I'm still skeptical. If it was before he got saved--great. If he was serving in the ministry, I'm not sure I'm convinced. I do find it sad though, that you overlook his immaturity. This guy has been shown to lie, he's used profanities, and he shows a general disdain for the people of God. As for him not doing the work of a pastor, fine--but don't call him a pastor. Because if he isn't feeding the sheep he's just a televangelist.

Darrell Asche

commented on Dec 8, 2011

k.b. - The way I understand it the first 10-11 years were before he was saved. Then nine years after the fact is when he finally broke it as he says in his article there through confession and accountability. --Immaturity? I never said him saying things like 'friggin' and 'freakin' and 'dang' regularly are the picture of perfection, but the only pofanities I've heard him use are D--n and jackA--, and those were to prove a point or quote someone. ---What lies? What about? ---Disdan for the people of God!? His disdain is for people who are content to sit on their butts in a pew and not get up on their feet and take Christ into the world. If by 'people of God' you mean religious people then maybe he does has some frustration, because religious people tend to think that being a Christian is about comfort and happiness not realizing this idea is very much opposite of what Jesus preached so strongly about. ---In a church of 11 or 12,000 would you be able to visit everyone? Doubt it, in a church that size or even a church bigger than 250-300 people the senior minister cannot see everyone that wants seen. Thats where elders, small group leaders, sunday school teachers, deacons, and in general other church members do the greatest ministry. You can't expect the senior pastor or lead pastor to do all the calling and visiting as a church gets larger, it just doesn't make sense. You'd run him into the ground.

Keith B

commented on Dec 8, 2011

Darrel...sounds like you might have heard the profanities. They're not appropriate from a pastor..err..church speech giver. As for lies...he publicly stated that he does not simply try to "p*** of the religious people, then 3 weeks later he used the exact same phrase to state that he does try to *p****" of the religious people. Well? Which was it? Was he or wasn't he? He was flat out lying about it either way. It's on youtube. I also understand that in a large church the head guy can't meet everyone, but he's publicly stated that he doesn't WANT to...and he doesn't WANT to hang around with people he doesn't like. I say he's immature because he acts like a punk. He tries to be all tough guy. A pastor isn't called to do that--a pastor is called to feed the sheep. He doesn't do that--he just beats the sheep.

Darrell Asche

commented on Dec 9, 2011

I assume by "P*** of" you mean "Piss off." Look if those are the kinds of lies he is caught in your really fishing for something, got any others? I've not seen that one or heard that one, I've seen the "lie" about why he did Highway to Hell, with the elephant room discussion when he said "What if (all the critics miss the 'what if' part)it was God's spirit and God's Word that led us to do that illustration?" {exact quote} and then at unleash 2011, which i was at, he said he did it to Piss off the religious people. I was there when he said that and he made that statement as a sarcastic joke to a bunch of pastors and church leaders. Maybe he figured people would understand that statement as the sarcastic joke it was. ---I would say yes he likes to make religious people mad. I think the way he does it is very well done; I guess your perfect and never needed a kick in the pants, personally i agree with you that it could be done without the freakin's, friggin's, dang's, and Piss', (which apparently those are profanity now, never heard them in that category before, just was told they were words that were more extreme than normal words; i.e. screwed){speaking of profanity, Jesus used profanity and derogatory words a number of times in his sermons and conversations that we know of, and we are told the entire works of Jesus are too numerous even to put into writing so there's good odds he did it more than that}. Personally I would never say those words from the pulpit because I do agree those aren't great words to use from that platform, for most people they are distracting and probably problematic as they are for you. ---Look he would never say he is your standard pastor, but the guy does make calls, just not as often as you probably think is enough. He is in a small group he talks about it a lot. Apparently feeding the sheep can't take place there. He leads a ministerial staff of dozens, do you really think he isn't spending time with them, leaning into them, ministering to them. He has a paid staff that he leads that is 3 times the size of the average American church, come on man, how many trips to the hospital do you think he has made for staff members, elders/deacons, admin assistants, small group members etc. And he does feed from the pulpit weekly; things just work differently in large churches. You've gotta drop that one. ---"He's a punk and tries to be a tough guy"...maybe he does or maybe that's just who he is and he's being transparent; I was taught to be who I am from the pulpit and nothing else, no facades, no fake veneers, just God's word through me as a vessel, at least he doesn't preach scared. "A pastor is called to feed the sheep not beat them up"; Do you think Jesus was timid when he spoke, absolutely not!! At times he barreled over people with his messages. Jesus was not afraid to confront people and call them out on their sins. If that's what Jesus did, I will absolutely do the same and you should to. A pastor is called to feed his sheep and sometimes to get sheep to right pasture you have call them, sometimes push them, and sometimes prod them; true prodding can hurt them cause the truth can and does HURT.

Keith B

commented on Dec 9, 2011

Darrell, you and I apparently have different opinions of what a pastor is called to do. We can leave it at that.

Darrell Asche

commented on Dec 9, 2011

K.B.- I don't know if you'll see this or not, but do feel I should add something to this. I was sitting thinking about this discussion we've having and I have not painted a complete picture of my belief about the role of a minister of the gospel. I not only feel that we are called to confront people in their sin and be a mode of conviction but we are also called to follow Christ's example as a comforter, as an encourager, as one who walks beside those we are leading through the hard times, we are also called to praise and celebrate victories. I'm sorry if I led you to believe that I felt the role of a pastor is preaching and teaching and nothing else. Please understand that was not my intention. I believe the call is "Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. And Love others as your self." Thanks for your thoughts and the lively conversation. God Bless!!

Colin Bain

commented on Dec 11, 2011

Great article. You can substitute the sex bits with any other sin, gossip, lying, unwholesome living etc to the same effect.

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