Former NewSpring church pastor Perry Noble submitted paperwork on July 14 to incorporate the Second Chance Church, but the megachurch says the disgraced minister has failed to meet the Biblical standards as a pastor.
Noble, who established NewSpring more than 20 years ago and expanded it to more than 30,000 members, was fired from his position in July 2016 because of a number of problems, which included marital woes and alcohol dependence. Last month, he filed papers with the South Carolina Secretary of State to register Second Chance Church as a nonprofit, WYFF4 detailed.
After being removed from the pulpit, Noble underwent treatment at a facility in Arizona for 30 days and continued the therapy after he was discharged. Since then, he has appeared as a guest preacher in a few churches, but NewSpring has not welcomed him back to the pulpit.
On July 21, NewSpring Teaching Pastor Clayton King explained that Noble was no longer qualified to be a pastor, citing the guidelines stipulated in 1 Timothy 3:1-5, Matthew 18:15-17, Titus 1:5-9, and James 3:1. He said church leaders have already forgiven the former pastor and have attempted for 13 months to communicate with him, but he reportedly turned down the offers.
Responding to NewSpring's comments about Noble being unfit to preach, the latter agreed that he never met all the qualifications for a leader while he was still with the megachurch. He also felt that the statement was a direct attack on the churches that have welcomed him to their pulpit, The Christian Post reported.
"I could go through that list, as the senior pastor of NewSpring, I never felt qualified. I never felt I was good enough and I never ever at any point in my ministry could have gone through any of those lists and checked them all off as I know, as you know," said Noble. "We're all sinful, we all fall short of the glory of God. But I feel like their characterization of me being unqualified was a direct assault on other churches who have invited me in to speak which was an attack on my livelihood, which I also felt was pretty unfair."
Noble admitted that he had committed mistakes when he was still a senior pastor with NewSpring Church and that being removed from his post was very painful for him. Nevertheless, he said Jesus has already saved and changed him, and he now wants to inspire other people to follow Christ.