Disgraced pastor Perry Noble, who once pastored NewSpring Church before he was removed by his leadership team due to alcohol and “family issues”, and who has recently returned to preaching, is now announcing that he and his wife are divorcing. (HT: Deb at TWW)
FWIW: I have no idea who is guilty of what in his marriage, nor do I presume that his problems are all on him. For all I know, he could be the worst excuse of a husband, or she could be Jezebel incarnate, or they share various degrees of culpability. (My experience is that, the vast majority of the time, it’s the latter: neither side is completely blameless.)
At the same time, (a) if his fellow leaders removed him from the pulpit, then they likely had just cause to do so, and (b) even if his wife is the the culpable party in his marriage–I’m not saying she is, only suggesting that IF she is–then he is still not Biblically-qualified to pastor a Church, as, no matter how you slice this:
(a) he is not “above reproach” by any reasonable Biblical metric, and
(b) his house, irrespective of who is at fault, is clearly not in order.
Anyone who depends on his preaching is giving ears to a false teacher.
I don’t like to throw that “false teacher” tag around, but it applies in his case.
His only purpose at this time is to show you what a high-profile evangelical train wreck looks like.