10 Commandments – ’10 Promises’
Perry Noble, pastor of a South Carolina megachurch, was rebuked by a Southern Baptist leader in South Carolina for calling the 10 Commandments “10 promises” and for other “problematic positions and statements.”
The rebuke came last week from the president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, Tommy Kelly, who said, “We as South Carolina Baptists must publicly state and remove ourselves from these positions and problematic statements and call for NewSpring to correct these positions if it chooses to say that it affiliates with South Carolina Baptist churches.“
Noble, who leads NewSpring Church, had preached on Christmas Eve a sermon on the 10 Commandments where he said there is no Hebrew word for command. His friend in Israel, which he visited last year, told him that the 10 Commandments can best be translated as either the “10 sayings” of God or the “10 promises” of God.
Noble had originally planned to show a video during the Christmas Eve service but said he felt prompted by God at the last minute to preach the message on the commandments. He said he wrote the message in 10 minutes as he felt it was what God laid on his heart.
Hoping to bring more people to Jesus, Noble asked those at the worship service to view the 10 Commandments not as rules they have to keep in order to be Jesus followers but as promises that they can receive when they accept Christ.
The first commandment (You shall have no other gods before me) as
“Promise #1: You do not have to live in constant disappointment anymore.”
The second commandment (You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything) was translated into this promise: “You can be free from rituals and religion and trust in a relationship.”
The “you shall not murder” command, he said, is actually a promise that “you do not have to live in a constant state of anger because you will be motivated by love and not hate.”
Two weeks after that sermon, Noble issued an apology on his blog, saying he is imperfect and makes mistakes and that he takes teaching the Bible “very seriously.” He apologized for saying there is no Hebrew word for command. He said he had been debating the issue with “godly people” and researching it and found that the original Hebrew is “metzaveh.”
He said he was not trying to mislead or deceive anyone when he preached that message.
In his apology, however, Noble also stood by his sermon. ” … what I am not apologizing for is saying that the Hebrew word for ‘command’ is not used when the 10 commandments were given. It literally means ‘sayings’ – and, according to Exodus 34:28, can also be interpreted as promises.”
He did note though that the 10 points are “clearly written as imperatives” and did not deny that.
The main point of his message, he said, was to direct people to Christ as everyone has broken the commands and is in need of Jesus.
Noble also apologized for hitting back at those who were critical of him on social media.
“I apologize for tweeting and putting on FB … ‘If those who are angry at what I said about ‘The 10 Commandments’ were actually following all 10 the world would be such a better place!'”
Despite the apology, the state Baptist Convention indicated that it was concerned about NewSpring’s “continued problematic positions and statements that are inconsistent with the beliefs of South Carolina Baptists.” Some of the other problems at NewSpring that Kelly alluded to include profane language, music that is not sacred in content, the need for accountability groups for the pastor and the need for more “sound exegetical study and expository preaching.”
Responding to a comment in defense of Noble and the hundreds of salvations that resulted from the Christmas Eve sermon, Kelly said: “I wonder if you can see into their hearts to know they are trusting in Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. I wonder if you attribute the work of the Holy Spirit which saves to this sermon. If not then it does not matter how many people are saved by the message. That shows the power and mercy of God, not the accuracy of the message.“
Kelly also said his statement was not an “attack” on Noble but a rebuke on his words and theological positions.
Noble has moved on from the issue since his apology. He is currently preaching a sermon series on “grace.” He tweeted earlier this week, “Grace says you are not what you did on your worse day!”
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The Ten Commandments (also known as the Decalogue) are ten laws in the Bible that God gave to the nation of Israel shortly after the exodus from Egypt. The Ten Commandments are essentially a summary of the 613 commandments contained in the Old Testament Law. The first four commandments deal with our relationship with God. The last six commandments deal with our relationships with one another. The Ten Commandments are recorded in the Bible in Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21 and are as follows:
1) “You shall have no other gods before me.” This command is against worshipping any god other than the one true God. All other gods are false gods.
2) “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” This command is against making an idol, a visible representation of God. There is no image we can create that can accurately portray God. To make an idol to represent God is to worship a false god.
3) “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His name.” This is a command against taking the name of the Lord in vain. We are not to treat God’s name lightly. We are to show reverence to God by only mentioning Him in respectful and honoring ways.
4) “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” This is a command to set aside the Sabbath (Saturday, the last day of the week) as a day of rest dedicated to the Lord.
5) “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” This is a command to always treat one’s parents with honor and respect.
6) “You shall not murder.” This is a command against the premeditated murder of another human being.
7) “You shall not commit adultery.” This is a command against have sexual relations with anyone other than one’s spouse.
8) “You shall not steal.” This is a command against taking anything that is not one’s own, without the permission of the person to whom it belongs.
9) “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” This is a command prohibiting testifying against another person falsely. It is essentially a command against lying.
10) “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” This is a command against desiring anything that is not one’s own. Coveting can lead to breaking one of the commandments listed above: murder, adultery, and theft. If it is wrong to do something, it is wrong to desire to do that same something.
January 22, 2015 10 Commandments – ’10 Promises’ BY JENNIFER RILEY , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER: christianpost.com