Former megachurch pastor Perry Noble recently returned to the pulpit at the invitation of megachurch pastor Steven Furtick, reports Relevant Magazine.
In July, NewSpring Church in South Carolina announced that Noble had been fired from his position as senior pastor due to his abuse of alcohol and his failure to listen to counsel and seek help.
After being fired, Noble did seek counsel and has been working to overcome his addiction and restore the relationships it negatively affected.
Noble hadn’t delivered a sermon in months, but he was recently invited to deliver a message at Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, led by Pastor Steven Furtick.
Although some noted that Noble shouldn’t be returning to ministry so soon after being fired, in a Facebook video, he explained his reasoning for doing so:
“Peter denied Christ, and 50 days later he preached the Gospel to Jerusalem. Paul, who was murdering Christians, comes to Christ and in Acts 9 immediately starts preaching the Gospel. If God has put something in your heart, don't sit around and wait for the approval of people who don't believe in you in the first place. You stay up too late, and you do what God called you to do,” he said.
Publication date: February 7, 2017