The Christian Post reported that Perry Noble, pastor of megachurch NewSpring in South Carolina, delivered a powerful and direct message about sexual immorality this past weekend, making a point to address Christians who sin sexually. Noble went so far as to say that those who don’t take sexual sin seriously are “not saved” and “have ultimately turned their back on Jesus,” saying it was a “spiritual impossibility” to pursue adultery and Christ simultaneously. He warned listeners not to tolerate sexual immorality in the church, despite the world’s tolerance of it, listing adultery, sex outside marriage, pornography, and homosexuality as the four major areas of sinfulness and temptation.
Noble’s harsh coverage of the subject prompted some listeners to leave the service, but Noble said his intent was to exhort people and help them break free from their bondage. “What you and I pursue will ultimately determine what we do and who we become,” he said. Noble admitted to the congregation that he himself struggled with an addiction to porn for more than 10 years, but through confession and repentance broke his addiction in 1999. He urged those who felt trapped in their sexual sin to ask for help so they could get free and offered the assistance of the church, promising no condemnation or judgment for those who wanted to repent.