Michael Pearl Literally Judges Everyone Else’s Faith

Michael Pearl Literally Judges Everyone Else’s Faith February 26, 2020
Screen cap from No Greater Joy ministries of Michael and his amazing sin coat.

It’s that time of the year again, one of the roughly six times a year when Michael and Debi Pearl publish No Greater Joy magazine, a free floating smorgasbord of smug, demeaning, put everyone else in the world down advice. In the last few years, since Michael’s stroke, it’s taken some rather strange turns here. Michael has been mostly missing from the magazine and the ministry, even after that expensive and largely useless stem cell replacement procedure.

A quick side note about that stem cell places around the world that promote stem cell replacement to fix any number of things, from diabetes to strokes to asthma to MS. The FDA has been cracking down on the practitioners and referring people as well as the clinics because it’s placebo medicine that can kill you. Legitimate research facilities like Johns Hopkins suspended their trials on the SCR protocols because too many patients died, and too few got long lasting relief. Desperate people are fleeing to Russia and Central America and paying upwards of $100,000 for these SCR. No one knows what the long term outcomes will be either.

Okay, back to Michael. Debi’s been doing her best to try and keep the ministry afloat, writing most of the pieces in the magazine, and publishing her book on how she thinks brains work. It’s clearly not enough because Michael is back in the magazine in a big way. Most of the pieces are credited to him. Now that does not mean he’s better. These could just as easy be relabeled reprints, or unpublished long written materials.

This particular piece is just Michael judging everyone else as not a good enough Christian. Here’s his “list” It reads like if you are not going off the nutbar deep end into screaming scriptures are passerby’s on the street corner you’re not  a ‘real’ Christian.

  1. False converts avoid conversations about the Lord Jesus Christ. They will change the subject or make some judgment about another that diverts attention.

  2. They enjoy faulting others and feel a sense of relief when others prove to be hypocrites. Gossip gives them peace.

  3. They will usually go to church at the prescribed hour but avoid going to intense spiritual gatherings if they can do so without being singled out as disinterested.

  4. False converts do not have a burning desire to win others to Christ. They can spend time with a lost friend or relative without feeling a compelling need to pray, share Christ, and lead them to saving faith.

  5. In their secret thought life they do not dream of going to heaven and meeting the Savior face to face. If they are somehow forced to think about it, they do so with discomfort and lack of assurance.

  6. They do not have a desire to read the Word of God and learn more about their God and Savior.

  7. Their prayer life tends to be formal and regulated, not spontaneous and believing.

  8. They do not have a life of private worship, praise, and thanksgiving. They just do not love the very thought of God.

  9. In some cases, though not all, the false convert is known to live on the edge of worldliness. They secretly yearn for a more liberal, worldly lifestyle, but the Christian culture constrains them to walk a narrower path for reasons of self-interest.

  10. Others go to the opposite extreme: rather than flirt with worldliness, they are prominently pious, known to flaunt their personal convictions. They are known for exalting single issues like head coverings, women wearing pants, birth control, and affiliation with a particular denomination. Their zeal is a substitute for worship and love.

  11. When worldly minded false converts find themselves removed from the Christian culture and influence, as in the case of divorce, moving to a different location, suddenly coming into wealth with new friends, opportunities, and means, they find it easy to enjoy worldliness, feeling liberated for the first time.

  12. This list of thirteen signs of being a false convert leaves them feeling uncomfortable or critical of this article. Their tendency is not to share it with people they feel might be false converts, but to put it away and forget about it. “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).

  13. Their pride will not allow them to admit that they are lost sinners. Their reputation means more to them than actually being saved.

     

You just cannot win with Michael Pearl. It’s always your fault. This is spiritual abuse.

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  • SAO

    In short, if you’re not either a loud-mouth bigot who is smugly sure of his own superiority or a fawning yes-man to someone like Pearl, you’re a not a real Christian. “Real Christianity” is reserved for the sort of people you can’t imaging God letting into heaven. I mean really, not even the saints would want to have to put up with them.

  • Aloha 2

    I’m more interested in WHY a person would become a false convert.
    — to try and fit in with the crowd
    — to find a supportive social circle
    — to get into a homeschool group for their kids

    Mostly to avoid being ostracized by Christians. Yet they’re still not safe, because Michael is hot on their tail … Conform or be rejected.

  • French Pandora

    “It’s clearly not enough because Michael is back in the magazine in a big way. Most of the pieces are credited to him. Now that does not mean he’s better. These could just as easy be relabeled reprints, or unpublished long written materials.”

    Or Debi remembered that as a woman she is not allowed to teach men and put her husband ‘s name on stuff she wrote 😀

  • Rann

    really??? the nanny-filter is ridiculous!

  • AFo

    I’m amazed that Michael somehow has the ability to read minds now. How would he, or anyone else, know about someone’s private spiritual life or secret longing to be more “worldly”?

  • Saraquill

    2. Pearl has never accepted responsibility, loves sharing “true stories” and laughs at people who aren’t him.

    4. Pearl shares his vanity as well as suffering. He does not share Chr*st, but commands others to inflict suffering.

    6. Doing to a bible college gave him a crisis of faith. Since then, he sticks to a bad translation.
    (Said translation was commissioned by a qu33r monarch. I doubt Pearl has anything good to say about King James, so let’s chalk this up to hypocrisy, proving point 2 even stronger.)

    8. Pearl’s worship isn’t private, and I doubt he likes any praise or thanksgiving that isn’t directed towards him.

    10. He flaunts his personal conviction to hurt others, and makes that the cornerstone of his life. He does not love, though he does worship his reflection.

    11. Rather than embracing the lessons of “don’t be an @$$hole,” he moves to a different location so fewer will disturb him when he hurts his family.

    13. He is extremely self-absorbed and won’t admit fault, even when others are murd3r3d from his verbal trash.

    In short, he REALLY isn’t a Christian, even by his own standards.

  • Polytropos

    It’s because he thinks he’s god.

  • Tawreos

    This list of thirteen signs of being a false convert leaves them feeling uncomfortable or critical of this article. Their tendency is not to share it with people they feel might be false converts, but to put it away and forget about it. “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).

    At least this isn’t abuse, this is self serving garbage.

  • Raging Bee

    Christians think knowing the Bible means knowing other people better than they know themselves. Which is ridiculous even if they DO know the Bible, which too many of them don’t.

  • persephone

    Mike is what you get when you beat your children.

  • Jennny

    It’s more than that, it’s the complete arrogance of an egotist, a narcissist, an autocrat and, I’m not a psychologist, but it seems to me, someone with delusions of grandeur. I read once that a famous person – I can’t trace the quote now – had a plaque on his desk that said ‘I could be wrong.’ You could certainly do with one of those Mikey.

  • Desperate Ambrose

    “I could be wrong. Nah!”

    All seriousness aside, though, that’s what I was getting at: This guy has a positive NEED to be contradicted. The only way he can be sure he is doing God’s work is if we evilwickedmeannasty sinners disagree with him.

  • James Yakura

    Yeah, the filter blocks a lot of drug-related terms, but apparently not couchlock, joint, devil’s lettuce, Mary Jane,…

  • swimmerkw

    ”Others go to the opposite extreme: rather than flirt with worldliness, they are prominently pious, known to flaunt their personal convictions. They are known for exalting single issues like head coverings, women wearing pants, birth control, and affiliation with a particular denomination. Their zeal is a substitute for worship and love.“
    Really?

  • Mopsy Pontner

    I’m pretty sure that if Mikey had been born in Scotland, he wouldn’t like the look of anybody else’s tartan.

  • Cathy Young

    I am not a lost sinner! I use google maps thank you very much.

  • Rann

    He does love scoring own goals, doesn’t he?

  • Desperate Ambrose

    Gotta admit, I kinda dig the wizard’s robe, though.

  • Wacky tobaccy?

  • It’s just ridiculous.

  • Whitney Currie

    I don’t know, the Moses look went out of style sometime around when the Jews left Egypt.

  • B.A.

    A “sin coat”? What the what? I can’t even…

  • B.A.

    Sounds a lot like Trump.

  • Jenn H

    An authoritarian leader is complaining about the fact that authoritarian followers are authoritarian followers.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    I’m slipping, I meant to call it “Michael’s Not-Technicolor Sin Coat”

  • Martin Penwald

    So, never, because they never were in Egypt. 🙂

  • Martin Penwald

    It somewhat looks like projection.

  • Desperate Ambrose

    It’s “retro”. In, very in.

  • I feel like I just sat through an IMAX movie, there’s so much projection in that list.

  • “Lost”?

    Nah. Wandering.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    It’s not a complaint, so much as a reassertion of his position of privilege in the pecking order, and right to arbitrarily judge others.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    He’s got to get some reward out of this, considering how rarely he enjoys the sense of relief when the other proves to be the hypocrite.

  • 24CaratHooligan

    Could be worse, could be a wizards sleeve…

  • 24CaratHooligan

    Nanny filter 0 – Dirty British Scoundrel 1. Hehehe…

  • swbarnes2

    This is the only one that I think recently converted people might actually do. The rest of it seem stupid…you go to all the trouble of converting, presumably because of some wonderful emotional experience,…and then you don’t want to talk about it with the like-minded? Who does that? I’d think you’d do the opposite; talk the ear off of the cradle Christians who don’t feel they have anything to prove.

    (Also, ‘disinterested’ doesn’t mean what Pearl thinks it does)

  • Cathy Young

    That’s awesome! A wandering sinner lol. I like it!