“This was a spiritual and moral mistake on my part,” Noble wrote, “as I began to depend on alcohol for my refuge instead of Jesus and others.” Noble’s addiction—and his church’s concern—are not new.
Nearly one in five pastors report that they have struggled with addiction to alcohol or prescription drugs, according to a 2015 survey by Barna Group and Pepperdine University.
The amendments, including laws against sharing faith in homes, online, or anywhere but recognized church buildings, go into effect July 20.
Though opponents to the new measures hope to eventually appeal in court or elect legislators to amend them, they have begun to prepare their communities for life under the new rules, reported Forum 18 News Service, a Christian outlet reporting on the region.
To share their faith, citizens must secure a government permit through a registered religious organization, and they cannot evangelize anywhere besides churches and other religious sites.At the age of 12, his mother put him in local singing competitions, before catching the attention of a music A&R from La Face Records.In 1994, he released his self-titled debut album, Usher.He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his sophomore album My Way (1997), which spawned his first U. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, "Nice & Slow", amongst top-two singles "You Make Me Wanna..." and "My Way".8701 (2001) produced the number-one singles "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad", and top-three single "U Don't Have to Call".