We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


“Borrowed” Truth

There I was, sitting in church, when I suddenly felt like I was experiencing a deja vu moment–a moment that had occurred just a few days prior. Each word out of the preacher’s mouth was coming to my mind prior to him speaking the words. I began mouthing the words to myself before he spoke them, and sure enough, they were exactly the same.

This moment was quite surreal to say the least. I sat up and began to feel like I was experiencing a supernatural phenomenon. Or was I? The next sentence that the preacher spoke came to my mind like a lightening bolt! Ah ha! I knew that I had heard this message before. I heard it on the radio on Thursday . . . Chuck Swindoll had just preached that message and this preacher was–well, I guess you could say that he was borrowing it!

In Jeremiah 23 we read, “. . . let him who has my word speak my word faithfully . . . Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, declares the LORD, who steal my words from one another.”

We live in a day when a lot of borrowing is going on–and there’s not a lot of diligent study to show ourselves approved unto God. There’s nothing wrong with learning from others, but there is something unexplainably thrilling about receiving fresh insight from the Holy Spirit Himself when you study diligently. If preachers and teachers were digging for gold in their studies, the pulpits would become burning bushes each time the service began–a time when we felt like we were standing on holy ground.

Published in: on January 15, 2012 at 5:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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