When a student in school writes a paper and uses someone else's thoughts, that student must give credit for those thoughts. If someone creates a work of art, they normal put their name on it. When a car company make a car, the company's name is on the car. Proper credit must be given or you start to stray from the truth.
When I would teach a lesson as a Youth Pastor and try to totally rely upon myself, I would have moments of epic failure. I can remember a instant were the Lord wanted me to teach one lesson, but I wanted to teach another. So I taught my lesson with flawed examples and even defended my flawed examples when proven wrong in front of the class. Such low moments in the life of my ministry when I think back on them.
Yet, there are all kinds of stories of ministers that have relied on their own logic or power to try something. And every time that they do, a failure is the result. There are always moments of learning that follow the failures and a sense of understanding. The understanding that apart from the Lord truly nothing can be accomplished.
Although, I feel that I have noticed a very disturbing trend lately for some ministers. The Bible is the Lord's Word given to us from Him. The Lord wrote the Book, we did not or too say no human came up with it. The Lord choose the people that He would write for Him, but He still chose the Words. Yet, people treat the human writers as if we should be disciple of those writers instead of the Lord.
The Bible is very clear on who are to follow and who we are not to follow. The human writers of the Bible are no different than anyone else, they are sinners just like the rest of us. There has and will only ever be one perfect person to walk the face of this planet. I think we would all be better off remember who that person was.
**To the Ends of the Earth**