June 18, 2014
I didn’t know whether to be flattered or offended. Last week I received an e-mail from a preacher asking for my forgiveness. And I wasn’t sure that he had done anything to me that I could forgive him for.
Apparently, he had preached some of my messages and had passed them off as his own, or it might be more accurate to say is that he tried to pass them off as his own because he got caught. As I understand it, part of what was required of him by his elders was that he contact me and ask my forgiveness. The problem is that I don’t think he wronged me.
Many of my sermons are posted online for preachers to use. I assume they will use them as a resource in preparing their own messages, but I’ve been wrong before. I truly believe that there is no limit to the good that can be done if you don’t care who gets the credit. (I stole that quote)
The problem of course wasn’t that he was preaching messages that I wrote, the problem was he wanted people to believe that he had written the messages himself so he was guilty of lying to his church and would need to seek forgiveness from them, not me. Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.