Yes, it does appear to be a problem for these reasons. Preachers today feel under much more pressure to be spectacular than they used to feel. Christians are much less likely to be loyal to a church of a particular place or a particular theological tradition. What they want is to have a great experience on Sunday, and that means they will travel to get to the most gifted preachers. When you put this pressure together with (a)a busy week in which you havent felt able to prepare well, and (b)the accessibility of so much sermon material through the internetthe temptation to simply re-preach someone elses sermon is very strong.
D. A. Carson:
First: Taking over another sermon and preaching it as if it were yours is always and unequivocally wrong, and if you do it you should resign or be fired immediately. The wickedness is along at least three axes: (1) You are stealing. (2) You are deceiving the people to whom you are preaching. (3) Perhaps worst, you are not devoting yourself to the study of the Bible to the end that Gods truth captures you, molds you, makes you a man of God, and equips you to speak for him.
- We must not be guilty of stealing from our fellow Christians.
- We must not pretend before our congregations that we have researched or composed something that we have not.
- We must not substitute real Bible study and prophetic sermon preparation with cutting and pasting.
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