1PointPreacher Ep. 28 - Pulpit Plagiarism: Approved to God

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1 Point Preacher
Episode 28

Show Notes:

2 Timothy 2:15, Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

2 Timothy 4:1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:
2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and teaching.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
5 But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Continuing the theme of diligence and work.

The pastor's constant labor, his focus, is to present himself approved to God.
Maybe the pastor is after the approval of people, rather than of God. That's why he's not diligent.

The pastor cannot seek the approval of men and afterwards harvest the approval of God.

Be faithful in ministry, and leave the results to God.

What will inevitably follow the exposure of plagiarism? Shame.
You don't have to feel shame in order to be ashamed in the eyes of God. Is Joel Osteen ashamed for being a false teacher?

Can you look at your work as a preacher—how you spend your time, study, exegete the text and your people, slaving over the structure of a sermon—without shame?
Is your work commendable in the eyes of the Lord?
"This is faithfulness according to my gifting and ability."

Accurately handling the word of truth.
The plagiarizing pastor is barely handling the word of truth at all.
He's not doing the work to verify an accurate handling of the word from the preacher he's stealing from.

The tone is set: "a solemn charge in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus"

The charge itself: preach the word
Preaching, and everything involved in it. Preparation, work, study, suffering. Like a soldier, athlete, farmer.

If you can't preach the word, you're not fit for the office.

If you are plagiarizing, you have said "no" to this solemn charge.
Sin is any want of conformity unto . . . the law of God." (WSC 14)
Not doing what God requires.
The plagiarizing pastor is just doing what makes him happy.

A pastor who diligently studies can "be ready in season and out of season."
Listening to other pastors, reading commentaries, is a lot of work—you have to check it by the Word.
Start with the Bible first. Check yourself by other people later.

Study the text.
Outline the text.
Get the point of the text, maybe even the sermon point and outline.
THEN check others to make sure you aren't the heretic.

Going in reverse, taking a short-cut, actually creates more work.

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