What would you do Wednesday!
Today I’m going to
pick-on set the situation within the realm of Southern Baptists since I are one. It is also more culturally acceptable to use your own as an example, right? (Don’t worry, non-Southern Baptists may also comment.)
The created situation involves a seminary student who preaches someone else’s sermons. The question will be two-fold by considering the person as a student and then as a pastor. Your pastor.
For this scenario, the seminary student (SS) will be using, let’s see, sermons by – eeny, meeny, miny, moe, choose a preacher and let’s go – Adrian Rogers. There are many popular Southern Baptist preachers from which to choose, but we will go with the excellent orator, Dr. Rogers, who is now home with the Lord.
Once upon a time…
While in seminary one of your fellow students, SS, confides in you that he does not feel as though he has enough time to do the school work and successfully carry out his preaching duties. To save time on sermon preparation, SS listens to an Adrian Rogers’ sermon and transcribes it for his own use.
Stunned, you’re not sure what to say at the moment. A few days later you learn that a few other students found out that SS uses Rogers’ sermons. Although they were sort of making light of his actions and writing SS off as somewhat of a joke, they thought that SS ought to be confronted and rebuked.
What would you do?
- Confront and rebuke him?
- High-five him for preaching good sermons?
What if you found out this was your pastor in seminary? Would you say anything at all about this issue?