Jan 21, 2012

The Difference between Authority and Authoritarian

“When the combination is right, we preach with authority, which is different from being an authoritarian. Preaching with authority means you’ve done your homework. You know your people’s struggles and hurts. But you also know the Bible and theology. You can explain the Bible clearly. Preachers aren’t being authoritarian when they point people to the Bible. When Billy Graham explains. ‘The Bible says …’ he’s relying not on his own authority but on another – God’s Word – and he shows how that authority makes sense. We help our credibility when we practice biblical preaching.”

Haddon W. Robinson, Making a Difference
, ed. Scott W. Gibson (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999), 35. 

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