In several church services, I heard some amazing things!
“Please turn to ‘1 Timothy Keller 1:7.'”
Later, “C.S. Lewis 4:5 says ….”
“And Karl Barth 3:2 commands ….”
The final proof was in the Gospel of John Piper.
References to men, who are not the Bible’s Spirit-inspired authors, are bandied about widely in the churches today, though not tongue-in-cheek as Bible verses.
However, in their bulletin, one church linked the the sermon title to a quote by N.T. Wright.
Are these men to be worshiped? No.
“For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:5
“But [Christ] made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant….” Philippians 2:7
“Who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? And, if you received it, why do you glory, as if you had not received it?” 1 Corinthians 4:7
The church needs to be directly tied to God’s Word.
Other people, like the above men, offer derivatives from the Bible, not the Bible directly.
Do you need others to chew your food before swallowing?
Is your heart stirred by God’s Word or by them?
If you must read outside authors, let His Spirit use them to guide you back to His Own burning lips. [Have a ratio of 1:10: 1 from outside, 10 from the Bible! They are no substitutes.]
Quote Him, not them. It all came from Him.
“But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for any man to teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in Him.” 1 John 2:27
I used to read widely outside of the Bible. I realized that the reason I did that, was because I did not know the God of the Bible.
I came to know Him and His Word by reading and staying in the Word, tragedy, through thick-and-thin, and asking Him what it all meant, not by reading extra-biblical writers.
Pastors, the Father wants you to focus on His Word – His Son.
Whatever your motives are for quoting these stars, you need to stay in His Word.
Don’t follow other people.