Jesus answered them and said, ‘My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.
Jesus was to carefully guard the glory of the Father in His preaching. Why is it then that so many modern pulpits waste so much breath promoting their own glory rather than the glory of God?
The answer can be found as we trace the tendency of man’s breath to increase at the expense of God’s breath over the last 175 years – from Nw Haven Theology through the evangelical practices of Charles Finney on to the modern entertainment-driven, seeker-friendly and positive-word churches of today.