A High Honor - a weekly devotion for Ministers
James Inglis graduated from Edinburgh University.
Learned and eloquent, he became the most popular preacher in Detroit, Michigan, with overflowing crowds. One day, as he was preparing his Sunday sermon, it seemed a voice said to him,
“James Inglis, whom are you preaching?”
Startled, he answered, “I am preaching good theology.”
“I did not ask what you are preaching, but whom are you preaching?” Inglis answered,
“I am preaching the Gospel.” Again the voice said,
“I did not ask you what you are preaching; I asked you whom are you preaching?” With bowed head, he silently pondered.
Suddenly, he cried, “O my God, I am preaching James Inglis. But henceforth I will preach Christ and Him crucified!”
Inglis went to his files, removed his eloquent sermons and burned them. From that day forward, he turned his back on popularity, devoting himself wholly to uplifting Christ before men.1
“Immediately, he preached Jesus in the synagogues that He is the Son of God” (Acts 9:20).
“We preach Christ crucified. The cross is the focal point in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. It was no afterthought or emergency measure with God. Christ was ‘the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world’” (Revelation 13:8).2
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- Knight’s Master Book of New Illustrations, by Walter B. Knight, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1956, p. 499
- Billy Graham in Quotes, Franklin Graham and Donna Lee Toney, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN, Copyright 2011, p. 278