Hall of Shame – Always follow your notes!

Well, I just wrapped up giving four talk on the issue of the Charismatic Renewal movement. Things went pretty well (though as a speaker you never really know how things went; my self perception is always highly inaccurate), but I made one error big enough that I feel the need to point it out and offer some correction.

In my second talk on Saturday, I was talking about tongues, healing and prophecy. In my lecture, I got lost in my notes and went berserk for about 40 seconds as I remembered a point but got the supporting content wrong.

I was mostly speaking off the top of my head throughout most of my talks, and I said something simply untrue. I stated that Luke, the gospel writer, was an apostle, and I went on about how Jesus took a doctor with him while he was healing.

Luke was not an apostle.

The word I was thinking was “disciple,” and the part about Luke being a witness of Jesus’ ministry and miracles is personal conjecture. It is not stated in Scripture.

I have reasons for suspecting that Luke had witnessed Jesus’ ministry and miracles, but it’s theological guesswork and it’s not a hill I’d ever die on.

Someone was listening closely and asked me about it after, and I realized that I had stated something untrue and presented something as fact that was instead just a point of opinion.

For the sake of integrity and being open with my faults, I’m tossing this quick post up using my phone (hence no pictures) and hoping to clarify before the audio from the conference is posted on the web.

Thanks to the brother who pointed out my error and I’m sure once I listen to the audio, I’ll find some more incidents of “did I say that?”

I’ll deal with corrections as need be.

Well, I’ve gotta get to bed in prep for preaching tomorrow.

Until Next Time,

Lyndon “Christ is perfect; I’m certainly not” Unger

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4 thoughts on “Hall of Shame – Always follow your notes!

  1. I really appreciate how you always try to be the first one to show everyone where you mess up. It seriously is an encouragement to me to be better at being the first to respond when I am wrong, rather than wait and hope no one notices it.

    Be sure to let all of us non-western-Canadians know when the audio hits the interwebs. [It will probably go completely viral and we’ll see it anyway, but just in case. :)]

  2. Imagine that! You are human, lol. It will only make a difference to those inclined to discredit you but in the process create a perfect opportunity to answer them. That answer can be exactly the response needed for those in need of hearing the truth. Who said God didn’t have a sense of humor and that He didn’t mind humbling us in order to send forth his message.

    Isaiah 55:8-9 (NASB)

    8
    “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
    Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
    9
    “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    So are My ways higher than your ways
    And My thoughts than your thoughts.

  3. I heard you say this at the conference and was unsure if I was confused, or if you had accidentally said the wrong thing, or if you knew something I didn’t. So thanks for clarifying. And thanks for taking the time to come and all the work you put into your presentations, I really benefited and am looking forward to relistening to them when they are posted.

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