Prophets Not Orators, by A.W. Tozer

  *Prophets not Orators, by A.W.Tozer*
*And I have put My words in your mouth; I have covered you with the shadow
of My hand, that I may plant the heavens, lay the foundations of the earth,
and say to Zion, "You are My people." *--Isaiah 51:16

The Christian minister, as someone has pointed out, is a descendant not of
the Greek orator but of the Hebrew prophet.

The differences between the orator and the prophet are many and radical, the
chief being that the orator speaks for himself while the prophet speaks for
God. The orator originates his message and is responsible to himself for its
content. The prophet originates nothing but delivers the message he has
received from God who alone is responsible for it, the prophet being
responsible to God for its delivery only. The prophet must hear the message
clearly and deliver it faithfully, and that is indeed a grave
responsibility; but it is to God alone, not to men.(From "God Tells the Man
Who Cares" Chapter 5)

"Lord, I'm reminded this morning of the thought from the late seminary
chaplain Richard Seume: 'When your people sit in front of you on Sunday
morning, they're not interested in hearing another man tell them how to live
their lives; they've come to hear a word from God.' May that be my prophetic
perspective this week. Amen."