Thou shalt not steal another pastorâs sermon?
Recent cases of high-profile pastors who have been accused of lifting othersâ material are raising questions about whether pulpit plagiarism is on the rise â and whether it has become a more forgivable sin.
Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll was accused last year of plagiarism in material he wrote with Tyndale House Publishers and InterVarsity Press. âMistakes were made that I am grieved by and apologize for,â Driscoll said in a statement. Most recently, popular Oklahoma City-based megachurch pastor Craig Groeschel has been accused of plagiarizing the work of writer and comedian Danny Murphy.
Groeschel is the pastor of Lifechurch.tv, a tech-savvy megachurch founded in 1996 that has quickly grown to one of the nationâs largest churches, with 80 weekly âworship experiencesâ across 19 campuses in five states. ...