... used a sermon in one or more of your messages that was not yours ? I am not a preacher . But I was wondering about those of you that are . Of course it would require honesty which is contradictory if you stole someone's words in the first place . But perhaps there were mitigating factors involved . I think we all know about the time Charles Spurgeon away from his own pulpit -- physically sick and feeling depressed -- went to a small church and to his surprise heard one of his own sermons from the mouth of the pastor . He went up to the embarrased man afterwards and thanked him sincerely . CHS said hearing his own words though spoken by another convinced him to keep on in the ministry . It actually comforted him . Of course others in that red-faced pastor's shoes can not necessarily have that kind of reassurance from the originator of a sermon who " happens " to be an auditor .