I often hear stories given as fact to support a sermon. But many times they simply are not true (or at least are very suspicious). This is really beginning to bother me and starting to be a distraction. For example: Billy Graham said that he believes 90% of “Christians” in America are unconverted. (The percentage may actually be true – only God knows – but apparently Graham has denied that comment which started out as 70% years ago and was embellished from there). There was the illustration of the SS United States - never carried troops, used as luxury liner (but primary design was not really as military ship). I don’t know if pastors just look them up and use them or if they really research them and use them anyway. But the end result is fiction presented as fact to illustrate a truth. My question is whether or not you think that illustrations, such as these, should be presented as fact to a congregation to illustrate a point. Or, am I being overly critical?