Lloyd-Jones on Authority in Preaching
There was an old preacher in Wales about one hundred and fifty years ago who was invited to preach at a preaching convention held in a little town. The people had already assembled, but the preacher had not come. so the local minister and other leaders sent a maid back to the house where the preacher was staying to tell him that they were waiting for him and that everything was ready. The girl went and when she came back she said: 'I did not like to disturb him. He is talking to somebody.'
'Oh,' said they, 'that is rather strange, because everybody is here. Go back and tell him that it is after time and that he must come.'
So the girl went back again and again she returned and reported, 'He is talking to somebody.'
'How do you know that?' they asked. She answered: 'I heard him saying to this other person who is with him, "I will not go and preach to those people if you will not come with me."'
'Oh, it is all right,' replied the ministers. 'We had better wait.'
The old preacher knew that there was little purpose in his going to preach unless he knew of a certainty that the Holy Ghost was going with him and giving him authority and power. He was wise enough, and had sufficient spiritual discernment, to refuse to preach until he knew that he had his authroity, and that the Holy Ghost was going with him and would speak through him. You and I, however, often preach without him, and all our cleverness and learning, and all our science and all our apologetics lead to nothing because we lack the authority of the Holy Ghost.
(From'Authority' by DM Lloyd-Jones, IVF, London 1958 page 88)