"I went to Jerusalem to become acquainted (Gk. istoria) with Cephas" - Paul's words from Galatians 1:18.

Worthy of Our Reflection

When an institution or person lives by principle there is an inherent consistency of logic. When an institution or person lives for power there is an inevitable corruption within leadership.


Wade Burleson said...

This is a quote that I am giving our staff to make sure that we base our ministry decisions on a principle and not subjective feelings. All of us gravitate toward doing those things that make us comfortable, powerful, or recognizable, and as a result, if we are not guided by principle we are susceptible to making poor decisions as it relates to people around us and the kingdom in general.

irreverend fox said...

amen. It's easy when you are a "no name". I pray, I really do, that if ever my name were "recognizable" I'd keep that in mind.

Don't forget, David did not fall like he did when he was hanging out with the sheep, writing and singing praises to the Lord...songs that only the sheep and the Lord could hear. It was not until after they sang, "Saul has killed thousands, David has killed TEN thousands...David is great, he killed Goliath..." It was after years of that David fell.

Les Puryear said...


I'm sure the quote you gave to your staff was very motivating.

Allow me to suggest another quote in a similar spirit: “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Col. 3:17.



Bob Cleveland said...


And .. "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely".

I don't know whether those describe cause and effect, but is doesn't seem to fail, that I can see.

Les' citation of scripture is apt, too, as long as we acknowledge that the "name" refers to the authority and character, and not simply hanging someone's name on the end of whatever we did or said.

Professor X said...

Wade, could you also post the reference for this quote. I would be interested in who and where it came from. Thanks.

Wade Burleson said...


Sorry to disappoint, but the quote is original with me.


Kevin Bussey said...

I like that quote. That is what we talked about in our SS class yesterday in I Tim 6.

irreverend fox said...


you have an original qoute! That is awesome! I only have one myself and it tends to make Calvinists and less than 5 pointers happy, but don't steal it or I'll sue you...

"All who WOULD be saved WILL be saved..."

Wade Burleson said...

I like it and believe it.


CB Scott said...


How dare you take credit for that quote. I read it earlier on another blog earlier today:-)


CB Scott said...

Take out one of those earliers.

Wade Burleson said...

I will. I will.


Professor X said...

Wade, no disappointment with me. I read the post as if it was an outside quote. By all means, always give credit where it is due. I was always fascinated as I did my graduate work at the variety of works out there. Many of them would rely on lengthy verbatim quotes that were footnoted properly for an original work of their own. As if properly footnoting the material made it not copying. All that to say, good quote, don't sell yourself short on the reference. I would bet five bucks it turns up in someone's seermon, or paper without proper reference, but I am an SBCer and we don't gamble, I think.

Brian Hatcher

Bill Scott said...

You dilute your contrast slightly with your mixed prepositions (by priciple and for power.) Perhaps you could say, "by principle first...by power alone.." You point is none the less well taken and I AGREE brother.
Bill Scott

Wade Burleson said...

Good point Bill.


othoniel a valdes sr said...

could an institution or a person live by principle and disagree with anothers position.
is the IMB board principled
is SWBTS board principled

Steve A said...

John Madden said something once, and I'll probably get it wrong; when asked about a new team, he said, "They're great! They're all Malinowskis!" What he meant was that none of them were stars or had an ego, and none would be demanding star treatment or credit for having gotten something done.

Rick Pitino always said the only times his NCAA champs progressed was when no one cared whose name got in the paper or who got the most points.

Wade Burleson said...

Of course othoniel.

However, an irenic conservative would not seek to exclude the principled cessationist. Why do you seek to exclude the principled continualist?

Publius said...

Mr. Cleveland,

If I may quote someone as irreverant as Jon Stewart, I think the better quote for our current stink in SBC leadership is:

"Power corrupts, and obsolete power corrupts obsoletely."


Pastor Jeff said...

I like that quote, Wade, and here is another, and I would not take credit for it even if I had said it myself: "A certain cure for arrogance is a visit to the cemetery: where eggheads and boneheads get equal billing."

TruthOfActs said...

Let’s see—you said on Monday, October 30, “I have received probably 100 comments favorable for a statement of cooperation…there have been 4 that could be considered critical of it including the 2 that focused on Ron’s comment—for the sake of keeping the focus on the issue at hand I am closing the comment section.”

Well, well, well—what kind of truth and grace is that? Should Ron’s comment be deleted because two people didn’t like it? He wrote what he thought was the truth. Let’s hear what these two guys say. I thought discussion was the basis for your blog. To shut the post down is what Hitler did to newspapers.

Wade, a few times you have disappointed me, but this is the first time I’m angry. You say you want to change the SBC, but you’re not going to do it with your tail between your legs.
Rex Ray