I don’t know how many times I have heard someone say, “Lloyd-Jones is the greatest preacher of the twentieth-century.” It is said with conviction. It is said with certainty. It is supposedly a self-evident fact.
No doubt the good doctor was impressive in many ways, but it is not possible for any human to say “he is the greatest.” First, what are our criteria? Second, who can know another man’s motives? And third, one would have to be aware of every single other preacher to make such an assessment, and who knows that except God?!
I read recently where someone said preachers need to stop introducing their wives as the most beautiful which indeed is good counsel. I would like to extend that to preachers and everyone else for that matter.