Unction

What is unction? According to W.E. Sangster it is “that mystic plus in preaching which no one can define and no one (with any spiritual sensitivity at all) can mistake.”

How do we preachers get it? “Unction comes only of praying. Other things precious to a preacher come by prayer and something else. Unction comes only of praying. If nothing else revealed the poverty of our secret prayers, the absence of unction would. Able preaching can often reveal the cleverness of a man… Unction reveals the presence of God.”

W.E. Sangster, Power in Preaching (Grand Rapids: Baker, repr. 1976), 106, 107.

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