Posted by: reformbama | May 13, 2009

Quote from Alfred Gibbs


The Preacher and Preaching – Alfred Gibbs

Preachers occupy a far more prominent place in the public eye than those that take no part in public preaching. Therefore a need for a corresponding circumspect walk before men. A pocket watch and a public clock both serve the same purpose. To tell time. If the watch gets out of order only the owner  gets out of order, but if the public clock goes wrong many are misled. Thus a prominent position carries with it great responsibility for a consistent life. This will involve merciless self-judgment, separation from all known sin, even the denying of legitimate things of life so that the testimony of Christ and ministry cannot be blamed.



  1. That really is a great illustration. I’m going to borrow it and post myself.

    Is that Alfred Gibbs the brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War (

    In Christ,


    • I don’t think it was the general unless he was a pastor also.
      I heard from the Shepherd conference and Gibbs was referenced as
      a pastor. When I was looking for more info on Gibbs the general kept popping up. Thank you for the comment.

  2. […] dangers however of not confronting false teaching and false teachers can be dire. Alfred Gibbs illustrated it like this, “A pocket watch and a public clock both serve the same purpose. To […]

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