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James Forbes, in the book Holy Spirit and Preaching writes:
Preaching under the anointing of the Spirit deeply touches the hearer, evoking either acceptance or rejection of the Gospel.
Is the gospel you preach acceptable to everyone? It seems as though many of us are working under the asumption that our message will never ruffle any feathers and will always make everyone shout. It will never push us to a higher level of living. This type of Gospel presentation can foster no change, becuase it never even asks for it.
It forever dwells on the benefits God gives us and never even looks at the change that is made in Christian believers by the Most High God. It takes the “offense of the Cross” Galatians 5:15 and turns it into a meaningless symbol; an irrelevant piece of archaic jewelry.
But the true Gospel will be preached by some. It will evoke the same response that our sisters and brothers of previous eras had to face. There will be some who reject, for it is written: “All that will live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12). But some will accept it, and be changed into true citizens of the coming Kingdom of God.
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