Great Sermon! Very courageous. Continue to preach in boldness of God-glorifying, gospel-centered, bible-believing, Christ-exalting truth. I think all eyes are going to be on this upcoming Sunday's sermon now more than ever. I'm praying that God will prick the hearts of unbelievers who choose to tune in and examine the message next week. (Romans 8:28)
Something seems amiss with this poll, or at least the way people are taking it. Either the questions were phrased fuzzily, or the poll was taken at "random" outside an Assemblies of God church somewhere. A poll of 1000 is way too small to make it a consensus of "Americans', too.
There is a grand difference between the charismatic belief that Christ is talking to you directly as a prophet would hear, and a belief in having a 'personal relationship with Jesus Christ' -- a common modern term that could imply even the general communication of prayer to Christ and reading the word of God, which any true Christian does. At 52% affirmative, I wonder whether the questions were phrased so confusingly such that we would also wonder how to answer.
In all of my Christian walk, I have met very few people who believed Jesus was talking to them, or the Holy Spirit more accurately -- and they were all charismatics. I used to be one.
Why would you take your child to a residence knowing there was a vicious dog there already? As it plainly states they were told to stay away from the dog, right? Reason being... he knew it was mean. Not all pit bulls are vicious. Raise them as a child. Love them, discipline them, not abuse them, and show them you are the dominant in the household. They will listen.
Great Sermon! Thank you brother Jeff for your honesty in this sermon. I too want to encourage you. There are "seven thousand that have not bowed the knee to Baal" and are listening to you and receiving blessings. Thank you again, and stay strong in the Lord.