The other day, I was trying to think of what might be the happiest place on earth. I know Disneyland is sometimes referred to that way, but I’m not sure if it’s the happiest of the happiest. I’ve noticed there is no sadness in ice cream stores. You don’t see kids crying and screaming, “I don’t want any!” there.
I find it so sad that people that never go to church claim to have fellowship with my Jesus. Luke 4:16 tells us it was Jesus’ custom to be in the synagogue. Our Lord did not skip out on church. So, why should we? Beloved, if your “faith” will not get you out of bed, what makes you think that it will get you out of hell?
Ultimately these acts of love and defense of biblical teachings are secondary to our mission of making disciples by proclaiming the good news that Jesus has died for the sins of the world. Because of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, we love others as we would want to be loved if we were in their situation.
Some have argued that a private prayer language should not be considered a charismatic practice at all, strictly on the basis of its private nature. Their logic is apparently rooted in the notion that what people do in the privacy of their own prayer closet is simply nobody else’s business.
Sometimes God will fulfill His promises by showing Israelites mercy, but His Word will never fail. Sometimes God will fulfill His promises by hardening Israelites, but His Word will never fail. Note: Those judicially hardened or cut off are not born in this condition, but have “grown hardened” over years of rebellion (Acts 28:27), they are cut off for unbelief (11:20) and the hope of the apostle is that they may be grafted back in and saved (11:11-32).