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).
The fulfillment of God’s Word has never relied upon the faithfulness or morality of the individuals chosen to carry it out (Rom. 3:3-4). Neither brother would be justified apart from grace through faith in God, even though they are direct descendants of both Abraham and Isaac. Salvation is by the covenant of grace through faith in the call of God, not the covenant of law through works.
Almighty God, as we stand here at this moment my future associates in the Executive branch of Government join me in beseeching that Thou will make full and complete our dedication to the service of the people in this throng, and their fellow citizens everywhere.