Too many in the church refuse to drink of the Holy Spirit.
Strangely I am a teetotaler when it comes to alcohol. I don't want it, don't need it, and don't like the abuse of it. But my preferences do not make drinking of alcohol wrong.
When I once preached that drinking was not a sin, a dear sister met me at the back of the auditorium lividly upset. She explained to me that just one sip could make a person an immediate alcoholic. Whether her view has any backing, I don't believe the Word agrees with her.
Yet, this is precisely how the Holy Spirit teetotalers in the church talk. If we allow it to be said that the Holy Spirit lives in and operates directly in a Christian's life, then we have opened the flood-gates for speaking in tongues.
That's the way it will be?
Well, it isn't the way it will be. I've been distributing books referencing what little I know about the Holy Spirit's direct involvement in a believer's life. In those 27 years, not one person has told me that because of such studies they now have people speaking in tongues.
That threat is a fear factor which the teetotalers love to whip out, but has no backing.
The Holy Spirit is given to a newborn when baptized and lives within to bear His fruit. He is our power.
The reason so many congregations are dry is they refuse to drink of the Holy Spirit of God. On the other hand, those who gain momentum in life seem to drink from the refreshment of the Spirit of Christ.