(NASB) Matthew 11:23 “And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day.
I love the bits in the bible where Jesus appears to go off on an absolute benny. Here he is laying into Capernum just after he’s had a pop at a couple of other places and blasted the crowd at the treatment of John. Comparing cities to Sodom is tantamount to likening people to Hitler in the modern fashion. Jesus’s anger is because he’s been living there since Matthew 4. Matthew himself was from Capernum and a few other disciples besides, also a whole bunch of teachings where brought to the city. The upshot of this was a apparently a city which resolutely remained faithless.
Some people, in which I was once included, seem to think that if they were to gain a spiritual gifting then life would become plain sailing, after all who could deny the existence of God and a loving saviour if, once prayed for, their leg grew back or insomnia was cured or they suddenly got a lot of money. The painful truth is practically everybody. People, if so determined, will make their own answers up even if given the right one. Coincidence, triumph of will or aliens will be offered up as having the criteria fulfilling the action. The truth is people are only saved by responding to the call of God. This is why we must not rely on healing ministries, debt counselling or other compassionate works, All of which are right and the church should do, to save people and increase the Church. But on good teaching of the gospel and building peoples relationships with Jesus.