Bob: Don’t be afraid of my dog. You know the old proverb, “A barking dog never bites”.
Richard: “I know the proverb, you know the proverb, but does your dog know the proverb?”
Source | Lachman Mehta, Stolen Treasures
(Xlibris Corporation, 2012) page 248
Here’s a slightly different version
Ned goes over to see his neighbour who has a very ferocious-looking dog. As Ned approaches the door the dog begins to bark wildly and his neighbour says to him, “Come on in, Ned! Don’t be afraid of my dog. You know the old proverb: A barking dog never bites.” “Yes,” replied Ned, “I know the proverb, and you know the proverb, but does your dog know it?” Before we have an agreement on when a dog can bite and when it cannot, we must first make sure the dog is party to the agreement.
In the same vein, any attempt by humans to legislate on where and through whom God and God’s Holy Spirit can act or cannot act is nothing but a futile attempt to shrink God. For God cannot be limited. The Holy Spirit of God breathes where she wills and is not the monopoly of any faith tradition.