THE SILENCE OF THE SCRIPTURES

Introduction  

1.  When God has not spoken on a matter, what are we to do?  How are we to regard the silence of the Word of God?  It often seems that many religious people are more concerned about what God has not said rather than being intent on learning and doing what is written in the bible. In an effort to seek justification for some idea, we often hear people say, "Well, the bible does not say not to do it!"

2. To understand the bible, we need to know how to deal with what is not said.  The purpose of this lesson is to study how we should consider or treat the silence of the Scriptures.

 

I. THE BIBLE PLACES MUCH EMPHASIS ON WHAT GOD SAYS!

 II. GOD EXPECTED ISRAEL TO RESPECT HIS SILENCE WHILE PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION TO WHAT HE SAID.

III. THE PRINCIPLE OF RESPECTING GOD'S SILENCE IS ALSO FOUND IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, GOD'S LAW FOR ALL PEOPLE TODAY.

Now see the chart that follows for a practical application of the principles that have thus far been mentioned.

  

THUS SAITH THE LORD  

VERSUS  

  SILENCE OF THE SCRIPTURES

Things Revealed (Dt.29:29)

Secret things (Dt.29:29)

God's righteousness,  Romans 10:3 

"Righteousness" devised by man

Wisdom of God (1 Cor.1:21)

Wisdom of men (1 Cor.2:5)

 Walk by faith (2 Cor.5:7)

Walk by sight (2 Cor.5:7)

Words of Christ (1 Tim.6:3)

Words of men

Preach the word (2 Tim.4:2)

Preach opinions of men

 Ephesians 4:4-6

 Speculations of men

  • One body (the church)

  • many churches

  • One Spirit

  • no Spirit (Acts 23:8)    

  • One Lord

  • deny Jesus is Lord (disobey)

  • One Faith

  • many creeds/later day revelations

  • One Baptism

  • many baptisms

 Sing,  Eph.5:17; Col.3:16

Mechanical instruments. of music

 Immerse men and women, Rom.6:3,4; Acts 8:12

Sprinkle water on infants

Church support of:...

Church support of:..

  • Evangelism, Phil.4:15,16

  • Missionary societies

  • Edification, Acts 20:28

  • Seminaries; Colleges

  • Benevolence, Acts 6:1-6

  • Benevolent corporations ("Homes" for  aged or orphans)

  Today, we must ask for a "thus saith the Lord" by command, approved apostolic example or a necessary inference.  This is the only way to religious unity. It is unscriptural for churches to plan activities on the basis of the silence of the scriptures. God has revealed what he wants us to know and to do. Let us study and do His will.

  Martin Luther said that anything could be retained in worship, etc., which was not specifically forbidden.  He did not respect the silence of God to the same extent that he respected what God said.  Many religious people have imitated this view and built their programs of work around this unscriptural philosophy.  The result is religious division.

 

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