“WHERE HAVE
I EVER SPOKEN
A WORD?”
RIGHTLY INTERPRETING THE
SILENCE OF SCRIPTURES
GOOD TO BE REMINDED,
LEST WE FORGET
“For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you
always of these things, though ...
GOOD TO BE REMINDED,
BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE
“My hindsight is clearer than my foresight! I am in no
position to boast, becau...
GOOD TO BE REMINDED,
LEST WE STUMBLE
“I have been a member of a ‘Church of Christ’ for over 20
years. However, I am beginn...
CENI AND CHURCHES OF CHRIST
• Command
• Example, Approved Apostolic
• Necessary Inference or Conclusion
If anyone thinks h...
“CASTING DOWN ARGUMENTS”

6

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war
according to the flesh. For the weapons of our...
WHAT IS THE QUESTION?
• Silence – What does it mean? Here’s MerriamWebster:
1. forbearance from speech or noise
2. absence...
WHAT IS THE QUESTION?
• Conclusion – Erroneous to presume that God’s
silence necessitates His approval or authority.
Silen...
DO NOT PRESUME!
• “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe
it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.”
(Deut...
“WHERE HAVE I EVER
SPOKEN A WORD?”
• David was declared by God to be “a man after His
own heart” (I Samuel 13:14)
• Often ...
“WHERE HAVE I EVER
SPOKEN A WORD?”
“Now it came to pass when the king was dwelling in
his house, and the LORD had given hi...
“WHERE HAVE I EVER
SPOKEN A WORD?”
“… up from Egypt, even to this day, but have
moved about in a tent and in a tabernacle....
ANSWERING OBJECTIONS:
DAVID’S GOOD HEART
• “David was commended, not condemned for this attitude!”
“But the LORD said to m...
ANSWERING OBJECTIONS:
DAVID’S BLESSING
• “David was blessed by God in this context (II Samuel
7:8-17)”
• However, that ble...
“WHAT GOD HAS JOINED,
LET NOT MAN SEPARATE …”
The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to
Him, “Is it lawfu...
ANSWERING OBJECTIONS:
A DIRECT VIOLATION?
• “Divorce directly violates command to join or
cleave!”
• This assumes the patt...
“HOUSES TO EAT AND DRINK IN?”
Therefore when you come together in one place, it
is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. For in ea...
“HOUSES TO EAT AND DRINK IN?”
For I received from the Lord that which I also
delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the ...
ANSWERING OBJECTIONS
• “The Corinthians exhibited a multitude of problems:
selfishness, divisiveness, drunkenness, etc.”
•...
OTHER EXAMPLES
• God’s promise to “seed”, singular, not
“seeds”, plural (Galatians 3:15-17; Genesis 22:18)
– Requires addi...
CONCLUSION
• Silence does not authorize, permit, or approve
anything!
• Examples: Instrumental Music, Church Sponsored
Col...
GENERIC AUTHORITY
Generic aspects of God’s pattern authorize multiple
unspecified options or expediencies.
• Command to Si...
CONCLUSION
• Silence does not authorize, permit, or approve
anything!
• Examples: Instrumental Music, Church Sponsored
Col...
PATTERN OF SALVATION? ACTS!
Example

Hear

Believe

Repent

Confess

Baptized

Pentecost

X

X

X

Samaritans

X

X

Eunuc...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5
×

"Where have I ever spoken a word?"

50

Published on

Introduction to the question of properly interpreting God's silence in Scriptures. See also:

http://www.insearchoftruth.org/articles/silence_of_the_scriptures_intro.html

Published in: Spiritual
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total Views
50
On Slideshare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
0
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
1
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

"Where have I ever spoken a word?"

  1. 1. “WHERE HAVE I EVER SPOKEN A WORD?” RIGHTLY INTERPRETING THE SILENCE OF SCRIPTURES
  2. 2. GOOD TO BE REMINDED, LEST WE FORGET “For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you” (II Peter 1:12-13) “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!” (Philippians 3:12)
  3. 3. GOOD TO BE REMINDED, BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE “My hindsight is clearer than my foresight! I am in no position to boast, because I was not among the wise ones who saw the danger … at first. … We failed to do that which should have been done very effectively in those early days. … Enough teaching before … could have immunized the church against … substitutes for God‟s pattern. We had the opportunity; but, in our simple ignorance, we failed in this significant way. … Our opportunity to do effective teaching was before the powerful machines were set up and thrown into high gear. … The floodgate was opened, and none could close it. It has not been closed, and it will not be closed in time …” (Preaching In A Changing World, Irven P. Lee, p.43-44)
  4. 4. GOOD TO BE REMINDED, LEST WE STUMBLE “I have been a member of a ‘Church of Christ’ for over 20 years. However, I am beginning to have my doubts. For example, the following question is fundamental because several of the traditions that we are very dogmatic about depend on this teaching. … Is Biblical silence prohibitive? I believe that we have missed the point on this topic.” “If this so-called „law of silence‟ were to be followed „religiously,‟ then our PA systems, Powerpoint usage, song books, and other things which we commonly use in worship would all be outlawed. It really is time to apply some common sense to this „law,‟ and the way it is applied by so many. ...” “You would think someone who is so interested in following the New Testament Pattern would have followed it … Does the Bible authorize a church to have a Facebook page? …”
  5. 5. CENI AND CHURCHES OF CHRIST • Command • Example, Approved Apostolic • Necessary Inference or Conclusion If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord. (I Cor. 14:37) • Bible commands us to follow approved NT examples (Philippians 3:17; 4:9; II Thess. 3:7; I Cor. 11:1). • Bible exemplifies using necessary inference (Mathew 19:3-8; 22:23-33; Acts 2:25-36; II Samuel 7:1-7; Heb. 7:11-14)
  6. 6. “CASTING DOWN ARGUMENTS” 6 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ … (II Corinthians 10:3-5)
  7. 7. WHAT IS THE QUESTION? • Silence – What does it mean? Here’s MerriamWebster: 1. forbearance from speech or noise 2. absence of sound or noise 3. absence of mention • Occurrence – Some things are not specifically mentioned in Scripture! • Interpretation – Does God’s silence prohibit or permit? • By Definition – Silence means nothing, because it is nothing!
  8. 8. WHAT IS THE QUESTION? • Conclusion – Erroneous to presume that God’s silence necessitates His approval or authority. Silence cannot authorize! • Silence does not inherently prohibit! • Silence does not inherently permit! • Specification, God‟s specificity defines limits and bounds! • Demonstration – One inspired example can eliminate presumption. • Misnomer – Is God ever truly and absolutely silent on any matter?
  9. 9. DO NOT PRESUME! • “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.” (Deuteronomy 12:32; 4:2; Joshua 1:7; 23:6; Proverbs 4:26-27; 30:5-6; Revelation 22:18-19) • “… learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other.” (I Corinthians 4:6; Numbers 22:18; 24:13; II John 9; Mat. 7:21-23) • “My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.” (Psalm 89:34; Galatians 3:15; Matthew 5:18-19; John 10:35-36; I Peter 1:22-25; Galatians 1:6-9)
  10. 10. “WHERE HAVE I EVER SPOKEN A WORD?” • David was declared by God to be “a man after His own heart” (I Samuel 13:14) • Often exhibited the noblest of intentions (I Samuel 24:1-22; I Chronicles 11:18-19; 21:22-25) • “Walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked …” (I Kings 3:14; 9:4; 11:4-6; II Kings 22:2; II Chronicles 7:17; 17:3-4; 34:2-3) • But, he was not perfect (II Samuel 11:1-12:23) – even presumptuous on occasion (I Chronicles 13:1-14; 15:1-15; II Samuel 6:1-8)
  11. 11. “WHERE HAVE I EVER SPOKEN A WORD?” “Now it came to pass when the king was dwelling in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies all around, that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains.” Then Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you.” But it happened that night that the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying, “Go and tell My servant David, „Thus says the LORD: “Would you build a house for Me to dwell in? For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought the children of Israel …”
  12. 12. “WHERE HAVE I EVER SPOKEN A WORD?” “… up from Egypt, even to this day, but have moved about in a tent and in a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about with all the children of Israel, have I ever spoken a word to anyone from the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’ ”‟” (II Samuel 7:1-7) • Compare to the Pattern – Exodus 25:9-27:21 – no prohibiting verse! • God had been silent! • David was corrected for presuming on God’s silence.
  13. 13. ANSWERING OBJECTIONS: DAVID’S GOOD HEART • “David was commended, not condemned for this attitude!” “But the LORD said to my father David, „Whereas it was in your heart to build a temple for My name, you did well that it was in your heart. Nevertheless you shall not build the temple, but your son who will come from your body, he shall build the temple for My name.‟” (I Kings 8:18-19) • David sought the Lord’s glory – not His own (“for My name”) • Regardless, it was contrary to God’s will (“you shall not build the temple”) – Good intentions do not justify! • Ultimately succeeded in bringing the ark to Jerusalem (I Chronicles 15:1-16:43) • But, failed at first, “because we did not consult Him about the proper order” (I Chronicles 15:13) • Good intentions may err grossly if they ignore the “proper order”!
  14. 14. ANSWERING OBJECTIONS: DAVID’S BLESSING • “David was blessed by God in this context (II Samuel 7:8-17)” • However, that blessing did not justify any of his mistakes, much less his sins (Bathsheba, Uriah, numbering the people) • “Test all things; hold fast what is good” (I Thess. 5:21-22) • The blessing does not erase God’s correction! • Neither, David nor God link God’s blessing to David’s desire. • Furthermore, David was chosen by God before and apart from His desire to build the temple (II Samuel 7:8-9; I Samuel 13:14) • David’s desire to build a house for God was coincidental, providing the occasion to reveal God was building David a house.
  15. 15. “WHAT GOD HAS JOINED, LET NOT MAN SEPARATE …” The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?” And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,‟ and said, „For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh‟? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate. They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.” (Matthew 19:3-8) • Compare to the Pattern – Genesis 1:27; 2:18-24 – No prohibiting verse!
  16. 16. ANSWERING OBJECTIONS: A DIRECT VIOLATION? • “Divorce directly violates command to join or cleave!” • This assumes the pattern must be observed indefinitely. • Where does God say to be joined for life? • What keeps a man from being joined to one wife and then to another and then to another …? • The revealed pattern excludes divorce until God reveals otherwise. • Jesus’ logic embodies the attitude of respecting God’s pattern and rejecting authority upon silence!
  17. 17. “HOUSES TO EAT AND DRINK IN?” Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you. ... Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come. (I Cor. 11:20-22, 33-34) • Where does the pattern prohibit eating a common supper?
  18. 18. “HOUSES TO EAT AND DRINK IN?” For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes. (I Corinthians 11:2326) • Where are common meals prohibited?
  19. 19. ANSWERING OBJECTIONS • “The Corinthians exhibited a multitude of problems: selfishness, divisiveness, drunkenness, etc.” • These sins are not approved in any location (II Corinthians 8:13-15; Acts 2:44-45; 4:34-35; I Corinthians 1:10; Galatians 5:19-21)! • So, how does relocating the meals solve those problems? • “The Corinthians were not adding but replacing!” • Then, why did Paul not add back what was missing? • “Fellowship meals were authorized (Acts 2:42, 46; 20:7, 9; Jude 12)” • Refer to individual acts of hospitality and the Lord’s Supper.
  20. 20. OTHER EXAMPLES • God’s promise to “seed”, singular, not “seeds”, plural (Galatians 3:15-17; Genesis 22:18) – Requires addition to misunderstand. • Jews added commerce to temple’s mission of payer (Mark 11:15-17; Isaiah 56:7; Jeremiah 7:11). • Nadab and Abihu used “strange fire”, which God “commanded not” (Leviticus 10:1-3; 16:1-13; Exodus 30:7-10, 34-38). • Jesus served as a priest from tribe of Judah, not Levi (Hebrews 7:11-14). • … Only needed 1 to disprove that silence authorizes!
  21. 21. CONCLUSION • Silence does not authorize, permit, or approve anything! • Examples: Instrumental Music, Church Sponsored Colleges, Church Community Cook-outs, etc. • Also, silence does not necessarily prohibit! • Examples: Church Building, PowerPoint, Facebook, etc. • Specific aspects of God’s pattern exclude alternatives. • Generic aspects of God’s pattern authorize multiple unspecified options or expediencies.
  22. 22. GENERIC AUTHORITY Generic aspects of God’s pattern authorize multiple unspecified options or expediencies. • Command to Sing – Eph. 5:19; Col 3:16: • Which songs? Hymnal, PowerPoint, memory… • Type of songs? Chants, 4-Part harmony, … • Still singing – no more, no less • Command to Assemble – Hebrews 10:25: • Where? Homes, rental, tent, building, … • When? 9 AM, 9:30 AM, 5 PM, 6 PM, … • Command to Go, Preach – Mark 16:15-16: • How? Walk, ride camel, ride boat, fly, … • Medium? Voice, PA system, internet, journal, ...
  23. 23. CONCLUSION • Silence does not authorize, permit, or approve anything! • Examples: Instrumental Music, Church Sponsored Colleges, Church Community Cook-outs, etc. • Also, silence does not necessarily prohibit! • Examples: Church Building, PowerPoint, Facebook, etc. • Specific aspects of God’s pattern exclude alternatives. • Generic aspects of God’s pattern authorize multiple unspecified options or expediencies. • Respect God’s pattern in all things!
  24. 24. PATTERN OF SALVATION? ACTS! Example Hear Believe Repent Confess Baptized Pentecost X X X Samaritans X X Eunuch X X Saul (Paul) X Cornelius X X X Lydia X X X Jailer X X X Thessalonians X Crispus X X X Ephesians X X X X X X X
  1. A particular slide catching your eye?

    Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.

×