WE MUST RESPECT THE "LAW OF SILENCE"

WE MUST RESPECT THE "LAW OF SILENCE"

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August 10th, 2010, 4:11 am #1

WE MUST RESPECT THE "LAW OF SILENCE"

[color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]Total respect for God's Word demands more than many are willing to give. We must study, perceive and accept the authority of God's silence. He does not have to say "thou shalt not" in order to prohibit a thing. Failure to recognize or accept this principle has been one of the fundamental underlying causes of our religious differences. Some of those who went before us recognized the importance of this principle.

"It is evident that whatever God has not commanded and has not instituted by express commands of Scripture He does not want observed nor does He want to be served therewith, nor will He have His Word set aside nor made to suit the pleasure of men." This was written by Dirk Phillips in the 16th century, in his book Vindication. (Quoted by J.D. Murch, Christians Only, p. 15).

That there is such a principle is clearly stated in I Corinthians 4:6 where Paul writes that "ye might learn not to go beyond the things which are written" (ASV). We see it applied in at least three instances:
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<ol>[*][color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]In Acts 15:1 we read of certain brethren who taught circumcision as a Christian doctrine and insisted on its observance. The Apostles and elders wrote the brethren concerning this practice, "We have heard that certain (men) who went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls; to whom we gave no commandment" (Acts 15:24). They proceeded to repudiate the actions of those certain men. Even though circumcision had been commanded under the Old Covenant, it could not be bound upon the church since no commandment concerning it had been given.[/color]

</li>[*][color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]In establishing the superiority of Christ over angels, the author of Hebrews writes, "having become by so much better than the angels, as he hath inherited a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my son" (Heb. 1:5). The very fact that God had not said to one of the angels these words, which he spoke to the Son, is proof of their inferiority to Christ.[/color]

</li>[*][color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]While explaining the need for the Melchizedek priesthood of Christ, the writer says, "For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. For he of whom these things are said belongeth to another tribe, from which no man hath given attendance at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord hath sprung out of Judah: as to which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priests." (Heb. 7:12-14).[/color]

</li>[/list][color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]If we do not respect the sacred silence of God's word, then no one can object to infant baptism or sprinkling, counting beads, burning of incense and a thousand other things that God did not specifically forbid, being introduced into the faith and worship of the church. The concept that "I can do anything God does not forbid" in Christian worship lets in an avalanche that few are ready to accept. See also Leviticus 10:1-3 where Nadab and Abihu violated this law by offering strange fire. God had not specifically forbidden the use of their fire by a positive command. However, it was forbidden since He had specified that they were to use the fire from the perpetual fire on the great altar before the tabernacle for incense (Lev. 16:12).

It is the silence of the New Testament authorizing instrumental music in worship that leads us to reject that practice and other like additions to our faith and worship. J.D. Murch comments on this theme: "Within the last generation the Church of Christ has made a phenomenal growth. This is due to two things:[/color]

<ol>[*][color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]Its people have stood like a Rock of Gibraltar for `the faith which was once delivered unto the saints,' amid the doubt and confusion super induced by liberalism. They have challenged the spirit of compromise, and worldliness, and dared, to be a `peculiar' people teaching and practicing what they believe is the Bible way of life.[/color]

</li>[*][color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]They have come to realize that the silence of the Scriptures must be respected as well as the commandments of Scripture, but that obedience to its silences permits freedom of judgment and action" (Ibid. p. 313)[/color]

</li>[/list][color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]Sadly, few contemporary Christians understand the significance of the "silence of the Scriptures." Every leader and teacher should familiarize himself with this great principle that his own faith might be strong, and that he might also teach others. When a generation grows up that does not know this principle of truth, they may well reason like Martin Luther, "I can do anything the Bible does not specifically forbid." Look where that approach has led Luther's followers. Woe to the church when that day comes. [/color]

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John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now

E-Mail: mailto:john.waddey@yahoo.com
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Dr. Bill Crump
Dr. Bill Crump

August 10th, 2010, 2:21 pm #2

Waddey's essay quotes Dirk Phillips, who states that whatever God has not specifically commanded in Scripture must not be observed in worship. Waddey then presents several biblical examples to illustrate that such a principle is valid. It must be understood that this principle applies only to the biblical principles of faith and worship in the Church. If we take this no-command principle to the extreme and say that it forbids anything and everything that God has not explicitly commanded in Scripture, then we are forbidden to have church buildings with conveniences like printed hymn books, air conditioning, pews, PA systems, electricity, running water, indoor toilets, kitchens, and a host of similar items. We must realize that God made no commands about such items, because none of them clash or interfere with the biblical principles of faith and worship in the Church. Therefore, such items are incidental, and man is free to use them.

Yet to "justify" whatever pleases them, dissenters and dissidents in the Church abuse the no-command principle by stating, "I can do anything the Bible does not specifically forbid." A similar claim is, "If God doesn't say not to, I can do it." If such claims are really valid, then it is permissible to use cocaine in worship, because God does not explicitly forbid cocaine in worship. The fallacy of such claims such be obvious. By abusing the no-command principle, people further claim, "Since God doesn't explicitly forbid PA systems and instrumental music in Christian worship, we can and will have both." Such people conveniently ignore the fact that PA systems are incidentals that do not clash with biblical principles of faith and worship. On the other hand, the addition of instrumental music definitely clashes with God's explicit command to sing and make melody in the heart (Eph. 5:19 and Col. 3:16). The dissenters and dissidents then argue that IM "accompanies" or "enhances" the singing. However, God does not command that vocal music in worship should be "accompanied" or "enhanced." Another fallacious argument is that since God doesn't command two-, three-, or four-part harmony, then all vocal music must be sung in unison. Again, since God does not specify whether singing is to be in harmony or in unison, man is free to chose.

The bottom line is that we are not to alter, add to, or remove anything that God has explicitly commanded regarding the biblical principles of faith and worship in the Church. Likewise, we are not to assume that God's "silence" regarding biblical principles of faith and worship gives us a license to do as we please.
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Ray
Ray

August 16th, 2010, 2:44 pm #3

It never ceases to amaze me that those who claim to follow and respect the law of silence routinely ignore it when it suits them.

Has God ever authorized us to call something a sin where He has not? God is Silent on allowing us to call something a sin where He has not. He alone has the power and authority to cal something a sin, and he has not given us that power or authority. He is silent on allowing us to have that power and authority. In fact, God has repeatedly warned us on the danger of playing god.

So why do those who claim to respect the law of silence routinely break it by calling something a sin where God has not?
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Donnie
Donnie

August 16th, 2010, 4:09 pm #4

[color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]Ray,

1. Be specific. So that we may understand what you're trying to say or imply, please give at least 3 examples of man's directives for the church that you believe do not violate the law of silence (meaning that the Holy Scripture does not instruct). Give a brief reason for each:
____________________________________________________
____________________________________________________
____________________________________________________

2. What is the meaning of "the law of silence" to you?
____________________________________________________


3. Who is guilty of hypocrisy regarding the law of silence:

______ Is it the one who follows God's commands and examples?
......................... OR ...............................
______ Is it the one who does something anyway because God does not say "NOT TO..."?[/color]
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Dave
Dave

August 16th, 2010, 10:44 pm #5

I think I am going to start calling Donnie Walt from now on....

He just leads you around in a circle....over and over and over and over again.
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Dr. Bill Crump
Dr. Bill Crump

August 17th, 2010, 3:09 am #6

Observation: I think Dave has never responded to anyone with whom he disagrees without throwing at least one insult or uncivil comment.
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August 17th, 2010, 5:05 am #7

I think I am going to start calling Donnie Walt from now on....

He just leads you around in a circle....over and over and over and over again.
[color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]Dave,

It may be a while before Ray responds to the 3 questions above. Would you like to share with the readers your viewpoints? [/color]
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Dave
Dave

August 17th, 2010, 2:50 pm #8

Comment on this....."Be silent where the Bible speaks, and speak up where the Bible is silent.

More slander by William Crump. Looks like you guys would try something different occasionally.
Mix it up and show some love occasionally.
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Rocnar
Rocnar

August 21st, 2010, 6:18 pm #9

Waddey's essay quotes Dirk Phillips, who states that whatever God has not specifically commanded in Scripture must not be observed in worship. Waddey then presents several biblical examples to illustrate that such a principle is valid. It must be understood that this principle applies only to the biblical principles of faith and worship in the Church. If we take this no-command principle to the extreme and say that it forbids anything and everything that God has not explicitly commanded in Scripture, then we are forbidden to have church buildings with conveniences like printed hymn books, air conditioning, pews, PA systems, electricity, running water, indoor toilets, kitchens, and a host of similar items. We must realize that God made no commands about such items, because none of them clash or interfere with the biblical principles of faith and worship in the Church. Therefore, such items are incidental, and man is free to use them.

Yet to "justify" whatever pleases them, dissenters and dissidents in the Church abuse the no-command principle by stating, "I can do anything the Bible does not specifically forbid." A similar claim is, "If God doesn't say not to, I can do it." If such claims are really valid, then it is permissible to use cocaine in worship, because God does not explicitly forbid cocaine in worship. The fallacy of such claims such be obvious. By abusing the no-command principle, people further claim, "Since God doesn't explicitly forbid PA systems and instrumental music in Christian worship, we can and will have both." Such people conveniently ignore the fact that PA systems are incidentals that do not clash with biblical principles of faith and worship. On the other hand, the addition of instrumental music definitely clashes with God's explicit command to sing and make melody in the heart (Eph. 5:19 and Col. 3:16). The dissenters and dissidents then argue that IM "accompanies" or "enhances" the singing. However, God does not command that vocal music in worship should be "accompanied" or "enhanced." Another fallacious argument is that since God doesn't command two-, three-, or four-part harmony, then all vocal music must be sung in unison. Again, since God does not specify whether singing is to be in harmony or in unison, man is free to chose.

The bottom line is that we are not to alter, add to, or remove anything that God has explicitly commanded regarding the biblical principles of faith and worship in the Church. Likewise, we are not to assume that God's "silence" regarding biblical principles of faith and worship gives us a license to do as we please.
Cocaine use in the worship service? Dr. Crump, please tell me you know the Bible does not allow for such.

Cocaine use in Church = Strawman argument by Dr. Crump

Dr. Crump, please grow up.

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August 21st, 2010, 8:20 pm #10

WE MUST RESPECT THE "LAW OF SILENCE"

[color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]Total respect for God's Word demands more than many are willing to give. We must study, perceive and accept the authority of God's silence. He does not have to say "thou shalt not" in order to prohibit a thing. Failure to recognize or accept this principle has been one of the fundamental underlying causes of our religious differences. Some of those who went before us recognized the importance of this principle.

"It is evident that whatever God has not commanded and has not instituted by express commands of Scripture He does not want observed nor does He want to be served therewith, nor will He have His Word set aside nor made to suit the pleasure of men." This was written by Dirk Phillips in the 16th century, in his book Vindication. (Quoted by J.D. Murch, Christians Only, p. 15).

That there is such a principle is clearly stated in I Corinthians 4:6 where Paul writes that "ye might learn not to go beyond the things which are written" (ASV). We see it applied in at least three instances:
[/color]

<ol>[*][color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]In Acts 15:1 we read of certain brethren who taught circumcision as a Christian doctrine and insisted on its observance. The Apostles and elders wrote the brethren concerning this practice, "We have heard that certain (men) who went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls; to whom we gave no commandment" (Acts 15:24). They proceeded to repudiate the actions of those certain men. Even though circumcision had been commanded under the Old Covenant, it could not be bound upon the church since no commandment concerning it had been given.[/color]

</li>[*][color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]In establishing the superiority of Christ over angels, the author of Hebrews writes, "having become by so much better than the angels, as he hath inherited a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my son" (Heb. 1:5). The very fact that God had not said to one of the angels these words, which he spoke to the Son, is proof of their inferiority to Christ.[/color]

</li>[*][color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]While explaining the need for the Melchizedek priesthood of Christ, the writer says, "For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. For he of whom these things are said belongeth to another tribe, from which no man hath given attendance at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord hath sprung out of Judah: as to which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priests." (Heb. 7:12-14).[/color]

</li>[/list][color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]If we do not respect the sacred silence of God's word, then no one can object to infant baptism or sprinkling, counting beads, burning of incense and a thousand other things that God did not specifically forbid, being introduced into the faith and worship of the church. The concept that "I can do anything God does not forbid" in Christian worship lets in an avalanche that few are ready to accept. See also Leviticus 10:1-3 where Nadab and Abihu violated this law by offering strange fire. God had not specifically forbidden the use of their fire by a positive command. However, it was forbidden since He had specified that they were to use the fire from the perpetual fire on the great altar before the tabernacle for incense (Lev. 16:12).

It is the silence of the New Testament authorizing instrumental music in worship that leads us to reject that practice and other like additions to our faith and worship. J.D. Murch comments on this theme: "Within the last generation the Church of Christ has made a phenomenal growth. This is due to two things:[/color]

<ol>[*][color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]Its people have stood like a Rock of Gibraltar for `the faith which was once delivered unto the saints,' amid the doubt and confusion super induced by liberalism. They have challenged the spirit of compromise, and worldliness, and dared, to be a `peculiar' people teaching and practicing what they believe is the Bible way of life.[/color]

</li>[*][color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]They have come to realize that the silence of the Scriptures must be respected as well as the commandments of Scripture, but that obedience to its silences permits freedom of judgment and action" (Ibid. p. 313)[/color]

</li>[/list][color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]Sadly, few contemporary Christians understand the significance of the "silence of the Scriptures." Every leader and teacher should familiarize himself with this great principle that his own faith might be strong, and that he might also teach others. When a generation grows up that does not know this principle of truth, they may well reason like Martin Luther, "I can do anything the Bible does not specifically forbid." Look where that approach has led Luther's followers. Woe to the church when that day comes. [/color]

___________________________________
John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now

E-Mail: mailto:john.waddey@yahoo.com
Since people known as The Church of Christ had never used instruments in recorded history, it did not need a law of silence to prevent them from doing what they had NEVER done. The "law" has never been used by churches of Christ other than to deny the right of instrumentalists to steal the church houses of widows so the could impose their instruments. No discord has evern been sown by continuing to do what the group had always done. A heretic or sectarian "imposes" something into the group which is not required to carry out its founding mission. But, heck, it makes more sense to STEAL a church property than buy it.

Unity by H. Leo Boles proves that the Christian church used the LAW OF SILENCE to impose instruments.

http://www.piney.com/Unity.Boles.html

"Areas of silence," "liberty of opinion," and "the realm of expediency" are trite phrases used by leaders in the "Christian Church" and have been coined and put on a par with the teachings of the New Testament. It is just another way of saying that the opinions of men may guide the people of God, and that some of the people of God should submit to the opinions of men.

There was unity with God's people so long as they respected the slogan, "Where the scriptures speak, we speak; and where the scriptures are silent, we are silent"; but when brethren began to claim the authority to speak where the New Testament is silent, and impose their opinions upon other brethren, division and separation were the inevitable results.

....W.R. Walker, in Christian Standard, May 27, 1939, said: "There are two areas in our religious living
....in which the authority of Christ must be recognized.
........The first embraces all his teaching and that of his inspired followers, the `vocal area' ;
........but there is another area, the `area of silence."' He further said:

...."I am persuaded that Christ has authority in the `areas of silence.'
........Christ, by his silence, in every situation concerning which he has left no direct teaching,
........has bestowed on me this authority to act for myself."


"Here are the two standards or rules recognized by many in the "Christian Church," namely, that of "walking by faith," and that of "walking by opinion." W.R. Walker calls the opinions of man in the "areas of silence" "the authority of Christ." This is tantamount to saying that man's opinions in the "areas of silence" are of equal force with the word of God.

I join issue with him on this point. There can be no unity in the "area of silence," as there can be no unity on opinions when each man claims the authority to do what is right in his own eyes. This would violate every scripture that God has given instructing his people to be "of the same mind, the same judgment of one accord."

If the liberty of opinion lets one put an organ in the worship, it will let another oppose that act; - if acting in the "realm of silence" permits one to act for himself, it will permit every one to act for himself. If liberty in opinion will let one organize a missionary society, the same liberty of opinion will let another group of God's people oppose that society.
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