Two attitudes affect how we look at the silences of the Scriptures. First, we view God’s silence as permissive. If He did not clearly forbid from doing something, we are free to do it. This is the prevailing attitude even among many churches of Christ. It means we can do many things that we can never find in teh Scriptures and still think we are pleasing to God.
Second, we view God’s silence as restrictive. If He is silent about something, we do not read His mind and practice somehting we guess He would be pleased with. Therefore, we must have book, chapter and verse for all that we do in his name.
What attitude does the Bible teach? Why is it important in relation to Divine authority and the work of His church?
Main Points In This Class
Respecting The Silence of The Scriptures
- What does it mean when God is silent?
- Old Testament examples of disrespecting God’s silence
- New Testament examples of disrespecting God’s silence
- Denominational examples of disrespecting God’s silence
- Churches of Christ examples of disrespecting God’s silence
By Gary Hunt