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A Study of Authority - 4. Does Silence Give Authority?. The Bible and Silence. Silence – when God says nothing! Does it prohibit or does it give permission? Colossians 3:17. The Bible and Silence. 2 Tim. 3:16,17 1 Corinthians 4:6 2 John 9 1 Peter 4:11. The Bible and Silence.

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a study of authority 4

A Study of Authority - 4

Does Silence Give Authority?

the bible and silence
The Bible and Silence
  • Silence – when God says nothing!
  • Does it prohibit or does it give permission?
  • Colossians 3:17
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The Bible and Silence
  • 2 Tim. 3:16,17
  • 1 Corinthians 4:6
  • 2 John 9
  • 1 Peter 4:11
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The Bible and Silence
  • Deut. 12:32
  • Deut. 4:1-2
  • Rev. 22:18-19
  • Deut. 29:29, “The secret things belong to the Lord”
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The Bible and Silence
  • Deut. 12:32
  • Deut. 4:1-2
  • Rev. 22:18-19
  • Deut. 29:29, “The secret things belong to the Lord”

Does God know how to communicate what He expects?

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Example of Silence
  • Numbers 9
  • Moses and 2nd Passover.
  • Num. 9:8,“And Moses said to them, “Stand still, that I may hear what the Lord will command concerning you.”
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Example of Silence
  • Leviticus 10:1-2
  • Nadab and Abihu, killed for authorizing strange fire.
  • Where God gives POSITIVE instruction, everything else is forbidden!
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Example of Silence
  • 1 Chronicles 13:7-10
  • Ark transported toward Jerusalem by a new cart. Uzzah was killed for trying to steady the ark.
  • God had specified HOW the ark was to be transported – Numbers 4:15
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Example of Silence
  • Matthew 15:1-2
  • Disciples of Jesus questioned for not washing hands (ceremonially)
  • By traditions they made the commands of God of no effectMatt. 15:3
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Example of Silence
  • Acts 15:1, 5
  • Men of Judea said Gentiles had to be circumcised.
  • Examining the evidence, no they did not! Vs. 24, “to whom we gave no such commandment”
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Example of Silence
  • Hebrews 7:14
  • Of the priesthood of Jesus it is noted, He was of the tribe of Judah, “of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood”
  • Consider 2 Chron. 26:16-20 – King Uzziah
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Silence today!
  • Instrumental music
  • Some say, “IT doesn’t say we cannot do it.”
  • But God did give POSITIVE instructions Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16
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Silence today!
  • Baptism - mode
  • Word means “immerse”
  • Some argue, “but God didn’t say we could not sprinkle or pour”
  • He didn’t need to! POSITIVE instructions limit how we do it
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Silence today!
  • Baptism – who?
  • Must be a believer (mature, accountable
  • Acts 2:37, 16:31-33, 8:12, etc.
  • To say, “God did not say infants should not be baptized” is invalid. Even arguing for “households” is invalid.
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Silence today!
  • When we eat the Lord’s Supper
  • Acts 20:7
  • First day of the week
  • NOT Thursday, etc. He did not have to say, “no other day”.
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Silence today!
  • The work of the church
  • LIMITED in its scope
  • To add to its purpose because God did not say we could not is NOT proper authority!
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Silence today!
  • Organization of the church
  • Local and autonomous; elders are local!
  • God is silent to organizations larger than the local church.
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Silence is NOT a valid way to establish authority!

Do NOT gamble with your soul over what God did NOT say!