The Silence of the Scriptures

Surely one of the most effective, and most scriptural, arguments the  saints have made down through the years is that of the authority of the SILENCE of the scriptures. In hundreds of debates with proponents of  every kind of error, audiences were shown that when God legislates in a  certain area, making clear his requirements, then man has no authority  to go beyond that, adding similar or like things to what God has  specified. We have correctly used the gopher wood, the pitch, the  dimensions of the ark in the case of Noah (Genesis 6), and we have  used the fruit of the vine and the bread on the Lord’s table (Matthew  26:26-28) on the same point.  

Of late, men are stating that there can be no argument based on “the  silence of the scriptures.” As one recently put it, “Man is free to do any  and every thing that God has not specifically forbidden.” And one other  man, in the kingdom, said that “any matter falling within the silence of the  scriptures should be treated as options, based on the rule of Romans  14.” In correspondence with one in another state, and when the matter of  dancing in worship was brought up, and our having no specific  condemnation in the New Testament of such, his answer was that if the  congregation’s elders gave approval, and if they then could see some benefit to be gained, it would be proper! Thus, the end to which one will  be taken if he feels there can be no legitimate argument based on the  SILENCE OF THE SCRIPTURES!  

We know the argument we now are supporting is a legitimate one, for we  find it used in the Word! In Hebrews 7, as the writer speaks of the  priesthood of Christ under the New Testament, he states that there has  been a change of the law, thus necessitating a change in the priesthood  (v. 12). He speaks of our Lord coming from the tribe of Judah (v. 14), and  in making then the point that the Lord could not be a priest if the law of  Moses were still in effect, the writer states, “…of which tribe Moses  spake nothing concerning priesthood.”  

Thus, the argument is made that Jesus could not be a priest under the  Old Testament law, because THE SCRIPTURES SAID NOTHING about  one of Judah being a priest! Let us, as we continue to stress Biblical  authority, and the right handling of the Word (II Timothy 2:15), also  continually stress the SILENCE OF THE SCRIPTURES!

Bill Jackson