Speaking where the bible speaks, and silent where the bible is silent.

Biblical Proof

The Bible is silent about the use of any elements in the Lord’s supper except bread and the fruit of the vine. The bread brings to remembrance the body of Christ, and the fruit of the vine brings to remembrance his blood (1 Cor. 11:23-25). It would be presumptuous to add any other food to the Lord’s supper other than that which was commanded.

The Bible is silent about churches taking monetary collections at a time other than the first day of the week. The first day of the week is the time specified to lay by in store as we have prospered (1 Cor. 16:1,2). We are taking undue liberties to contend that a congregation may take up a collection on any other day than on Sunday.

The Bible is silent about Christians offering any kind of music in praise to God except singing. We are to offer “the fruit of our lips” (Heb. 13:15), singing and making melody in the heart (Eph. 5:19). We go beyond that which was written when we add musical instrument to the singing.

Some people say they speak where the Bible speaks, but where the Bible is silent they speak whatever they please. Let us learn to speak as the oracles of God and show respect for the silence of God. The silence of God does not give man the authority to speak. God’s commandments is where man begins, and the silence of the scripture is where man ends (1 Cor 4:6).

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