What is the law of silence of the Scripture? In Matthew 16:19 Jesus told Peter, “I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”. It is certain that this part of the verse applies to all the apostles because in Matthew 18:18 Jesus repeated this to the disciples” (Matt. 18:1). What is binding and loosing?
Many English translations fail to make clear whether the binding and loosening take place first on earth and then in heaven or first in heaven and then on earth. This is true with regard to both Matthew 16:19 and 18:18. There are many people also who today do not readily understand the terms “bound” and “loosed.” Basically, they mean that which is allowed, permitted, or lawful.
Jesus was not merely talking about His apostles revealing God’s law, He also was stating God’s law regarding anything not referred to in the word of God – “the law of the silence of the Scriptures.” Is a thing allowed, if it is not even referred to in the word of God? Many today are answering, “Yes, it is allowed.” However, the law of the silence of the Scriptures, as Jesus stated it is: “Whatever you permit on earth must be what is already permitted in heaven.” It is totally, completely, absolutely and altogether certain that a thing not even referred to in the word of God is a thing for which we do not have heaven’s permission. To do such a thing is a violation of “the law of the silence of the Scriptures.” This shows there can be a law of the silence of the Scriptures, where the Scriptures are silent. Not even the apostles, who were guided by the Holy Spirit into all truth (Jn. 16:13) which is the word of God (Jn. 17:17), were allowed to permit a thing about which God is silent. That makes it certain that no man today has a right to permit any thing about which God is silent.
Consider the silence of the scripture when it comes to worship. The scriptures never mentioned instrumental music in the new testament churches as a part of worship. The scriptures never spoke of another day of worship. The scriptures never spoke of women teaching minor children and women when the assembly comes together. The scriptures never spoke of allowing secular institutions assisting the church in doing its work. The scriptures didn’t speak of luncheons, banquets, parties, leisure trips, camps, and general entertainment as part of the church’s work. Brethren, if you seriously want to be right with God, then get absolutely right with his Word. God’s Word should change us, not us change the Word!