There are many who believe that they can speak in the silence of God. They not only believe it, they do it. They do not agree with what the apostle Peter wrote, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God…” (1 Pet 4:11). Let us examine a few things the bible is silent about:
The New Testament 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 presumption on our part to add cheese to the bread, or to suggest that mutton be served to remind us of the Lamb of God! In fact, anything beyond what the bible teaches is adding to God’s Word (1 Cor 4:6).
The New Testament 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 Wednesday night! In fact, anything beyond what the bible teaches is adding to God’s Word (1 Cor 4:6).
The New Testament 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 venture beyond the New Testament when we add instruments of music to the singing (1 Cor 4:6).
Some people say they speak where the Bible speaks, but where the Bible is silent, they speak whatever they please. Christians must be silent where the Bible is silent because God prohibits us going beyond that which was written. In fact, Paul said when we pervert the Word of God we shall be accursed (Gal 1:6-9). Let us learn to speak as the oracles (utterance) of God, and show respect for the silence of God.