'Some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship, they all came safe to land.' We know that the message of salvation - the greatest news the world has ever heard - is When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. Once one abandons this principle, “anything goes” becomes the name of the game. was Saul [Paul's earlier name]" (Acts 7:58). was Christ Jesus (Heb.7:26). ', Romans, Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. witness for Christ gives, at least, some assistance to this gigantic task. Reader, have you told someone but Jesus will say, He 'hath wrought a good work on Me,' and the fragrance of the ointment will smell sweet through the centuries. It means that we are slaves. He strongly asserts his right, even while he as strongly declares that he will waive it. Psalm 62:5-6 My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. 'If I do this thing willingly I have a reward.' words seem to penetrate a little deeper when sprinkled by drops of sincerity and But unless you are thus casting all your energies into the work which you say that you prefer, there is no reason in it why you should do nothing in the other direction. The stewardship is a token that He trusts us, the duty is an honour, the burden is a grace. 4:11. -- many of us whose effort is to find out how much of the world is consistent with the profession of Christianity, and to find the minimum of effort, of love, of service, of gifts which may free us from obligation. ", Paul, in charging the elders of Ephesus, declared, "Therefore watch, and No one is exempt from that calling. Bible Verses About Silence "Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. The same lament of the ancient psalmist (c. 1531BC) is expressed in lyrics written by Simon. The servant who seeks to do as little as he can scrape through with without rebuke is actuated by no high motives. Then some of us say, 'I prefer working at home!' Of course, in the highest view, nothing can be more than necessary. But, in a moment of cowardice, he fled from the face of … rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.". The Sin of Silence Dr. James Merritt I John 1:9 Introduction 1. You sin if you remain silent over those who are defenseless. Well, if you are doing all that you can there, and really are enthusiastically devoted to one phase of Christian service, the great principle of division of labour comes in to warrant your not entering upon other fields which others cultivate. THE SIN OF SILENCE. There are three things here. Not to speak is to speak. friend, can you imagine Andrew not telling his brother Peter that he had found the What follows is not a transcript, nor is it just the outline; it is an effort to put the message into essay form; some differences will likely exist. Since you can do it you are bound to do it; and if you are one of 'the dumb dogs, lying down and loving to slumber,' of whom there are such crowds paralysing the energies and weakening the witness of every Church upon earth, then you are criminally and suicidally oblivious of an obligation which is a joy and a privilege as much as a duty. THE SIN OF SILENCE. It is the sin of omission, the sin of silence. Those years were known as the Biblical Years of Silence because of the lack of historical accounts in the Bible that would have helped enlighten readers about the events during this significant gap… The sin of silence makes it hard for us to get well. There are many of us whose question seems to be, 'How little can I get off with? 8:1). The Sin of Silence Dr. James Merritt I John 1:9 Introduction 1. The exposition of his reason is interesting, ingenuous, and chivalrous. Are you telling others? But indifference There is a great deal in the tone of this generation which tends to chill the missionary spirit. but that is not all. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry outWe as Christians have been silent for far to long. Messiah? we are daily testifying of our blessed Savior, we are poor witnesses for the cause Christ and I say, 'I had rather not,' Jesus Christ and I have to settle accounts between us. Thou knowest,' there frowns over against you an unfulfilled duty, the neglect of which is laming your spiritual activity, and drying up the sources of your spiritual strength. And a vibrant testimony is the means by which the church is victorious If we love Christ we shall be anxious, if it were possible, to do more than He commands us, in token of our loyalty to the King, and of our delight in the service. ‘‘You have the right to remain silent. The Sin of Being Silent With the growing apostasy in the Church, we see many “conservatives” and “traditionalists” who avoid criticizing Prelates, and even Popes, and thus become accomplices to the apostasy. But though he differs from us in the direct supernatural commission which was given to him, in the width of the sphere in which he had to work, and in the splendour of the gifts which were entrusted to his stewardship, he does not differ from us in the reality of the obligation which was laid upon him. Thus, asking, we shall not offer as burnt offering to the Lord that which doth cost us nothing. died to maintain. God, which will surely come upon this world of darkness? There is a sin among a large segment of the Christian clergy that I find despicable. Tools. It makes very short work of a number of excuses. A number of things there are that one does not approve of. I hope, dear reader, that you are The artist who loves his work will put more work into his picture than is absolutely needed, and will linger over it, lavishing diligence and care upon it, because he is in love with his task. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. in the hands of God; yet, it is administered to the needy through believers. the specific gift of speaking and teaching His word to the unbelieving multitudes. And though he is speaking here as an apostle, and his example is not to be unconditionally transferred to us, yet I think that the motives which actuated his conduct are capable of unconditional application to ourselves. Bible Verses About Silence Bible verses related to Silence from the King James Version (KJV) by Relevance - Sort By Book Order . Our country was founded on godly principles. but made no outward protest. It is exactly contemporaneous with the duration of the promise which is appended to it, and whosoever suns himself in the light of the latter is bound by the precept of the former. or can you chisel out of the stones of Sinai one of the words written there, by reason of the imperfections of those who are seeking to obey them? You cannot all stand up and preach in the sense in which I do so. We know more about the heathen world, and familiarity diminishes horror. Ezekiel 33:2–7 records the job description of a watchman who should warn the people about danger. Psalms 50:3. about the way of life today? Zephaniah 1:7 Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign LORD, for the awesome day The trader who barely puts as much into the scale as will balance the weight in the other is grudging in his dealings; but he who, with liberal hand, gives 'shaken down, pressed together, and running over' measure, gives because he delights in the giving. ', Then some of you say, 'Well, I do not much believe in your missionary societies. The Bible makes no distinction between vices and other sins. Log onto the Internet, Click Here. Every child of God who There is an axiom that "silence gives consent." common protest among many believers. The followers of Jesus who lived immediately following the resurrection and ascension of darkness which confuse this greatly troubled world. He merely kept quiet. In the Bible, we read that at the stoning of Stephen, Paul, as a young man, " was consenting unto his death " (Acts 8:1). but 'How much can I do?' The prophet Elijah, in the Bible, found this out, after his mountain top experience on Mt Carmel. warfare is a battle to the death. And what does that mean? The Sin of Silence a message to American pastors and their congregations. We must remember that the only way Be silent and be still in the presence of the Lord. themselves. Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. who refuses to openly and audibly denounce sin. The reason for their silence is either that they do Either you overcome the However, such presentation is a false dilemma, because it overlooks a third option, a middle ground. 'Woe is me if I preach not the Gospel.' "Sin", says the Bible "is the transgression of the law". Psalms 39:2. shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God" (Lk.12:8). ‘‘You have the right to remain silent. Prosperity Of The Wicked People Commended By God Unfaithful Injustice God Is Pure Sin, And God's Character God, Holiness Of God's Intolerance Of Evil Suffering, Of The Innocent Iniquity, God's Attitude Toward Perfection, Divine Tolerance Eyes, Used Of God Purity, Moral And Spiritual Evil Silence … that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with Christ still says, 'Go ye into all the world!'. The Sin of Silence a message to American pastors and their congregations. You have your friends, your relations, the people with whom you are brought into daily contact, if you have no wider congregations. Minor Prophets—Old Testament on November 11, 2016. to go out and bestir the people, to insert into their hearts and minds the living word of Judas may say, 'To what purpose is this waste?' GSAVELLI@aol.com. and say nothing against the present evils, though they be among our relatives, classmates, There is a very common fallacy, not confined to this subject, but extending over the whole field of Christian duty, by which things that are obligatory on the community are shuffled off the shoulders of the individual. Others would contend that silence generally - if not always prohibits. Nay, even the promise is made conditional upon the discharge of the duty enjoined. There were about 400 years between the prophecies of Malachi and the opening of the New Testament. cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard" (Acts 4:20). "When I say unto the wicked, 'Thou shalt surely die', and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way to save his life, the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at thine hand. The Sin of Silence. Please watch/Listen to this Video before going further:Dream Church! I suppose Paul is thinking mainly of a future issue, but not exclusively of that. In the Bible we read that at the If you want to be a happy Christian, work for Jesus Christ. over the opposing, wicked forces which confront us in this world (Rev.12:10-11). Gary W. Summers [Editor’s note: Ordinarily, I do not publish sermons, but in this case, a request prompted it to be done. The sin of remaining silent in the face of evil is known in the Bible. And so it is in the Christian life. si'-lens: Five Hebrew roots, with various derivatives, and two Greek words are thus translated. That seems to be the tactic the charismatic movement has adopted when it comes to false prophets, heretical theology, and phony miracles. There is the obligation of speech, there is the penalty of silence, and there is the glad obedience which transcends obligation. The reason for his waiving it is that he desires to have somewhat in his service beyond the strict line of his duty. Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. Not to act is to act.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer James 4:17 - "Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it." Jesus Christ's ideal of His Church was an active propaganda, an army in which there were no non-combatants, even although some of the combatants might be detailed to remain in the camp and look after the stuff, and others of them might be in the forefront of the battle. But the direct work of communicating to others who know it not the sweetness and the power of Jesus Christ belongs to every Christian man. My brother, my sister, we have the priceless privilege of keeping our testimonies, through They who thus give to Jesus Christ their all of love and effort and service will receive it all back a hundredfold, for the Master is not going to be in debt to any of His servants, and He says to them all, 'I will repay it, howbeit I say not unto thee how thou owest unto Me even thine own self besides. “When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.” , Ezekiel 3:18. Think what it would have meant, had the disciples kept quiet about the 1 Pet. state it plainly, they desire to be like the world, rather than be "separate from sinners", as about it? It means that our work deserves no praise, and will get no reward. You have the Right to an attorney. The Psalmist (126:6) portrayed this beautifully when he said, "He NLT The One who called us has There is a great deal of waste of money about them. Log onto the Internet, Click Here,and you can E-mail them to: This willful silence is the American Church’s greatest failure. Related Reading And so, now I commend you, my The world really expects to hear us speak out against The Bible says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27). But the place where they stand depends on their Christian life, and of that Christian life one main element is obedience to the commandment which makes them the apostles and missionaries of their Lord. Ezekiel 33:2–7 records the job description of a watchman who should warn the people about danger. You have the Right to an attorney. that of seeking to impart it to others. I have heard stories about missionaries being very idle, very luxurious, and taking too much pay, and doing too little work.' world upside down. We have taken up, many of us, milder and more merciful ideas about the condition of those who die without knowing the name of Jesus Christ. Every true 21. answering this one, "What am I doing about it now?" "The Sin of Silence" BIBLE MEDITATION: “Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will … and associates? All sin is ultimately sin against God Himself and is an affront to His holy nature (Psalm 51:4). has done for us is, indeed, a great transgression. In Matthew 4:19, Jesus gave some fisherman a rather strange proposition. remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day Oh, brethren! How did he consent to this cruel injustice? (James 4:17) Now our examination of this OT miracle leads us into a study of one of the sins of omission. It does not imply a pulpit, nor a set discourse, nor a gathered multitude; it simply implies a herald's task of proclaiming. We might say that they were indifferent. Do not let us ask, 'How little may I do?' Jesus, in speaking of repentance and remission of sins, told his followers, "Ye state of quietness. Gifts he did accept; pay he did not. Magazines, web sites and even… So, dear brethren, the upshot of the whole thing is, Do not let us do our Christian work reluctantly, else it is only slave's work, and there is no blessing in it, and no reward will come to us from it. Very probably it is partly true; though I do not know that the people whose testimony is so willingly accepted, to the detriment of our brethren in foreign lands, are precisely the kind of people that should talk much about self-sacrifice and luxurious living, or whose estimate of Christian work is to be relied upon. Christ, yet some are in this category. My reader, can't you see the danger in making no utterance against wrong? God. Jesus Christ, when He said, 'Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature,' was not speaking to the eleven, but to all generations of His Church. PDF Download. We all, if we know anything of Christ and His love and His power, are bound, by the fact that we do know it, to tell it to those whom we can reach. with Leviticus 4-5 Mark 2:13-3:6 Psalm 36 Proverbs 10:1-2 If anyone sins because they do not speak up when they hear a public charge to testify regarding something they have seen or learned about, they will be held responsible. Lamentations 3:26 - [It is] good that [a man] should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. There are other things to be taken in conjunction with it, but yet it remains true that the woe of a languid Christianity attaches to the men who, being professing Christians, are silent when they should speak, and idle when they should work. An address delivered September 6, 2000 at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO by Dr. Laurence White Senior pastor, Our Savior Lutheran Church Houston, Texas … And so you will cleave with a closer grasp, in days of difficulty and unsettlement, to that which is able to bring light into darkness and to harmonise the discord of a troubled and sinful soul. Child of God, let's take this statement of Paul's and But this is not the meaning of the word in the New Testament. You cannot buy yourselves out of the ranks, as they used to be able to do out of the militia, by paying for a substitute. who lined the streets, watching Jesus struggle with the weight and burden of the cross (1 Jn 3:4) But the Bible also says, "To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not to him it is sin". But, then, besides this direct effort, there are the other indirect methods in which this commandment can be discharged, by sympathy and help of all sorts, about which I need say no more here. (1 Jn 3:4) But the Bible also says, "To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not to him it is sin". In this exposition of motives we have two great principles actuating the Apostle -- one, his profound sense of obligation, and the other his desire, if it might be, to do more than he was bound to do, because he loved his work so much. Ay! our Lord were effective in their ministry, for they were driven with an inner compulsion The Sin of Silence. 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