Keep Silent….or Speak Out?

Jul 28, 2018 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea:

Returning to the Vicky Beeching saga there are a couple of responses that need to be carefully considered…and which raise up much wider issues:

Hate/Love Mail.

I don’t mean either the hate or love mail….As an example of the former this one is a cracker (written in the name of love!).

You are doing the work of the devil. You are keeping people from Christ! Your judgement day will come and you will face the wrath of God almighty! How will you answer for a life spent driving people away from knowing the love of God? You preach hate, nothing more. You are a dangerous, toxic demon masquerading as a “Christian”. The devil is at work in you! Repent!

 The love mail comes from those who say, ‘I basically agree with what the bible says but we have to love people by not upsetting them or giving them an excuse to think of us as nasty’. I don’t accept that this ‘don’t tell, be nice’ policy is loving like Christ at all.  Nor do I buy into the guilt manipulation that occurs when people say ‘you can’t say that because it will hurt me, or because I am wounded’. Stephen Kneale sums this up rather well on his blog – depression as manipulation. 

Time to be Silent

However there are those who say that whilst they agree with everything (almost) that is said, maybe there is a time for silence. I think they have a really good point. After all doesn’t the Bible tells us that there is a time to speak and a time to be silent? Does it not say – “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.”? (Proverbs 26:4)? Indeed it does – but the next verse goes on to say, “Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.”  (It was wonderful to have Sinclair Ferguson preaching on these verses last Sunday evening). So we need wisdom when to speak and when to keep silent.

I received this interesting comment that I promised I would answer once I had thought about it.

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