How we handle the silence of God has been at the root of many of the divisions and disagreements of Christianity. Why shouldn’t we do something God was silent about, when He hasn’t said not to?
Whenever we think about doing something that God hasn’t explicitly authorized (but hasn’t said not to do), there are two things we need to realize, and two questions we need to ask:
- Realization #1: If God didn’t say it, He doesn’t require it.
- Realization #2: If God didn’t say it, I don’t know if He wants it.
- Question #1: Am I willing to risk my eternal destiny on a “maybe”?
- Question #2: Will God be pleased with my presumption of His will?