You look out of your home’s front window, and see a tow truck lurching away from your driveway with your car on its hook.
A couple of police officers watch nearby at their squad car, one shaking his head sadly as he fills out the paperwork.
You dash to the door and out to your lawn, shouting and hollering to get the tow truck to stop and demanding what under heaven above is going on.
The other police officer restrains you by grabbing your arm firmly, but addressing you courteously, “You’re in violation. You car was parked in your driveway, and that is not allowed under the new state constitution.”
“What?” you foam at the mouth. “What are you blatheirng about?”
“The new constitution contains no statutes, amendments or pending legislation permitting you to park your car in your driveway.”
“Well, there blazing-well were such laws under the old constitution!” you protest.
“They have been nullified when the old constitution was revoked. Now, the legislature has made it clear that they will enact laws relevant to your situation as soon as they go into their next session.”
“When is that?” you ask.
“They haven’t set a date.”
“Well, what in the world caused you to suddenly enforce this new lack of law on me and my car?”
“Your neighbors complained. They didn’t like your car.”
“Now, if you’ll be so good as to spread-eagle on the police car, please.”
“I beg your daft-headed pardon?!?!?!?”
“You’re under arrest. There are no laws in place which make it legal for you to protest the impoundment of your personal property which has been lawfully removed from your premises. You may remain silent. Anything you say may be used against you in a court of law. You may consult an attorney, but it will do you no good because the law is clear and unimpeachable and unappealable and the sentence is automatic and the penalty is death.”
No, you’re not in the “Twilight Zone.”
You’re in the “Law of Silence Zone,” a.k.a. the “Prohibitive Silence Zone,” where God makes anything that He has not specifically and verbally authorized a crime and sin punishable by eternal death – especially when the “anything” in question has to do with gathered worship that praises and honors His name from your heart.
It is a doctrine of the hermeneutic which views the Bible as either completely or primarily a book of laws by which we are expected to perfectly live or die, and God does not help those who do not understand because they did not use the logic and brain cells that excel every other gift He gave mankind – even grace, even forgiveness, even Jesus Christ Himself.
It proceeds from the creed “We speak where the Bible speaks and are silent where the Bible is silent,” which is logically drawn from 1 Peter 4:11a:
“If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.”
Since the passage says nothing about silence, logically, the interpreter must speak as the very oracles of God and add it.
It also proceeds logically from the tragic story of the sin of Nadab and Abihu in Leviticus 10:1-2:
“Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, contrary to his command. So fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.”
Which proves that violating the law of silence is more serious that violating God’s explicit command, which Aaron does a few verses later in 12-20 and God lets him live. It is not relevant that God may have specifically instructed them not to add to nor subtract from the dedication but that it wasn’t recorded in scripture, or that Aaron’s sons may have been drinking overmuch and prompted the instruction from God in 8-11, because verse 1 specifically says “they offered strange fire before the LORD, which He commanded them not” and that does not mean “which He commanded them not to” but “which He did not command them to” and it is rendered incorrectly by the spawn-of-Satan New International Version “contrary to His command” because the adherents of this creed are speaking as the very oracles of God and they say so.
The “law of silence” doctrine also proceeds logically from Hebrews 7:12-14:
“For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law. He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.”
It is the principle of silence that makes the writer’s argument (that Jesus was a priest after the order of Melchizedek) reasonable (because Moses said nothing about priests coming from any other tribe than Levi). So there must be a law of silence today – even though the passage refers to a principle of silence only within the old law – because the adherents of this creed will tell you that when Jesus says in Matthew 5:17: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” that Jesus means that He has come to bring a new law, a law of silence, a law where reason prevails over passion – even the passion of a cross – because they are speaking as the very oracles of God and by gum, they say so.
So you’d better agree with them and toe the hard line, because if you don’t some of them may write you up in their books, blogs, Web sites and periodicals or take out $11-12,000 full-page ads in the statewide newspaper and tell everyone in the world just where they’re right and just where you’re wrong and why you don’t belong at a faithful church and let you logically deduce why you’re going to hell as a result.
And they don’t like the way you’ve parked your car in your driveway, either.
10 thoughts on “An Illustrative Story”
Good example , If it is not written “It is legal” then it must not be.
Good post, Keith.>>Good illustration.>>It’s funny…>>Except that it’s not.
I want to read your next book. Really. Until then, I will be reading you blog and thinking “that man should write a book”.
YES! Another one for the “Keith needs to write a book!” team!!!
Every time I read articles like this [the linked one] it makes me so sad. I just don’t understand. In my mind, it begins with anger and then ends with complete sadness. Perhaps it has to do with my age, i am but a young youth pastor, where do we go from here, what do we do. Do we rise up and do nothing… but it cant be ignored, can it? I enjoy your writings keith, may God continue to bless you.>>searching for answers and insight, patrick -firstname.lastname@example.org–
Thanks, Patrick. I don’t have a great answer to “what do we do,” for the folks who believe and do these things have their own congregatins and their own culture. And, actually, they help balance out the folks who go too far in the other direction and help keep them in check.>>(See my post < HREF="http://keithbrenton.blogspot.com/2007/05/do-we-really-need-them.html" REL="nofollow">Do We Really Need <>Them<>?<> for why I believe that.)>>But I think we do what Matthew 18 recommends, where it applies. We keep on loving them. We keep on praying for them.>>And in more general ways, write about these things rather than sweeping them under the rug.>>Let’s put on notice the extremists from both ends of the spectrum that we see through their smoke and we know where the edges of their mirrors are, and that believing and practicing anything other than what God says through His Word, inspired by His Spirit, is an illusion of man.
I decided not to try to explain my first comment, but since I am writing another I will. I meant to say “is it legal”? >I would appreciate a comment on my latest post, I believe it corralates to your latest writings. >> http://laymond.wordpress.com/
So, Keith, I’m just wondering, what’s with the changing of the look of the blog so often lately?>>First the Wineskins look, now this?>>Not that I’m complaining, as I said, I LOVE this look! I’m just wondering?>>Are you bored w/the Eye look, or something???
Another great example of how you are one of our Fellowship’s best writers………yet you’ve never been published. At least as far as I know. PUBLISH THE DOG-GONE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!>>Love you bro,>DU
I think I need a working Sabbatical, David – time out to work on that book and find rest in it … and FROM it. It keeps haunting me, even without encouraging comments on this blog!