Speak Where the Bible Speaks and Be Silent Where the Bible is Silent

“Speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where the Bible is silent” is a well-known phrase within the Restoration Movement. In today’s Bible study, Wes McAdams and Travis Pauley discuss whether or not this phrase is similar to Paul’s instruction to not, “go beyond what is written” (1 Corinthians 4:6).

This discussion was prompted by a listener’s question, “Would you be willing to give an honest assessment or opinion of the traditionally held mantra of ‘speak where the Bible speaks and stay silent where It is silent’? I have often heard this throughout my life, but I can honestly say that it seems to me we sometimes tend to say a lot where the Bible says nothing, which tends to cause fracturing among believers. I will not state specifics here because I would love to see how you explore and navigate the topic without me influencing your direction. I greatly appreciate your work for the Kingdom, and I look forward to your insight!”

Wes and Travis discuss the origin of the phrase, “Speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where it is silent” and how it has been used, and perhaps even abused, over the years. We hope you enjoy this discussion and Bible study.

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