Speak where the Bible speaks; be silent where the Bible is silent. We can understand how this slogan came about on account of the various competing sources of authority in “Christendom.” Yet the premise is only as good as it is truly followed, for it proves far too easy to be silent where the Bible speaks, and speak where the Bible is silent.
In a world of religious confusion the call went out to use “Bible names for Bible doctrines.” The statement sounds appealing; the concerns it critiques are most valid. And yet “Bible names” could become just as problematic depending how they are used. We do well to explore how language is to be used to communicate the purposes of God.
Thus saith YHWH, “Stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way; and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls: but they said, ‘We will not walk therein'” (Jeremiah 6:16).
The call has been made to “seek the old paths” of the Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom as set forth by the Apostles and their associates in the New Testament. Does this call still hold value in the 21st century? What shall we make of it? How shall we grapple with our heritage in Christ?