Marshfield church of Christ
610 S. Marshall P O Box 458, Marshfield Mo 65706
(417) 468-4161

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Eddie Watkins, Evangelist
Office       468-4164
Cell           773-0464
Home       943-4083

Feb 19 17
The Silence of the Scriptures
                                                                        By Gary Workman

People everywhere are in need of either an introduction or a reminder as to how to deal with what has often
been called “the silence of the scriptures.” It is failure to understand and respect such “silence” that is causing
some erroneous deviations that are now creeping into the worship and work of many congregations. But
this is not something new.

The Introduction Of Musical Instruments
It was this very same failure and lack of respect that caused musical instruments to be introduced into the worship
in 1860 and ultimately led to a massive spit in the church. Those with the lax attitude formed what became known as the Disciples of Christ or Christian Church, the main body of which has now in recent times completely renounced the concept of New Testament Christianity and voted itself into full-fledged denominational status. Such is the inevitable result of failing to respect the “silence” of the scriptures. 

The Law Of Exclusion
Meanwhile, faithful Christians continued to teach and preach on the necessity of Bible authority for all that we believe and practice. Included in that teaching was insistence on the “law of exclusion” – that when God specifies a particular thing (such as gopher wood in the ark or vocal music in worship) it excludes all other types of that thing
(oak or pine in the ark and instrumental music in worship).

The validity of the “law of exclusion” is clearly illustrated in the classic case of Nadab and Abihu (Leviticus 10:1-2). They did not violate a stated prohibition, but simply failed to respect the “law of exclusion” and so “offered strange fire before Jehovah, which he had not commanded.” It is this “law of exclusion” which is otherwise referred to as “the silence of the scriptures.” And brethren in general used to teach diligently on these things. 

A Lack Of Continued Teaching
In recent years, there has not only been a lack of continued teaching on this subject in the Lord’s church but,
in some cases, even an outright repudiation of it! A brother in California stated in a recent book that “nowhere
is the Bible silent” and that any insistence on respecting such “silences” is just “well-worn Restorationist
Likewise, two articles just published among us in Alabama, assert that instrumental music in worship “is neither scriptural nor unscriptural because the Bible says nothing about it either way” and that “if the apostles ever
taught that instruments were sinful, they never left one word to that effect” (emphasis mine). All three writers conclude that the use or nonuse of instrumental music is just a matter of opinion and personal preference.

The Law Of Exclusion Illustrated In Hebrews 7-8
These brethren (and thousands of others) need a good lesson about the “law of exclusion” or “the silence of the scriptures.” The principle is clearly stated in the New Testament in Hebrews 7-8. The Old Testament law gave the priesthood to the tribe of Levi without specifically eliminating other tribes by name (Numbers 8). But the silence
of the scriptures had to be respected.

Therefore, since “it is evident that our Lord hath sprung out of Judah, as to which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priests,” if Jesus were on earth “he would not be a priest at all” (Hebrews 7:14; Hebrews 8:4). When one
tribe alone was named, the silence in respect to other tribes, amounted to an exclusion!

We must realize two things: (1) Any statement that involves an obligation, must be treated as acommand, and (2) Implicit commands are just as authoritative and binding as explicit ones! In any positive command or statement, there is an implied opposite – an implicit negative command. As we read the positive, we draw an inference or
make a deduction which leads to a conclusion about the negative. If we have correctly understood the positive statement, the inferred negative conclusion is decisive and inescapable.

Therefore, do not begin by asking, “Where does the Bible say we can’t do it?” First, see if its is excluded by what is specified. And if it is, respect the silence of the scriptures!

    News and Events and Announcements
  • Helen Marchand placed membership

  • 735 Stanford St., Marshfield, MO 65706 (417) 718-4088
  • Wedding shower for McKenzie Sanders March 4th, 6pm.

  • (Ladies Only) There is a list on the bulletin board.
  • Widow/Widowers Luncheon will be April 14th
  • The church of Christ at West Plains is hosting a monthly

  • study beginning Thurs, Feb. 2 at 10 am for area preachers
    and elders and men of congregations with no elders. See bulletin
    board for further.
  • Memphis School of Preaching Lectures, March 26-March

  • 30, 2017. See bulletin board.
  • William Wood now has a land line, 468-2777.
  • Ladies! See the bulletin board (bright yellow sheet) for a notice

  • on Ladies’ Day Out
  • Singing at the home is today.



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    Privileged to Serve
    Worship Coordinator:
    Terry McMasters
    Announcements: Steve Crews
    Greeters: Robert Comer & Suzi Doty

    Sunday AM
    Songleader: Jeff Fisher
    Lord’s Table *Randy Hyder, Daniel Hyder, 
    Travis Hampton,Dennis Richardson
    Opening Prayer: Josh Page
    Closing Prayer: Ashton Page
    Sermon: Eddie Watkins


    Sunday PM 
     Songleader: Scot Greer 
     Lord’s Table: Ron Peck 
     Opening Prayer: Jim Cruise 
     Closing Prayer: Roy Phillips 
     Sermon: Eddie Watkins 

     Wed. Night 
     Devotional: Randy Hyder 
     Songleader: Eddie Watkins 
     Prayer: Scot Greer 

    Statistics for  Feb.12, 2017 
         AM Worship 90 
         PM Worship 70 
         Midweek 62 
         Total Contr. $2138S S

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Prayer List

Donna Walker from Eldorado Springs church of Christ
has stage 4 cancer
Family of Ray Fraiser former member
at his passing. His memorial was yesterday
at Buffalo church of Christ.
Estelline Jones is home now.
Nacho Bram is having heart difficulties.
Ruth Ann Wilson, Jerry Branstetter’s
sister is recovering in Omaha, NE. She
is expected to be in the hospital for 2
Tiffany Sanders is improving.
JoAnne Lawrence has a continuing hip
Beth Adams is struggling with new
Continue to pray for Daniel Henslee and
family, Steve & Michelle’s son-in-law.
Lee Hampton, uncle of Travis is having
health issues.
Larry Hicks is able to put weight on his
hip. Will have physical therapy
Jim Chittendon, friend of Ron and
Cathy Thompson (member of the
Lord’s church) diagnosed with pancreatic
Robert Comer’s step-dad Ray is having
problems with his blood.
Tim Warden, Janet Haffner’s brother
has contracted leukemia.
Wanda Jennings, friend of Norma has
Andy Novinger who is fighting Thyroid
Magdalena Ospina — Terminally ill
with leukemia.

Remember the home bound

  •  Paul and Ernestine Sandoz
  •  Estelline Jones
  •  Ina Gillette (Colonial Springs in Buffalo)
  •  Pat Lamb (Marshfield Care Center)
  •  Judy Barrow (Webco East)
  •  Bonnie Doherty (Webco East)
  •  Zoe Lawless of Conway (Webco)
  •  Rosalie Rosenberger (Thad Layne’s sister) is in a nursing home 
  • in Jax, FL

    February Birthdays

    Easton Hyder 
    Cloah Hampton 

    Feb. Anniversaries

    Kennth and Debra Davis