OK, we’ve deconstructed a couple of false statements. Now let’s move on to some positive content.
I’ll submit two commands that I believe are 100%, positively, for all time binding, without regard to culture or any other qualifying condition.
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
Love God. Love others.
Can I get an amen? Possibly even unanimous agreement? I mean, Jesus Himself said it all hangs on these two.
Do you realize how much authority is granted to us in those two commands?
Do you see any implications in regards to the so-called “Law of Silence”?
If an action is an expression of love towards God and love towards others, we have our authority, regardless of whether the action is ever expressly commanded elsewhere in scripture or not. No further proof-text is required. Why? Because we are 100% authorized to love God and love our neighbor.
(Paul even commends love as being greater than faith! - 1 Corinthians 13:13)
Now, we still have some work to do in fleshing out what love means, so hang with me a little longer…and remember the ground rules for our discussion…that we all agree the Bible is the standard, we will assume good motives, we will not distract with crazy hypotheticals, and we will be civil in our discussion. If you can't live with that, please lurk or leave.