An interestingly illogical argument has been used in Christian circles to justify certain activities. Rather than using principles from Scripture to determine one’s standards for living, people have decided that if the Bible does not say, thou shalt not do (fill in the blank), then that activity is up to a person’s conscience. Without sugar-coating it, this has become an excuse for a person to sin and still feel right with God. This is what the author would like to discuss today.
A prime example of this fallible argument is justification of listening to worldly music. The Bible does not say, thou shalt not listen to worldly music. The author can and will agree with that statement. However, there are principles in Scripture that contradict messages that worldly music brings.
For example, the Bible discusses in detail about Christians needing to humble themselves (James 4:10, 1 Peter 5:5-6, Proverbs 16:18, Matthew 23:12, there are more). How many worldly songs today lift up the greatness of the human race? The songs of today focus on the beauty of a woman, the selfishness of a man, or spread messages of hate and anger. They don’t come close to humbling themselves, do they?
Since this is the case, even though the Bible does not say thou shalt not listen to worldly music, there are principles that can be used to determine whether or not music is right or wrong. But these principles seem to be ignored, allowing people to feel good about listening to worldly music even though it is sin. This is not the only principle that can be used either to show worldly music as sinful, for sake of time to read the post the author will not expand further today.
Another example of this argument is what clothing should be worn today. The Bible doesn’t say what the length of a woman’s skirt should be, if men should or shouldn’t wear their shirts while mowing the lawn, or if the clothing for swimming is or isn’t inappropriate for the other gender to see. The Bible does however go into detail about men and women being modest in their dress, as well as making the principle that seeing the opposite gender with less clothes on is an intimate activity and should be reserved for a husband and a wife.
While the exact level of modesty is not described, the principle is that the more skin you show, the less modest you are, and this is seen by the horrifyingly revealing outfits that Hollywood actresses or female singers wear. And really, with Christians redefining what modesty is, it is again an excuse to sin without feeling bad about it. They sear their own conscience by believing it is alright to do, and thus they go about their day without care.
In closing, to contradict the argument of “the Bible doesn’t say no”, the author would put forth the argument, “the Bible doesn’t say yes.” If the only condition for determining a standard is whether or not the Bible says no, the opposite argument should then be used as well. The Bible doesn’t say yes or no to listening to worldly music. Instead the Bible gives principles that should be used to determine standards, and Christians today need to get back to using those principles.