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Is Silence Consent

If we are silent about a sin we see, does it mean that we agree with that sin? Or we agree with the particular person? Sir Thomas More quoted "Qui tacet consentiret: the maxim of the law is "Silence gives consent."

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Not always. But there are examples in the Bible where silence gives consent. A father can void the word of his daughter and a husband can void the word of his wife when prompt. But silence gives approval.
---mike4879 on 12/26/16

Jas 5:19, 20 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him, Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Eze 3:18, 19 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die, and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity, but thou hast delivered thy soul.

Conclusion: Silence is not only consent, but is also aiding the enemy.

---jerry6593 on 2/13/16


...brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth." Is 53:7
---Chria9396 on 2/1/16

Good one Chria.
Christ (lamb/sheep) recognized the hogs and dogs. We ...typically don't recognize or acknowledge there are any animals types around us. Even though scripture prophecies recognizes and warns.

Psa_22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
Matt 15:24, 10:6.
(None even look for sheep as per scripture)
Isa_56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs,....
Isa_56:11 Yea, they are greedy dogs ...
---Trav on 2/10/16

Whatever sin we see our brother commit, God's word tells us to let the brother know that it is bad, God wants us to do this in the spirit of meekness and gentleness. (Gal 6:1) Since we know that when we do this, we are walking in His righteousness, and making all necessary effort in love to fully restore the Body unto perfection!
Love does not rejoice in iniquity, it rejoices in the truth.
We are children of light to expose darkness, and to restore all things back to Jesus Christ. When we see a brother sinning, we are to do what Matt 18:15 commands.
If you tell the brother in the spirit of love and gentleness,he will be sober and admit his wrong. Love never fails. I've seen this work over and over again.
---Tolu on 2/7/16

This is a good question, and many good responses. I believe it depends on the circumstances of a situation. If perhaps the Lord has put on your heart to confront someone, as we see Paul certainly did many times, just be prepared to SUFFER the outcome. Jesus was not ALWAYS silent, as we see He did SUFFER the outcome of His confrontations.
I believe it depends on if the Lord is leading AND your willingness to SUFFER, for righteousness sake.
---kathr4453 on 2/6/16

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be gracious seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Sometimes letting the HS work is best. The HS needs time to confront a big sin by whittling away the little sins as that person gains more knowledge and wisdom of God and his perfect plan.
You can win an argument or you can win a relationship and sometimes you will win the argument later.
---Scott1 on 2/2/16


"He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth." Is 53:7
---Chria9396 on 2/1/16

In some instances, silence is consent:

Numbers 30:3-8. When a young woman still living in her fathers household makes a vow to the Lord or obligates herself by a pledge and her father hears about her vow or pledge but says nothing to her, then all her vows and every pledge by which she obligated herself will stand.

If she marries after she makes a vow or after her lips utter a rash promise by which she obligates herself and her husband hears about it but says nothing to her, then her vows or the pledges by which she obligated herself will stand. But if her husband forbids her when he hears about it, the Lord will release her.

Silence is not always consent.
Example (Esther 4:11)
---mike on 2/1/16

Trav on 1/29/16
"neither cast ye your pearls before swine"
pearls interesting because we think of this being choice scriptural insights, truths of the gospel, that which is holy
pearls biblically may also be a reference metaphorically to a person, or persons as in Matt 13:45
""Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:""
Matt 13:46
""Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.""
Rev 21:21
""And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl""
---chria9396 on 1/30/16

...consider the instances when Jesus remained silent and we can know that is not so...
---chria9396 on 1/29/16

Christ's parables and why.
Mar_4:11 he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

Sheep shouldn't bleat around wolves.
Mat_10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Mat_7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Note any trampling and rending going on, as per...
---Trav on 1/29/16

""If we are silent about a sin we see, does it mean that we agree with that sin? Or we agree with the particular person?"" Of course not,,,all one needs to do is consider the instances when Jesus remained silent and we can know that is not so...
---chria9396 on 1/29/16

Rom 2:26 So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision?
---faithforfaith on 1/27/16

Rom 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another,)
Heb_8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their mind, write them in their hearts: I will be to them a God, they shall be to me a people:
(North House of Ten spoken of in 8 and Jer 31:33. Ethnos/Nations of Israel, Divorced/put away. gentiles as per Latin Vulgate, same error as per King James.
---Trav on 1/28/16

All very good responses here.
---Press_On on 1/27/16

If silence were consent, then God would be the worst sinner of all, because the world is full of such corruption and delusion, with people hearing so many conflicting voices saying "THIS is the right way" that they don't know what to believe, and God sees this, but lets it happen anyway. Is God a sinner?
---StrongAxe on 1/28/16

Prudence is needed in all thing including speaking.

Sometimes speaking out can make things worse as Pope Pius XII learned when he spoke out against Hitler.
---Nicole_Lacey on 1/27/16

Silence can also mean "This is none of my business."
---Geraldine on 1/27/16

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"If we are silent about a sin we see, does it mean that we agree with that sin? Or we agree with the particular person?" No. It means "that you aspire to lead a quiet life, [and] to mind your own business...[not] as a busybody in other men's matters." The sin a man should concern himself with, is his own. However "If you see a Christian brother or sister sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life."
---Josef on 1/27/16

We are not responsible for the sin that other's commit. No silence is sin but it depends also what is the sin. Is it a child molester and you can prove it,yes tell it,but to the police. If the sin is an offence against another person and you can put a stop to it by telling then tell. If a person sins only against themselves that is between them and God. In that case pray for their salvation. Silence gives consent is wrong. People don't give consent because they refuse to meddle in others business. In fact if I recall right,the Bible says to meddle in others business is like taking a dog by the ears. God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 1/27/16

If what we see is not causing physical harm, and we are simply a bystander, we should mind our own business.
---Geraldine on 1/27/16

The world's way is very often understood to be that "Silence" (AS OPPOSED TO ARGUING) is consent (this is not God's way).

God's way is that 'RIGHT IS RIGHT and WRONG IS WRONG...and never the t'wain shall meet' (meaning that the two will NEVER combine).

ONLY do what is just,...DO NOT do what is unjust,... (this is REALLY what is GODLY behavior).

Right and wrong (God's way) are not made by following/obeying rules, laws, regulations, etc., it is based on the PRECEPTS/principles of the law of righteousness (Jesus said the PRINCIPLES/precepts of RIGHT BEHAVIOR/character spirit are what justify a person's deeds.
---faithforfaith on 1/27/16

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When RIGHT changes to WRONG, there is "no variation or shadow" (no middle ground) because of the change (the change from right to wrong is sudden and complete).

Jas 1:17 no variation or shadow due to change.

God tells us clearly that...

in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men

A man who is APPROVED/circumcised needs to live the PRINCIPLES/precepts of God's demands of peace, justice, etc.

Rom 2:26 So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision?

All verse is from the RSV.
---faithforfaith on 1/27/16

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