Ephesians 5 -
Verse 12 in
I have posted Ephesians 5:12 in context, with the scripture that surrounds
it. Some people make the false claim that this verse instructs
Christians to be silent on certain topics, topics that we view
as unfruitful works of darkness. This could not be more
wrong. Such a way of thinking is in contradiction with the
surrounding scripture. Verse 11 tells us to reprove unfruitful works of
darkness. We cannot reprove something if we cannot talk about
John 3:20 tells us, "For every one that doeth evil hateth the
light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved."
And John 3:19 tells us, "And this is the condemnation, that light is come
into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their
deeds were evil."
I'm going to bottom-line this. The wicked do not
want their deeds reproved. If their deeds are reproved and they are truly
corrected they will come into the light and be saved and no longer be
happy doing unfruitful works of darkness. They love it in their darkness
and want to stay in their darkness. This is why they seek to silence us.
And they will say the silliest things about scripture in their attempt to
shut us up. Do not be deceived by their vain words.
God would not
tell us in one verse to reprove something and then in the next verse tell
us that such would be a sin to do. And God does not. Verse 12 of Ephesians
is speaking very matter-a-factually about the things that the wicked do in
secret, that such things are so bad "it is a shame even to speak of those
things which are done of them in secret." This scripture is expounding on
just how wicked the things that they do are. And yes, it is a shame to
even speak of those things, not a sin, but a shame. It is a shame we have
to talk about such things, but verse 13 tells us, "But all things that are
reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest
is light." --So we got-to-do what we got-to-do to reprove such things in
order for such things to be made manifest by the light, which is Jesus
6 Let no man deceive you with vain
words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the
children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the
Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is
in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is
acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the
unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For it is
a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in
13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by
the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ
shall give thee light.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not
as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are
J.M. Smith 09-17-14