“So do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them; for I will not hear them in the time that they cry out to Me because of their trouble.” (Jeremiah 11: 14)

Often, people take arguments personally.  When you actively dispute their position, they take it to mean that you don’t like them—personally don’t like them.  But that’s not necessarily so, especially if your argument is the honest exposition of God’s Word.

God told Ezekiel, “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me.  (Ezekiel 3: 17)

God sent Ezekiel to argue with Israel because God wanted Israel to change, because if Israel changed then God could help them.

When the prophets are loud, it means that God is offering mercy instead of destruction.

On the other hand, people tend to think that when you stop audibly disagreeing with them that it means they won the argument.

Not necessarily so.

Sometimes it means that you’re just through arguing with this fool and you’re just gonna leave them to continue in their foolishness and bear the consequences of it.

Like when God told Moses, “Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them.” (Exodus 32: 10)

Silence doesn’t mean consent.  And prophetic silence means exactly the opposite. Prophetic silence means that God has turned against you so thoroughly that He doesn’t even want to talk about it.

There are men and women of God who truly live for the Lord and who speak His Truth with accuracy and integrity. They speak the same things, confirming that they are led by the same Spirit.

When all or a bunch of them suddenly go quiet—that’s when you need to be afraid, very afraid.

When they’ve been warning you and warning you about the path you’re on and they just suddenly shut up—it doesn’t mean that you’ve won them over to your side.  It means that God has told them to let it go and move out of the way.

But we don’t see it that way.  We think we’ve won the “cultural argument,” “shifted cultural discourse in our favor,” or “isolated the opposition.”

But consider the people who are quiet now. Do they say what’s popular, or do they say what God tells them to say?

And if they speak God’s Word, don’t you think they’ll also keep God’s silence?

When the prophets are loud, it means that God is offering mercy instead of destruction. When the prophets go silent, it means that God is pissed off.

And it is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of a silent God.


Anderson T Graves II is a writer, community organizer and consultant for education, ministry, and rural leadership development.


Rev. Anderson T Graves II is pastor of Miles Chapel CME Church (5220 Myron Massey Boulevard) in Fairfield, Alabama; executive director of the Substance Abuse Youth Networking Organization (SAYNO); and director of rural leadership development for the National Institute for Human Development (NIHD).


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  1. CHE Sadaphal says:

    Certainly, in times of strife and adversity, we need to most help and guidance, but often may not hear the divine direction that we so eagerly need. And, there can often be a correlation in the walk of faith with education, where the higher up you go the less direction you get, and the harder and more comprehensive the exams (adversity) become.

    Throughout the OT, the prophetic proclamation of judgement was always designed to bring about repentance, so there was always a positive end built into the threat of destruction. Thankfully, the “silence” is often a last resort after much time given and plenty of opportunity for a turnaround … the Israelites, for example, had hundreds of years in Canaan with repeated warnings before the divine ear closed and they were subsequently forced into exile.

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