When to keep silent?
Keep “silent” like Christ when your questioners are there to provoke, hurt or kill you.
As much as possible, never keep silent to:
1. One who wants to learn the Truth from you. Don’t be selfish in sharing the knowledge which has been graciously & freely given to you by God.
For knowledge pertaining to God, make no monetary profits (no money collections/fees) as Christ literally exhorted true believers to give “God given” gifts “freely” as the verse below declares truthfully:
” … Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)
Apostle Paul echoes the same Truth:
“What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights as a preacher of the gospel.” (1 Corinthians 9:18)
2. Oppression and violence. Correct with words and not violence. If they do not listen, God will judge them accordingly but “you did your part” as a true believer of Christ.
“Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:9)
“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17)
To do otherwise is simply “Un-Christ-like”.
As usual, decide for yourselves which is right! (literally)