Do you need Bible for what you preach or is your opinion and preference good enough? Option 1 means it may not say "thou shalt not" but the Scripture lays out the principle very clearly and very little case making is necessary. For example: we can preach against lust and warn of the dangers of pornography even though the Bible does not say, "Thou shalt not look at porn." The principle is clear in the Scripture. Porn may cause lust, the Bible condemns lust, therefore be very cautious around porn. But if the Bible is silent on an issue, like shorts (short britches), can I just haul off and preach against them? The Bible is silent on music types, as we are discussing in another thread. Can I just preach, "Bless God these hippies who sit around and listen to Christian Rock music are compromisers!!" The Bible never says that there will be one translation that will contain the Word of God to the exclusion of others- but can I still haul off ans say, "The KJV is the Word of God and you ought to take your Non- Inspired Versions (NIV's) and burn 'em!!" Can I say, "These churches that are shutting down services on Sunday Nights are sinning!!" when the Sunday evening service is not in the Bible. Option 2 means I may have to take a host of passages to make one clear principle and many of them may be rather ambiguous but as long as I have verses that seem to address the issue- I'm satisfied. Option 3 means my grandpa preached against it and so will I! Or the old days were better and they did this then so it must be right! What is the rule?