Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, 'If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.' But He answered and said, 'It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the Mouth of God.' '
Matthew 4:3-4 (NKJV)
'And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
and their righteousness is from Me,'
Says the Lord.
Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV)
Talking back to your parents? Bad idea. Talking back to Satan? Biblical. Jesus teaches us how to speak up and when to talk back. He also teaches us when to remain silent. These lessons are vital for Christ followers to learn.
So when is back talk right?
1. When facing supernatural enemy fire, temptations, or torments within your spirit--often when no one else is present. How? Speak scripture, the 'Sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God' (Ephesians 6:17). Jesus did. (See Matthew 4:1-11)
2. When helping others. Jesus talked back to the Pharisees in John Chapter 8, not for their benefit and certainly not His own, but for the benefit of others present who would be saved. 'As He spoke these words, many believed in Him' (John 8:30).
Or in the case of the adulteress--to defend her from death: 'He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her' (John 8:7).
When is back talk wrong?
1. When speaking to parents, bosses, or rulers. 'And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing. Then Pilate said to Him, 'Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?' But He answered him not one word' (Matthew 27:12-14).
Paul said, 'You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people' (Acts 23:5).
2. When speaking to the ignorant. 'Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words' (Proverbs 23:9).
3. When defending yourself, for 'the Lord is the defense of my life' (Psalm 27:1).