In Fearing Retribution, Silence seems Golden.
Many people in institutional settings choose to remain silent for fear of ridicule, rejection, judgment and condemnation by the institutional hierarchy and their peers within the organization. If they raise questions regarding doctrine and practices that are contrary to the historical, contextual scriptural setting or contrary to the nature of Jesus, they fear being blackballed and facing excommunication.
This fear renders people imprisoned behind prison bars of their own making that are impossible to break free from as long as they are controlled by this fear tacit of the guardians of religious institutional doctrines.
The golden silence that fear of retribution spawns solidifies false doctrine and renders people dumb who wish to pursue correct doctrine, because of the injection of fear!