Monday, February 13, 2017

Biblical Defense Of Sola Scriptura

  • Sola Scriptura: The Bible alone is the only infallible rule of faith (or the spiritual standard) for the church. It functions as the ultimate standard of authority in spiritual matters.
  • There are other legitimate (but lesser) "rules of faith" such as the writings of the church fathers, traditions, church councils, catechisms, and godly leaders of the church (but only Scripture is infallible).
  • Presenting a biblical case for Sola Scriptura:
           -Scripture contains all necessary things that Jesus did (Acts 1:1-2)
           -Scripture brings us certainty of the Lord's actions and teachings (Luke 1:1-4)
           -Eternal life in the name of Jesus Christ (John 20:30-31)
           -Instructions to salvation (2 Timothy 3:15)
           -Assurance of salvation (1 John 5:13)
           -Commandments of the Lord (1 Corinthians 14:37)
           -Standard through which Jesus will judge (John 12:48; James 2:12; Revelation 20:12)
           -Standard to which nothing can be added (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:5-6; Revelation 22:18-19)
           -Proper conduct in the church (1 Timothy 3:14-15)
           -Protection against sin (1 John 2:1)
           -Every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
           -Sufficient to establish the identity of the Messiah (John 5:46-47)
           -A life of godliness (Psalm 19:7-14; 2 Peter 1:3-4)
           -Joy that is complete (1 John 1:1-4)
           -Hope and encouragement (Romans 15:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:18)
           -Standard by which prophets/ministers are tested (Acts 17:11-12):
               + Jesus always used the Scriptures as the measuring stick for determining Truth.
               + Even though the apostles were inspired by genuine oral revelation, they always directed people to the Scriptures for the final determination of truth.
           -Blessings from God (Revelation 1:3)
           -Standard that judges traditions (Matthew 15:1-9; Mark 7:1-13)
           -Standard which we cannot go beyond (1 Corinthians 4:6)
           -Scripture is how we are reminded of apostolic oral traditions (2 Peter 3:1-2; Jude 3; 17-18)

4 comments:

  1. Sola scriptura is important because scripture teaches us that those who trust in man are cursed Jer 17:5.

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  2. I think just the problem is the subjectivity of the reader. One reader could look at a verse and interpret it one way while another looks at it and could think it says something else. As cardinal Henry Newman says, the Bible can’t defend itself against accusations. It needs an interpreter. If not we get thousands of different churches.

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    1. And so the Catholics decide THEY are the only valid interpreters, even though they abuse Scripture, invent doctrine out of thin air (like all the mariology, purgatory, infallible papacy, etc, etc). The Mormons claim they are the only ones, the JWs also claim only they can interpret Scripture. --- Rome is no different.

      But the Bereans were called noble for examine the scriptures for THEMSELVES. There can be no subjectivity if the person reading is being objective and actually reads the Scriptures as the writers intended them to be read.

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  3. Hello Sean,

    The idea of an infallible interpreter sounds good and admirable. It would definitely simply matters in this life. But there is no escaping the notion of private interpretation, as every Roman Catholic has to interpret the teachings presented by their Magisterium. A certain level of subjectivity is unavoidable.

    The 33,000 Protestant denominations figure that is frequently cited by Roman Catholic apologists is simply a canard designed to embarrass critics. There are just as many different beliefs prevalent amongst Roman Catholics as there are Catholics themselves.

    The Bible has transformed the hearts and minds of numerous people. It also heavily influenced the writers of the American Constitution. That hardly sounds like a dead book to me. The Word of God has in a very real sense proven itself to be worthy of our undivided attention.

    Your reasoning overall is problematic because it violates the nature of reality. You essentially seem to be conveying that truth is indiscernible unless we are infallible, which is nonsense.

    So who gets to infallibly interpret the messages of the infallible interpreter? Is not your belief in the infallibility of the Roman Catholic hierarchy also fallible?

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