Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What Are The Five Solas?

  • The Solas are five Latin abbreviations that represent the fundamental positions supported by the people who adhere to the Protestant Reformation which took place during the sixteenth century.
  • They were established (developed) during the Reformation in response to the unbiblical doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church.
DISCLAIMER: This overview of the five Solas of the Protestant Reformation is by no means an exhaustive defense, but rather, a simple, detailed explanation for what these doctrines are. There will be more comprehensive articles written on these subjects.
  • Sola Scriptura: Scripture alone-
             -Means that Scripture alone is the only infallible rule of faith (or the spiritual standard) for the church (2 Timothy 3:15-17). Hence, it is the ultimate authority in spiritual matters,
             -Allows for other authorities as long as they are subordinate to the judgment of the Scriptures.

  • Sola Fide: Faith alone- 
              -Means that faith alone saves a person when he or she places his or her trust in the sacrificial work of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:27-28; 4:2-8; Romans 10:9-13).
              -The phrase "faith alone" does not mean faith apart from the presence of works (since they are the product of genuine faith in Christ), but apart from the merit of works.

  • Solus Christus (also known as Solo Christo): Christ alone-
               -Means that Jesus is the only way to eternal salvation (Psalm 62:1-2; John 10:9; 14:6; Acts 4:10-12), the only mediator between God and man (Psalm 73:25; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Timothy 2:5-6), and that He is the only human revelation of God (John 1:1-3; 14).

  • Sola Gratia: Grace alone-
                  -Means that we are saved from our sins and from eternal condemnation in hell by the unmerited grace of God alone without any of our own works of righteousness (Acts 15:11; Romans 6:23; Galatians 5:4-5; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7).
                  -The grace of God is a completely unmerited, undeserved favor of love that God has bestowed upon us (John 3:16). Nobody deserves this grace (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10-12; 23).

  • Soli Deo Gloria: the Glory of God alone-
                     -Means that God alone is the One who is to receive all the glory (Psalm 148:13; Isaiah 42:8; 43:7; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Revelation 15:4).
                     -Since God alone is the Creator of all things and is the Author of our eternal salvation, He alone is the One who deserves all glory.  

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