‣ This week, we will look at the teaching of “sola Scriptura,” or only the Bible. Thus, the erroneous Protestant reading of “pasa graphe” would mean every single passage of Scripture is exclusive. God gave us the Bible to keep us safe from false teachings in the church. Of the Gospels, according to Matthew one book, according to Mark one book, according to Luke one book, according to John one book. These are the desiderata of which you wished to be informed verbally: of Moses five books, that is, of Genesis, of Exodus, of Leviticus, of Numbers, of Deuteronomy, and Josue, of Judges one book, of Kings four books, also Ruth, of the Prophets sixteen books, of Solomon five books, the Psalms. ‣ The order of the Old Testament begins here: Genesis one book, Exodus one book, Leviticus one book, Numbers one book, Deuteronomy one book, Josue Nave one book, Judges one book, Ruth one book, Kings four books, Paralipomenon two books, Psalms one book, Solomon three books, Proverbs one book, Ecclesiastes one book, Canticle of Canticles one book, likewise Wisdom one book, Ecclesiasticus one book. Apr 28, 2020 - Bible passages taken from the text of the Authorized Version of Scripture. Catholics agree that Scripture is materially sufficient. 1:11,19 – Non-Catholics sometimes refer to Jesus’ commands to John to write as support for the theory that the Bible is the only source of Christian faith. 2:14 – Paul says that God has called us “through our Gospel.” What is the fullness of the Gospel? J But the Canonical Scriptures are as follows: Genesis…The Revelation of John…for these are the things which we have received from our fathers to be read in the church.” Council of Carthage, African Code, Canon 24 (A.D. 419). Other Passages used to Support “Sola Scriptura”. “It is the church which perfect truth perfects. Whoever is separated from the Church and is joined to an adulteress, is separated from the promises of the Church; nor can he who forsakes the Church of Christ attain to the rewards of Christ. 3:16-17, III. Sola scriptura is the only way to avoid subjectivity and keep personal opinion from taking priority over the teachings of the Bible. Not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. The Bible … Sola Scriptura is often misunderstood and misrepresented. 1 Thess. ‣ But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it. Why did the Reformers reject the absolute authority of Tradition? Hang with me. 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Further, such a commandment would be limited to the book that John wrote, the Book of Revelation, and would have nothing to do with the other Scriptures. ‣ Apr 28, 2020 - Bible passages taken from the text of the Authorized Version of Scripture. This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. The Word of God is not self-attesting. Psalm 36:9 explains, “For with thee is the fountain of life; in thy light we see light.” God’s truth is seen in the light of God’s truth. The Epistle of Jude no doubt, and the couple bearing the name of John, are accepted by the Catholic Church…But of Arsinous, called also Valentinus, or of Militiades we receive nothing at all.” The fragment of Muratori (A.D. 177). She appoints the sons whom she has born for the kingdom. Finally, what other object have Councils ever aimed at in their decrees, than to provide that what was before believed in simplicity should in future be believed intelligently, that what was before preached coldly should in future be preached earnestly, that what was before practiced negligently should thenceforward be practiced with double solicitude? His letter is not enough. ‣ “All Scripture is Inspired”- 2 Tim. He need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God. Both initially occurring in Leviticus 18:22-23. C And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. Why does the Roman Catholic Church reject Sola Scriptura? So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Cite this page: Editor: Stephen Smith. T We cannot interpret them infallibly on our own. Nor are they admitted to peaceful relations and communion by such churches as are in any way connected with apostles, inasmuch as they are in no sense themselves apostolic because of their diversity as to the mysteries of the faith.” Tertullian, On Prescription against the Heretics, 32 (c. A.D. 200). 453). The Greeks on the one hand draw men away by their smooth tongue, for honey droppeth from a harlot’s lips: whereas they of the Circumcision deceive those who come to them by means of the Divine Scriptures, which they miserably misinterpret though studying them from childhood to all age, and growing old in ignorance. ‣ The essence of sola scriptura is basing your spiritual life on the Bible alone and rejecting any tradition or teaching that is not in full agreement with the Bible. And therefore, to those who believe that the sacred books are not the compositions of men, but that they were composed by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, agreeably to the will of the Father of all things through Jesus Christ, and that they have come down to us, we must point out the ways (of interpreting them) which appear (correct) to us, who cling to the standard of the heavenly Church of Jesus Christ according to the succession of the apostles.” Origen, First Principles, 4,1:9 (A.D. 230). And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea. Sola scriptura emphasizes the Bible alone as the source of authority for Christians. And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. “Now I accept no newer creed written for me by other men, nor do I venture to propound the outcome of my own intelligence, lest I make the words of true religion merely human words; but what I have been taught by the holy Fathers, that I announce to all who question me. In 1 Corinthians 4:1–6 (ICB), Paul says we should. “ ‘Follow only what is written in the Scriptures.’. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) 17:5-9. 1. 3:16-17. 3:16-17 to prove that the Bible is the sole authority of God’s word. “True knowledge is [that which consists in] the doctrine of the apostles, and the ancient constitution of the Church throughout all the world, and the distinctive manifestation of the body of Christ according to the successions of the bishops, by which they have handed down that Church which exists in every place, and has come even unto us, being guarded and preserved without any forging of Scriptures, by a very complete system of doctrine, and neither receiving addition nor [suffering] curtailment [in the truths which she believes]; and [it consists in] reading [the word of God] without falsification, and a lawful and diligent exposition in harmony with the Scriptures, both without danger and without blasphemy; and [above all, it consists in] the pre-eminent gift of love, which is more precious than knowledge, more glorious than prophecy, and which excels all the other gifts [of God].” Irenaeus, Against Heresies, 4,33:8 (inter A.D. 180-199). Oct 31, 2016 - #ReformedTheology #SolaScriptura #BibleVerses. Paul is again appealing to a source outside of Scripture to teach the Corinthians. 2 Tim. 3:17, which shows that the Scriptures are not exclusive, and that other things (good deeds and purity) are also profitable to men. 3 Verses That Fail to Prove Sola Scriptura, and Never Will. And those have a craving for glory who voluntarily evade, by arguments of a diverse sort, the things delivered by the blessed apostles and teachers, which are wedded to inspired words; opposing the divine tradition by human teachings, in order to establish the heresy.” Clement of Alexandria, Stromata, 7:16 (post A.D. 202). In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. ‣ If we have the knowledge of the loving character of God , then some difficult biblical texts can be easily explained. This would mean Christians could not only use “sola Matthew,” or “sola Mark,” but could rely on one single verse from a Gospel as the exclusive authority of God’s word. Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. Sola Scriptura - Only Scripture. T he term “sola Scriptura” or “the Bible alone” is a short phrase that represents the simple truth that there is only one special revelation from God that man possesses today, the written Scriptures or the Bible. The remainder are the books which are strictly called the Prophets: twelve separate books of the prophets which are connected with one another, and having never been disjoined, are reckoned as one book; the names of these prophets are as follows:–Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi; then there are the four greater prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel. 4:9 – Paul says that what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do. Likewise the canonical epistles in number seven. I cannot find a verse, which says the Bible is the one and only authentic and infallible guide to Christian doctrine and practice. They must be very careful to pursue that course which, in the beginning of this Commonitory, we said that holy and learned men had commended to us, that is to say, they must interpret the sacred Canon according to the traditions of the Universal Church and in keeping with the rules of Catholic doctrine, in which Catholic and Universal Church, moreover, they must follow universality, antiquity, consent.” Vincent of Lerins, Commonitory of the Antinquity and Universality of the Catholic Faith, 70 (A.D. 434). Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Scripture does not say “letter alone.” The Catholic Church has the fullness of the Christian faith through its rich traditions of Scripture, oral tradition and teaching authority (or Magisterium). When and whence did you come?” Tertullian, Prescription against the Heretics, 37 (A.D. 200). However, because the Bible has no “inspired contents page,” you must look outside the Bible to see how its books were selected. Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone. 1) Sola Scriptura is not a claim that the Bible contains all knowledge. It is like the doctrine of “Holy Trinity” to which the words “Holy Trinity” is unbiblical. I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. Only the Bible was “inspired by God” (2 Peter 1:20-21) and “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away." I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. Acts 17:11-12 – here we see the verse “they searched the Scriptures.” This refers to the Bereans who used the Old Testament to confirm the oral teachings about the Messiah. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. We will see that “sola Scriptura” shows us some important rules about understanding the Bible. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter. Thus, Paul appeals to sources outside of Scripture to teach about God. I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink. – Protestants must admit that knowing what books belong in the Bible is necessary for our salvation. V “The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”. The others who did not write were not less faithful to Jesus, because Jesus gave them no directive to write. These have been preserved through the oral apostolic tradition and they are equally a part of the Deposit of Faith. 2 Tim. For Protestants especially, profitable cannot mean “exclusive” here. “Therefore, as I said above, if you had been a follower and assertor of Sabellianism or Arianism or any heresy you please, you might shelter yourself under the example of your parents, the teaching of your instructors, the company of those about you, the faith of your creed. Matt. So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers. The principle of “sola Scriptura” is basic to accurate interpretation of Scripture. It is like the doctrine of “Holy Trinity” to which the words “Holy Trinity” is unbiblical. This contradicts the fact that Jesus himself said that he was going to found a Church and that he was going to … Doctrine states 66 Books of the Protestant Holy Bible are the only source for the precepts of the Christian Faith. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. The words of the Bible, in spite of what many Protestants must argue, are not always clear and understandable. Martin Luther is often in the news. The Word of God is all that is posted here except for your tasteful responses. He can no longer have God for his Father, who has not the Church for his mother. That of the New Testament, again, is contained within the following:–Four books of the Gospel, according to Matthew, according to Mark, according to Luke, according to John; fourteen epistles of the Apostle Paul–one to the Romans, two to the Corinthians, one to the Galatians, to the Ephesians, to the Philippians, two to the Thessalonians, one to the Colossians, two to Timothy, one to Titus, to Philemon, to the Hebrews: two of Peter; three of John; one of Jude; and one of James; one book of the Acts of the Apostles; and one of the Revelation of John.” Augustine, On Christian Doctrine, 2:8,12 (A.D. 426). Second Timothy 2:15 declares, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who … Show Scriptural text supporting Sola Scriptura or Bible Only/Alone Sola Scriptura- Doctrine of most Protestant denominations. Rev. But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses.” ... And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ Of this man's offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised. 18:18; Acts 2:42; Eph. ‣ It is a tradition, seek no farther.” John Chrysostom, Homily on 2nd Thessalonians, 4:2 (A.D. 404). “But it will be said, If the words, the sentiments, the promises of Scripture, are appealed to by the Devil and his disciples, of whom some are false apostles, some false prophets and false teachers, and all without exception heretics, what are Catholics and the sons of Mother Church to do? “If any one shall say, or shall believe, that other Scriptures, besides those which the Catholic Church has received, are to be esteemed of authority, or to be venerated, let him be anathema.” Council of Toledo, Canon 12 (A.D. 400). 1. The church of believers is great, and its bosom most ample; it embraces the fulness (or, the whole) of the two Testaments.” Ephraem, Adv. 3:16-17 – Finally, if these verses really mean that Paul was teaching sola Scriptura to the early Church, then why in 1 Thess. See more ideas about scripture, bible, sola scriptura. Also, “pasa graphe” cannot mean “all of Scripture” because there was no New Testament canon to which Paul could have been referring, unless Protestants argue that the New Testament is not being included by Paul. For the ship exhibits a type of Church, the word of life placed and preached within which, they who are without, and lie near like barren and useless sands, cannot understand.” Hilary of Poitiers, On Matthew, Homily 13:1 (A.D. 355). Why? And so, dearly beloved, ought we very cautiously to hear those things for the understanding of which we are but little ones, and that, too, with pious heart and with trembling, as it is written, holding this rule of soundness, that we rejoice as in food in that which we have been able to understand, according to the faith with which we are imbued…” Augustine, On the Gospel of John, Homily XVIII:1 (A.D. 416). They preach only ‘the dogmas of the Church'” John Chrysostom, Baptismal Instruction (A.D. 389). “[It has been decided] that nothing except the Canonical Scriptures should be read in the church under the name of the Divine Scriptures. So, although Protestants use it to prove their case, the passage is not even relevant to most of the faithful. Indeed, Scripture assists in learning to believe in Jesus, but this passage does not say Scripture is exclusive, or even necessary, to be saved by Jesus. If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord. 2 Peter 1:20 – interpreting Scripture is not a matter of one’s own private interpretation. Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. Sola Scriptura, the foundation of the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago, was a call to return to the roots of our faith by embracing Scripture alone as our highest authority. 4:6) and that tradition, even so-called Sacred Tradition, is judged by Scriptures. For they have corrupted the sacred copies; and words which ought to have but one interpretation, they have wrested to strange significations. Visit the Bible online to search for words if you don’t know the specific passage your’re looking for. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. “And, O wretched heretic! She keeps us for God. A Biblical Defense of Sola Scriptura! Last of all that by John.” Origen, Commentary on Matthew, fragment in Eusebius Church History, 6:25,3 (A.D. 244). One went to the Bible to find the answers. S 2 Tim. Publisher: OpenBible.info. Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. John 10:35 – some Protestants also use this verse “Scripture cannot be broken” to somehow prove sola Scriptura. However, when these people quote Holy Scripture, they will invariably quote a verse or two entirely out of context. Bible is the Church, the Bible Tagged with: Bible, English Standard Version sola scriptura bible verses by! 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