Father John Whiteford argues that this doctrine is based on fallacies and explains the Orthodox approach to Holy Scripture. What does "sola scriptura" mean? I wonder why some Protestants choose to worship a book of paper to the point of believing that its (1) inerrant, (2) infallible and (3) they can interpret it themselves. Introduction. One of the most important doctrines of the 16th century Protestant Reformation led by Martin Luther and John Calvin is sola Scriptura. As we will see, each of the Roman Catholic arguments against the Protestant doctrine of sola Scriptura fails, and they are unable to provide any substantial basis for the Catholic dogma of an infallible oral tradition. Sola Scriptura has had varying definitions—depending on the individual Protestant—but at its root, the doctrine remains the same. This text is no longer available in print, but can now become a valuable part of your Logos library. First, as Catholic scholars themselves recognize, it is not necessary that the Bible explicitly and formally teach sola Scriptura in order for this doctrine to be true. Reactions: Xenn. How can we defend the doctrine of sola Scriptura using Scripture? ratio1 December 14, 2017, 3:32am #21. By obeying those who teach Sola Scriptura, the very doctrine is violated. The origin of sola scriptura At the time of the Reformation Luther and the other Protestants were teaching doctrines that contradicted what Tradition and the magisterium had established as true. Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:15 - those that preached the Gospel to all creation but did not write the Gospel were not less obedient to Jesus, or their teachings less important. It’s worth noting that sola scriptura presumes both faith and piety can be deduced from, and reduced to, a set of propositions. Sola Scriptura: The illumination of the church by the Holy Spirit to correctly interpret the Bible is false doctrine! A church built upon Sola Scriptura is a church built upon a firm foundation on the Word of God, which will never fall. With regards to authority, it's more accurate to describe the Reformers' views as prima scripturists , similar to John Wesley. It doesn’t mean that authority is held only the Bible and nothing else (e.g., creeds, confessions, churches, denominational catechisms, et cetera). Now, I still don't see then in that case how the Sola Scriptura person functions much differently than the Solo Scriptura one (maybe Solo S. tends to be more irrational?). The Reformation Doctrine of sola Scriptura Why? If scripture alone is a legitimate doctrine, why is it not to be found anywhere in the Bible? Can someone explain to me why Sola Scriptura an unreasonable doctrine? An Orthodox examination. 1. Well even if that’s true, they still have to deal with which scriptura? Sola scriptura can’t even be deduced from implicit passages in the Holy Scripture. Father John Whiteford argues that this doctrine is based on fallacies and explains the Orthodox approach to Holy Scripture. As convincing as these arguments may seem to a devout Catholic, they are devoid of substance. Close. 1 Cor 1.10ff, et al)! ( ie canon) JonNC December 14, 2017, 10:36am #22. The five solas are: Sola Scriptura, Sola Christus, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, and Sola Deo Gloria. Two points must be made concerning whether the Bible teaches sola Scriptura. The doctrine of "sola scriptura" is nonsensical. Sola Scriptura offers an Orthodox analysis of a pillar of Protestantism: private interpretation of Scripture. of the Protestant teaching . Sola Scriptura offers an Orthodox analysis of a pillar of Protestantism: private interpretation of Scripture. Posted by u/[deleted] 1 year ago. They also explain where the attacks on the Bible are coming from and show how those who accept the Bible as God’s inspired Word should respond. In the discussion at Free Northerner, a commenter and I were haggling over the protestant doctrine of sola scriptura (a kind of Scriptural verificationism). In the Vanity of Their Minds . ... All of which are commonly rejected by adherents of sola scriptura doctrine.) This doctrine has come under intense fire over the past century. Sola Scriptura – Scripture alone This does not mean that tradition or councils are not considered. 10. Sola scriptura offers no way out of these disagreements, except for Christians to split and go their separate ways – hence, myriad denominations. Add to My Favorites Report this Debate Share with My Friends. The doctrine of Sola Scriptura helped to restore orthodoxy back to the visible church. Most Protestants point to 2 Timothy 3:16 as the Biblical basis for this heresy, but that does not work for several reasons. A PROTESTANT DEFENSE OF SOLA SCRIPTURA. But this is a problem, too, because the Bible teaches that division among Christians is a sin (cf. Luther said, in essence, “The Church is wrong on this issue.” … And so even with the best of intentions sola scriptura is a doctrine of confusion not union, which would seem to contradict 1 Corinthians 14—33. This fact alone disproves sola Scriptura. So often it’s been said that if you argue from the Bible to the infallibility of Scripture, or the inerrancy of the Bible, or the inspiration of Scripture, then you’re caught in the bonds of a vicious circle. The term sola scriptura is from the Latin language meaning "only Scripture" or "Scripture alone." This should impact how Christians view law in the way that our government and law are ordained by God and under God’s control. Do you like this debate?No Yes +0 Yes +0 This text is no longer available in print, but can now become a valuable part of your Logos library. In this book, several leading Reformed pastors and scholars unpack the meaning of the doctrine of sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”). Because it is dangerous. Sola Scriptura is not a doctrine. Apologetics. 25 comments. share. The distinction is helpful (and I would argue, true) for many reasons, but when we're dealing with sola scriptura, I want to quote an article at biblicaltraining.org that talks about Luther's understanding of the "Word of God" and how he used that understanding to form a sola-scriptura outlook, and how he defended that against critics. 2. The effects of the distinctives of the doctrine of Sola Scriptura should be seen in the church manifested as Worship, Evangelism, Obedience, Witnessing, and a Godly lifestyle. Sola Scriptura. The doctrine of Sola Scriptura was at the heart of the Protestant Reformation,1 serving as a guard around Scripture to protect it from unbiblical ideas being imposed upon it.2 Nevertheless, many Christians today struggle to defend this vital doctrine while others say that Sola Scriptura is not even taught in the Bible.. Expect "historic details" to be treated with irrational emotionalism by those who find that history "inconvenient" ... Sola Scriptura did not even become a fundamental notion until 1500 years post-Christ. “All scripture is given by inspiration of … The heresy of Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) was an invention of the 16th century, which has no actual basis in Scripture. The doctrine of sola Scriptura is a Christian doctrine that the Bible is the supreme authority in all matters of doctrine and practice. Illumination of the Church by the Holy Spirit to understand the Bible is a false doctrine and contrary to "sola Scriptura": Most Protestants are as bad a Catholics and Orthodox in holding to this destructive and deceptive doctrine. Sola Scriptura (or Scripture Alone) is the conviction that the bible alone is God’s authoritative and infallible message to his people, sufficient for all faith, life and godliness. It means that the Scriptures alone are the final and the highest authority. Sola scriptura became popular during the Protestant Reformation as a reaction against some of the practices of the Roman Catholic Church. Some of you are truly lost individuals and I only pray that you return to the one true Church that Christ established. This new doctrine, which may be termed “solo” Scriptura instead of sola Scriptura, attacks the rightful subordinate authority of the church and of the ecumenical creeds of the church. Hang with me. It consists of the words sola, meaning "only," and scriptura, referring to the Bible. Many Catholics—and a fair number of Protestants—are confused as to the exact meaning of sola scriptura (Latin, “Scripture only”), the authority principle or rule of faith for our Protestant brethren.. To practice it on one’s own is also a violation, as one must listen to one’s own interpretation of passages (especially in cases of controversy), or one must say that the Holy Spirit is interpreting – Who is clearly not Scripture. by Dr. R. C. Sproul “The only source and norm of all Christian knowledge is the Holy Scripture.” This thematic statement introduces De Scriptura Sacra of Heinrich Heppe’s classic work in Reformed dogmatics and provides a succinct expression of the Reformation slogan: Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone). De_Maria: Traditions, doctrines and teachings are basically the same thing. Can someone explain to me why Sola Scriptura an unreasonable doctrine? In other words, sola scriptura was a necessary doctrine at the time that said "we're not going to hell for not being Catholic because the Bible says faith in Jesus is what's important." “only Scripture” or “Scripture alone”) has been the cause of great scandal since the sixteenth century. Editor s Note: John Whiteford is a former Nazarene Associate Pastor who converted to the Orthodox Faith soon after completing his B.A. by John Whiteford . On the other hand, it mandates the use of tradition. 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