Sola Scriptura

Date: 11/5/2017
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Sola Scriptura in Scripture - The Bible’s Claim about it’s own authority - “For Thou hast magnified Thy word according to all Thy name.” “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” “You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them; and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. And regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.” “The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul.” (Psalm 138:2; John 17:17; II Tim. 3:14-17; 2 Peter 3:15–16; Psalms 19:7).

Sola Scriptura Historically - Though the Roman Catholic Council of Toledo (1229) put the Bible on the “Index of Prohibited Books,” the Reformers championed God’s written Word alone as our ultimate authority. From the days of the proto-Reformer, John Wycliffe (1320s-1384), there was a strong desire to turn away from Traditions (not found in Scripture) and go to the font of truth, God’s Word. One of the high water marks of the Reformed declaration of this truth was in 1521 at the historic interrogation of Luther at a city named Worms: “Unless I am overcome with testimonies from Scripture or with evident reasons — for I believe neither the Pope nor the Councils, since they have often erred and contradicted one another — I am overcome by the Scripture texts which I have adduced, and my conscience is bound by God’s Word. . . .  Here I stand.” The amazing story of the English Bible . . . . Coverdale's "Great Bible", called that because of its size, was published in 1539 and had over 21,000 copies printed in seven editions in only a single year. Working under the patronage of Thomas Cromwell, Coverdale had submitted his Bible via the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, and it was published with the authorization of King Henry VIII...

Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more