What Sola Scriptura Does Not Mean

Posted: November 1, 2011 in bible, Reformation, theology

Credo House:

The Protestant doctrine of sola Scriptura is one of the most misunderstood doctrines I know of. The misconceptions come not only from those who repudiate the doctrine (such as Roman Catholics), but also from those who affirm it. Here is a list of some things that sola Scripturadoes not mean.

Sola Scriptura does not mean that the Scripture is the only source of spiritual insight.

Spiritual insight can come from any number of sources, both secular and Christian…

Sola Scriptura does not mean that there are not other authorities in our lives.

We believe that the Scriptures are our final and only infallible authority, but not that they are our only authority…

Sola Scriptura does not mean that if it is not in the Bible it is not divinely binding.

Romans 1 speaks of the binding authority of the message of creation: “For since the creation of the world, his eternal attributes, divine power and nature have been clearly understood so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). As well, in Romans 2, we are told that our conscience testifies to us about God’s will (Rom. 2:14-16). As Christians, we must be willing to take our cue from all forms of what we call “general revelation:” rationality, moral conscience, and the message of creation all qualify…

Sola Scriptura does not mean that the Scriptures are an exhaustive source for us to know how to live our lives each day.

Think about how many things the Bible does not tell us…

  1. Why is Alpha and Omega Ministries not in your “blogroll” section?

    Good post!

    Keep Writing,

    Travis (anotherchristianblog.org)

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