SOLA SCRIPTURA?

The Bible is all we need (Gal. 1:6-9; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Prov. 30:5-6)

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Neal Pollard

Pythagoras is said to have been the earliest outside of Scripture (Isa. 40:22) to contend that the earth is round. He did not make the earth round with his assertions, but identified what already was.  Sir Isaac Newton certainly did not create gravity, but he is credited for our modern understanding of it.  Likewise, the term “sola scriptura” is not found in scripture (similar to terms like “trinity” and “omniscience”), but it was coined during the “Reformation Movement” as part of Martin Luther’s protests against perceived corruptions of the Catholic Church.  It was a “Latin phrase (literally ‘by Scripture alone’) describing the Protestant theological principle that Scripture is the final norm in all judgments of faith and practice. Church traditions and customs, pronouncements of church officials, civil law or any other purely human source, including human reason, must yield to clear scriptural pronouncements” (Reid, Daniel G., et al. 

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  1. When did “sola Scriptura” begin? When did it become “Christian”? Neal won’t post my question. Could you tell me when the CofC believes the Church became a supporter of sola Scriptura, and can you remain true to your Rule, and support it using the Bible?
    Thanks

    1. Be happy to answer your question, Patrick. However, this will be the only answer. See my policy in “About Jon” for more information.

      “Sola Scriptura,” or “scripture only” began as far as we can tell when God through Moses commanded it with the law of Moses in the OT (Deut. 4:2; Prov. 30:6). God also commanded it under the new covenant (1 Cor. 4:6; Gal. 1:6-10; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; Rom. 16:17-18; 2 John 9-11; Rev. 22:18-19). The church of Christ was always a supporter of scripture only, long before the Catholic Church began, because the Spirit-inspired apostles and prophets who wrote the New Testament during the early years of the church (2 Pet. 1:20-11; Eph. 3:3-5) commanded it. The church of Christ was a supporter of “scripture only” from the beginning, because it is the pillar and ground of the truth, and God’s Word – scripture – is truth (1 Tim. 3:15; John 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).

      The doctrines and tenets of Catholicism were prophesied as heretical and apostasy long before the Catholic Church began (1 Tim. 4:1-5; 2 Thess. 2:1-12), so we know that the church of Christ is not the Catholic Church. The Lord’s church is his body (Col. 1:18), of which there is only one (Eph. 4:4), just as there is only one faith (Eph. 4:5). That faith is based only on God’s Word (Rom. 10:17). Christ purchased his church when he died (Acts 20:28), and it came into being on the day of Pentecost after his resurrection (Acts 2:1-47), again, long before the Catholic Church. For the past two thousand years, whenever one finds a church that bases all of its doctrine and practice solely on scripture, you will find a church of Christ, a church that belongs to Christ. A church that adds to or takes away from scripture is a man-made church, either Catholic or Orthodox or Protestant, etc.

      Hope that answers your question. Thanks for asking, and thanks for reading.

      Jon

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