Whether it’s our own reason, as was the case during the Enlightenment period, or whether each person gets to say what is true, we are making ourselves the ultimate decider. Karl Barth once described Luther in the Reformation as if Luther was stumbling around in the dark and went to catch his grip as he was falling, and he caught his grip on a rope, and that rope pulled a bell which then made an enormous noise that everyone heard. But these passages did not threaten the sufficiency of Scripture. This or that “scientific truth,” for example, may or may not be actually true, whether or not it can be supported by Scripture—but Scripture is a “more sure Word,” standing above all other truth in its authority and certainty. It was the clarity of Scripture that helped drive the reformers to translate the Bible into the common tongue. All other authorities (including church leadership) were fallible and must submit to Scripture. But biblical authority and Sola Scriptura are rooted in the words of Scripture. If the same individual retreats, when sola scriptura is being questioned, to the more modest understanding of it, then it is fair for the Catholic to note the inconsistency and ask him to choose one understanding of the doctrine and stick with it. The phrase Sola Scriptura originated out of the 16th century Protestant Reformation. Enhance your school’s traditional and online education programs by easily integrating online courses developed from the scholars and textbooks you trust. Today's post is adapted from Matthew Barrett's God's Word Alone video lectures. He resented God because he could only see God as his condemning judge. We are fooling ourselves if we say we believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, staking our life on it, but do not believe in the authority and power of the Bible as our final say and truth. Sola scriptura became popular during the Protestant Reformation as a reaction against some of the practices of the Roman Catholic Church. It is not a claim that all truth of every kind is found in Scripture. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. You've planned for your future. Sola Scriptura—The Sufficiency of Scripture If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware. It was particularly used by Catholics like Albert Pighius (1490-1542) and Johann Dietenberger (c. 1475-1537) to encapsulate three points the reformers affirmed about the Bible. An Evangelical might say, “Wait a minute: If a Catholic denies the existence of purgatory, which the Church has taught infallibly, that would be a grave sin. First, the Bible is a direct revelation from God. Therefore, let us stand firm on His Word, laid as the foundation of our lives, and live for His glory with an ever-increasing joy in our hearts. Copyright © 2020 HarperCollins Publishers. It consists of the words sola, meaning "only," and scriptura, referring to the Bible. For example, it teaches the existence of angels. Sola scriptura is a simple phrase. Can Loved Ones in Heaven Look Down on You? The benefit of living at a time such as this is that we have more resources than ever before to study and understand the Bible. Just as our relationship with our spouse cannot grow without intimate time and study of them, our relationship with the Lord cannot grow without an intimate study of His Word. If you have any questions, please review our. Aug 07, 2015 Reading His Word is a form of actively listening to Him. All other authorities (including church leadership) were fallible and must submit to Scripture. It did not mean Scripture was the only authority. But suppose the dying man knows that the Bible teaches the existence of angels but refuses to believe it.