What is Sola Scriptura?

John 5:39 “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.”

Sola scriptura is probably the most misrepresented concept by Roman Catholics. The funny thing is? When they attack sola scriptura, they do not know they are most of the time using sola scriptura.

Sola scriptura means “by Scripture alone”.  An often misrepresented statement is that Martin Luther somehow invented this logical concept.  Sorry, with whatever you believe about Luther, he didn’t invent common logic.  He may have coined the Latin term for “by Scripture alone”, but the principle of logic was always in place.

John 19:37 “And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”  (Example of sola scriptura, an appeal to Zechariah 12:10)

Sola scriptura is NOT Solo scriptura. Solo meaning “scripture alone”. Meaning everything must be found in Scripture including sermons, terms such as sola-scriptura, trinity, concepts of doctrine, Christian books, etc. or it is discarded.  This is also high on the list of a Roman Catholic misrepresentation of sola scriptura which means BY Scripture alone.

Sola scriptura simply means that everything that relates to faith and practice is tested by Scripture alone, the revealed word of God being the ultimate authority.  It is using the appeal of Scripture in order to accept or decline a doctrine or a faith practice.  So let’s use the concept of the term “trinity” for example, the Triune God.  We can clearly see this by the test of Scripture, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three distinct persons in ONE God.

If we test the feast days for Mary for example by sola scriptura, it FAILS Scripture’s test. They are not mentioned or cannot be substantiated by the test of Scripture so it is discarded.

The challenge to Catholics is to try and refute the logical principle of sola scriptura WITHOUT using the principle. Unless you are an atheist or agnostic or do not see God’s word as His revealed word, you will find the refutation as impossible. Why? Because you will NOT be able to appeal to Scripture (using by Scripture alone) in order to refute it, this would be called a fallacy.  If you don’t appeal to Scripture, then you are placing some other entity such as the RCC in higher authority than Scripture and God Himself.

Another example. Catholics appeal to Matt 16:18 as their establishment to the papacy. Little do they know, they used sola scriptura in this doctrine.

Sola scriptura does NOT mean that every interpreted doctrine using sola scriptura is correct and infallible either.  However, using sola scriptura is used to refute or accept the doctrine by the systematic test through Scripture is conducted.  Many heresies and false doctrines are invented by using sola scriptura (see Satan’s use in Matt 4), but it does not mean the logical concept is invalid. It means it is used in DISCERNMENT. Scripture being the FINAL arbiter in every matter (see Jesus’ rebuke by using sola scriptura to Satan in Matt 4).

John 20


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