Sola Scriptura Principle As The Source of Doctrinal Authority
In one of the blogs that I have been following, there was a question raised; “Where exactly in the Bible that Sola Scriptura appear?”, well I would like to answer this question in a non-debatable way.
Here it is, as far as my study is concern, I haven’t seen that the Bible says, “sola scriptura”. However, you can find lots of passages against “Tradition” and you can see lots of passages in the Bible that tells us to read and study the word of the Lord.
Ok, to clarify and for more enlightenment, here are the passages that tells us about reading the word of God.
1.Deuteronomy 6 – Does not refer to the whole Bible since the New Testament has not been written yet. This is during the time of Moses. Please notice the mode of learning that they do since printing press has not yet been invented. And that the 10 commandments was written by God himself in the tablets of stones.
2.2 Timothy 3:15-17 – A very clear passage that tells “Timothy” (to which is also applicable to all of us) to study the Holy Scriptures. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” – just a simple question, does it include tradition in it???
3.Ephesians 6:17 – The sword of the Spirit is the word of God. Take note the whole context is all about spiritual armor. And you will never find tradition as a part of it.
4.Hebrews 4:12 – “12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” -Please do note the whole context, it is all about unbelief to the gospel that was preached by the apostles and early Christians.
What are those gospels??? This will require more discussions and more topics. But one of the things that I can point out is Ephesians 2:8-10. You will have to read this by yourself and compare it to the Catholic doctrine of salvation which is “by grace through faith + works”. This does not come from me, but from a Catholic Priest.
1.Matthew 15:1-21 – This is a long passage. But please read it. Please note that the context and the arguments between Jesus and the Pharisees is all about “tradition”, “religious traditions” to be exact. The traditions that Moses ordered. But notice how Jesus answered them and how Jesus invalidated tradition over obedience? And in verse 7, Jesus called the Pharisees… HYPOCRITES…
2.Mark 7:3-13 – Basically, this is the same story as above. If you would like to read it, better. Perhaps, you’ll see other things here that are not in Matthew 15.
3.Colossians 2:8 – “ 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” Please do note the phrase “philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men…” Anybody would like to make an appeal to Paul about this??? A very clear passage where many people want to twist truths in it.
4.2 Thessalonians 3:6 – “6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.” Please do note that the tradition that was mentioned here, should be coming from the Apostles (from Paul and the disciples of Christ, and not from “NEW” apostles whose traditions are perverted, adulterated, unscriptural, and full of assumptions of things that were not clear.)
Sola Scriptura is not “per se” Biblical as to biblical terms. It is like the doctrine of “Holy Trinity” to which the words “Holy Trinity” is unbiblical. But rest assured, its essence exists in the Bible. Sola Scriptura is only a term for conservative doctrinal source of authority. Our tradition evidently has no place for doctrinal authority. Not only that it was affirmed by the Bible itself, but of history.
The only tradition allowed are the traditions that were taught by Paul and other apostles. And those traditions can also be found in the Bible.
Now tell me, will you still base your doctrines through traditions which has been discouraged from the Bible or just believe in the Bible and to what it says.
In many Catholic blogs that I’ve checked, most of the quotations came from other authors with different views. Some came from the works of early church fathers and only a few came from the teachings of Jesus and the apostles themselves, the Bible. Scholarly work as it may sound, but the fact is, only few people can understand them. On the otherhand, the Bible presented the truths in a non-technical way, in simple terms where everybody can understand.
As for me, I will stick with the truths of the Bible, not basing my stand to what other “scholars” and authors have said. Thanks to them though, for their labor and their studies have helped a few to understand things. But I do hope that we will make their study meaningful and not to debate on what they have said. Instead, discover more truths from their source, the Bible. In the end, the Bible is still the BEST source of Doctrinal authority and NOT tradition.
Accepting tradition as a valid source of doctrinal authority only leads to false teachings, idolatry and heresy. This is the reason why now, we have thousands of different cultic movements whose basis for their doctrinal authority are traditions, myths, assumptions, and partial truths of the Bible (by claiming things in the Bible, yet neglected others).
Finally, just for clarification. I do not intend to force anybody to believe to the truths from the Bible. The freedom is yours whether or not you believe in it. Again, I am not a scholar, sorry to disappoint you. I am just a very ordinary man who just read my Bible.
God bless to you all!!!