Let God-inspired Scripture decide between us

If custom is to be taken in proof of what is right, then it is certainly competent for me to put forward on my side the custom which obtains here. If they reject this, we are clearly not bound to follow them. Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favour of that side will be cast the vote of truth.

Basil of Caesarea (AD c. 330-379), Letter 189, 3


2 Responses to “Let God-inspired Scripture decide between us”

  1. ron howard Says:

    It should be pointed out that the ORTHODOX CHURCH remains true to the Greek Fathers of the Church, does not believe in Papal Supremacy, was the inspiration for Martin Luther’s defiance of the Pope, and had extensive discussions with the Anglican Church about merger during the 1600s. They are the one, true, catholic and apostolic church. The so-called Catholic Church is, in truth, a heretical split-off from the Orthodox Church by virtue of the schism of 1054 AD. The Orthodox Church allows priests to marry, allows the laity to be involved with the church, allows independence of countries and parishes, and in general, runs their affairs pretty much like protestant churches, except that the Orthodox Church has a liturgy and a fidelity to the oldest Christian practices which is unmatched in any other church. St. Basil, St. Clement, all of these Church fathers are read by Orthodox both at seminary and indeed, in church on Sundays. Lots of Orthodox are named Basil. The nameday of Basil is January 1st.

    • soulangler Says:

      Thank you for your comment. I believe Christians ought to follow the spirit of Basil in saying ‘on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favour of that side will be cast the vote of truth’. The Reformers said the church should always be reforming (i.e. in ever greater ‘harmony with the word of God’). Do you agree?

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