Archive for the ‘Sola Scriptura’ Category

My vision’s more amazing than yours

November 15, 2011

Bridget of Sweden (1303-73), founder of the Brigittine order of nuns, had a wonderful vision which revealed to her that the immaculate conception was true…Catherine of Siena (1347-80), had a wonderful vision which revealed to her that the immaculate conception was false.

N.R. Needham, 2000 Years of Christ’s Power, Part Two: the Middle Ages, 2005, p.275

Which proves once again the need to test all things by God’s written Word.

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Truth…could not be stated in propositional terms, but was whispered in the heart by the Spirit of Christ, source of that inward light dwelling in every man

December 3, 2009

(George Fox, founder of the Quakers, had unorthodox views)

Truth…could not be stated in propositional terms, but was whispered in the heart by the Spirit of Christ, source of that inward light dwelling in every man. Fox denied that the Scriptures were the final and revealed truth of God – his own message was a direct revelation from God.

Faith Cook, Fearless Pilgrim: The Life and Times of John Bunyan, Evangelical Press 2008, p.126

He sounds like an emergent.

the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible

October 3, 2009

for the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible.

Joseph Smith, Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith-History 1:12

Which is equivalent to saying in a  court trial:  “The witnesses contradict one another, therefore there is no true witness among them.  And what’s more – believe me” (even though they claim to be eye-witnesses and I wasn’t at the scene). It’s what’s known as a non sequitur.

more Mormon quotes

Our Lord’s true Church is established and founded upon revelation. Its identity as the true Church continues as long as revelation is received to direct its affairs

October 3, 2009

Our Lord’s true Church is established and founded upon revelation. Its identity as the true Church continues as long as revelation is received to direct its affairs…. without revelation there would be no legal administrators to perform the ordinances of salvation with binding effect on earth and in heaven…. Since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s true Church; and since the Lord’s Church must be guided by continuous revelation if it is to maintain divine approval;… we could safely conclude… that the Church today is guided by revelation…. the Spirit is giving direct and daily revelation to the presiding Brethren in the administration of the affairs of the Church…. The presence of revelation in the Church is positive proof that it is the kingdom of God on earth…. For those who reject these revelations there awaits the damnation of hell.

Bruce McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 1979, pages 646, 647 and 650

1. The LDS (Mormons) claim to be the ‘true church’ – all others are apostate (NB Joseph Smith’s claim that the angel told him this)

2. Its denial of Sola Scriptura and the belief in ongoing revelation through ‘the presiding Brethren’ of the LDS.

3. Any denial of the extraordinary claims of the LDS is to face eternal damnation (cf. the claims of Romanism at the Council of Trent where it pronounces anathaemas on those who hold to the Scriptural teaching of justification by grace through faith alone).

Waiting upon ane inward light

September 23, 2009

Anne Blacklyn, a Quakeress, was fined for disturbing the minister at Haverhill Church calling him a hireling priest and deceiver, and to remain in prison till the fine was paid.

John Gilpin listened to a speaker denounce all ministerial teaching and all knowledge gained therein, in order to, ‘lay a new ground work vis. to be taught of God within ourselves by waiting upon ane inward light.’ After the third meeting Gilpin himself was seized, trembled and quaked extermely, fell on his bed, howled and cried to the astonishment of his family. After five meetings he was grabbibng a bass viol and playing on it, dancing (things never before done by him) and finally running through the streets of the town proclaiming, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’. And the devil as he put it, did not leave him before he had believed two swallows in the chimney to be angels, had nearly knifed himself in the throat, and had fallen on the floor to lick the dust.

Antonia Fraser, Cromwell, pp.570-571

Without the authority of Scripture, a doctrinal standard and only experience to go on – this is the potential consequence.

Liberalism – a thick plate-glass window between God and the world

September 5, 2009

…the mischief was begun when the working hypotheses of natural science were allowed to become the dogmas of theology. At that moment God’s revelation of Himself gives way to man’s thought about God…The effect of this is to establish a thick plate-glass window between God and the world. The eye of faith can see through the window and observe that there is a God and that He appears to be benevolently disposed towards men; but nothing more substantial than signals of paternal affection and filial trust and obedience can get through.

What we are left with in religion is the view held by all the more or less gifted people who have reflected on the divine nature…The presuppositions of liberalism could only allow conviction; and so conviction must do duty for revelation. The plate-glass window set up between heaven and earth is soundproof…Christianity was being gently and gradually transformed into humanism and humanism when it is full grown brings forth totalitarianism.

T.W.Manson, The Failure of Liberalism to Interpret the Bible as the Word of God, in R.Abba, Nature and Authority of the Bible, p.56-58

Scripture the Final Authority

May 27, 2009

(William Tyndale) preached every Sunday, sometimes in a village, sometimes in a town. The inhabitants of Bristol assembled to hear him in a large meadow, called St. Austin’s Green. But no sooner had he preached in any place, then the priests hastened thither, tore up what he had planted, called him a heretic, and threatened to expel from the church everyone who dared listen to him. When Tyndale returned he found the field laid waste by the enemy, and looking sadly upon it, as the husbandman who sees his corn beaten down by the hail, and his rich furrows turned into a barren waste, he exclaimed, “What is to be done? While I am sowing in one place, the enemy ravages the field I have just left. I cannot be everywhere. Oh! if Christians possessed the Holy Scriptures in their own tongue, they could of themselves withstand these sophists. Without the Bible it is impossible to establish the laity in the truth.”

Then a great idea sprang up in Tyndale’s heart: “It was in the language of Israel,” said he, “that the Psalms were sung in the temple of Jehovah, and shall not the gospel speak the language of England among us? … Ought the church to have less light at noonday than at the dawn? … Christians must read the New Testament in their mother tongue.” Tyndale believed that this idea proceeded from God. The new sun would lead to the discovery of a new world, and the infallible rule would make all human diversities give way to a divine unity. “One holdeth this doctor, another that,” said Tyndale, “one followeth Duns Scotus, another St. Thomas Aquinas, another Bonaventure, Alexander of Hales, Raymond de Pennaforti, Nicholas de Lyra, Hugh de Sancto Victore, and so many others besides. … Now, each of these authors contradicts the other. How then can we distinguish him who says right from him who says wrong? … How? … Verily, by God’s Word.

Nay, say they, the Scripture is so hard that we could not understand it but by the help of the doctors. But that is to measure the measuring rod by the cloth. Here be twenty cloths of divers lengths and of divers breadths; how shall I be sure of the length of the meteyard by them? I suppose, rather, I must be first sure of the length of the meteyard, and thereby measure and judge of the cloths. If I must first believe the doctor, then is the doctor first true and the truth of the Scripture is dependent on his truth, and so the truth of God springs out of the truth of man. Thus Antichrist turns the roots of the trees upward.” Tyndale hesitated no longer. While Wolsey sought to win the papal tiara, the humble tutor of Sodbury undertook to place the torch of heaven in the midst of his fellow countrymen. The translation of the Bible must be the chief work of his life.

D’Aubigne, The Reformation in England, Vol. 1, pp.172
Banner of Truth, first edition, 1962

The Bible is the faith of the Church

May 27, 2009

‘Many nations have had the Bible in their own language. The Bible is the faith of the church. Though the pope and all his clerks should disappear from the face of the earth, our faith would not fail, for it is founded on Jesus alone, our Master and our God’. John Wycliffe

The Bible Alone

October 25, 2008

Sola scriptura teaches that the Scriptures are the sole infallible rule of faith for the Church. The doctrine does not say that there are not other, fallible, rules of faith, or even traditions, that we can refer to and even embrace. It does say, however, that the only infallible rule of faith is Scripture. This means that all other rules, whether we call them traditions, confessions of faith, creeds, or anything else, are by nature inferior to and subject to correction by, the Scriptures. The Bible is an ultimate authority, allowing no equal, nor superior, in tradition or church. It is so because it is theopneustos, God-breathed, and hence embodies the very speaking of God, and must, of necessity therefore be of the highest authority.

James White http://vintage.aomin.org/SS.html