This powerful new book contains just that — Biblical arguments. Truth doesn’t have to be in the Bible to be authoritative (see biblical references to teachings and acts not recorded: Matt. It is important to note that Jesus did not limit His statement to mere human traditions but applied it specifically to the traditions of the religious authorities who used their tradition to misinterpret the Scriptures. For prophets were not infallible in everything they said, but only when giving God’s revelation to which they were not to add or from which they were not to subtract a word. Tradition is an inevitable reality for all Christians. Of course, none of these are a prohibition on future revelations. Why? However, there is a whole set of practical presuppositions that the doctrine of sola scriptura makes, every one of which provides not just an argument against the doctrine, but a fatal blow to it. As stated above, and contrary to a rather wide misunderstanding by Catholics, perspicuity does not mean that everything in the Bible is absolutely clear but that the main message is clear. In point of fact, Protestants seem to do about as well as Catholics on unanimity of essential doctrines with only an infallible Bible and no infallible interpreters of it! Throughout the book of Acts we see Peter and Paul exercising apostolic authority and preaching—not merely handing out Bibles or mouthing (Old Testament) Scripture. You can add text widgets here to put whatever you'd like. Sola Scriptura (Latin ablative, “by Scripture alone”) is the Protestant Christian doctrine that the Bible is the supreme authority in all matters of doctrine and practice. Instead, I hope to see you soon when we can talk face to face” (3 John 13). Solomon reaffirmed this in Proverbs, saying, “Every word of God is tested….Add nothing to his words, lest he reprove you, and you be exposed as a deceiver” (Prov. Protestants, who believe in sola Scriptura, accept genuine tradition; they simply do not believe it is infallible. Dear fellow Catholics and separated brethren: I need your help. Paul assumed that his passed-down tradition was binding and therefore infallible. I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I have delivered them to you. Kreeft’s claim that the rejection of the Roman Catholic view on infallible tradition leads to the scandal of denominationalism does not follow for many reasons. What is apostolic will always be harmonious with biblical teachings, since the truths Jesus taught the apostles and the truths recorded in Scripture proceed from the same body of God’s revelation. A Compelling Argument AGAINST Sola Scriptura? When they died, however, there was no longer a living apostolic authority since only those who were eyewitnesses of the resurrected Christ could have apostolic authority (Acts 1:22; 1 Cor. That is, all doctrines essential for salvation and living according to the will of God are sufficiently clear. Luther stated, "The pulpit is the throne for the word of God." Roman Catholics admit that the New Testament is the only infallible record of apostolic teaching we have from the first century. 4:4, 7, 10) over 90 times, stressing the importance of the written word of God. It should be noted that all Christian groups have some traditions, whether or not they acknowledge it. He answered them, “And why do you transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?”. It expands upon what we know from Scripture, and though it is not inspired like the Bible, its truths are every bit as revealed and infallible. To help see this I will. Josh. The church merely discovered which books God had determined (inspired) to be in the canon. Anti-Sola Scriptura Arguments Refuted: "David A. Barrett's book, World Christian … However, they do not seem to appreciate the significance of this fact as it bears on the Protestant argument for sola Scriptura. The prolific Catholic apologist Dave Armstrong has a new book out 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura which was published by Catholic Answers. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. Sola Scriptura: Rejection of Tradition Does Not Necessitate Scandal. Fact is they MUST fight this notion of Sola Scriptura simply because it is their enemy! Every human opinion and ecclesiastical voice must yield to whatever the Bible teaches. This fact negates the value of the alleged infallible teaching Magisterium of the Roman Catholic church. Finally, to borrow a phrase from St. Paul, the Bible constantly warns us “not to go beyond what is written” (1 Cor. They comprise the New Testament. The only way to know for sure what God expects of us is to stay true to what we know He has revealed—the Bible. Further, Jesus and the apostles constantly appealed to the Bible as the final court of appeal. 3:15-17; Rom. Thus, there is a limit to how far a Calvinist can go in interpreting Scripture, and that limit is set by Calvinist tradition. Sola Scriptura contends the latter is preferable. Second, early New Testament believers did not need further revelation through the apostles in written form for one very simple reason: they still had the living apostles to teach them. 4:6).11 This kind of exhortation is found throughout Scripture. Finally, Kreeft’s argument wrongly assumes that the Bible was produced by the Roman Catholic church. A bad hermeneutic (method of interpreting Scripture) is more crucial to deviation from orthodoxy than is the rejection of an infallible tradition in the Roman Catholic church. As we will see, each of the Roman Catholic arguments against the Protestant doctrine of sola Scriptura fails, and they are unable to provide any substantial basis for the Catholic dogma of an infallible oral tradition. The rule of faith of the Roman Catholic Church, therefore, is rightly Scripture and Tradition together. It is only reasonable to infer that God would preserve what He inspired. To claim that the apostles did not write down all God’s revelation to them is to claim that they were not obedient to their prophetic commission not to subtract a word from what God revealed to them. Paperback, 9781933919591, 1933919590 Apostolic Tradition is in harmony with Scripture. Tradition is an inevitable reality for all Christians. Sola Scriptura (Latin ablative, sōlā scrīptūrā, meaning "by Scripture alone") is upheld by Lutheran and Reformed theologies and asserts that scripture must govern over church traditions and interpretations which are themselves held to be subject to scripture. The full PDF may be viewed by following the link below the excerpt. You can buy that book here to read all 100. Second, the traditions (teachings) of the apostles that were revelations were written down and are inspired and infallible. Moses certainly gave definitive interpretation of doctrine, as did the priesthood in Israel. An Outline of the Catholic Case Against Sola Scriptura. Covenants and Sacred Tradition are perpetually binding. 24:25-26) along with Moses’ (cf. When, however, we compare the differences with orthodox Catholics and orthodox Protestants or with all Catholics and all Protestants on the more essential doctrines, there is no significant edge for Catholicism. 2:20). The apostolic deposit—the body of theological and moral doctrine received from Jesus, passed on to the apostles, and passed down by them—is not “secondary” material. It matters not that Catholics believe that the teaching Magisterium later claims to pronounce some extrabiblical tradition as infallibly true. Many Christian teachings are a necessary logical deduction of what is clearly taught in the Bible (e.g., the Trinity). He rebuked the Pharisees for not accepting sola Scriptura and negating the final authority of the Word of God by their religious traditions, saying, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?…You have nullified the word of God, for the sake of your tradition” (Matt. That 1 Tim 3:15 quote is a great Catholic “counter-quote” to 2 Tim 3:16-17, which Protestants usually use to make the Sola Scriptura argument. See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. It even has a fancy Latin name — “sola scriptura.” It’s time for Catholics to stop being beaten up with the Fundamentalists’ favorite question. How to Have a Civil Discussion about Abortion, Why Do I Call Myself Good? Moses was told, “You shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it” (Deut. And it was — in the apostolic writings known as the New Testament. While acknowledging the existence of apostolic tradition, J. D. N. Kelly concluded that “admittedly there is no evidence for beliefs or practices current in the period which were not vouched for in the books later known as the New Testament.” Indeed, many early fathers, including Athanasius, Cyril of Jerusalem, Chrysostom, and Augustine, believed that the Bible was the only infallible basis for all Christian doctrine.12 Further, if the New Testament is the only infallible record of apostolic teaching, then every other record from the first century is fallible. Sola scriptura does not deny that other authorities govern Christian life and devotion, but sees them all as subordinate to and corrected by the written word of God. 3:15-16; 1 Tim. Posted by Jim. Thus, he appears to take for granted that which many Protestants have the hardest time grasping and accepting. Not necessarily so, as long as the denominations do not deny the essential doctrines of the Christian church and true spiritual unity with other believers in contrast to mere external organizational uniformity. Peter exercises apostolic authority in Acts Chapter 2: The Bible explicitly teaches about a true and unchangeable apostolic Tradition. (Sola scriptura is one of them.) Even his illustration of the horse (Scripture) and the rider (tradition) would suggest that Scripture and apostolic tradition are separable. Third, an allegiance to sola Scriptura for Luther meant that he firmly stood on the supreme authority of Scripture. Sola Scriptura: The Principle of Causality Is Not Violated. Fourth, as J. I. Packer noted, “the real deep divisions have been caused not by those who maintained sola Scriptura, but by those, Roman Catholic and Protestant alike, who reject it.” Further, “when adherents of sola Scriptura have split from each other the cause has been sin rather than Protestant biblicism….”14 Certainly this is often the case. Furthermore, “Joshua made a covenant with the people that day and made statutes and ordinances for them… which he recorded in the book of the law of God” (Josh. It’s the support of friends like you that enables CRI to to post new articles on subjects of interest and continue our weekly podcast. Corruption didn’t wipe out the Law anymore than David’s sin wiped out the Davidic Covenant, or Paul’s or Moses’ or Peter’s sin made them incapable of writing inspired Scripture and being leaders of their people. It even has a fancy Latin name — “sola scriptura.” It’s time for Catholics to stop being beaten up with the Fundamentalists’ favorite question. Luke 10:7); second, it is inconsistent to argue that God-breathed writings in the Old Testament are sufficient, but the inspired writings of the New Testament are not. She refused to hear any counter-argument; she refused to apply the same standards to Rome she was applying to the Bible and Protestant churches. We all know from experience that this is not so. Sola Scriptura could hardly be stated more emphatically. Sola Scriptura: The Bible Does Not State a Preference for Oral Tradition. Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by giving heed to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons … If you put these instructions before the brethren, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the good doctrine which you have followed. If a Lutheran (Missouri Synod) pastor started asserting that the Eucharist and baptism were purely symbolic, he would be in big trouble, since confessional, orthodox Lutheranism holds to the Real Presence—consubstantiation—and baptismal regeneration. 3:16-17, emphasis added) supports the doctrine of sola Scriptura. If I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ. The Bible contains much information on Scared Tradition – Scripture is unique, but it refers to an authoritative apostolic tradition apart from itself. Of course, Jesus (Matt. There is not a shred of evidence that any of the revelation God gave them to express was not inscripturated by them in the only books — the inspired books of the New Testament — that they left for the church. Further, even if it is granted that tradition is necessary, the Catholic inference that it has to be infallible tradition — indeed, the infallible tradition of the church of Rome — is unfounded. Third, Kreeft’s argument wrongly assumes that there was apostolic succession (see Part Four, next issue). I… Sola scriptura is a theological doctrine held by some Protestant Christian denominations that the Christian scriptures are the sole infallible source of authority for Christian faith and practice. This they often did by the introductory phrase, “It is written,” which is repeated some 90 times in the New Testament. Hence, their enemy is Christ! It even has a fancy Latin name — “sola scriptura.” It’s time for Catholics to stop being beaten up with the Fundamentalists’ favorite question. The apostles were living authorities, but not everything they said was infallible. The word of God, he believed, is the highest arbitrator in the church. The Bible makes it clear that God, from the very beginning, desired that His normative revelations be written down and preserved for succeeding generations. Two Highly Illogical Arguments for Sola Scriptura. And contrary to some Catholic apologists, limiting this to only the Old Testament will not help the Catholic cause for two reasons: first, the New Testament is also called “Scripture” (2 Pet. One, the fact that Scripture, without tradition, is said to be “God-breathed” (theopnuestos) and thus by it believers are “competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. This does not necessarily mean that everything the apostles ever taught is in the New Testament, any more than everything Jesus said is there (cf. It simply means that it is not explicitly contained within the letter of the Bible, though it might well be in harmony with it. 1:7). What it does mean is that all apostolic teaching that God deemed necessary for the faith and practice (morals) of the church was preserved (2 Tim. In fact, Dave Armstrong and Catholic Answers Press gives 90 more arguments in the book, “100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura“. "Sola Scriptura not taught in the Bible itself and is unscriptural." Indeed, to assume that oral traditions of the apostles, not written in the Bible, are necessary to interpret what is written in the Bible under inspiration is to argue that the uninspired is more clear than the inspired. The only infallible authority that succeeded the apostles was their infallible apostolic writings, that is, the New Testament. 15:4; 1 Cor. “only Scripture” or “Scripture alone”) has been the cause of great scandal since the sixteenth century. Sola scriptura simply cannot be God’s plan for Christian theology. How is the argument for the necessity of a visible judge, derived from the diversities ofsects and doctrines among Protestants, to be answered? Sola Scripturais the i… For even many early fathers testified to the fact that all apostolic teaching was put in the New Testament. But that is not what oral tradition gives. Kreeft’s argument that sola Scriptura violates the principle of causality is invalid for one fundamental reason: it is based on a false assumption. You can buy that book here to read all 100! Because it is plainly written that Jesus is the Word made flesh that dwelt among us according to John 1:14. Why Is Sola Scriptura Unreasonable?Protestants believe the Bible is the only source for determining Christian truth. Notice carefully what he said: “I have much to write to you, but I do not wish to write with pen and ink. And this is precisely what these texts say. Speaking of Sola Scriptura, by Kevin Allen and Fr. That’s why Catholic Answers has published the book 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura by well-known apologist Dave Armstrong. I’m working on a project to collect and catalog all of the arguments used to support sola scriptura. 4:4, 7, 10). Kreeft’s claim that Scripture and apostolic tradition are inseparable is unconvincing. Sola Scriptura is not even taught in the Bible. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit. 22:18-19). It was a main rallying cry of the original Protestant Reformers and remains so … We can go in more depth of what Sola scriptura means, who and how it was developed, but this is a good starting point. John is not comparing oral and written tradition about the past but a written, as opposed to a personal, communication in the present. Indeed, it is not plausible that He would have allowed succeeding generations to struggle and even fight over precisely where this alleged extrabiblical revelation is to be found. Article ID: DC170-3 | By: Norman Geisler and Ralph MacKenzie. That’s why we have published the book 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura by well-known apologist Dave Armstrong. It's time for Catholics to stop being beaten up with the Fundamentalists' favorite question. 31:26). Sola scriptura: A Blueprint for Anarchy. They kept discovering the Law and their God again and again, and (in their better moments) cooperated with God’s revival of their hearts and behavior. The ancient Jews had the Mosaic Law and the Davidic Covenant: a clear, identifiable tradition that didn’t change when corruption occurred, as it did cyclically. Only when one chooses to compare things like the mode and candidate for baptism, church government, views on the Eucharist, and other less essential doctrines are there greater differences among orthodox Protestants. Who would not prefer a face-to-face talk with a living apostle over a letter from him? It is also self-defeating, for if sola scriptura were true, it would have to be explicitly spelled out in Scripture itself. He wrongly assumes, unwittingly in contrast to what Vatican II and even Vatican I say about the canon,13 that the church determined the canon. The Catholic Church, too, has parameters of orthodoxy beyond which a Catholic may not go. This being the case, Kreeft’s argument that the cause must be equal to its effect (or greater) fails. Tradition, like the Bible or the Word of God, is presented as immutable in Scripture: delivered “once for all” to the saints. If a Baptist pastor or theologian adopted a belief in infant baptism, he would be told that he doesn’t see the clear evidence of Scripture for an adult, believer’s baptism, and would probably soon be out of a job—and so on. Jesus used this phrase three times when appealing to Scripture as the final authority in His dispute with Satan (Matt. This preached gospel stood forever as truth before it was ever encapsulated in the Bible. The Reformation principle of sola scriptura (lit. Jon Braun. Matt. Two points must be made concerning whether the Bible teaches sola Scriptura. 1st. That is, all apostolic tradition (teaching) on faith and practice is in the New Testament. "There are 30,000 denominations that use sola Scriptura. The Bible has perspicuity apart from any traditions to help us understand it. First, this wrongly implies that all denominationalism is scandalous. Because the New Testament is the only inspired (infallible) record of what the apostles taught, it follows that since the death of the apostles the only apostolic authority we have is the inspired record of their teaching in the New Testament. In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.”. All of this makes it clear that God intended from the very beginning that His revelation be preserved in Scripture, not in extrabiblical tradition. What is more, Jesus made it clear that the Bible was in a class of its own, exalted above all tradition. In the Bible, good (apostolic) Tradition is contrasted with bad traditions of men – The bottom (biblical) line is not “tradition versus no tradition,” but rather, “true apostolic tradition versus false traditions of men.” The Bible often expressly distinguishes between the 2. There is a direct parallel with the religious traditions of Judaism that grew up around (and obscured, even negated) the Scriptures and the Christian traditions that have grown up around (and obscured, even negated) the Scriptures since the first century. 10 Arguments against Sola Scriptura! Yet it is not. First, the essential Bible of the early first century Christians was the Old Testament, as the New Testament itself declares (cf. 2 Tim. 2 Thessalonians 3:14: If any one refuses to obey what we say in this letter, note that man, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Orthodox Protestants’ differences are largely over secondary issues, not primary (fundamental) doctrines. 13:3; Mark 4:2, 33; 6:34; Luke 11:53; 24:15–16, 25–27; John 16:12; 20:30; 21:25; Acts 1:2–3). This flies in the face of the Catholic claim that the Bible is formally insufficient without the aid of tradition. It begs the question, however, for Roman Catholics to claim that this supports their belief that the church of Rome still has infallible authority outside the Bible today. Sola Scriptura: First Century Christians Had Scripture and Living Apostles. Romans 16:17: Take note of those who create dissensions and difficulties, in opposition to the doctrine which you have been taught; avoid them. The … It is absurd to presume that because a particular oral or Church tradition is not explicitly taught in the Bible it is false, and that the apostles intended for all Christian teaching after their deaths to be located in the written word of the Bible alone. 22:29). Thus, all Christian groups, not just the Catholic Church, employ tradition to shape and curb the way their followers interpret Scripture. Scripture itself states that it is insufficient of itself as a teacher, but rather needs an interpreter. As we have said before, so now I say again, If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed. It even has a fancy Latin name "sola scriptura." If you are a Protestant like me, then you may have never even heard of the Orthodox church, I know I had not. 8:1) and to “inscribe it in a record; that it may be in future days an eternal witness” (30:8). There may be relatively more of these, but the restrictions are not different in kind from Protestant restrictions on dogma, hermeneutics, and exegesis. As for all the claims the Catholic church makes regarding their argument that "Sola Scriptura… 5:3; 7:12) sometimes referred to their own God-given authority. Kreeft’s argument that the first generation of Christians did not have the New Testament, only the church to teach them, overlooks several basic facts. It should be noted that all Christian groups have … 24:4), and his book was preserved in the Ark (Deut. This leads to another important point. Jesus and New Testament writers used the phrase “It is written” (cf. “The constant refrain was, ‘sola scriptura is not biblical, nor is it historical. You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men” (cf. Isaiah was commanded by the Lord to “take a large cylinder-seal, and inscribe on it in ordinary letters” (Isa. (This one is mostly about what some Protestants call Solo Scriptura, or the AnaBaptist / modern American Evangelical view of it). Andrew. Sola Scriptura: Tradition and Scripture Are Not Inseparable. So this Catholic argument against Protestantism is self-condemning. For even they admit that no new revelation is being given today, as it was in apostolic times. But they do apply to the point of difference between Protestants and Catholics, namely, whether there are any authoritative normative revelations outside those revealed to apostles and prophets and inscripturated in the Bible. 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