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WITHOUT "SOLA SCRIPTURA" (THE BIBLE ALONE), WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH?

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Published on Jun 21, 2011

See our playlist "Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary" at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=... with 116 videos & counting. Larry Wessels, director of Christian Answers of Austin, Texas/ Christian Debater (YouTube channel: CANSWERSTV at https://www.youtube.com/user/CAnswersTV, websites: http://www.BIBLEQUERY.ORG, http://www.HISTORYCART.COM & http://www.MUSLIMHOPE.COM; also recommended on the subject of Roman Catholicism is former priest Richard Bennett's http://www.BEREANBEACON.ORG) interviews James White, director of Alpha & Omega Ministries (website: http://www.AOMIN ORG). James is a noted author, conference speaker, debater (he's done more recorded debates than anyone we know), theologian & apologist. Some of his books are: "Sola Scriptura and the Early Church in Sola Scriptura!", "The Roman Catholic Controversy," "Is the Mormon My Brother?", "The Forgotten Trinity," "Mary--Another Redeemer?", "What's With the Dudes at the Door?", "Jesus Shall Reign in Onward, Christian Soldiers," "The Potter's Freedom," "The God Who Justifies," "The Same Sex Controversy," "Dangerous Airwaves," "Debating Calvinism vs. Dave Hunt," "Scripture Alone," "Pulpit Crimes," "Islam and Christianity: A Matter of Denial in Answering Islam: Countering Terror with Truth," "The Fatal Flaw," "Answers to Catholic Claims," "Letters to a Mormon Elder," "Justification by Faith," "God's Sovereign Grace," "Drawn by the Father," "The King James Only Controversy," & others.

Sola scriptura (Latin "by Scripture alone") is one of five important slogans of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. It meant that Scripture is the Church's only infallible rule for deciding issues of faith and practices that involve doctrines. The intention of the Reformation was to correct the Roman Catholic Church by appeal to the uniqueness of the Bible's authority, and to reject Romanist tradition as a source of original authority alongside the Bible or in addition to the Bible. This idea of the singular authority of Scripture is the motivation behind much of the Protestant effort to translate the Bible into the native vernacular. In comparison, Eastern Orthodoxy has been motivated by its incarnational theology to translate not only the Bible but also the prayers and liturgies of the church.

Instead of tradition being the interpreter of Scripture, sola scriptura makes Scripture the interpreter of tradition. It is a foundational truth of the Reformation which is still rejected by the Popes of Rome to this day.

Sola scriptura did not originally signify a radical rejection of all authority of the Church to interpret the Scriptures, but rather represented a claim that the teaching authority of the Church is regulated by the Bible, constrained by Scripture in both a limiting and a directing sense. The Reformers argued that the Scriptures are guaranteed to remain true to their divine source, and thus, only insofar as the Church retains scriptural faith it is assured of all the promises of God. Likewise, if it were possible for the Church to entirely lose Biblical faith, its authority would be reduced to nothing. Therefore, the Reformers targeted traditions which the Roman church had elevated to central issues of the Christian faith (such as transubstantiation, communion in one kind, that works of saints add to the church's treasury of merit, the doctrine of purgatory, the veneration of images, masses dedicated to the dead, and especially that the pope is the Vicar of Christ), which the Reformers believed had no basis in Scripture, in the attempt to prove that the Church had gradually substituted traditions as the primary definition of the faith instead of the Bible, in order to demand of the Church that it should return single-mindedly to the Scriptures alone as the foundation of Christian faith. Of course the Roman Church refused this.

John 14:6

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