Sola Scriptura

“Sola Scriptura” is shorthand (from Latin) for the truth that the Scriptures are our Sole authority in religion. II Timothy 3:16-17 is one of several passages that teach such concept. It reads, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

The opposing view (for example, the Catholic Church) would say in effect that Scripture is given that the man of God may be almost perfect, partially furnished unto most good works. Do you see the big difference in their position and in what God’s book says above?

Notice our text is referring to “all scripture.” That of course would be Old Testament and New Testament (completed). “Scripture” would be written, leaving no room for oral tradition or doctrines revealed by the Pope, etc. In addition, this body of scripture is said to make us:

·  perfect – complete, not lacking anything

·  thoroughly furnished – not partially furnished (tradition and Pope not needed)

·  unto all good works – not just some of the good works (other sources then do not reveal any additional needed good works)

Conclusion: The Bible is ALL we need (as religious law), our SOLE authority.

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