Why Sola Scriptura?

Posted by: cghearn | 08/31/2014 | 12:00 pm

What does Sola Scriptura mean?

Sola Scriptura is Latin and it means “By Scripture alone.
Contrast with “Prima Scriptura”
Turn to 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Talk about “God breathed” vs. “Inspired”

What is classified as scripture?

Explain the word “canon
What about the Old Testament?
What about the New Testament?  Turn to 2 Peter 3:15-16

The gospels were never questioned as part of the Bible; the epistles of Paul were never questioned as part of the Bible; 1 and 2 Peter were never questioned as part of the Bible; 1 John was never questioned as part of Scripture

James was questioned because we weren’t sure which James wrote it; Hebrews was questioned because the author remained anonymous; Revelation was questioned because it could be twisted easily and was a frightening book!

There were 3 qualifying factors:

Apostolic authorship
Close relation (possible dictation) from an apostle
Already regarded by the church overall as divine/useful/currently used in the church

Why were the Apocrypha and some of the Gnostic texts excluded from Scripture (Gospel of Thomas, Judith, 1 and 2 Maccabees?).  The short answer is that you should go read them yourself and see why! Talk about Paul being beheaded and squirting out milk; talk about geography being clearly wrong in 1 and 2 Maccabees.

Why should I believe in Sola Scriptura?

Modern philosophy and post-modernism
What Catholics believe
What Mormons believe
What Islam believes

What do you do when someone says they have prophecy for you for a small donation? (Look up Hebrews 1:1).  We have the very words of Jesus and yet someone can give us something better or more accurate?