Sola scriptura (Latin: "by Scripture alone") is the doctrine that all teachings concerning faith and life that are necessary for salvation are taught in the Bible and nowhere else; or, alternatively, it is also called a guiding Lutheran principle that the Bible is the benchmark for all things and through it all things are judged. It does not mean that everything that is true is addressed in the Bible or that the Bible is written clearly enough for every believer to find and understand all that is contained therein equally as well as every other believer.
It was a pillar of the Protestant Reformation, which rejected Roman Catholicism's claim that Tradition has as much authority within the Church as the Bible. The view is strongest among Evangelical and fundamentalist Christian denominations, and also to a great extent among Pentecostal denominations.
The Authority of Scripture
- A Sola Scriptura topical Bible Study
Scripture interprets scripture. The context of the whole taken together.
See the following sequence of passages in order which speak directly of authority in the Bible:
Ephesians 3:7-10 — compare multiple versions of Ephesians 3:10;
1 Timothy 3:14-15;
1 Peter 2:4-9;
1 Corinthians 12:4-28;
2 Corinthians 5:18-20;
1 Timothy 4:11-16;
1 Peter 2:13-17;
1 John 2:18-20;
2 Peter 1:20–2:3;
2 Peter 3:15-18;
2 Thessalonians 2:15;
2 Thessalonians 3:15;
2 Thessalonians 3:6;
2 Timothy 2:1-2;
- Hans-Joachim Beeskow (2006). Paul Gerhardt 1607 - 1676 An Illustrated Biography. Heimat-Verlag Lübben, 99. ISBN 3-929600-33-1.
Did the Early Church Fathers Believe in Sola Scriptura? (credohouse.org) includes statements carefully selected from early Church Fathers and quoted out of context. An online search of the sources quoted in the article in most instances offers verification of the quotations in their actual context.