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.
Pillar of the Protestant Reformation
The doctrinal principle of sola scriptura 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 Bible taken together. 2 Timothy 3:12–4:5
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;
— compare Matthew 23:1-3; 1 Samuel 26:9-10; 2 Samuel 1:14-16; Acts 5:35 and 38-39; 1 Corinthians 3:16-18
1 Timothy 4:11-16;
1 Peter 2:13-17;
1 John 2:18-20;
2 John 8-11;
2 Peter 1:20–2:3;
2 Peter 3:15-18;
2 Thessalonians 2:15;
2 Thessalonians 3:6;
2 Thessalonians 3:15;
1 Corinthians 11:2 — compare multiple versions of 1 Corinthians 11:2;
1 Corinthians 15:34;
Jude 8-11 — compare multiple versions of Jude 8;
Jude 16-22 — compare multiple versions of Jude 19;
1 Timothy 4:1-2;
2 Peter 3:3 and 3:16-17;
3 John 9-11;
2 Timothy 2:1-2;
Acts 15:2, 15:6, 15:23-24, 15:30-35;
See Jeremiah 8:8-9 with multiple versions of verse 8 and multiple commentaries on verse 8.
This applies to discernment of misleading, inaccurate translations, versions, notes and commentaries on the Bible.
- Sola spiritu
- Scripture interprets Scripture
- Historical-grammatical method (Literal hermeneutic)
- Biblical inerrancy
- Essay: How to choose a Bible
- Revelation, Book of (historical exegesis)
- Apostolic succession
- Hans-Joachim Beeskow (2006). Paul Gerhardt 1607 - 1676 An Illustrated Biography. Heimat-Verlag Lübben, 99. ISBN 3-929600-33-1.
- Sola Scriptura and the Early Church (the-highway.com)
- Sola Scriptura and the Early Church (bereanbeacon.org)
- 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 giving their original import and significance.
- The Council of Trent: The Roman Catholic Church Response to the Protestant Demand for Reformation of the Church (1545-1563), By Dr. Herbert Samworth (solagroup.org)
- Is Sola Scriptura a Protestant Concoction? A Biblical Defense of Sola Scriptura, by Dr. Greg Behnsen - Christian Resources (christiantruth.com)