The Scripture Alone
On October 31, 2017, we celebrated 500 years since Martin Luther tacked his 95 theses on the door at Wittenberg. This event started what we historically call, the Reformation. The Reformation was a re-discovering and preaching about the basic tenants of salvation through Jesus, as defined by Scripture alone. The tenants that were emphasized are called the 5 “solas”, which is Latin for “alone”.
The five solas are these: “Sola Scriptura” (Scripture Alone); “Sola Gratia” (Grace Alone); “Sola Fide” (Faith Alone); “Solus Christus” (Christ Alone); and “Soli Deo Gloria” (To God Alone Be Glory).
The Scripture Alone
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. II Timoty 3:16
John Calvin comments: “Paul commends the Scripture on account of its authority; and secondly, on account of the utility which springs from it. In order to uphold the authority of the Scripture, he declares that it is divinely inspired; for, if it be so, it is beyond all controversy that men ought to receive it with reverence. This is a principle which distinguishes our religion from all others, that we know that God hath spoken to us, and are fully convinced that the prophets did not speak at their own suggestion, but that, being organs of the Holy Spirit, they only uttered what they had been commissioned from heaven to declare. Whoever then wishes to profit in the Scriptures, let him first of all, lay down this as a settled point, that the Law and the Prophets are not a doctrine delivered according to the will and pleasure of men, but dictated by the Holy Spirit.”¹
We believe the Bible is God’s Word and it is authoritative for our life and conduct. We believe it tells us what we are to believe, and how we are to behave as those who are in relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
¹ John Calvin’s Commentaries – 2 Timothy 3:16. Available at: http://biblehub.com/commentaries/calvin/2_timothy/3.htm.
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