As promised, I will attempt to discuss Sola Scriptura today. It will not be in any way exhaustive. Primarily I want to point you toward a very helpful sermon/podcast/Q&A between Phil Johnson and Pastor John MacArthur on the subject.
I have the Grace to You app on my Droid and being able to listen to expository sermons whenever I want is pretty great. Two days ago I listened to this one: Sola Scriptura: What it Means and Why it Matters. You can listen to it online or download it, so definitely check it out.
I’m just going to highlight a few of the major points from that discussion and leave you to listen to it for yourself. Also, if anyone would like to suggest more in depth reading on the topic please leave that in the comments!
Sola Scriptura or the Scriptures alone, was the 1st principle of the Protestant Reformation. It was a reaction by the reformers against the Catholic model of Scripture + tradition.
Phil Johnson summed it up nicely saying that it means “all truth that is necessary for salvation and godliness is in Scripture either explicitly or implicitly.” The argument that extends naturally from the principle of Sola Scriptura is the idea that the Bible is also sufficient for believers in matters of faith. Obviously, the Bible is not an exhaustive treatment of all things (it isn’t a science book, or a math book or even a world history book). But it contains all we need to know to hear the gospel, to be saved, and to continue in our relationship with Jesus after we are saved.
Pastor MacArthur cited a number of passages including Jude, John 14-16, 2 Timothy 3, and Revelation 22 as passages that defend the concept of biblical sufficiency.
As I pointed out yesterday and many times before, the rejection of Sola Scriptura and of the sufficiency of Scripture is rampant among Christianity right now and I think it presents very real dangers to the faith. I hope you will listen to the podcast, whether you agree or disagree.