Anti-Sola Scriptura Arguments Refuted:"2 Timothy 3:16-17 doesn't say the Bible is all sufficient by itself."
False arguments that Catholics and Orthodox use to trash Sola Scriptura are refuted.
"2 Timothy 3:16-17 doesn't say the Bible is all sufficient by itself."
"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
"What Paul does not say [2 Timothy 3:16], however, is that the Scriptures are sufficient all by themselves." (THE WAY: What Every Protestant Should Know About the Orthodox Church, Clark Carlton, 1997, p 122)
Refutation of the false Roman Catholic and Orthodox argument:"2 Timothy 3:16-17 doesn't say the Bible is all sufficient by itself."
Sola Scriptura is proven by 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
- 2 Tim 3:17 says that the scripture will "equip us for every good work". It does not say that scripture will "equip us for MOST good works". It does not say that scripture will "equip us PARTIALLY for good works".
- The KJV uses the imagery that scripture is able to "fully furnish" us for ever good work. Now imagine you rented an apartment and the ad said it was "fully furnished". When you move in you know what fully furnished means. It has a bed, a couch, a fridge etc. Everything you need to live. If you walked in and it had not dresser drawers to put your clothes in, you would complain that it was not fully furnished! The scripture is able to fully furnish us for EVERY GOOD WORK. In other words, there are no good works that the Bible does not discuss. If we abide with scripture, and scripture alone, we need not look to oral church traditions to learn about any other good works. If we do what the Bible says, God will be happy with us.
- The ability to read is all you need to refute the false claim made by Clark Carlton. "every good word" means what we all know it to mean.
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by Steve Rudd
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