Sola Scriptura: "Read and you will understand"!

For those who think God is an incompetent writer!

Click to ViewThe Bible can be interpreted correctly by every person.
Click to ViewWithout the church to interpret for you. (false doctrine)
Click to ViewWithout the illumination of the Holy Spirit. (false doctrine)

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Children read and understand the Bible!

"from childhood you have known the sacred writings" 2 Timothy 3:15

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"Read and you will understand" Eph 3:3-5

  1. "that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit" Ephesians 3:3-5
  2. "For we write nothing else to you than what you read and understand, and I hope you will understand until the end" 2 Corinthians 1:13
  3. "from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 3:15
  4. "He read from the book before the square which was in front of the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of men and women, those who could understand; and all the people were attentive to the book of the law. ... They read from the book, from the law of God, translating [cf. Ezra 4:18] to give the sense so that they understood the reading." Nehemiah 8:3,8
  5. "For the heart of this people has become dull, With their ears they scarcely hear, And they have closed their eyes, Otherwise they would see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, And understand with their heart and return, And I would heal them." Matthew 13:15
  6. "And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundred-fold, some sixty, and some thirty." Matthew 13:23
  7. "Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), Matthew 24:15
  8. With the exception of 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus, all of Scripture is written to the Christian in general, not the leaders: Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:2 ; 2 Cor. 1:1 ; Gal. 1: 2 ; Eph. 1:1 ; Phil. 1:1 ; Col. 1:1; 1 Thess. 1:1; 2 Thess. 1:1 ; 1 Pet 1:1; 2 Pet 1:1; Rev. 1:4.

Click to ViewTypical false statement by those who reject sola Scriptura:

"The idea that the Scriptures are self-interpreting is patently absurd. It assumes a degree of absolute objectivity that would make the most ardent positivist cringe with embarrassment. ... this is exactly what the doctrine of sola Scriptura assumes: a bare text that somehow imposes its meaning on the reader." (THE WAY: What Every Protestant Should Know About the Orthodox Church, Clark Carlton, 1997, p 100)

Three false sources of truth other than the Bible:



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#1: Illumination of the Church Organization by the Holy Spirit
The church is not an infallible source of truth
Click to ViewThe church is not illuminated by the Holy Spirit!

Click to ViewThe Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches both claim the Bible cannot be understood by the common man and that only the church can properly interpret scripture. This is false doctrine.



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#2: Illumination of the Individual by the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit does not "guide us" to understand the Bible.

Click to ViewPersonal illumination of the Holy Spirit is a false doctrine

Click to ViewProtestant, Reformed, Baptist, Pentecostal churches believe the Holy Spirit personally illuminates them to properly understand the Bible. Without the Holy Spirit, the common man cannot understand the Bible. This is false doctrine.



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#3: Illumination of Human Creeds by the Holy Spirit
Many religions falsely believe creeds are equal to the Bible.

Click to ViewIllumination of creeds by the Holy Spirit is a false doctrine.

Click to ViewCatholic, Orthodox and Protestant churches all believe creeds are "functionally equal" to the Bible because they believe the Holy Spirit assisted in the writing of the creed. This is false doctrine.



by Steve Rudd

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