Luther Bible, 1534A person asked me, one day, if I believed in Sola Scriptura…meaning, “Do I believe that the Bible is the sole authority for Christian belief?” I would like offer my opinion on this subject.

There is a delicate distinction I am going to make regarding my view of Sola Scriptura. I do believe that the Bible is the sole revelation of God and there are no other books that have such authority.  I believe scripture should interpret scripture.  In this way I do hold fast to Sola Scriptura. However, in practice, what does Sola Scriptura really mean? Does it mean that I must accept others interpretation of the Bible based upon their take or even the opinion of a multitude? It is at this point where I find fault with those who bring up Verbal Plenary or Sola Scriptura. In my view the best we can hope for this side of heaven is varying approximations of knowing the truth and therefore even though we have a perfect word, everyone’s doctrine is not.

There was a time when even salvation by faith was a hotly contested doctrine.  During the reformation those who opposed this radical interpretation of the scriptures thought that they had scriptural evidence that salvation came by works. If you would have asked them if they believed the Vulgate was inspired of God and the sole authority for their belief they would have replied in the affirmative, all the while strenuously arguing for a doctrine that was diametrically opposed to it.

So the fact that I believe in Sola Scriptura does not mean that I must believe in any certain set of doctrines  simply because others fervently believe that they can prove it. In fact, this idea of “just the Bible” has led to the division of the body of Christ because many have separated into groups based upon their particular take on the scriptures. God is obviously not fractured and therefore does have one very clear view about what He wrote. It is my contention that the unity of the faith will not come about through man agreeing upon doctrine but rather through a shared spiritual experience of Tabernacles. As we become one with God through experiencing Him personally, we will naturally come into alignment with His Word and each other.

Lastly, it is written,

“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

2 Pet 1:21

The word of God that was given in the old time issued forth from the Holy Spirit. When holy men spake the word it was new and had never been heard before and some of the things they said were completely new revelations. Doubtless these revelations did not contradict the general tenor of the scriptures but they often times did do great violence to the doctrine of the day. God is not through speaking to His people and when the time comes again, holy men of God will yet speak as the Spirit moves them. At that time it will be scripture just as it was in old time. People often times point to the book of Revelations as an injunction against further scripture but this is erroneous.

Instead of being defenders of the faith perhaps it is time for us to be knowers of God and let His presence lead and guide us into all truth. Defenders are trapped defending a certain position while those who seek to know God are free to explore and find out where God is.  After all, if you really want to be where the blessings are, we must be with God where He is.