8/12/2019 2000 Issue 3 - Sola Scriptura - Counsel of Chalcedon
Again today it can be said
has expressed the
THE iH"BLE, which
20 printings since it
(Rockford: Illinois, Tan Books and
".our Blessed Lord Himselfnever, so far as we
know, wrote a line of c r i p t u r e ~ e r t a i n l y none
that has been preserved.
never told His
apostles to write anything. He did not command
them to commit
to them .. What
He commanded and meant them to
do was precisely what He had done Himself,
viz ..-deliver the Word
God to the people by the
not intrust their message to a dead
book .. and so by a iving tradition, preserviDg and
handing down the Word ofGod as they had re
ceived t, to all generations...."- pp. 17-18
''Noihing'was fuItlu;r from the IIlinds
apostles and evangelists than the idea ofcompos
works wmch should be collected and formed
into one volume, and so constitute the Holy Book
ofthe Ghristians ...No one would have been more
shocked at the idea ofhis letters usurping the place
he authoritative teacher-the church, than the
greatapostle ..."- pp; 19-20
"The Gospels, then, are incomplete and frag
mentary, giving us certainly the.most important
tilings to know about our Savior'S earthly life, bllt
still not telling us allwe might know,
da know jn fact now and understand better, through
the teaching of he Catholic Church, which has
preserved traditions,handed down since the time of
the Apostles ...When, now, what I said about the
Gospels is equally true of he Epistles .... "- pp. 24-
" ... they [the Scriptures] nowhere claim to state
the whole of Christian tmth, or to be a complete
guide ofsalvation to anyone... the Church existed
and did its work before they were written, and it
would still have done so, even though theyhad
never been written at all ... andwe may confidently
assert that the very last place We should expect to
find a complete summary ofChristian doctrine is in
New Testament."- p. 27
"Venerable and inspired as Catholics regard the
Bible, great as is their devotion to it for spiritual
reading and support of
doctrine, we yet do not
pretend to lean upon it alone, as the Rule offaith
and morals. Along with it we take that great Word
that was never written, Tradition, and hold by both
the one and the other interpreted by the living voice
of he Catholic Church speaking through her
Supreme Head, the infallible Vicar ofChrist."- p.
Grahame has not
position of the
any can see if he reads the statements of
Council of Trent in the 16
Vatican II in the 20
Century, and the
CATECHISM .OF THE
CATHaLiC CHURC, (CCC).
The Roman Catholic Church "receives and .
venerates with a feeling ofpiety and reverence aU .
both ofthe Old and NeW Testaments;
since one God is the author
both; also the '
traditions, whether they relate to faith or to morals;
as having been dictated orally by Christ or
Holy Ghost, and preserved in the Catholic Church
in unbroken succession." - H.J. Shroeder (trans.),
CANaNS AND DECREES
TRENT, (Rockford, IllinoiS: TanBool
8/12/2019 2000 Issue 3 - Sola Scriptura - Counsel of Chalcedon
mation hearkened back to
the apostolic and early church,
that position, and declared Sola Scriptura
the Reformation, the West
minster Confession of Faith sought to de
fine as precisely and as Scripturally as
.. .it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in
divers manners, to reveal Himself, and to declare
that His will unto His
Church; and afterwards, for
the better preserving and propagating of the truth,
and for the more sWe establishment and comfOlt of
the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and
the malice of Satan and of he world, to commit the
same wholly unto writing, which maketh the Holy
Scripture to be most necessary; those former ways
God's revealing His will unto His people being
now ceased. - I, 2.
The whole counsel
God, concerning all
things neceSSalY for His own glory, man's salva
tion, faith and life,
either expressly set down in
Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence
may be deduced from Scripture: unto which
nothing at any time is
be added, whether by new
revelations of he Spirit, or traditions ofmen. - I, 6.
The Old Testament in Hebrew .. and the New
Greek ... being immediately inspired
by God, and by His singular care and providence
kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentical; so
in all controversies
religion, the Church is
finally to appeal unto them. - 1, 8.
The infallible rule of interpretation ofScripture
is the Scripture itself; and therefore, when there is
a question about the true and full sense ofany
Scripture, (which is not manifold, but one,) it must
be searched and known by other places that speak
more clearly. - I, 9.
The supreme Judge, by which all controversies
of religion are to be determined, and all decrees of
councils, opinions ofancient writers, doctrines of
men, alld private spirits, are to be examined, alld in
whose sentence we are to rest, can be no other but
Spirit speaking in the Scripture. -I, 10.
apologetes try to turn
argument against the Reformation.
The Protestant teaching that the Bible is the
nowhere to be found in the Bible. - From an article
by George Sim Johnston posted on the Catholic
Infornlation Network alld quoted in SOLA
SCRIPTURA, p. 183, (Morgan,
: Soli Deo
Gloria Publications, 1995).
The Bible nowhere teaches that it is the sole
authority in matters ofbelief. n fact, the Bible
teaches that Tradition-the oral teachings given by
Jesus to the apostles and their successors, the
bishops-is a parallel source ofauthentic belie f.
From a tract issued by Catholic Answers and
quoted in SOLA SCRIPTURA, p. 183.
Sola Scriptura contradicts the clear teaching
God's Word that there exists, alongside Sacred
Scripture, a divine Tradition and a Teaching Au
thority (the Magisterium of the Church) which
must equally be heeded alld without which Scrip
ture is inevitably misinterpreted. - Gerald
Matatics,ANTITHESIS, Vol. I, No .5, September/
October 1990, p. 50.
is to try to show that
Scriptura doctrine is in fact the teach
of the written
of God and by doing
Roman Catholic viewpoint by ,
grace of God.
first let me quickly
poin t out what
do NOT mean by Sola
are not arguing that all truth, such as
mathematics, physics, industrial science, etc., is to
be found in the Bible.
2. Or that the Bible is the only'form in which
God's truth has come to His
God .. spoke long ago to
and in many ways,
Hebrews I: 1.
Or that every verse in the Bible is equally.
every readeI'. Some passages are less
clear than others to be sure, viz. Revelation 20.
4. Or that the church in its preaching-teaching
is not of great value and assistance to the
people ofGod in wlderstallding the Bible, for
preachers and teachers are gifts of the ascended
work of service to
up of the bOdy
of Christ , Ephesians4: 10-12.
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