Is the Bible alone truly sufficient for all matters of faith? This is what millions of Christians believe, or at least upon which they base most of what they believe. It’s what I believed for most of my life, and what I assumed most Christians had always believed. But is it true?

Introduction

It was a shock for me to realize that this was not the normal view of Christians before Martin Luther stated boldly at the Diet of Worms in 1521, “Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not retract anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me.”

On the surface, this conviction sounds like a gallant and faithful confession of the sufficiency of the divinely inspired Word of God. Yet, given the historical trajectory and subsequent effect of Luther’s words, was this bold proclamation also a tacit approval of the other two foundations upon which Luther took his stand: “clear reason” and “conscience”? For nearly five hundred years, well-meaning Christians, using “clear reason” to form “conscience” based on a selection of “quoted … Scriptures”, have accepted, promoted, and defended all kinds of theological and moral opinions, that also has led to thousands of divisions. Today there are Bible alone Christians who no longer believe in the traditional doctrines of the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, the necessity of baptism, or even the Church, and, influenced by culture, have come to accept, promote, and defend such “rights” as contraception, abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, as well as a long list of contemporary  alternative lifestyles.

But does this mean that there’s something wrong with the Bible? That it isn’t “inspired by God and profitable for teaching … for training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16)? Or is the problem that we are all just too sinful to agree on how the Holy Spirit is leading us “into all the truth” (Jn 16:13)? Or is it possible that the Bible was never intended to be interpreted alone, apart from a trustworthy teaching authority, established by Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit? each alone? It is our prayer that the following articles and resources will affirm the importance of Scripture as a divinely given foundation for our faith, but also encourage you to consider the need for an authority established by Christ for it’s trustworthy interpretation.

Going Deeper

Kenneth Howell

Three Ways the Reformed Faith Prepared Me to be a Catholic

September 16, 2013

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The Illogical Logic of Sola Scriptura

September 4, 2013

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Logic and the Foundations of Protestant Faith

May 16, 2011

Written Stories

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What is the Relationship Between Scripture and Tradition?

March 16, 2010

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“Pastor, Can I Ask You Something?”

March 3, 2010

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The Perspicuity (“Clearness”) of Scripture

March 3, 2010

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The Practical Problems of Sola Scriptura

March 3, 2010

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“What is Truth?” An Examination of Sola Scriptura

March 3, 2010

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Dr. Scott Hahn: Is the Bible alone sufficient?

April 14, 2000

The Journey Home

Personal Testimonies

David Anders

A Protestant Historian Discovers the Catholic Church

February 13, 2012

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Deeper in Christ

December 12, 2011

My Conversion

November 3, 2011

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Peter Kreeft

Hauled Aboard the Ark

October 31, 2011

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A Journey of Mind and Heart

June 13, 2011

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What Is Truth?

January 13, 2011

Marcus Grodi: The Verses I Never Saw

December 16, 2002

Dr. Scott Hahn: Is the Bible alone sufficient?

April 14, 2000

Looking into Scripture

The Verses I Never Saw

June 7, 2011

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Deep in History

Scripture and the Early Church – Fr. Mitch Pacwa

January 15, 2015

Deep in History

St. Augustine and Sola Scriptura

August 11, 2014

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