12 January 2008

Sola Scriptura

I've been enjoying the materials provided by the Bible Christian Society and John Martignoni in Alabama. They offer free CD's & Tapes (a small fee for postage) but even better free mp3 downloads and study guides in Word or text format. Be sure to check it out. Here is a sample of one study outline (listen to the mp3 lecture to get the commentary by Mr. Martignoni):

Is Sola Scriptura scriptural?

Protestant Response: Yes.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."

John 20:31 "but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name."

Catholic Response: No.

1 Timothy 3:15 "I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth."
(The Church, not the Bible only, is the pillar and ground of truth.)

2 Timothy 3:15 "from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."
(The "Holy Scriptures" are the books of the Old Testament. No New Testament existed when St. Timothy was a boy.)

John 20:30 "And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book;"

Sacred Tradition is Scriptural

2 Thessalonians 2:15 "Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle."

2 Timothy 2:2 "And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."

1 Corinthians 11:2 "keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you."

1 Thessalonians 2:13 "For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe."

Acts 2:42 "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers." (But it doesn't mention that they read the Epistles, or the Gospels. Why? Because they weren't written yet.)

Where did the Bible Come from?
The Catholic Church!
Council of Rome 382 A.D.— Canon approved by Pope
Council of Hippo 393 A.D.— Canon of Scripture was ratified.
Council of Carthage 397 A.D.— Canon of Scripture was ratified.

According to a saying of the Fathers, Sacred Scripture is written principally in the Church's heart rather than in documents and records, for the Church carries in her tradition the living memorial of God's Word, and it is the Holy Spirit who gives her the spiritual interpretation of the Scripture. (Catechism of the Catholic Church #113)

The Authority of the Church

Principle #1: Jesus founded one Church.

Matthew 16:18 "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it."

Principle #2: The Church is authoritative.

1 Timothy 3:15 "I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth."

Matthew 18:15-17 "And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector."

Principle #3: The Church is called to show a visible unity.

John 17:11 "Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are."

John 10:16 "And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd."

Ephesians 4:4-5 "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism;"

John 17:21 "that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me."

John 17:23 "I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me."

Principle #4: The authority of the Church is Apostolic.

Matthew 28:18-19 "And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,'"

John 20:21 "So Jesus said to them again, 'Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.'"

Luke 10:16 "He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me."

Acts 1:15-26 (Matthias was chosen by the Apostles cooperating with the Holy Spirit to take the place of Judas)

1 Timothy 1:3 "As I urged you when I went into Macedonia--remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine,"

1 Timothy 4:11-13 "These things command and teach. Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine."

1 Timothy 5:22 "Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people's sins; keep yourself pure."

2 Timothy 1:13-14 "Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us."

2 Timothy 2:2 "And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."

Titus 1:5-7 "For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you..."

Martin Luther & the Bible

Martin Luther removed 7 books from the Old Testament: Sirach, Tobit, Wisdom, 1 & 2 Maccabees, Baruch & Judith. (Consider Revelation 22:18-19)

Did the Catholic Church Burn Bibles?
Yes! Bibles that were published with errors were burned by Catholics and Protestants alike.
For instance the “Murderer's Bible” where Mark 7:27 says “Let t he children be killed first” when it should say "filled".

Did the Catholic Church Chain Bibles?
Yes! In earlier centuries each Bible was copied by hand and therefore cost large sums of money. Bibles were chained so that they would not be stolen from the Church and would therefore, be available for ALL to read, not just the rich.

1. Not all Christian Beliefs are found directly in Scripture. Example: “Trinity” is not in Scripture

2. The Bible is NOT the sole rule of Faith. Example: 1 Timothy 3:15

Remember: The Bible is a Catholic book. There is not a single article of the Catholic faith that is opposed to anything in the Bible!

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Copyright 2000, John Martignoni

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