Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 20, 2014

“Sola Scriptura”: One of the Five Solas of the Reformation.

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 12:28-32.

“28 “Be careful to listen to all these words which I command you, so that it may be well with you and your sons after you forever, for you will be doing what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.

29 “When the Lord your God cuts off before you the nations which you are going in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, 30 beware that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise?’  31 You shall not behave thus toward the Lord your God, for every abominable act which the Lord hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.

32 “Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do;  you shall not add to nor take away from it.”  Deuteronomy 12:28-32.

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“For the sake of art, we need to study this religion.” 

“For the sake of history, we need to study this religion.” 

“For the sake of getting something useful that we can use, we need to study this religion.” 

We should not necessarily and hastily agree that for the sake of those things, we should study other religions.  Today’s Scripture should cause us to pause and consider more carefully our study of other religions.  There is the qualifier “that I may do likewise”, which may provide us with the loophole to allow such study, but there is the danger that a study of other religions could lead us to be ensnared by another religion.  Today’s Scripture warns us to “beware”.  Verse 30.

We should remember the verses in the beginning of this chapter.

“You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess serve their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree.  You shall tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and burn their Asherim with fire, and you shall cut down the engraved images of their gods and obliterate their name from that place.”  Deuteronomy 12:2-3.

That does not sound like encouragement to study other religions.

Now, Reformed Doctrine does not state that we should not study other religions.  One good reason to study other religions is to be able to refute the doctrine within that religion.  And, we have previously stated that there is the qualifier “that I may do likewise” in today’s Scripture which may provide us with the loophole to allow such study.  But, at least, we should be careful;  we should be even more than careful, we should “beware” that do we do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations serve their gods, that we also may do likewise’.  Verse 30.

Reformed Doctrine does call out “Sola Scriptura” as one of the Five Solas of the Reformation.

“1. Sola Scriptura

a. Meaning:  Scripture Alone

b. Prior to the reformation, other sources of revelation than the Scripture had become the foundation for doctrine.

c. The Reformation was a return to the Scriptures. The reformers said, truth is founded on what is in the Bible. The Bible not only gives us the final answer on truth, but it is the source of truth and gives the complete truth.

Revelation ceased at the close of the canon of Scripture.

d. So, the Bible, 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books, is the only rule for faith and life.”  “The Five Solas of the Reformation”  by Rev. Rodney Kleyn, a minister of the Protestant Reformed Churches.  Here is a link to Rev. Kleyn’s article in full (which is also a tag at the top of my web site) which identifies and describes all Five of the Solas of the Reformation – https://reformeddoctrine.com/the-five-solas-of-the-reformation/

“Sola Scriptura” is also consistent with the concluding verse in today’s Scripture.  “Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do;  you shall not add to nor take away from it.”  Verse 32.


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