If We Truly Believed Sola Scriptura

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If you give the Church fathers and tradition such a place in your heart, you must, in all fairness, allow the Roman Catholics to use the same to declare as divine authority such heretical teachings and practices as the use of holy water, prayers for the dead, the invocation of saints in prayer.

Yesterday, after this post, I received a mélange of comments [many which never saw the light of day] ranging from the sublime to the ridiculously absurd. Par for the course, I suppose, since many blog readers are infamous for leaving comments before – or without ever – reading the article itself. I wish that were not the case, but, we are all human, and unfortunately, it’s all too common.

I’d like to point out something today that many readers may not have thought of, and it concerns the much beloved reformation cry of Sola Scriptura! That is a motto I am all for. I just wished that all of us truly believed it, and didn’t just regurgitate it in popular circles when it seems appropriate and friend reaffirming.

What I saw in the incoming comments and emails in defense of infant baptism were appeals to tradition, logic and the Church fathers.

So what happened to Sola Scriptura! my dear readers? What happened to the passionate stand for reformation principles? It went out the window, that’s what happened, and there’s a reason for it.

It is a common paedobaptist position to appeal to such ‘authorities’. But, they are no authority at all when it comes to the Christian faith and practice, and therein lies the problem and the issue facing evangelicalism today, namely, upholding Scripture alone, and solely, as the authoritative foundation of the faith and practice of Christianity.

Even paedobaptists admit there is no explicit teaching in Scripture regarding infant baptism, and so, they must seek to make it a ‘divine ordinance’ in some other way. One way is the appeal to the Church fathers. Are you sure you want to do that?

Let me ask you this, brethren. How can any Christian practice be declared a divine ordinance when Scripture is silent on it? Why not just become Roman Catholic?

Huh?

Listen, if tradition and the church fathers is your authority, then you give them full credit to act as Scripture. But that’s not Sola Scriptura, that is tradition and church fathers replacing Scripture, and that of course is contrary to Sola Scriptura! isn’t it? Such thinking as a defense of infant baptism is illogical and non-Protestant.

If you give the Church fathers and tradition such a place in your heart, you must, in all fairness, allow the Roman Catholics to use the same to declare as divine authority such heretical teachings and practices as the use of holy water, prayers for the dead, the invocation of saints in prayer.

Well, why not? If you, a Protestant are ok with it, what is your objection to the Papacy and Roman Catholics doing the exact same thing with their ‘divine institutions’ ?

Are you a Protestant after all? Or just confused perhaps; young, reformed and popish?

I write with no malice here, but out of great concern. The honor of God’s name and His Word is at stake.

Listen to one commenter:

I also want to point out that the very people who decided what was and was not scripture clearly practiced infant baptism. If you trust their canon, why not trust their baptism?

Answer: Because neither the ancients, the church fathers nor tradition is the Word of God, the sole foundation for our faith and practice. Brethren, if we use an authority for infant baptism anything other than Scripture, we have rejected Scripture as the sole authority in all things. It is that simple. All other views are rebellion against God and His Son.

And that my dear ones, is where the rubber meets the road, so to speak. Those who are believers and practitioners of infant baptism are compelled to make a choice regarding their position. Either you are Popish in clinging to authorities other than the Word of God, or, you must, in honor of God and His Word, reject out of hand, reliance on tradition of as well as the teachings of, the church fathers as the final authority in the practice of the Christian faith all things unsustained by the Word of God.

I fear that many who claim Sola Scriptura! , in the end, reject it after all. That makes perfect sense because if we all truly believed Sola Scriptura! , we would all be Baptist. And that my friends, leaves us with two totally opposed destinations: either by God’s grace you will be Baptist, and truly adhere to God’s Word alone as the sole authority, or you will travel the path of popery.

All else is compromise of God’s Word.