the charismatic/continuationist/cessationist discussion- how do we argue
Arising out of the reformation of the 16th century, there sounded a trumpet blast that rallied the hearts of God’s people: sola Scriptura, which is Latin for “Scripture Alone.” It really served as the foundation for the four other solas: sola gratia, sola fide, solus Christus, and soli Deo gloria. And these five fit together as one statement of truth—one declaration of the true saving Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Sola Scriptura in the Scriptures
The Inspiration of Scripture
- 2 Timothy 3:16 –
- Matthew 4:4
- Hebrews 4:12
- John 6:63
The Inerrancy of Scripture
Because the Bible is God-breathed, it is the Word of God. And because God is holy, God cannot lie. God is truth and so every word of God is true.
- Titus 1:2 – God cannot lie. Are there some things God cannot do? Yes. God cannot sin, cannot deny Himself, cannot lie.
- Hebrews 6:18 – It is impossible for God to lie.
- John 17:17 – Your word is Truth
- Proverbs 30:5 – Every word of God is tested
The Infallibility of Scripture
All that is recorded in Scripture must come to pass. The word of the Lord cannot fail.
- Isaiah 40:8 –
- Matthew 5:18 –.
- John 10:35 –
The Authority of Scripture
Because the word of God is inspired, infallible, inerrant, it comes with the authority of God Himself. When the Bible speaks, God speaks. And when God speaks, He speaks with sovereign authority in His Word.
- Psalm 19:7 –
- Psalm 19:8 –
- 1 Thessalonians 4:15 –
The Perspicuity of the Scripture
The Word of God is clear, understandable, a lucid revelation.
- Matthew 22:31 –
- Matthew 19:4 –
The Sufficiency of Scripture
The Word of God is able to accomplish all of God’s purposes here upon the earth as the Word of God is brought to bear upon the issues of the men in this world.
- Isaiah 55:11 –
- 1 Peter 1:23 –
The Immutability of Scripture
It will never change.
- Psalm 119:89
- Psalm 119:160 –
Right will always be right. Wrong will always be wrong. The way of salvation will forever be the way of salvation. God’s revelation is unchanging because God Himself is immutable and unchanging.
The Invincibility of Scripture
It is a superior weapon in the hand of the man or woman of God as it is wielded.
- Jeremiah 23:29 –
- Hebrews 4:12 –
The Finality of Scripture
There is no new revelation to be given to man after the close of the canon of Scripture. We have the faith once and for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3).
- Revelation 22:18 –
All of these truths are inherent within this statement of sola Scriptura.
Sola Scriptura: Defined by the Westminster Divines The Westminster Confession
WE NEED TO ADOPT A STATEMENT OF FAITH DOCTRINAL STATEMENT OF FAITH WHEREBY WE BASE OUR BELIEF ON
I personally have used over the years:
We teach that the Bible is God’s written revelation to man, and
thus the 66 books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit constitute
the plenary (inspired equally in all parts) Word of God
(1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
We teach that the Word of God is an objective, propositional revelation
(1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:13), verbally
inspired in every word (2 Timothy 3:16), absolutely inerrant in the
original documents, infallible, and God-breathed. We teach the
literal, grammatical-historical interpretation of Scripture which
affirms the belief that the opening chapters of Genesis present creation
in six literal days (Genesis 1:31; Exodus 31:17).
We teach that the Bible constitutes the only infallible rule of faith
and practice (Matthew 5:18; 24:35; John 10:35; 16:12-13; 17:17;
1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter
We teach that God spoke in His written Word by a process of dual
authorship. The Holy Spirit so superintended the human authors
that, through their individual personalities and different styles of
writing, they composed and recorded God’s Word to man (2 Peter
1:20-21) without error in the whole or in the part (Matthew 5:18;
2 Timothy 3:16).
We teach that, whereas there may be several applications of any
given passage of Scripture, there is but one true interpretation. The
meaning of Scripture is to be found as one diligently applies the literal
grammatical-historical method of interpretation under the
enlightenment of the Holy Spirit (John 7:17; 16:12-15;
1 Corinthians 2:7-15; 1 John 2:20). It is the responsibility of believers
to ascertain carefully the true intent and meaning of Scripture,
recognizing that proper application is binding on all generations.
Yet the truth of Scripture stands in judgment of men; never do men
stand in judgment of it.