I was reading the letting of St. Ignatius of Antioch to the Philadelphians, and in Chapter 8 he starts talking about people who will only believe the things that they find written in the “charters.”
and I entreat you, Do ye nothing in a spirit of factiousness but after the teaching of Christ. For I heard certain persons saying, If I find it not in the charters, I believe it not in the Gospel. And when I said to them, It is written, they answered me That is the question. But as for me, my charter is Jesus Christ, the inviolable charter is His cross and His death and His resurrection, and faith through Him; wherein I desire to be justified through your prayers.
Does anyone know what he is referring to by the “charters?” My modern mind started to wonder if this passage could have any usefulness or relevance in the discussion over sola scriptura. If anyone could help me understand this passage a little more or tell me what the “charters” are I would greatly appreciate it.
Here’s a link to the full letter: