I’ve heard all the arguments for and against Sola Scriptura and have seen the debates go 'round and 'round.
Forget for a moment the biblical “proofs” and non-proofs. I’d like to point this thread in a slightly different direction.
I know a lot of people say they believe in SS but I question how many actually do.
I’ve seen plenty of tv evangelists, read books and pamphlets by ministers and lay christians, seen plenty of pastors messages on the web----all from proponents of “sola scriptura”.
But what I see and read is really only someone pronouncing his/her own opinions and teachings sandwiched around a bible verse which they deem connected to their message.
Throw in a few *"…And we see from the word of God that…" *
or “We know that the bible tells us…” and then simply add your own beliefs to those statements. That’s the basic recipe. (Doing so with a bible in your hand really adds to the feeling of authority)
Sola Scriptura may or may not be a good concept, but isn’t it really only a concept? I really don’t see it as ever being a viable idea. I don’t really see anyone who actually practices it. Isn’t it really just a label people can use to be able to say “I’m right, you’re wrong” ?