Solo Scriptura Statement of Belief


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Catholics and non-catholics alike -

Is the "Statement of Belief" below (California church), reflective of Solo Scriptura Or Sola Scriptura? I believe that it reflects the first....

The Church of Christ of Ontario is made up of people who have been drawn together for worship and service by a common faith in Jesus Christ. We wish simply to be called Christians, and we make it our goal to live up to all that such a glorious name represents.

As individuals, we share a fellowship with Christians all over the world. When we were saved, the Lord added us to His church (Acts 2:47). The Head of the church is Christ; its headquarters is in heaven (Eph. 1:20-23).

As a local church we are self-governing; that is, we do not answer to or follow the direction of any man or council of men outside of the congregation. We adhere to no human creed. We are free to study, teach and work as the Bible leads us. The Scriptures alone tell us what is good for us to do (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

Since the scriptures are our only guide in religious matters, it is our desire to do everything the scriptures teach, and nothing else.


#2

[quote="Porknpie, post:1, topic:312585"]
Catholics and non-catholics alike -

Is the "Statement of Belief" below (California church), reflective of Solo Scriptura Or Sola Scriptura? I believe that it reflects the first....

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Yes, I agree. The ironic part of their statement is "we do not answer to or follow the direction of any man or council of men outside of the congregation". So, how do they avoid following "any man" if they follow the dictates of "the congregation"? What is their congregation made of if not men/people? They've elected themselves the Magisterium instead of following the one Christ himself appointed found in the Bible, while purporting to follow "the Scriptures alone". Ironic indeed.


#3

[quote="Porknpie, post:1, topic:312585"]
Catholics and non-catholics alike -

Is the "Statement of Belief" below (California church), reflective of Solo Scriptura Or Sola Scriptura? I believe that it reflects the first....

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Yep, if I were a rebellious teenager trying to avoid all of life’s responsibilities and yet still maintain societal adherence, I would were this on my tee-shirt. :rolleyes:


#4

*As a local church we are self-governing; that is, we do not answer to or follow the direction of any man or council of men outside of the congregation. *

They sound like many of the parishes that St. Paul had to write letters to and correct their errors and behavior. Funny how they would reject St. Paul today.

For those that wish to build their church similar to the one described in the NT, they need to realize that the Church described in the NT is completely hierarchical. Leaders are selected by the bishops, and not elected or hired by the churches/parishes.


#5

[quote="adf417, post:3, topic:312585"]
Yep, if I were a rebellious teenager trying to avoid all of life’s responsibilities and yet still maintain societal adherence, I would were this on my tee-shirt. :rolleyes:

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From what little I can gather from this church's website and from listening to one of the sermons, I think that they are trying to live responsible lives. True, they do not have the fullness of the faith by any means, but I think that they are sincere in that they are doing their best with what they do have.


#6

"True, they do not have the fullness of the faith by any means, but I think that they are sincere in that they are doing their best with what they do have.

But they could easily have so much more. I think they are trying "too hard".


#7

[quote="Denise1957, post:5, topic:312585"]
From what little I can gather from this church's website and from listening to one of the sermons, I think that they are trying to live responsible lives. True, they do not have the fullness of the faith by any means, but I think that they are sincere in that they are doing their best with what they do have.

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I can certainly understand that.:thumbsup:


#8

[quote="Porknpie, post:1, topic:312585"]
Catholics and non-catholics alike -

Is the "Statement of Belief" below (California church), reflective of Solo Scriptura Or Sola Scriptura? I believe that it reflects the first....

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I think it would be "Solo." To my understanding, Sola Scriptura refers to Scripture being the final authority by which all creeds, confessions, and actions of the church are to be judged. It does not rule out other sources of authority; it only subjects all authority to Scripture. Scripture becomes the "authoritative rule of faith and conduct," the "plumb line to make straight the life of each individual and community," and the "divine, supreme and eternal tribunal by whose standards all men, nations, creeds, and motives shall be tried."


#9

[quote="Porknpie, post:1, topic:312585"]
Catholics and non-catholics alike -

Is the "Statement of Belief" below (California church), reflective of Solo Scriptura Or Sola Scriptura? I believe that it reflects the first....

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Clearly solo scriptura. Consider what the Lutheran confessions say:

  1. We believe, teach, and confess that the sole rule and standard according to which all dogmas together with [all] teachers should be estimated and judged are the prophetic and apostolic Scriptures of the Old and of the New Testament alone, as it is written Ps. 119:105: Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. And St. Paul: Though an angel from heaven preach any other gospel unto you, let him be accursed, Gal. 1:8.

2] Other writings, however, of ancient or modern teachers, whatever name they bear, must not be regarded as equal to the Holy Scriptures, but all of them together be subjected to them, and should not be received otherwise or further than as witnesses, [which are to show] in what manner after the time of the apostles, and at what places, this [pure] doctrine of the prophets and apostles was preserved.

3] 2. And because directly after the times of the apostles, and even while they were still living, false teachers and heretics arose, and symbols, i. e., brief, succinct [categorical] confessions, were composed against them in the early Church, which were regarded as the unanimous, universal Christian faith and confession of the orthodox and true Church, namely, the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed, we pledge ourselves to them, and hereby reject all heresies and dogmas which, contrary to them, have been introduced into the Church of God.

Compared to the statement you provided, one can see a distinct difference.

Jon


#10

Definitely solo and not sola.


#11

Yes, that's a good example of the difference between solo and sola, as other posters have said, using Itwin and JonNC's posts for the contrast.


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