Agree with this with one snag: just because it is in the bible does not mean it is clear to all who read the bible. I can think of 2 instances where the bible itself refers to Scripture as being difficult to understand: I believe it was Philip who approached the eunoch who said, “How can I understand it (Scripture) unless someone teaches it to me?” or something along those lines. The other reference is in 1Peter where Peter describes Pauls letters as “hard” to understand.
In addition - and most glaring, is the difference of opinion on various topics among various “bible alone” denominations. How does he account for all these differing opinions from the “clear, Holy Spirit led” reading of the bible? Have him pick 5 topics: Necessity of Baptism, Validity of Infant Baptism, Necessity of going to Church on Sunday, Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and the ONGOING need to confess our sins. Once he commits to his positions, go research the different views of Lutherans, Presbyterians, Evangelical, Calvinist, etc, etc, all coming from “bible alone” interpretations. How can this be if what he says is true?
I understand his point of view perfectly, and it is a distorted view. Absolutely do not allow him to establish any rule without justification. Why is the Bible the only book to consider? There are several “Bibles” - which one is the correct Bible, and how do we know? Whatever source he sights, make sure that the Bible confirms that choice - if not, he has already contradicted himself.
The original KJV had the deuterocanonicals in it - are they included? If not, by what authority are they being excluded and doesn’t such an exclusion make that authority to supercede the bible?
Oh its very clear alright - he just misunderstands it.
“Unless you are born of water and the holy spirit you have no life in you.” John 3-5 Please have him tell us exactly what “born of water” means. Compare it to his response to the necessity of baptism - any problems?
John 6 “Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you have no life in you.” What is the clear meaning of this statement? Again, compare to his answer on the Lords Supper from above.