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On this page I hope to illustrate as well as prove two things...
Since leaving the Catholic church, as well as during my stay there, I have heard time after time all sorts of arguments, for and against, "Sola Scriptura," which translated means "Bible Alone." Recently the barrage of Romish attacks has been concentrated in this area both on and offline, so much so that I felt I needed to address it here. Before sharing what the Word has to say regarding numerous Christian attributes and matters of faith, let us see first what the Roman Catholic church has to say about this. Keep in mind however, that this very church claims to be a "Christian" church and therefore subject to biblical jurisprudence. The Bible we hold in our hands is called a CHRISTIAN Bible for a reason. So, what does the Vatican say about this Christian Bible?
The Roman Church cunningly declares the Word of God is unable to educate the Christian regarding his or her lifestyle. The Vatican also claims the Scriptures are completely unable to direct the lost unto Salvation. However, the Word of God says quite clearly...
So why is it the Vatican is declaring the exact opposite? It appears rather plain that the Scriptures are quite able to do that which the Vatican says it cannot. Fact is folks, if you investigate the methods of Satan you will see he ALWAYS twists that which the Lord says. In the Garden of Eden he twisted the Lord's Words to make it appear He lied regarding the end result of sin. He also did the same thing in the desert when he tried to tempt our dear Lord. Evidently the Scriptures do just fine in leading people to the salvation according to Timothy. In fact, that verse openly points to the Vatican and shouts in thunderous tones, YOU ARE A LIAR! It can’t be said any plainer then that.
As for educating the soul in all aspects of life, we have 2 Tim. 3:16-17 as a standard of fact. It says, "All Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproving, for correcting, for instruction in justice, that the man of God may be perfect, equipped for every good work."
The Scriptures are declaring that they are THE All-Sufficient Authority in fully equipping the child of God. By the way, an interesting tid bit that will surely quench attacks regarding "New Testament Epistles" that are always popping up regarding Paul's writings. Did you know that Paul's Epistles are actually defined as "Scripture" by Peter the Apostle?
So, the Bible is the Sole Authority, the Sole Guide, and the ONLY method by which the child of God can learn to understand that which all Christians need to learn. Yes, many things are taught first hand by the Holy Spirit, however, more often than not we have a tendency to learn better if we read it as well. And the Holy Spirit always teaches that which can be confirmed in the Word as Truth. Isaiah plainly says if they speak not “according to this Word,” then they are preaching things of darkness. (See Isaiah 8:20)
Truth is, you cannot find one good work that the Christian is not equipped to do that's not already provided for, or explained in the Scriptures. The Catholic church is wrong. Plain and simple! Ever since the Catholic church was able to burn all the Bibles and place them on the index of forbidden books back in 1229ad in the Council of Valencia, they have "assumed" they have the SOLE AUTHORITY in matters of Christian faith and practice. Why do they assume this authority? The same way they assumed any authority. BY FORCE! They first burned all the Bibles, then they translated the Word into Latin so that NO ONE could understand it but them! Problem is, not longer afterwards, the Lord had Martin Luther translate the Word back into German. And as soon as the people got the Bible in their hands, they realized the church lied. Plus, they had further confirmation in rather blunt tones when some of the people started to study the Word. Soon they would come across meaty Scripture and as is sometimes the case, they sought help to understand the passage. So they asked their parish priests what certain difficult passages meant. To their surprise, they found the priests were 100% unable to decipher the Word. In many cases the priests couldn’t even understand milky (easy) Scripture, let alone the meat (hard). Turned out, the people were far more knowledgeable of the Word then the priests themselves, hence was the beginning of a Global Reformation. Rome did all it could to defame Luther and his German Bibles to no avail. At every turn, when they closed the mouth of one, two or more sprang up.
The Bible exposes their lies easily and at the same time uplifts itself as the sole authority for the Christian's faith and practice and moral authority. Still, many times I have seen John 20:30,31 placed on the table as a method of proof regarding Catholic tradition.
Indeed the Word of God does not record every moment of Christ's life on earth. This I fear is an open opportunity for the natural man to pounce upon and declare, SEE? HERE IS PROOF THAT WE CAN RELY ON! Fact is however, when reading the full context of that passage one can see that it DOES say, "these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God..." It's more often than not the ploy of the enemy to assume theology is found in the absence of Scripture. Sad reality here is, how does one build a doctrine on NO Scripture at all? In the same false doctrine they are proclaiming God feeble by suggesting He is "unable" to instruct us in ALL ways necessary for Christian life in His Word. They actually seek to use a Bible to prove the Bible useless? That has always amazed me! How can those that hate the Word of God expect to use the Word of God to vilify it? In one instant it is uselss to them, in the other it is their base of evidence? That my friend is the ultimate Babylonian theology! CONFUSION!
The "amount" of data found in His Word is indeed sufficient for the child of God. This is done in fact BY GOD'S OWN DESIGN! To question otherwise, is to belittle the Creator Himself, as well as question His divine wisdom. THAT has always been the agenda of Satan, and as you will soon see, THAT has always been the agenda of the Vatican as well! Further Roman Catholic theology states…
Those quotes portray the many excuses you would see coming from pre as well as post-Lutheran exposed priests. Many claimed the Bible useless afterwards with quotes such as these to thwart the reality that the priests themselves were completely unable to preach the Word of God. Yet before the Bibles arrived in the native tongues of many you would hear Rome proclaim this lie…
o "How can you get the true meaning of the Bible? You can get it only from God's official interpreter, the Catholic Church. ' A Catechism for Adults, p. 10
Strange thing is, this quote is echoed to this day. This is what makes it so hard to share Truth with Catholics. If it goes against what their priests teach, they choose to ignore it. You can even open their own bibles in front of them, point to a verse that proves their leaders lied, and they will merely turn their heads and refuse to look at that verse! I know, I have seen this happen with my own eyes!
If you are one that has already investigated the prophetic facts regarding the Roman Catholic church, you will fully understand why they would make statements proclaiming the Bible unintelligible. For it is written plainly that, "the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." -1 Corinthians 2:14
The Roman Church is the epitome of the natural man, and therefore can in no way see the Truths contained within the Holy Writ. That is why to them it is a book of "obscurities and difficulties not only for the illiterate, but even for the learned" Is it not written in Scriptures that Timothy "from thy infancy thou hast known the Sacred Writings"? How is it a mere child can discern the Word of God Almighty, but the theologians of the Roman Catholic church admit they cannot? For those that have eyes to see and ears to hear, the answer is very plain.
By the way... If you are one that does not understand this prophetic fact regarding the Roman Catholic church, I would suggest an intense study into this eschatological fact. You may want to stop by a few pages on this site...
For now, let me assume we are all on the same page. Let us continue our investigation into why Rome hates the Bible so intensely. If you ask any Catholic, most of them will tell you that their church has faith in the Bible. Some will say their church is described in the Bible. They will even go so far as to say their church encourages their flock to actually read the Bible. With that in mind, I have to ask the Catholic. "Have you ever investigated your church's teachings on the Bible?"
According to Rome itself, the Bible is NOT a loved, or trusted book! They openly and repeatedly declare that this is a book that is NOT required reading for the Christian. According to Rome, it is not to be embraced as a "safe method to find out what the Savior taught." Yet John 20:31 so eloquently professes "These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name." John is saying that people can actually learn about Jesus from the Bible, and the Bible ONLY. Praise the Lord John wasn’t a Catholic! Had he been one, we would never have heard such words, for he would have been taught by his church leaders not to bother in the first place. Dare I remind you of what Martin Luther went through for being arrogant enough to want to actually read a Bible let alone translate one?
Looking into the Catholic church's actual Catechism books used for teaching Catholic doctrine. Here we find a MAJOR clue as to why they hate the idea of Sola Scriptura.
In the THE CONVERTS CATECHISM OF CATHOLIC DOCTRINE (112 pages) written by. Rev. Peter Geiermann, C. SS. R.B. Herder Book Co.15 & 17 South Broadway St. Louis, Mo. 1946 We find that out of the 448 Questions within the 112 page book, there were 776 answers. This is due to the fact that many of the questions had multiple answers. Some had as many as 17 answers to a single question. Out of all these questions regarding "Catholic Doctrine" there were only 56 Bible verses listed to define the doctrines! And more than 75% of those Bible verses were taken completely out of context! But for the sake of illustration, let us assume for a moment that all 56 of those verses were in context. 56 Bible verses used for 776 answers equates to only 13.8% of the questions having Bible verses given to explain them. That means, 86.2% of the answers describing Catholic doctrines were NOT found in the Bible! And out of that 13.8% one can truly realize at least 75% were taken way out of context by merely opening a Bible and reading the passages IN context for themselves. It’s that easy! The strange thing here is, the Roman Catholic church actually admits they do not use the Bible "religiously."
"The doctrines of the Catholic Church are entirely independent of Holy Scripture." Familiar Explanation of Catholic Doctrine, by Rev. M. Muller, p.151
This is the main reason the Roman Catholic church hates any mention of the theological standpoint of "Sola Scriptura." Their campaign against it for so many years is now completely uncovered by merely peering into the church's own teachings. They do NOT want to adhere to biblical jurisprudence simply because to do so would entail shutting down almost 90% of the churches teachings and doctrines! And according to their own "Rev. M. Muller”, it would mean a 100% shut down! Fact is they MUST fight this notion of Sola Scriptura simply because it is their enemy! Hence, their enemy is Christ! Because it is plainly written that Jesus is the Word made flesh that dwelt among us according to John 1:14.
As for all the claims the Catholic church makes regarding their argument that "Sola Scriptura" is not biblical. How does one explain the following passages that expose their lies point by point? And by the way, these are points I shared a moment ago from authenticated Roman Catholic statements.
With all this evidence exposing the Vatican and its lies, it is become plainly obvious that they surely choose NOT to tell their flock two things.
If the Catholic people that have a true and honest heart for the Lord knew just one of these two facts, I have no doubt many would leave that church immediately. In fact, I am one who has left after finding this out. My suggestion to those that know this truth is, TELL THEM of the Truth contained in Scripture. If you are a Christian, it is your duty to tell them of these facts. Tell them that the Catholic church not only lies about the Word, they vilify it at every chance then can. Notice the following quotes regarding their open disgust for what we as Christians consider a well of life giving water.
indeed is a divine book but it is a dead letter, which has to be
explained, and cannot exercise the action which the preacher can obtain." Our
Priesthood, p. 155
THE BIBLE SAYS plainly...
This is what Rome does with the CCD books that have been proven to be at least 86.2% non Biblical doctrines. And if they are not of the Bible, they can only be of two other sources. Either commandments of man, or doctrines of demons!
THE BIBLE SAYS plainly...
This Rome does as well, for they cannot possibly be speaking according to the Word of God when over 86.2% of their doctrines are outside the Bible! There is no light in this church!
THE BIBLE SAYS plainly...
Again... What is the REAL reason Rome shouts PROVE UNTO ME USING ONE VERSE PROVING SOLA SCRIPTURA AND I WILL ACCEPT IT! Because they know it is a loaded question. It's no different than saying "show me one verse that shows me how to prevent a life of sin!" Or how about, "show me one verse that will show me how to understand who the beast is" Or "show me one verse that explains who Michael the Archangel really is, or who the Two Witnesses are!" You cannot do it in ONE VERSE and they know it! The real reason they do it is to belittle the Word of God so as to stand above it supreme. When they say “show me ONE verse” they are counting on the hearer to be one that never studies a Bible. For the Bible student knows their agenda in a statement such as this! So, they usually avoid the truly learned of the Word to ask such questions. This is how Rome fills their pews. With people that never read Bibles! And once there, they insist they continue to avoid that Holy book.
In 1229ad when they commanded all Bibles burned and translated into Latin, they knew what they were doing. They were trying to PREVENT the people from reading the Words found in that book that EXPOSED THE ANTICHRIST IN ROME! And that is the ONLY REASON Rome hates the theological standpoint we call to this day, SOLA SCRIPTURA. They know with 100% clarity that those that understand the Bible can effectively unmask them, so they shout to the masses, that don’t read the Bible, that the Bible is a dead and speechless book! And when you have over 1 BILLION people shouting that phrase, just like in Noah’s day, the majority figure, “We can’t all be wrong!.” Problem is, the Remnant has always been described as the smallest number, so… where do you stand?
Martin Luther led the charge back in the 1500's. I am sure you have heard or seen this quote before, for it has been the heralding cry ever since it was uttered from the lips of Luther himself.
The Archbishop of Trier, John Eck, asked
WHAT DOES IT ALL BOIL DOWN TO?
The Roman Catholic Church's open hatred of the Word of God. They themselves admit...
"The doctrines of the Catholic Church are entirely independent of Holy Scripture." Familiar Explanation of Catholic Doctrine, by Rev. M. Muller, p.151.
Ever notice this? The Catholic Church will use 1 Timothy 3:15 where it says, "...the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth." They actually go to the Bible for their method of madness. They use the very same Bible they proclaim is useless to say we must adhere to them as the sole authority in religious matters. However, if you proclaim Sola Scriptura unto them, they shout THE BIBLE IS A DEAD AND SPEECHLESS BOOK! Talk about CoNfUsIoN!
In essence ... they are saying... we will use the Bible when it is CONVENIENT for us to do so. But when it exposes us as sinners, we will put it aside!
In other words, this verse is stating that we should never exceed that which is written in the Word so as to turn one's self into a king instead of a pastor. This is exactly why Rome hates Sola Scripture. One verse in the Bible proves they did exactly what Paul just warned they shouldn't do. The Pope is a king and he claims this position by twisting Scripture regarding Peter's the apostle. Still many Catholics claim Peter is the first pope and the present Pope is Peter's successor to the throne of Peter. They even admit he sits as a king! They twist Matthew 16:18 to make it appear that Jesus is saying Peter is Rock and not Jesus. But when read in context we see...
Peter = "petros" The word "petros" = "a little rock." Or as we would call Peter today. a "little Christ" or CHRISTIAN.
Rock = petra, which = "big rock" which every Christian knows IS CHRIST!