Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sola Scriptura and Tota Scriptura

"...The medieval church, however, came to foster two yardsticks of ethics: a standard for religious ethics found in the revealed scriptures, and a stan­dard for natural ethics found in man's reason as it examined the world. Of course that left some ethical decisions or evaluations independent of the Word of God, and those religious issues which remained under the umbrella of the Bible were ultimately decided by the Pope. Thus the medieval world was ripe for tyranny, in both a secular state and despotic church.

Over against this, the Reformers challenged the traditions of men and reasserted the full authority of God’s word, declaring sola Scriptura and tota Scriptura (only Scripture and all of Scripture). The final standard of faith and practice, the yardstick for all of life (personal as well as social morality), was the Bible. That is why the Puritans strove to let God's word form, their view and regulate their behavior in every sphere of human endeavor. A holy God required them to "be holy in all your conduct" (1 Peter 1:15), and the standard of holy living was found in God's holy law (Rom. 7:12). Accordingly the Puritans even took God's law as their yardstick for civil laws in the new land to which they eventually came, and we have enjoyed the fruits of their godly venture in this country for three centuries now. The attitude of the Reformers and Puritans is nicely summarized in Robert Paul's painting which hangs in the Supreme Court Building, Lausanne, Switzerland; it is entitled "Justice Instructing the Judges" and portrays Justice pointing her sword to a book labeled "The Law of God."

-Greg Bahnsen in By This Standard

1 comment:

David Brainerd said...

"The medieval church, however, came to foster two yardsticks of ethics: a standard for religious ethics found in the revealed scriptures, and a stan­dard for natural ethics found in man's reason as it examined the world. Of course that left some ethical decisions or evaluations independent of the Word of God....
Over against this, the Reformers challenged the traditions of men and reasserted the full authority of God’s word, declaring sola Scriptura and tota Scriptura (only Scripture and all of Scripture)."


Are you actually saying the Reformers cared about ethics? They were the most unethical haters of morality that ever lived! If anyone has beat them at pouring gasoline on ethics and lighting it on fire, then defecating on it, its only their moronic followers in the present day.