Sola scriptura (Latin ablative, “by scripture alone”) is the doctrine that the Bible is the only infallible or inerrant authority for Christian faith, and that it contains all knowledge necessary for salvation and holiness. Consequently, Sola Scriptura demands that only those doctrines are to be admitted or confessed that are found directly within or indirectly by using valid logical deduction or valid deductive reasoning from Scripture.
Of the five sola’s ( sola scriptura, sola fide, sola gratia, solus Christus, soli Deo gloria) sola scriptura is probably the best known. My question: is sola scriptura self refuting and/ or self damning?
The problem is that this doctrine is not found any where in the scriptures. As a matter of fact, the pillar and support of truth is given to an entirely different entity – the church (1 Timothy 3:15). Jesus says himself that the Spirit would be given the the church and that it is the Spirit that will guide us into all truth. He did not give us the scriptures to guide us. The church carries the full weight of God’s authority not the scriptures.
So, the next question is: What Church? The Orthodox? The Roman Catholic? The Lutherans? Or are these groups individual members of the true body of Christ and do we need to start listening and learning from all the members?
Can local congregations be truly health if they ignore what they consider the lesser members of the body – that is, if they even consider them part of the body at all?
For instance, here is some interesting view points by the Orthodox: