Liberalism and Sola Scriptura

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We frequently hear liberal Christians and non-Christian liberals encounter people with rhetorical questions such as, “Where does Jesus condemn homosexuality” or “Where does Jesus condemn abortion”.  This is a form of biblical literalism which relies only on literal quotes by Jesus and/or other biblical figures to affirm as spiritual truth.  This is commonly employed by Muslim apologists although they pick and choose what biblical passages, even Jesus’ quotes, they use in condemning the Holy Trinity, the divinity of Jesus Christ, the Incarnation, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.  This argument falls flat on its face as it ignores biblical context and historical context as well.

Typically when Jesus mentions something from the Old Law He either adds to it or changes it, e.g. in regards to murder, adultery or prayer.  Also, if you go by their own logic they go against Christ’s command to “go to the Church” to settle theological disputes (rf. Matthew 18:17) and it was the Church which formalized the universal or Catholic Canon of Scriptures, so you must go to the Church for guidance as she rightly has authority to interpret the Scriptures whose Canon she formalized.  He said go to the Church, not get your Bibles.

We are told that in the Bible there “are certain things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction” (cf. 2 Peter 3:16).  Yet, we have the Church, “the pillar and ground of truth” (cf. 1 Timothy 3:15).

The underlining problem with Sola Scriptura and thus with Protestantism itself is nobody can question your interpretation of Scripture since your interpretation is inspired by God the Holy Spirit, or at least that’s what you say.  One pastor can say one thing and claim it’s divinely inspired while another down the street can claim something contrary and claim it’s divinely inspired.  So who’s interpretation do we go by?  This is the problem; they cannot answer.  Instead of telling you who’s interpretation to go by, they tell you to just read the Scriptures, but when you come up with your own interpretation they label you a heretic.  This has been going on for almost 500 years of Protestantism; it started when Martin Luther and John Calvin “excommunicated” each other.  Protestant sects have splintered over some congregants having a more liberal interpretation than others while others having a more conservative interpretation.

The Continuing Anglican movement split from the Anglican Communion after the latter decided to “ordain” women and make changes to the Book of Common Prayer.  The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was founded by a defunct denomination which left the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in regards to ecumenism and higher education.  The American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest separated from the American Baptist Churches over its stance on homosexuality.  These are just few of many who have split over liberalism.  Large groups of Anglo-Catholics have been fully incorporated into the Catholic Church after the rampant liberalism in the Anglican Communion.  Many Lutherans such as the Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church have either become fully integrated into the Church or are in the process.  The ALCC by the way left the LCMS which is a Confessing Lutheran church, meaning it believes the papacy to be the Antichrist.

As these Protestant denominations continue to divide over increasing liberalism, many more see the prevalence of the (Roman) Catholic Church.  As Bl. John Henry Newman said, “I have resisted to the best of my powers the spirit of liberalism in religion.”  You can read more of the excerpt here: http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/10/blessed-john-henry-newman-i-have.html

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Bl. John Henry Newman, C.O., Anglican convert to the Catholic faith

 

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