I do quite a bit of reading and talking with individuals on chat, and I discovered that many people concerning the Holy Scriptures lack one thing. The ability to search the scripture themselves. They rely on the word of someone else to guide them in their walk with the Lord.
However, the Scripture teaches that we are to study ourselves as in the case of the Noble Bereans, demonstrated in the Book of Acts.
In Acts 17:11, it says,
11 Now, these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.
Many people believe that the supremacy of the Bible has no value. The Bible is the only book that has been tested by time and overwhelmingly remained on top. Traditions come and go, but the Scripture remains stable.
Christ commanded His followers to study and find the truth. The question is why one must study when people like pastors and Sunday School teachers do that, and all we have to do is just attend that particular service? That type of learning is laziness of the highest order.
The simple answer to this question is in the Scripture as stated in, the verse below. There is a large denomination out there that does all the study for the individual. With the mindset of this church group, it is intended to keep the people from the truth of Holy Scripture, as it was in the dark ages.
In 2 Timothy 2:15, it says,
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
Many hypocrites will tell you they believe in God but put the Word of God, the Bible on the same level as any written works of man. I just had a chat conversation with such an individual, and all through our chat’s, this person kept referring to the recorded works of early church history and then told me to read man’s works before the Bible.
I do not judge the Holy Scripture on what man says, but I do judge the works of man based on what God has said in His word. In the end, the individual stated, “The Bible has supremacy over no one, worship God and God alone. It is text chosen by the Catholic Church; it was part of what Catholic’s call Sacred Tradition.” To this person, “Tradition” has supremacy not the word of God.
I am not saying the Catholic Church is 100% wrong, no, but the scripture is clear on idolatry, praying for or to the dead for help, indulgences, and many other issues that the Catholics are doing that contradicts the scripture.
I am in good company for even the Reformers did not abide by these same problems as they followed Scripture. Martin Luther, a German professor of theology, tried to change the Catholic Church from the inside but could not. The Catholic Church branded Martin Luther as a criminal and excommunicated him.
Dear people, please do not take the word of anyone concerning God’s Word unless you know them to be an individual who loves the Lord and would never intentionally hurt or deceive a person with their teaching. However, even if a person can be trusted, you should always take the time so search it out for yourself.
When we stand before God the Creator we cannot say, “Well, this person said this or that.” No, we stand before God on what we have done not what others have said or done.
Sola Scriptura– By Scripture alone
Sola Fide– By Faith alone
Sola Gratia– By Grace alone
Solus Christus– By Christ alone
Soli Deo Gloria– Glory to God alone
Copyright Dr. George L Gallant, ©2017
All quotes are from the: New American Standard Bible, ©1995.