Turns out this Sunday is Reformation Sunday. These are two of the five points of the Reformation:
“1. Sola Scriptura: Scripture alone is our ultimate authority
2. Sola Christus: Christ alone is our Savior and Lord.”
If Scripture is our ultimate authority, how can Christ be our Savior and Lord?
Finally I have found the reason why Baptists and Church of Christers and a host of others think that God doesn’t speak today. And I think it can be found in Sola Scriptura. Scripture is “our ultimate authority.” Scripture has the last word. And while I think that is true for doctrine, Paul said, “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:8), it is not for us to say when God has decided to have the last word in our lives. God can talk if he wants to.
Is there anything in the Bible that says dinosaurs aren’t real? I don’t believe so. I think dragons and Leviathan were dinosaurs. But if they weren’t, would the Bible be the ultimate authority on dinosaurs? No, it wouldn’t.
I think that Martin Luther probably understood that the Bible was to be the ultimate authority on doctrinal questions, but that there are many other things we can know without the Bible.
And I believe, though I have no idea if Martin Luther did, that God can speak to whom he wishes to speak at any time. I think he’s spoken to me. (Despite what R’s debating Christian said about getting his head examined.)
And I don’t think I should refuse to listen to God just because the Bible exists. I mean the New Testament didn’t exist when Paul was writing Galatians. Is he only talking about the Old Testament? Or can we only use the New Testament where it agrees with the Old Testament? I don’t think so. And most of Christendom doesn’t think so either.
This thought process brought up by The Constructive Curmudgeon who wrote the five solas into his blog entry.