Fear of God Devotional: Is Sola Scriptura Worth Dying For?
Are we willing to sacrifice much to be faithful to the commands of God found in Scripture?
Sam Waldron explains in this video that the Latin phrase “Sola Scriptura” or “by Scripture alone” was something that reformed Protestants closely adhered to and sacrificed greatly for. The Puritans held that Scripture applied to all things and specifically, in matters of worship, allowed them to do only what God commanded them to do.
Their decision to remain faithful to Scripture proved to be costly. Over 2,000 Puritan ministers were ejected from their churches and some, like John Bunyan, were even jailed. Men were forced to make a decision of compromising Scripture to keep their positions in the church or to remain true to the clear commands of Scripture. Despite persecution, they resolutely believed that Scripture governed all matters of life, not just the issues regarding the doctrine of the church.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV) – “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”