Sola Scriptura And The Emergent Church

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As a student of Reformed Theology, I adhere to the principal of Sola Scriptura, or scripture alone as the infallible, clear & concise, rational, and self authenticating Word of God in all matters of faith. My colleagues over at the blog A Little Leavenpenned an excellent article last month on the Emergent Church’s assault on Sola Scriptura:

Emergent Rebellion Against Sola Scriptura

Phyllis Tickle, author of the Great Emergence and recent conference speaker at the Great Emergence Conference is on record predicting the demise of Sola Scriptura. At the conference she said “it’s not if Sola Scriptura ends but when” and her books includes this quote against Sola Scriptura:

Always without fail, the thing that gets lost early in the process of a reconfiguration is any clear and general understanding of who or what is to be used as the arbitrator of correct belief, action, and control… The Reformation,…was to answer the question… Sola Scriptura, scriptura sola… While we may laugh and say the divisiveness was Protestantism’s greatest gift to Christianity, ours is a somber joke. Demoninationalism is a disunity in the Body of Christ and, ironically, one that has a bloody history… (The Great Emergence 45, 46, 47,)

Now, some five hundred years later, even many of the most die-hard Protestants among us have grown suspicious of “Scripture and Scripture only.” We question what the words mean – literally? Metaphorically? Actually? We even question which words do and do not belong in Scripture and the purity of the editorial line of decent of those that do. We begin to refer to Luther’s principle of “sola scriptura, scriptura sola” as having been little more than the creation of a paper pope in place of a flesh and blood one. And even as we speak, the authority that has been in place for five hundred years withers away in our hands.

Click the title to read the article in it’s entirety, and check out the “Proposed Alternatives to Sola Scriptura” for a laugh. And for further exploration of the attack on Sola Scriptura, our brother Doug over at Wired4Truth has an excellent 3 part series (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).

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5 Responses to “Sola Scriptura And The Emergent Church”


  1. 1 Pastor Jim January 5, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Good point to bring up ST. I look forward to laughing and weeping my way through Ms. Tickle’s article (no pun intended). Again points to the urgent need for prayer and faithful teaching of the doctrines of grace and the kingdom of God.

  2. 2 speaking truth January 5, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    You know Pastor Jim, I wonder how long it will be before we even question the existence of scripture at all. I mean, critics will contend that God’s Word is a metaphorical collection of fables designed to help us live better lives – when we know it as the very Breath of Life from the Father Himself.

    Unfortunately it is becoming easier to dismiss scripture in favor of ecumenical potpouri.

  3. 3 Pamela January 6, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    I did not bother reading the article. In a nutshell these people are a segment universalists. Basically they decide what is right or wrong for them, which is NOTHING at this point. There is no absolute anything in their minds. The funny thing is that they talk about other religious groups being divisive. They are just as mean if you dare to disagree with them. Read their materials and see how many times the word divisive, intolerant, non-inclusive, bigoted and the like are used.

    People need to challenge this madness with all the strength there is. The only way for this to work is to deny that the Bible is God’s word. This is what they are doing since you cannot trust that it is a standard for living and for salvation.

    When you hear the words inclusion, tolerance and the like realize that the speaker(s) will support the persecution of true followers of Christ.

  4. 4 speaking truth January 6, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    When you hear the words inclusion, tolerance and the like realize that the speaker(s) will support the persecution of true followers of Christ.

    Amen, Pamela.

    Amen.

  5. 5 Pamela January 17, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I sincerely hope that the laws of our land will not dramatically change in the days to come. We could very well see this inclusion and tolerance implemented in our government. Seeing some of the choices that will be participating in the inauguration makes me really wonder.

    We have a prayer group at church that is praying for our government on a national level. We know that only God can change the hearts and minds of the people. The hard thing is that you have a motley crew of religious leaders that are coming out of the woodwork right now in the name of tolerance. This is bigger than the church scene.


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