Sola Scriptura--The Bible Alone
Many professing Christians propose the course of Martin Luther, in advocating the use of scripture alone in coming to a knowledge of serving God. They maintain that any extra curricular device is next to heresy, and they are most adamant that they are correct in appealing to Sola Scriptura! But let us call a halt right there! Does not the Bible and the Bible alone say that other devices are used as gifts to the church?! Let's take a thoughtful look:
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit." Joel 2:28, 29.
"For we may all pophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted." 1 Corinthians 14:31.
The Sola Scriptura ilk are those who reject portions of the Bible while claiming to take all of the Bible alone! They reject prophesy gifts to the church because those gifts are not cannonized in scripture. Make no mistake about it friend, they do not take all of the Bible and the Bible alone! They reject certain portions of the Bible; God's very means for edifying the church. They are very self-deluded into thinking they are taking the Bible and the Bible alone, when they are rejecting important portions of it, which is tantamount to rejecting the Holy Spirit itself.
"Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues." 1 Corinthians 14:39.
"And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are al teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excelent way." 1 Corinthians 12:28, 29, 31.
"Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather taht ye may prophesy....But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; buhe that rophesieth edifieth the church. I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh wth tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying." 1 Corintians 14:1-5.
"Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant....Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.....And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by he Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; o another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing o every man severally as he will." 1 Corinthians 12:1, 4, 6-11.
When our sons and daughters prophesy; our old men dream dreams, and our young men shall see visions, do we disregard these phenomena as not from God, because we take only what is cannonized in the scriptures? If we reject further light by God's more modern day servants who meet Biblical tests, are we taking all of the Bible, including the counsel of the above verses, or are we rejecting part of what we claim to take? If we reject God's gifts to the church we are not taking all the Bible and the Bible alone. We are rejecting certain portions of scripture.
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