"Sola Scriptura" or is it, "It is Written!"
"It is Written!" is the believer's foundation. What is written are words coming from the very mouth (peh) of the Creator, Adonai Yahweh. Associated with but not equal to, "It is Written," is the phrase, 'Sola Scriptura,' which is Latin for, 'Scripture Only or Scripture Alone.' Martin Luther stated, "those things which have been delivered to us by God in the Sacred Scriptures must be sharply distinguished from those that have been invented by men in the Church, it matters not how eminent they be for saintliness and scholarship." Today's Protestant Church would verbally agree with his statement but their stated beliefs contradict the premise of Sola Scriptura, let alone, "It is Written." Historically, Yahweh wrote his Word and then gave his words, to the prophets, beginning with Moses, to be written for the instruction of his people. His words were always to be the absolute standard for mankind to live by but the words of men and the words of the adversary have been and are being commingled with or stand in opposition to Yahweh's words. The clergy, Protestant and Roman Catholic, are taught, from childhood, the scriptures, commingled with the doctrines of men. Roman Catholics accepted the traditions of the Fathers as divine revelations, while Protestants protest against such barbarism but never-the-less they practiced the same behavior, "...saying—I, indeed, am of Paul (Luther), but, I, of Apollos (Calvin), but, I, of Cephas (Hagin), but, I, of Christ (Wesley)" (1 Cor. 1:12). Protestants are deceiving themselves, being no different than Rome Catholics. Self deception has been described by saying, “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” "It is Written," is scriptural, while "Sola Scriptura," is an effort to proclaim, "It is Written" but attaching with it man-made doctrines.
Humility is one of the greatest strengths a person can have. Matthew 18:4 states, "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this child, the same, is the greatest, in the kingdom of the heavens." A lack of humility to the Word of Yahweh is rebellion. The Apostle Paul spent an entire day showing the Jews the scriptures concerning the Messiah. Upon their leaving, "...Paul having said one thing—Well, did, the holy spirit, speak through Isaiah the prophet, unto your fathers, saying—Go thy way unto this people, and say—Ye shall, surely hear, and yet will in nowise understand. And, surely see, and yet will in nowise perceive; For the heart of this people, hath become dense, and, with their ears, heavily, have they heard, and, their eyes, have they closed,—lest once they should see with their eyes, and, with their ears, should hear, and, with their hearts, should understand, and return,—when I would certainly heal them." Yahweh said the same things to the Jews in Isaiah 6:9-10. Ignorance of scripture, in both cases, was not their problem but rather these individuals, for whatever reason, hardened their hearts, rejecting the words of Yahweh by choosing rather to retain the doctrines of men, as the Word of Yahweh. These doctrines of men are then indoctrinated, as truths not to be questioned, into children from an early age. Those who refuse this indoctrination are called heretics, this occurred to the prophet Jeremiah, our Lord Yahoshua, the Apostles Peter and Paul and ministers, such as Arian, Michael Servetus and Thomas Emlyn, to name only a few. For those who covet Yahweh's truths, coming from the mouth of Yahweh, as presented in the Hebrew thought (Prophets were all Hebrews), written in Yahweh's Holy Word, one must accept the reality that they will be persecuted and excommunicated by Protestants and Roman Catholics, those who are presently leading today's Christian Churches.
(For contrast between "It is Written," and what people actually teach and believe, I will quote from the Southern Baptist Convention's Statement of Beliefs, which can be found at SBC.net. Their beliefs are common among most Protestants. )
"It is Written"
"It is Written" continues with Moses and the prophets recording Yahweh's words; "Then said Yahweh unto Moses—Write..." Jeremiah was commanded by Yahweh to, "...Write thee all the words which I have spoken unto thee, in a scroll" (Jer. 30:2). John was commanded to, "Write, therefore—what things thou hast seen and what they are; and what things are about to come to pass, after these things" (Rev. 1:19). All the scriptures, coming from the mouth (peh) of Yahweh, were written by Hebrew prophets. Hebrew, not English, thoughts and words are the foundation of, "It is Written." Protestants state, "God the Son; Christ is the eternal Son of God; in His incarnation..." but where is this Written?
Our Lord Yahoshua, beginning his ministry in the wilderness, proclaimed, "It is Written," four times to the slanderer (diabolos), in Matthew chapter four, the first being, "It is written,—Not on bread alone, shall man live, but on every declaration coming forth through the mouth [peh (Deu. 8:3)] of Yahweh" (Mt. 4:4). What did our Lord Yahoshua write? Nothing! Why? It would have been exalted above Yahweh's words, as given to the prophets, such as is done with the Red Letter Bibles. To those readers, what is written in red, takes on more importance than the other scriptures, even though Yahoshua proclaimed in John 12:49, "Because, I, out of myself, spake not, but, the Father who sent me, hath, himself, given me commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak" (Jn. 12:49). It is also written, "A prophet, will I raise up unto them, out of the midst of their brethren, like unto thee,—and I will put my words in his mouth, so shall he speak unto them whatsoever I shall command him" (Deu. 18:18, Acts 3:22). He spoke as did all the prophets, Yahweh's words. Protestants confess, "God the Holy Spirit; The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine" but where is this written? YAHWEH is present in the scriptures (used over 6,800 times) but not present in their vocabulary?
From the Mouth (peh) of Yahweh
How we received scripture is plainly given in the book of Jeremiah, which states, "And it came to pass, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah, that this word came unto Jeremiah, from Yahweh, saying: Take thee a scroll, and write therein, all the words which I have spoken unto thee, concerning Israel, and, concerning Judah, and, concerning all the nations,—from the day I began to speak unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even until this day...So Jeremiah called, Baruch, son of Neriah,—and Baruch wrote, from the mouth of Jeremiah, all the words of Yahweh which he had spoken unto him, upon a scroll" (Jer. 36:1-4). Can it be any clearer? Typing in, "Yahweh said," on the Online Bible program, results in this phrase being used 111 times in the Old Testament. How many times, in the Old Testament, does holy spirit come up? Three times and it has nothing to do with the man-made doctrine of [God] the Holy Ghost communicating to the prophets by inspiration! Protestants can say, "It is Written," "For not, by will of man, was prophecy brought in, at any time, but, as, by holy spirit, they were borne along, spake, men, from God," (2 Peter 1:21) " but, we can say, as did Yahoshua by saying, "Again, it is Written," "Then said Yahweh unto Moses—Write..." (Ex. 17:14). Is it written, "Then said God the Holy Ghost unto Moses, Write?
"Again, it is written..."
The book, 'The shape of Sola Scriptura,' by Keith A. Mathison, classified Christian groups into three camps; Tradition 0, Tradition 1 and Tradition 2. The Roman Catholic Church (Tradition 2) accepts, as doctrine, the Word of Yahweh along with the teachings and traditions of many other men, which they would call the extra-scriptural sources of revelation, which are equally as authoritative as scripture. He divided the Protestant Church into two camps; The Magisterial Reformers (Tradition 1), which would be John Calvin and Martin Luther and the Radical (thorough) Reformers (Tradition 0), who are the Anabaptist and Mennonites, to name a few. Luther and Calvin asserted that scripture was the sole source of revelation but it must be interpreted in and by the Church and that it was to be interpreted according to the ancient apostolic teachings of the Church, the regula fidei (Latin for rule of faith). Keith described the Radical Reformers by stating, "These Radical Reformers insisted that not only was scripture the sole infallible authority, but that it was the sole authority altogether. Secondary authorities such as the Church, the regula fidei, and the fathers were considered irrelevant at best."
Martin Luther on the Doctrines of Men
Martin Luther stated, "I should prefer all my books to perish that only the Bible might be read, for other books take up our attention and make us neglect the Bible." "The writings of all the holy fathers should be read only for a time, in order that through them we may be led to the Holy Scriptures. As it is, however, we read them only to be absorbed in them and never come to the Scriptures. We are like men who study the sign-posts and never travel the road. The dear fathers wished, by their writings, to lead us to the Scriptures, but we so use them as to be led away from the Scriptures, though the Scriptures alone are our vineyard in which we ought all to work and toil."
That the Doctrines of Men are to be Rejected
Martin Luther rejected many doctrines of men, for which he is to be praised, but, at the same time, he retained many doctrines of the church fathers, thereby becoming one of the persons he was speaking against, deceiving himself, as is so common today. Protestants proclaim, 'Sola Scriptura,' while their Statement of Beliefs or Catechisms or Teachings, reveal many doctrines of men. They choose to please men rather than Yahweh, cowering from the persecutions and tribulations that would occur if they diverted from the established religious man-made paths. They have witnessed the historical persecutions of the saints, such as Jeremiah, Paul, Arian, Servetus and Tyndale and they want no part of it.
You might say, and rightfully so, then why do these Christian ministries prosper when they are teaching some of the doctrines of men, such as did Martin Luther? Success, according to the terms of men, is no guarantee for accuracy. For example, the size of the Roman Catholic Church is enormous. They teach the Lordship of Yahoshua, his sacrificial death and resurrection (Romans 10:9), which are true, which bring men to salvation, but, as we all know, they teach many pagan doctrines, such as praying to Mary. On the other-hand, the prophet Jeremiah taught Yahweh's truths for forty years but had a very small following of believers, if any at all. According to the religious world of today, his ministry was a failure. They would conclude that his failure was due to Yahweh not being a part of his ministry otherwise it would have succeeded. The lesson we must learn is that Yahweh works in and through people who teach correct doctrines, who perform good works and at the same time, these same people can be teaching pagan doctrines, performing evil works. For example, Yahweh helped King Ahab fight victoriously against the Syrians (1 Kgs. 20). This is the same King Ahab who Yahweh spoke saying, "And Ahab son of Omri did the thing that was wicked in the eyes of Yahweh,—and did more wickedly than all that were before him" (1 Kgs. 16:30).
Yahweh anointed Jeroboam king over the ten tribes. He performed good works, but he also created two calves to be worshipped in Bethel and Dan; later his sin was known as the sins of Jeroboam. Another example was king Jehu, who was also anointed by Yahweh, who reigned for forty-one years. He obeyed Yahweh by putting to death the house of Ahab and destroying Baal and his worshippers, which was very pleasing to Yahweh, so much so, that he rewarded his heirs with kingships, but he also sinned the sin of Jeroboam, which was wicked in the eyes of Yahweh. Could the Pope fit into these examples? How about Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, Kenneth Hagin or the whole Roman Catholic and Protestant Church? Are they committing the sins of Jeroboam, by worshipping and praying to three gods (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit), even though they proclaim these are but one God?
Can one say, 'Sola Scriptura,' or "It is Written," when one says, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, Incarnation, Trinity, Mary the Mother of God, Fully God and Fully Man, infant baptism etc.? Absolutely not! Yes, even Martin Luther, did not escape from these corrupting doctrines which had been handed down from the accepted Church Fathers. Martin Luther, when proclaiming the Word of God Alone, was including, as the Word of God, the doctrines or creeds of the Church Fathers, such as were presented in the ecumenical councils. His writings reflect these doctrines, which have nothing to do with, 'Sola Scriptura.' For example, Luther, in his Epistle Sermon, Trinity Sunday, stated,
"It begins I believe. In whom? In God the Father. This is the first person in the Godhead... Continuing, the Creed says, I believe in another who is also God...The first designation of God the Son makes him the only Son of God...In the third place we confess, I believe in the Holy Ghost. Here again a distinct person is named, yet one in divine essence with the Father and the Son...Thus briefly this confession comprehends the unity of the divine essence — we accept and worship only one God — and the revealed truth that in the Trinity are three distinct persons. Such distinction is made for the purpose of affording Christians the unqualified assurance that there is but one God and yet three persons in the one divine essence — truths the sainted fathers have faithfully gathered from the writings of Moses, the prophets and the apostles, and which they have maintained against all heretics."
Roman Catholics called Luther a heretic, while Luther called Arius and the Anabaptists heretics. Luther was proclaiming, 'Sola Scriptura,' but stating, "the revealed truth that in the Trinity are three distinct persons," when his statements have nothing to do with, "It is Written," but rather we can all say his statements are, 'Not Written!'
It is Written but by Whom?
It is Written, "All souls, therefore; are shut up within Hades: do you admit this? (It is true, whether) you say yes or no: moreover, there are already experienced there punishments and consolations; and there you have a poor man and a rich." (St. Tertullian 160-220 AD)
It is Written, "It will not be out of place to consider the ancient tradition, teaching and faith of the Catholic Church, which was revealed by the Lord, proclaimed by the apostles and guarded by the fathers. For upon this faith the Church is built, and if anyone were to lapse from it, he would no longer be a Christian either in fact or in name" (St. Athanasius 296-373 AD).
It is Written, "We acknowledge the Trinity, holy and perfect, to consist of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In this Trinity there is no intrusion of any alien element or of anything from outside, nor is the Trinity a blend of creative and created being" (St. Athanasius 296-373 AD).
It is Written, "Glory to the Father with the Son, together with the Holy Spirit" (St,. Basil 330-370 AD).
It is Written, "The orthodox doctors of the Church have correctly and wisely expounded that the Word of God was the supreme angel, who then began, as it were by anticipation, to perform the office of Mediator" (St. Calvin 1509-1564AD).
It is Written, "That the baptism of infants is pleasing to Christ his own work demonstrates" (St. Luther 1483-1546AD).
The adversary's methods of deceiving Christians are nothing new. Yahweh has instructed us that we are not ignorant of his thoughts (2 Cor. 2:11), one of which is to inculcate a child of Yahweh with doctrines not in the Word of Yahweh, such as he did unto Eve. His deception is so powerful that people, as the sand of the sea, living under Christ's 1,000 Year Kingdom, will rebel against Christ, resulting in their own destruction. Their rebellion and destruction have been foretold to them in Revelation chapter twenty, never-the-less, the deceiver rallies them, to their own demise, to attack Christ. This is an illustration of the power of his deception. This account is similar to Pharaoh fighting Yahweh, in the book of Exodus. Blinded, Pharaoh pursues the Israelites into the Red Sea, which is presently supernaturally divided, to his own destruction. Signs of insanity you might say?
Inculcation by the Church
"It is being Written," in the New Bible Translations
Rotherham Emphasized Bible
The deceiver, by manipulating the Bible translations, can now say, "It is Written," "The one and only Son is himself God," or "Who being in very nature God." Also, he can proclaim, "It is not Written," "His Only-Begotten Son," but rather, "It is Written," "His one and only Son," eliminating the problem that the Church Fathers had to deal with when they emphatically proclaimed, "Begotten not Made!" Now, Yahoshua is no longer begotten! Commentary has now become the Word of God, which is no different than what the Roman Catholic Church does! This practice necessities that we use Rotherham's Emphasized Bible and study the Hebrew words and secondarily the Greek words used in the text. For example, would any of us realize, even using the Rotherham Bible, that egeiro, used 141 times, being translated raised, really means to awaken? Romans 10:9 should had been translated, "That, if thou shalt confess the declaration with thy mouth—That Yahoshua is, Lord, and shalt believe with thy heart—That, Yahweh, awoke [egeiro] him from among the dead, thou shalt be saved."
(For footnotes, see PDF version.)
(When quoting scriptures, from the Rotherham Emphasized Bible New Testament, I will substitute the Hebrew words
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