As the anniversary of the five-hundredth year of Martin Luther’s theses comes to an end, what can be learned from the Reformation and applied to the lives of Christians today? The study of history should result in the experiences of the past finding application to the present and future. For this final post of Fellowship Presbyterian Church’s series “The Reformation-500th Anniversary,” the importance of sola Scriptura for today will be considered.
Presbyterians in the United States have at times noted the limited Bible knowledge among their members and officers. Concerned presbyters and their courts have exhorted church members to read the Bible and increase their knowledge of its content. The unsettling truth of the situation is that for many Christians the only Bible content they experience is during their Lord’s Day church services, which in some cases currently include Scripture readings of only a few verses or none at all. If it is true, which it is, that God has revealed his will once and for all in his Word, and its readers comprehend its message through the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit, then why is it the case that Christians sometimes know no more about the Bible than they do the content of manuals for their household appliances? It is really a sad representation of the importance of sola Scriptura when Jesus’ few familiar words in John 17:17 are not heeded for growth in grace.