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  I am Sola Scriptura, as, doubtlessly, many other people here are also. That is, we believe that ALL our intel about God, & ALL His commands to us come from Scripture only, &  we don't believe any precepts or commands of worship not found in Scripture.

 

  Anyone who believes otherwise, can you  show us any other legitimate source of intel about God, or any of His commands not found in Scripture ?

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Robycop,

Here is one answer to your question.

Sometimes a person thinks the Spirit is speaking to him.  This could be valid if the message is confirmed by scripture.

Sola scriptura means we believe what scripture clearly says we should believe and try to do what scripture clearly says we should do. We try to not do what scripture clearly says we should not do.

A corollary of sola sciptura is that we are not bound by traditions that are not definitively required in scripture. This argues against patternism.  Patternism is the procedure followed by the churches of Christ.  They try to follow the patterns they see in the New Testament , even if such are not explicitly required, and try to avoid doing anything in worship they do not see in the NT, even if such are not explicitly prohibited.  Eg, using a musical instrument or having a rummage sale in the basement of the church.

Did i get that right?

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On 11/18/2019 at 5:10 PM, JimR said:

Robycop,

Here is one answer to your question.

Sometimes a person thinks the Spirit is speaking to him.  This could be valid if the message is confirmed by scripture.[/quote]

  Still refers back to SCRIPTURE. I don't believe the Holy Spirit teaches anything not found in Scripture.

Sola scriptura means we believe what scripture clearly says we should believe and try to do what scripture clearly says we should do. We try to not do what scripture clearly says we should not do.

A corollary of sola sciptura is that we are not bound by traditions that are not definitively required in scripture. This argues against patternism.  Patternism is the procedure followed by the churches of Christ.  They try to follow the patterns they see in the New Testament , even if such are not explicitly required, and try to avoid doing anything in worship they do not see in the NT, even if such are not explicitly prohibited.  Eg, using a musical instrument or having a rummage sale in the basement of the church.

Did i get that right?

 Seems so. Many churches  earn money thru sales, car washes, etc. and a great many have musical instruments played in them. If something isn't mentioned in Scripture, we should use our overall view of Scripture to see if something is right or wrong. For example, anything that has any dishonesty in it always involves lying, which we know is a sin. Same for anything using any deceit.

   I can't see anything wrong with honest money-making activities by a congregation. Nor do I see anything wrong with playing musical instruments as part of a worship service. After all, David was a prolific songrwiter and accomplidhed musician.  But we know what God had Paul write regarding these things: If it seems wrong to you, don't do it. but don't judge those who do.

MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH:

    Anyone have any argument against Sola Scriptura ?

 

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It seems to me that most believers are guided by scripture but in their hearts they feel scripture is confirmed by the Spirit.  Still, we know we cannot trust feelings.  John seems to acknowledge that perceptions of guidance and insight from the Spirit are real when confirmed by scripture.  We have two witnesses: scripture and the Spirit.  They confirm each other.

1 John 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

Scripture  is the proof that the feeling is valid.  But without the involvement of the heart, how can we love Christ?

i call this Sola Scriptura, but others might disagree.

The following is copied from the Wikipedia article on Sola Scriptura. It shows that while some of the Reformers felt scripture is authenticated by the witness of the Spirit, some baptists would disagree.

Sola scriptura is a formal principle of many Protestant Christian denominations, and one of the five solae. It was a foundational doctrinal principle of the Protestant Reformation held by many of the Reformers, who taught that authentication of scripture is governed by the discernible excellence of the text as well as the personal witness of the Holy Spirit to the heart of each man. Some evangelical and Baptist denominations state the doctrine of sola scriptura more strongly: scripture is self-authenticating, clear (perspicuous) to the rational reader, its own interpreter ("Scripture interprets Scripture"), and sufficient of itself to be the final authority of Christian doctrine.[1] “

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5 hours ago, robycop3 said:

 This, of course, is phony as a Chevy Mustang.

You need to stop comparing spiritual things with earthly things. You did it before with a Ford and Corvette...and I showed a Ford Corvette. Now you're using a Chevrolet/Mustang...and here it is...

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.motor1.com/news/73910/watch-this-67-mustang-with-a-2500hp-chevy-v8-tear-it-up/amp/

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Psalm 19:1, Psalm 50:6 and Psalm 97:6. Think about it a bit before you just blow it all off. It's a scary thing to take a God that big and put him in a box we can easily wrap our head around, dictating what He can and cannot do.  He can reveal himself how He chooses. There were centuries where men lived without scripture, and there are still 1,000's of languages and dialects now with no "scriptura". God has been revealing Himself to those who seek Him since the beginning of time, in any little, dark corner of earth. And since the scripture tells us this, scripture itself seems to contradict "sola scriptura".

I always get a little hinky when I hear Latin trotted out and used to draw a big ol' line in the sand that scripture never drew. 

Sure, Rome is anti-Christ...just don't throw out the baby with the bathwater.

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3 hours ago, weary warrior said:

Psalm 19:1, Psalm 50:6 and Psalm 97:6. Think about it a bit before you just blow it all off. It's a scary thing to take a God that big and put him in a box we can easily wrap our head around, dictating what He can and cannot do.  He can reveal himself how He chooses. There were centuries where men lived without scripture, and there are still 1,000's of languages and dialects now with no "scriptura". God has been revealing Himself to those who seek Him since the beginning of time, in any little, dark corner of earth. And since the scripture tells us this, scripture itself seems to contradict "sola scriptura".

I always get a little hinky when I hear Latin trotted out and used to draw a big ol' line in the sand that scripture never drew. 

Sure, Rome is anti-Christ...just don't throw out the baby with the bathwater.

Hebrews 1:1-2 KJV
[1] God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, [2] Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
 

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On 11/21/2019 at 7:17 AM, No Nicolaitans said:

You need to stop comparing spiritual things with earthly things. You did it before with a Ford and Corvette...and I showed a Ford Corvette. Now you're using a Chevrolet/Mustang...and here it is...

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.motor1.com/news/73910/watch-this-67-mustang-with-a-2500hp-chevy-v8-tear-it-up/amp/

 But FoMoCo didn't make that Vette nor GM make that Mustang.

  And JESUS often used analogies & compared Spiritual things with earthly things,  to help His audience understand the things He was speaking of. Shall we do any less ?

 

MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH...

  No one has ever shown me any credible source of intel about God from any source but Scripture. "Tradition", etc.  don't mean squat to me. I simply don't believe anyone's private interps of Scripture, any doctrines of faith/worship not found in Scripture at least by clear implication,  nor any of the modern "prophets" who stray from Scripture.  After all, the greatest REAL prophet of all, Jesus, repeatedly answered Satan with "It is WRITTEN..." & Satan had no answers.

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6 hours ago, robycop3 said:

 But FoMoCo didn't make that Vette nor GM make that Mustang.

  And JESUS often used analogies & compared Spiritual things with earthly things,  to help His audience understand the things He was speaking of. Shall we do any less ?

 

MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH...

  No one has ever shown me any credible source of intel about God from any source but Scripture. "Tradition", etc.  don't mean squat to me. I simply don't believe anyone's private interps of Scripture, any doctrines of faith/worship not found in Scripture at least by clear implication,  nor any of the modern "prophets" who stray from Scripture.  After all, the greatest REAL prophet of all, Jesus, repeatedly answered Satan with "It is WRITTEN..." & Satan had no answers.

No longer than I've been back on the forum, it's become very clear to me that no one can show you anything. Even from clear scripture. Your posts are written in such a way that you make a statement, then ask who dares disagree with you. Then refuse to consider the other side of any topic. Its pointless. You teach nothing, encourage no one and refuse to learn. Just always stirring things up.

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9 hours ago, robycop3 said:

 But FoMoCo didn't make that Vette nor GM make that Mustang.

Now you're making a statement that is more clear and concise.

9 hours ago, robycop3 said:

And JESUS often used analogies & compared Spiritual things with earthly things, 

Well, I said that you needed to stop doing it. Along with your disrespectful rendering of people's names in God's word, and your abbreviated hip-speak; your analogies fall short of their intended purposes...

9 hours ago, robycop3 said:

No one has ever shown me any credible source of intel about God from any source but Scripture. 

Actually, you've been shown (in this thread from scripture) that there are other sources...

Psa 19:1 KJV To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Psa 97:6 KJV The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.

Rom 1:19-20 KJV 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Rom 2:14-15 KJV 14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

Sounds to me like God says there are other sources...

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Hey Weary and NoNics, some bloke on here posted this in another thread, which is relevant to this subject also:

(It was here: https://onlinebaptist.com/forums/topic/27985-why-large-families/?do=findComment&comment=447673")

 

 

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God will let Christian parents know in some way when enough kids are enough. His methods vary; the mom (or dad) may develop a medical issue, attention may be drawn to available finances & resources, or parents may know in their hearts they have enough kids.

   And the couples who produce  the children who are best-prepared for adult life have given each child enough ATTENTION.

  Remember, even a woman in her 40s still has about a thousand healthy eggs in her ovaries, and a normal man produces millions of sperm per batch of semen, so for most, fertility is no prob. That doesn't mean a couple should try to use every one of them!

 

  But let each Christian couple follow GOD in the number of children it has."

 

 

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4 hours ago, No Nicolaitans said:

Now you're making a statement that is more clear and concise.

Well, I said that you needed to stop doing it. Along with your disrespectful rendering of people's names in God's word, and your abbreviated hip-speak; your analogies fall short of their intended purposes...

Actually, you've been shown (in this thread from scripture) that there are other sources...

Psa 19:1 KJV To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Psa 97:6 KJV The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.

Rom 1:19-20 KJV 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Rom 2:14-15 KJV 14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

Sounds to me like God says there are other sources...

 Well, David knew about God from an early age, from his father. And those people mentioned in Romans knew there's A God, but didn't know who THE God is, unless taught by someone who knew Him, just as many American Indians knew there's a "Great Spirit", but didn't know who He was.

 

  As for my manner of speech, if you don't like it, well, that's just TOUGH. I don't tell you how to speak, & you're not gonna tell me. (or at least get me to heed.)

8 hours ago, weary warrior said:

No longer than I've been back on the forum, it's become very clear to me that no one can show you anything. Even from clear scripture. Your posts are written in such a way that you make a statement, then ask who dares disagree with you. Then refuse to consider the other side of any topic. Its pointless. You teach nothing, encourage no one and refuse to learn. Just always stirring things up.

  OK, then, Captain, please show us another credible source of intel about God-THE God, not just A god.

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5 hours ago, robycop3 said:

 Well, David knew about God from an early age, from his father. And those people mentioned in Romans knew there's A God, but didn't know who THE God is, unless taught by someone who knew Him, just as many American Indians knew there's a "Great Spirit", but didn't know who He was.

Which God was God talking about? Was it God, or was it a god? Where does it say that the people mentioned in Romans only knew about him as taught by someone who knew him?

Seems to me that God is speaking about himself...not some other god.

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Weary Warrior

Dr. Ruckman had a firm belief in the AV being the preserved word of God: Robycop does not.

Dave,

I really wanted not to comment in this thread for my own reasons. But, yes, the other 'bloke' really contradicted himself. In fact, it was a big contradiction

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30 minutes ago, DaveW said:

Hey guys, what about the guy I quoted from another thread who is clearly outlining a non sola-scriptura guidance?

Anyone got a comment?

 

Hard to comment on it...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well...not really. 

I'm sola scriptura.

Until...

God will let people know in some way. His methods vary.

Hmmm...

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On 11/20/2019 at 9:20 AM, JimR said:

It seems to me that most believers are guided by scripture but in their hearts they feel scripture is confirmed by the Spirit.  Still, we know we cannot trust feelings.  John seems to acknowledge that perceptions of guidance and insight from the Spirit are real when confirmed by scripture.  We have two witnesses: scripture and the Spirit.  They confirm each other.

1 John 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

Scripture  is the proof that the feeling is valid.  But without the involvement of the heart, how can we love Christ?

i call this Sola Scriptura, but others might disagree.

The following is copied from the Wikipedia article on Sola Scriptura. It shows that while some of the Reformers felt scripture is authenticated by the witness of the Spirit, some baptists would disagree.

Sola scriptura is a formal principle of many Protestant Christian denominations, and one of the five solae. It was a foundational doctrinal principle of the Protestant Reformation held by many of the Reformers, who taught that authentication of scripture is governed by the discernible excellence of the text as well as the personal witness of the Holy Spirit to the heart of each man. Some evangelical and Baptist denominations state the doctrine of sola scriptura more strongly: scripture is self-authenticating, clear (perspicuous) to the rational reader, its own interpreter ("Scripture interprets Scripture"), and sufficient of itself to be the final authority of Christian doctrine.[1] “

This "confirmation" is confirmed scripturally in 1 Co 2:10-13.  

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On 11/22/2019 at 8:49 PM, weary warrior said:

Psalm 19:1, Psalm 50:6 and Psalm 97:6. Think about it a bit before you just blow it all off. It's a scary thing to take a God that big and put him in a box we can easily wrap our head around, dictating what He can and cannot do.  He can reveal himself how He chooses. There were centuries where men lived without scripture, and there are still 1,000's of languages and dialects now with no "scriptura". God has been revealing Himself to those who seek Him since the beginning of time, in any little, dark corner of earth. And since the scripture tells us this, scripture itself seems to contradict "sola scriptura".

I always get a little hinky when I hear Latin trotted out and used to draw a big ol' line in the sand that scripture never drew. 

Sure, Rome is anti-Christ...just don't throw out the baby with the bathwater.

Then there is the obvious cf. in Ro 1:20.  It's kind of like how on stories of missionary trips you hear about people's conscience hearing of a Son who died but could not yet connect the dots until another is sent (Ro 10:15).

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14 hours ago, No Nicolaitans said:

Now you're making a statement that is more clear and concise.

Well, I said that you needed to stop doing it. Along with your disrespectful rendering of people's names in God's word, and your abbreviated hip-speak; your analogies fall short of their intended purposes...

Actually, you've been shown (in this thread from scripture) that there are other sources...

Psa 19:1 KJV To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Psa 97:6 KJV The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.

Rom 1:19-20 KJV 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Rom 2:14-15 KJV 14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

Sounds to me like God says there are other sources...

As quoted, God uses/has used  other means to reveal Himself, but I would still say that His greatest revelation to the English-Speaking people was in our A.V and the missionary activities that emanated from this translation (Ro 10:17).

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4 hours ago, No Nicolaitans said:

Which God was God talking about? Was it God, or was it a god? Where does it say that the people mentioned in Romans only knew about him as taught by someone who knew him?

Seems to me that God is speaking about himself...not some other god.

 With all due respect - Did any of them write about THE God before hearing about Him from someone who knew Him ?

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3 hours ago, weary warrior said:

I'm gonna take a wild guess here. I could be wrong, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that robycop3 has some strong Peter S. Rickman influence in his background.

 I'm assuming, Sir, you meant RUckman.

Actually, I'm likely the antithesis of the late Dr. Ruckman.  I'm not permitted to discuss why that'so on this board, but over on the Baptist Board, or the Christian Theology board, I'll be glad to discuss it.

 

  Dr. Ruckman lost all credibility with me when I read his book, Mark Of The Beast, in which he says the antichrist will be a 10-ft. tall space alien  with huge black lips, who will impart the 'mark' with a kiss from those lips.

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3 hours ago, robycop3 said:

 With all due respect - Did any of them write about THE God before hearing about Him from someone who knew Him ?

You're arguing against God's word...not me. 

The quoted verses of scripture...of which you are sola...are very plain regarding what they say on this matter and about Whom they pertain to...yet you argue against them.

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9 hours ago, robycop3 said:

 I'm assuming, Sir, you meant RUckman.

Actually, I'm likely the antithesis of the late Dr. Ruckman.  I'm not permitted to discuss why that'so on this board, but over on the Baptist Board, or the Christian Theology board, I'll be glad to discuss it.

 

  Dr. Ruckman lost all credibility with me when I read his book, Mark Of The Beast, in which he says the antichrist will be a 10-ft. tall space alien  with huge black lips, who will impart the 'mark' with a kiss from those lips.

Yes, I meant Ruckman. I actually typed Ruckman. But I type all of these posts on a cheap $38.00 Wal-Mart phone, and auto-correct is not my friend.

I knew you had read after him some time in your past. It's so obvious.

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On 11/20/2019 at 10:57 PM, robycop3 said:

  Appears there are less Roman catholic visitors here than there are on the "Baptist Board".  There, they insist Scripture PLUS 'TRADITION" & SACRAMENTS is the highest earthly authority, along with the pope speaking ex cathedra. This, of course, is phony as a Chevy Mustang.

And then you have the Jewish Oral traditions, that supposedly God wanted NOT written, but passed verbally through generations...yeah, we can trust THAT. The Mishna, the Talmud, the Kabballah, the various rabbinic writings, most are held as equal to written scripture/Torah. 

As for Chevy Mustangs, yeah you saw one exists, but really, is it any better than an NIV saying it's a bible? lol.

 

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As for the OP, I believe that once the Lord completed his written word, Sola Scriptura because the SOP. Clearly, the heavens declare the glory of God, but they don't tell us ABOUT Him, who He is and His attributes, they merely affirm His existence and His power. But of course, before the completion of the written word, God used all kinds of methods, prophets, personal revelation, angels, an ass, priests, and methods we really aren't even privy to, such as how He dealt with the people of Canaan while the Hebrews were in Egypt-we know He had priests, like Melchezidek and Jethro, but did he give a written word and laws for them? Or did he work through prophecy and revelation specifically? We don't know because that was for them, not us.  

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11 hours ago, Ukulelemike said:

And then you have the Jewish Oral traditions, that supposedly God wanted NOT written, but passed verbally through generations...yeah, we can trust THAT. The Mishna, the Talmud, the Kabballah, the various rabbinic writings, most are held as equal to written scripture/Torah. 

As for Chevy Mustangs, yeah you saw one exists, but really, is it any better than an NIV saying it's a bible? lol.

 

  But, how TRUE is it?  Remember, most Jews reject the Messiah, & look forward to building a new temple in Jerusalem & resuming animal sacrifices. So, how far can we gentiles believe their oral traditions? About as far as we Baptists can believe the Catholic ones.

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Let me clarify my position...

I personally believe that God's word is our greatest source of knowledge regarding God.

However, Robycop (in my understanding of his post) said there was no other...cough cough..."intel" about God. God's word disagrees.

In fact, the verses that I quoted from Romans 1 are very clear. The knowledge of God is so clear, that it is MANIFEST in man...and men are without excuse.

Don't ask me to explain it, because I can't. However, I believe God.

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Many of the first Christians would not have known about Christ from scripture.  The average gentile would not have been intimately familiar with Hebrew scripture.  They might have been illiterate.  They learned about Christ from a preacher.  Paul asked, how will they know if someone does not tell them?  After hearing and believing, the indwelling Holy Spirit helped them understand.

Maybe we should say the truth is found in scripture and accurate preaching is based on scripture but reading scripture is not the only way to reach truth.  Scripture- based preaching is reinforced by the Spirit.

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11 hours ago, robycop3 said:

  But, how TRUE is it?  Remember, most Jews reject the Messiah, & look forward to building a new temple in Jerusalem & resuming animal sacrifices. So, how far can we gentiles believe their oral traditions? About as far as we Baptists can believe the Catholic ones.

I wasn't saying they ARE true: I was using them as further examples like the Catholic use of tradition as being equal to/superior to scripture. I don't suspect much if any is true, especially since the LORD Himself told the Jews NOT to add nor take from the written word He gave to Moses, yet in their rabbinic texts, Mishna, Talmud, etc, they did just that.

 

3 hours ago, JimR said:

Many of the first Christians would not have known about Christ from scripture.  The average gentile would not have been intimately familiar with Hebrew scripture.  They might have been illiterate.  They learned about Christ from a preacher.  Paul asked, how will they know if someone does not tell them?  After hearing and believing, the indwelling Holy Spirit helped them understand.

Maybe we should say the truth is found in scripture and accurate preaching is based on scripture but reading scripture is not the only way to reach truth.  Scripture- based preaching is reinforced by the Spirit.

I believe today the Lord has given believers three tools for Christian growth and maturity: The written word of God, the local church (the preaching of the word of God), and the Spirit of God. All three are necessary to properly grow as a child of God; if we willingly reject to do even one, while using the other two, (no church, just read and pray), one will fall into apostasy, or at least, cease from growing. 

Now, in cases where one cannot utilize all three, (no {good} churches around, in prison, limited access to scripture, etc), then God will bless what we CAN do, if we DO it. But if we have all three, then we need to use all three.  

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Ukelelmike,

Another issue is declining literacy.  I teach grad students online and can attest that degree inflation along with the digital culture has greatly reduced reading comprehension.  People cannot read, understand or remember even one page of instructions.  How then can they be expected to read and comprehend the bible?  Attention spans, including my own, have shortened.  People need preaching more than ever but preachers must learn to keep it short.

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9 hours ago, No Nicolaitans said:

Let me clarify my position...

I personally believe that God's word is our greatest source of knowledge regarding God.

However, Robycop (in my understanding of his post) said there was no other...cough cough..."intel" about God. God's word disagrees.

In fact, the verses that I quoted from Romans 1 are very clear. The knowledge of God is so clear, that it is MANIFEST in man...and men are without excuse.

Don't ask me to explain it, because I can't. However, I believe God.

  Ah, but such manifestation tells people there IS a God, but nothing about THE God. However, God said he counted the good deeds & intent of such people as righteousness. But there are very few people in the world today that haven't heard of THE God.

2 hours ago, Ukulelemike said:

I wasn't saying they ARE true: I was using them as further examples like the Catholic use of tradition as being equal to/superior to scripture. I don't suspect much if any is true, especially since the LORD Himself told the Jews NOT to add nor take from the written word He gave to Moses, yet in their rabbinic texts, Mishna, Talmud, etc, they did just that.

 

I believe today the Lord has given believers three tools for Christian growth and maturity: The written word of God, the local church (the preaching of the word of God), and the Spirit of God. All three are necessary to properly grow as a child of God; if we willingly reject to do even one, while using the other two, (no church, just read and pray), one will fall into apostasy, or at least, cease from growing. 

Now, in cases where one cannot utilize all three, (no {good} churches around, in prison, limited access to scripture, etc), then God will bless what we CAN do, if we DO it. But if we have all three, then we need to use all three.  

  Many people today have learned of Jesus from a preacher, Granny, best friend, spouse, etc.  & have been saved without even reading a Bible. But the ULTIMATE source those people have employed has been Scripture.

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13 hours ago, robycop3 said:

  Ah, but such manifestation tells people there IS a God, but nothing about THE God. However, God said he counted the good deeds & intent of such people as righteousness. But there are very few people in the world today that haven't heard of THE God.

Why are you picking on this one scripture that I posted? What about the others?

13 hours ago, robycop3 said:

  Ah, but such manifestation tells people there IS a God, but nothing about THE God.

That IS NOT what the scripture says...is says quite the opposite.

Romans 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

Looks to me as though that...which...may...be...known  OF  God is manifest in them...NOT the knowledge that there is a God. What can be known of God? A lot.

How did that which may be known OF God manifest IN them? Did they read scripture? It doesn't say, does it? I will assume that this is referring to Gentiles since Paul is writing to the Romans. Did the Gentiles have scripture? No. All that it says (in verse 21) is that at one time, they knew God. How? God showed them...that's how. How did he show them? Verse 20...that's how. They knew his eternal power and Godhead. Sounds like a lot more than just knowing that there is a God...

...and they are without excuse.**

** Now explain that away.

 

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2 hours ago, No Nicolaitans said:

Why are you picking on this one scripture that I posted? What about the others?

That IS NOT what the scripture says...is says quite the opposite.

Romans 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

Looks to me as though that...which...may...be...known  OF  God is manifest in them...NOT the knowledge that there is a God. What can be known of God? A lot.

How did that which may be known OF God manifest IN them? Did they read scripture? It doesn't say, does it? I will assume that this is referring to Gentiles since Paul is writing to the Romans. Did the Gentiles have scripture? No. All that it says (in verse 21) is that at one time, they knew God. How? God showed them...that's how. How did he show them? Verse 20...that's how. They knew his eternal power and Godhead. Sounds like a lot more than just knowing that there is a God...

...and they are without excuse.**

** Now explain that away.

 

EASY !

  Ever seen any ancient writings from such people that, not having been preached to by a missionary of God's, written about THE God?  Did any pre-missionary American Indians ever speak of Him ?

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49 minutes ago, robycop3 said:

EASY !

  Ever seen any ancient writings from such people that, not having been preached to by a missionary of God's, written about THE God?  Did any pre-missionary American Indians ever speak of Him ?

That's not what it says...

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