Friday, April 22, 2005

Reformation!

Having chatted a little with Cat yesterday about church history and the reformation, less coherently than I'd have liked, I thought I'd pop up the five solas - the great convictions of the reformers.

Given what happened with the Charles Simeon quote last week then maybe this has the potential kick off some discussion... This stuff is packed with life!
Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone is the Standard
Sola Fides – Justification by Faith Alone
Sola Gratia – Salvation by Grace Alone
Solus Christus – By Christ's Work Alone are we Saved
Soli Deo Gloria – For the Glory of God Alone
When I think about these things they capture the heart of what the Bible speaks of. But then I'm not sure whether they dominate our contemporary Christianity - but I long to see them do so.
Do we hunger for God's written work or prefer Sola Strategy?
Do we love justification by faith or are we Sola Guilt-trips?
Are we celebrators of the doctrines of grace or Sola Try Harder?
Do we make much of Christ's finished work or are we Sola Effort?
And does he look big in us, or is it Sola About Me?

1 comment:

  1. I realise that I was responsible for generating most of the heat of discussion, but I'm sure you don't mind a little debating. If not, you can always block me ;)

    The whole sola thing has not really struck my imagination as all that wonderful. Just goes to show how funny are my protestant genes! Maybe if I took them as a starting point to faith, it would provide a helpful beginning from which to explore. But I fear a few people take them as in some way the 'essence' of things, a message to fall back on and repeat ad nauseam - in which case they just deaden religion to me.

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