Dear Enemies of Sola Scriptura

Keith Mathison | October 24, 2016


The first recorded words of the serpent were “Did God really say?” (Gen. 3:1). This question was designed to instill doubt and uncertainty about the trustworthiness and authority of God’s words. God had spoken clearly to our first parents; they were obliged to believe and obey. Then the serpent appeared, and the authority of God’s word was his first target.

The enemy has never stopped attacking that target; indeed, he continues to this day. He wants to undermine our trust in the authority of God’s word.

Once we understand this strategy, we realize the battle for the Bible isn’t a modern phenomenon. It’s part of a battle stretching back to Eden. This battle has manifested itself in different ways throughout history. In the Middle Ages, it took the form of an attack on the sufficiency and clarity of Scripture. Today it largely centers on ways of thinking that arose during the Enlightenment. And the question is no longer simply “Is the Bible true,” but also “Is the Bible good?”

In whatever form the battle appears, Christians must enlist.

Another Bible Book? 

Among the most recent attempts to explain and defend the authority of Scripture is Matthew Barrett’s God’s Word Alone: The Authority of Scripture, which focuses on sola Scriptura


To read the rest of this article, visit https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/book-reviews-gods-word-alone.