A common theme in Southern Baptist Churches today is “Sola Scriptura.” Sola Scriptura is Greek for “Scripture alone.” The idea is that the Bible alone is enough. No other text is needed. Well, that doesn’t always work.
One email I had received from my former pastor was him asking me why I did not consult him or some well-studied theologian when I encountered questions with the New Testament. He believed that someone out there could explain the text, why they were changed, and how the Holy Spirit had permission to do such.
What about Sola Scriptura?
We have this perfect, infallible, inerrant book, yet we are to consult modern-day theologians to explain away problems, and contradictions? Isn’t that what Martin Luther fought against? He believed the common man should be able to read the Scriptures for himself without priests telling him what Scripture said.
That should still be the case today. If this book is error free and perfect, our questions should be able to be answered within the text itself.
I tried to be patient with the pastor. This man played a very important role in our family for years. He was a friend and he meant well. I kept communication open for a while. We emailed about Isaiah 7 and other Old Testament prophecies. But then, he finally admitted he was not an Old Testament scholar and that if I wanted to discuss things with him, I just needed to read the Gospels and focus on the claims of Jesus.
I was deeply saddened by those words. I sobbed and sobbed. I was deeply saddened because this man was leading my husband and essentially my children further down the path of idolatry.
Edit: In response to a comment below, the path to idolatry would be worshiping someone other than Yahweh, the one true God of Israel.