- Sola Fide, by faith alone.
- Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone.
- Solus Christus, through Christ alone.
- Sola Gratia, by grace alone.
- Soli Deo Gloria, glory to God alone.
The Reformation brought about a different thinking about the Scriptures then what was done before Luther’s time. Tradition and the Pope were considered authorities. In other words, what the Pope decreed was the truth. No matter that he is a human like you and me. Luther was against this and said that Scripture alone was the only authority that we needed to live by. Below is a portion of the speech that Luther gave at the Diet of Worms in 1521. This counsel of the Church was trying to get Luther to recant the 95 thesis and other writings:
Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not retract anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience…. May God help me. Amen.
After Luther declared this he was considered a heretic and the church wanted him jailed and punished.
It saddens my heart to see that today, people set aside what the Bible says, going their own way and thinking that it doesn’t matter. The Scriptures are the Word of God and in them is all instruction for life. We all should read more of it.