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Monday, March 21, 2016
SCRIPTURES ALONE ARE THE SUPREME JUDGE OF CONTROVERSY
SCRIPTURES ALONE ARE THE SUPREME JUDGE OF CONTROVERSY. “IX. (2) The practice of Christ and his apostles confirms this for in the controversies of faith they appeal to the Scriptures (Mt.4.4, 6-7; 22.29; Jn.5.39; 10.34-35; Acts 17.2, 11; 18.28; 26.22) and profess to know nothing beside Moses and the prophets (Lk.24.44; Acts 26.22). Peter compares the word to a heavenly vision, as a more sure word (logon bebaeioteron), whereunto we do well to take heed (2 Pet1.19), nothing at all being said about his own privilege or of papal infallibility. The Bereans are commended (acts 17.11) for comparing what they heard with the rule of the Scriptures, not consulting any oracle of infallibility. On the contrary, the Pharisees and Sadducees are condemned because they departed from them (Mt.15.3; 22.29)." Turretin, Francis. "The Institutes of Elenctic Theology." Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 1992. I.156.