Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Godfrey on The Roman Catholic Canon Argument

"Let us look at the church further by raising a related issue: the canon of Scripture. Romanists will try to make much of the issue of the canon. They will tell you that the Bible alone cannot be our authority because the Bible does not tell us what books are in the Bible. They will argue that the church must tell us what books are in the Bible. When they say the church tells us, they mean popes and councils must tell us. This implies that we did not have a Bible until Pope Damasus offered a list of the canon in 382, or, perhaps, until 1546 when the Council of Trent became the first “ecumenical”council to define the canon. But of course the people of God had the Bible before 1546 and before 382."

- Dr. W. Robert Godfrey, from Chapter One in Sola Scriptura: The Protestant Position on the Bible, Edited by Don Kistler. Published by Soli Deo Gloria Publications. (Click the link at the right for more info, or to purchase the book).

This chapter can be found online here.