- A doctrine cannot be required to be believed that is not EXPLICITLY found in Scripture.
- Nothing can be done without the warrant of Scripture. (We can't sit in chairs during worship- where is that in the Bible?)
- Traditions and Creeds of the Church are not important because the Bible is all that matters.
“A number of points bring out the importance of the sola scriptura principle. First, the Reformers insisted that the authority of the popes, counsels, and theologians is subordinate to that of Scripture. This is not necessarily to say that they have no authority… the Reformers allowed certain councils and theologians of the patristic era genuine authority in matters of doctrine. It is to say however, that such authority is derived from Scripture, and is thus subordinate to Scripture. Luther tends to defend the sola scriptura principle by emphasizing the confusion and incoherence of medieval theology, whereas Calvin and Melanchthon argue that the best catholic theology supports their view on the priority of Scripture.”