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Anti-Sola Scriptura Arguments Refuted

Anti-Sola Scriptura Arguments Refuted

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Anti-Sola Scriptura Arguments Refuted:
"David A. Barrett's book, World Christian Encyclopedia, says that there are30,000 denominations that use sola Scriptura. Obviously using the Bible only doesn'twork, we need tradition, since there is only one Catholic church!"
TRUTH:
Any Traditionalist who misusesDavid Barrett's datain this way is either dishonest or ignorant. Barrett's data leads us to conclude that there are in fact 30 Roman Catholic denominations and41 different Orthodox denominations and only 27 "Protestant" denominations and 185 "Independent"denominations. Obviously then, using tradition is not the answer. Further, very few churches in theworld actually use sola Scriptura!
"There are 30,000 denominations that use sola Scriptura. Obviously using theBible only doesn't work, we need tradition!"
"Sola Scriptura leads todoctrinal anarchy, which is further reason why you need aninfallible authority. Look at all of these Protestant denominations, 30,000 of them the lasttime I checked. How do you know you're in the correct church?" (Staples/Latar debate onsola Scriptura, Apolonio Latar, Catholic defender, 2002)"First, itresults in hermeneutical anarchy. The fact that hundreds of denominations, each professing to derive its teaching by means of the Holy Spirit's guidance from "Scripturealone,"cannot agree even on the fundamentals of the faith, such as the meaning of baptismor the Lord's Supper or even the means of salvation, constitutes a powerful prima facie caseagainst it. ... sola Scriptura has resulted in denominational factionalism. It has spawnedthousands of denominations, and sects and cults and conventicles. According to the OxfordEncyclopedia of World Christianity, published in 1982, there are more than 28,000recognizable denominations of Christianity. (Philip Blosser, Philosophical and PracticalProblems with Sola Scriptura, 1998)"The absurdity of this claim [sola Scriptura] is clearly evidenced by the multitude of conflicting interpretations that the thousands of Protestant denominations give to particular 
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 biblical passages." (THE WAY: What Every Protestant Should Know About the OrthodoxChurch, Clark Carlton, 1997, p 100)True Sola Scriptura leads to perfect unity! Oral traditions and creeds cause division!
A. Analysis of Table 1-5 to calculate the number of Roman Catholic and Orthodoxdenominations:
1.Barrett lists intable 1-5, 25 Orthodox traditions inside the Orthodox church and 22 RomanCatholic traditions inside the Roman Catholic church. Add the 16 Orthodox traditions and 8Roman Catholic traditions in the "Independent" category, and you of have a grand total of 41different Orthodox denominations and 30 Roman Catholic denominations.2.As you can see, religious division within Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches is about equalwith others.3.Whereas Traditionalists will claim they are "one" and Protestants are divided into manydenominations, we can now see where they got that claim, and why it is so wrong!4.As you will see, the 30,000 to 1 ratio spouted by traditionalists is way off. You will see, there areabout as many different types of Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches as there are Protestant!They are equally divided!5.We also note that the majority of the 209 "Independent" traditions are Pentecostal/Charismatictype churches who do not use sola Scriptura to determine doctrine. There are an additional 24traditions of Roman Catholic and Orthodox within the "independent" category. This means that of the 209 Independent sects listed, 24 are from the traditions of Roman Catholic and Orthodox!6.Final numbers: Barrett's data leads us to conclude that there are 30 Roman Catholic denominationsand 41 different Orthodox denominations. This means that the worship, doctrine and liturgy has30 Roman Catholic variations and 41 Orthodox variations, not to mention the fact that Catholicand Orthodox are divided against themselves. Obviously, oral tradition is not a reliable method of determining truth. Sola Scriptura is the only method that can work.
B. Assessments and comments:
1.Roman Catholic's and Orthodox should cast no stones at the religious division of Protestants,since there are between 30-410 Roman Catholic denominations and between 41-1302 Orthodoxdenominations. (Depending how your count them: see conclusions.)2."Oral tradition leads to doctrinal anarchy, which is further reason why you need to use solaScriptura. Look at all of these Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox denominations, no less than71 of them the last time I checked. How do Catholics and Orthodox know you're in the correctchurch?" Which of the 71 "oral traditions" is the true one?3.There are over 142 different Roman Catholic and Orthodox denominations. This fact will come asa shock to most Catholics and Orthodox believers. We suggest you write your leaders and tell
Refutation of the false Roman Catholic and Orthodoxargument:
"There are 30,000 denominations that use sola Scriptura. Obviously usingthe Bible only doesn't work, we need tradition!"Page 2 of 10True Sola Scriptura leads to perfect unity! Oral traditions and creeds cause division!4/8/2012http://www.bible.ca/sola-scriptura-anti-refuted-division.htm
 
them to stop using the "division" argument against sola Scriptura because it comes back and bitesyou!4.This is a case of blind hypocrisy because not only are the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches bitterly divided against themselves, there are also more than 30 different Catholic denominationsand41Orthodox denominations. Both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches made theidentical claim that they have the true apostolic church tradition yet they differ so much indoctrine and liturgy, that they are not even "in fellowship" with each other. Obviously then, usingtradition creates just as many different doctrines as Protestant churches.5.Roman Catholic and Orthodox tradition defenders are merely highlighting thefailure of creedalism, not true sola Scriptura. The reasons these "Sola Scriptura churches" differ in doctrine,is because they truly are not using the Bible alone, but use creeds like traditionalists.6.Many churches that claim to use the Bible alone, in fact do not. So the Roman Catholic andOrthodox observation that "sola Scriptura churches" differ in doctrine is invalid because they arenot really "sola Scriptura" churches since they use creeds, councils and statements of faith inaddition to the Bible to determine doctrine. We call them pseudo-Sola Scriptura churches.7."Pseudo-Sola Scriptura" churches that claim such "personal illumination" differ as greatly in their doctrine, as the "Anti-Sola Scriptura" do in regards to their tradition. So Roman Catholic andOrthodox defenders need find another line of reasoning that makes no reference to "guidance fromthe Holy Spirit to understand the Bible alone". We reject this as a false doctrine, as much as papalinfallibility.8.Soanti-sola Scripturachurches like Roman Catholic and Orthodox differ with each other for exactly the same reason pseudo-Sola Scripturachurches: They both use human creeds asstandards of doctrine.9.Further, these Protestants are protesting the Catholic and Orthodox system. Obviously God did notsee fit to give Rome or Constantinople any supremacy, otherwise they would not be protested somuch. The fact that there is protest on this kind of universal protest on such a large scale provessomething is very wrong. This failure is highlighted by the fact that the Orthodox church rejectedthe Roman church's claim for world domination. The East (Orthodox) basically told the bishop of Rome, "It has never been this way, why should we start now!"10.Amazing Catholics claim the are the true church and Orthodox is the denomination, and theOrthodox say that they are the true church and the Roman Catholic is the denomination, yet bothclaim apostolic succession and oral tradition. Both are wrong, only through scripture can you haveunity!11.The following table is taken from David B. Barrett's World Christian Encyclopedia: AComparative Survey of Churches and Religions in the Modern World, 2001, p 14-15.
C. Table 1-3 Organized Christianity: Global totals in 1995 AD
 Note: Denomination is defined in Barrett's book, as an organization within a single country. This meansthat if the Roman Catholic church is in 234 countries, it would have a at least 234 denominations listed.Conversely, To say the Roman Catholic church has 239 denominations in 234 countries, is a conclusionthat seriously misreads the data. On the other hand, the fact that there are 8848 denominations in theProtestant column, does not mean there are 8848 Protestant denominations as Catholics suggest. If youdivide 8848 by the 237 countries, you come up with a figure of only actual 37 denominations in 237countries. This calculation (8848/237 = 37) is close the real figure because table 1-5, lists 27 distinctProtestant traditions. We have taken the liberty of adding a new "sects" column below which is a moreaccurate picture of actual denominations.
Table 1-3
 
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