Sola Scriptura

Latin meaning “The Scriptures alone.”  Is the doctrine that the Bible contains all knowledge necessary for salvation and holiness.  Consequently, sola scriptura demands only those doctrines to be admitted or confessed that are found directly within or indirectly by using valid logical deduction or valid deductive reasoning from scripture, and no other source.  However, sola scriptura is not a denial of other authorities governing Christian life and devotion.  Rather, it simply demands that all other authorities are subordinate to, and are to be corrected by, the written word of God, whenever necessary.  Sola scriptura was a foundational doctrinal principle of the Protestant Reformation held by the Reformers and is a formal principle of Protestantism today.  Beyond the Reformation, as in some Evangelical and Baptist denominations, sola scriptura is stated even more strongly: it is self-authenticating, clear (perspicuous) to the rational reader, its own interpreter (“Scripture interprets Scripture”), and sufficient of itself to be the final authority of Christian doctrine without the necessity of creed, tradition, or confession.