More on the Canon Issue and Sola Scriptura

Continuation of previous article from May 27, 2021.

Ignorance of early church history, the doctrine of the Trinity, and the theology and background of the inspiration(God-breathed quality of) and dating and existence of the Scriptures and; then, the process of the discovery of the books, which led to the list of the canon of Scripture is great among modern Evangelicals. It is very important for Evangelical Protestants to get a handle on early Church History, and the Canon of Scripture and how that relates to defense of Sola Scriptura and apologetics.

Many people are being deceived by Roman Catholic arguments and Eastern Orthodox arguments against Sola Scriptura and Protestant faith as a whole, by using the issue of the Canon of Scripture and early church history and how the early church went through a process of recognizing and sifting and discerning what writings that already existed in the first century, were truly “God-breathed” (inspired the moment that they were written, and therefore “canon” (standard, rule, criterion, principle, law; something by which to measure everything else by) as soon as they were written.

“As soon as they were written” (R. C. Sproul, see previous article) – As James White has written, “the canon is an artifact of revelation” (Scripture Alone, p. 102-103) = the canon list is an evidence / proof of the revelation that took place earlier. When a book was revelation and God-breathed, it automatically was canon at that point. But the process of discovering and discerning that humanly speaking took time in history. (persecution in the first 3 centuries, the nature of scrolls vs. codex, difficulty of travel and communication; the Romans burned many NT manuscripts in the early centuries, especially in the great persecution that started under Emperor Diocletian in 303-312 AD. That is why James White’s distinction between “Canon 1” (inspiration, existence, revelation, God-breathed quality) and “canon 2” (the list of the 27 books of the NT and 39 of the OT) is important for Protestants to grasp. (see his books in my article and also debates vs. Roman Catholics over the years and blog articles and Dividing Line programs for the past over 30 years, at

God gave revelation to Jesus’ apostles (Peter, John, Matthew, Paul) and their companions who wrote for them (“amanuenses” are ancient “secretaries” who had authority to translate, and correct grammar and write in their own style – Silvanus for Peter in 1 Peter 5:12; Tertius for Paul in Romans 16:22; the books such as the gospel according to Mark for Peter, Luke’s 2 books, under the Apostle Paul’s authority, the writer of Hebrews was probably Barnabas (Levite, Acts 4:36; “son of encouragement”, called an Apostle with Paul in Acts 14:4, 14); (or Hebrews may be Luke writing in higher eloquence Greek for one of Paul’s sermons), James and Jude were half-brothers of Jesus.) Please see my article for details.

Please read the previous article below (May 27, 2021) and do the research and read and study the many books that are available from a believing Protestant Sola Scriptura Perspective. Also, there are many other posts here on the Canon Issue, the early church, and Sola Scriptura. (click on the relevant categories)

About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
This entry was posted in Apologetics, Canon of Scripture, church history, early church history, Eastern Orthodoxy, Rod Bennett, Roman Catholic False Doctrines, Roman Catholicism, Sola Scriptura. Bookmark the permalink.