The Book of Job

As I recall, in the last chapter of the Book of Job, God says to Job (paraphrased) “Tell your friends that I am angry with them for they spoke of me incorrectly.” Now what those friends said are verses in the Book of Job and therefore verses in the Bible. Therefore God himself states that there is error in the Bible. Add this to II Peter’s Epistle 3:16

As also in all his (Paul’s) epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

This verse obviously means that not everyone can interpret scripture and not all scripture is profitable (when it is twisted and distorted in a manner that leads to a person’s destruction.)

Also consider the Ethopian eunich reading Isaiah in his chariot

Philip has come up on this complete stranger on this desert road and asks if the eunuch comprehends what he is reading.

The eunuch answers:

How can I, except some man should guide me?

The above points refute Martin Luther’s notion that : … authentication of scripture was governed by the discernible excellence of the text as well as the personal witness of the Holy Spirit to the heart of each man.

Furthermore, per sola scriptura, the relationship of Scriptural authority to pastoral care was well exampled by the Westminster Confession of Faith which stated:

VII. All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all; yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed, for salvation, are so clearly propounded and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them.


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