From the Pastor’s Desk

Scripture Alone

Once someone asked St. Augustine (354-430 AD), who was a bishop in North Africa, what God was doing before He created the heavens and the earth. Augustine quipped, “Making hell for those who ask such questions.” What Augustine meant is that we shouldn’t try to determine things or speculate about things God hasn’t revealed. We are to just stick with Scripture. Speculation and attempts to pry into matters that God hasn’t revealed can quickly lead one astray from sound doctrine.

In a similar way, Luther spoke of those who tried to speculate about things God hasn’t revealed. He said that such people were attempting to climb up into heaven to find out the mysteries that God has left hidden from us. He warned that people who do this may stumble and fall, “breaking their necks in the process” (fall into false doctrine and unbelief).

Lutheran pastors and theologians are taught not to go beyond Scripture. That is, we are to teach only what Scripture itself teaches, and not add to it or detract from it. There are some questions that Scripture doesn’t answer. Why is there evil in the world? Why are some saved and not others? Scripture doesn’t answer all our questions on these matters, and rather than speculate about them, it is better to just stick with what Scripture does reveal and accept it by faith, leaving the unanswered questions to God.

This is one aspect of the doctrine of Scripture Alone, sola Scriptura. Lutherans are people of the Word; that is, we teach Scripture, believe it and confess it, neither adding to it nor detracting from it. We listen to what John said in Revelation 22:18-19: 18“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, 19and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.”

In Christ,

Rev. David L. Putz, Pastor
Holy Cross Lutheran Church (LCMS)
Crawfordsville, Indiana

Good things are happening at Holy Cross!  Praise God for that.  When we keep Word and Sacrament ministry at the heart of what we do, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is sown.  As we share the Word, God gives the growth and we rejoice as humble stewards of the God who changes lives and hearts.  Help us always, Lord, to keep Your Word at the center of our life together under your Holy Cross!

Please continue to pray for our congregation and each other.  Don’t forget to visit our church website www.holycross-crawfordsville.org to find links for all our services on YouTube.