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BACK TO THE FOUNTAIN OF OUR FAITH.

It is one thing to see the right hand bottom corner of our Website always reflecting the same message, either in Latyn or in English. Why is it so important, that we chose to put it under the title "the fountain of our faith". In simple terms, what does it mean and where does it come from?

I promise to do a 5 week series on this, but in the meantime the following should suffice.

The "five solas" is a term used to designate five great foundational rallying cries of the Protestant Reformers. They are as follows: Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone); Sola Gratia (Grace Alone); Sola Fide (Faith Alone); Solus Christus (Christ Alone); and Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone Be Glory).

These "five solas" were developed in response to specific perversions of the truth that were taught by the corrupt Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Church taught that the foundation for faith and practice was a combination of the scriptures, sacred tradition, and the teachings of the magisterium and the pope; but the Reformers said, "No, our foundation is Scripture alone (sola scriptura)".

The Catholic Church taught that we are saved through a combination of God's grace, the merits that we accumulate through penance and good works, and the superfluity of merits that the saints before us accumulated; the reformers responded, "Grace Alone (sola gratia)".

 

The Catholic Church taught that we are justified by faith and the works that we produce, which the righteousness that God infuses in us through faith brings about. The reformers responded, "No, we are justified by faith alone" (Sola Fide), which lays hold of the alien righteousness of Christ that God freely credits to the account of those who believe.

The Catholic Church taught that we are saved by the merits of Christ and the saints, and that we approach God through Christ, the saints, and Mary, who all pray and intercede for us. The Reformers responded, "No, we are saved by the merits of Christ Alone (Solus Christus), and we come to God through Christ Alone".

The Catholic Church adhered to what Martin Luther called the "theology of glory" (in opposition to the "theology of the cross"), in which the glory for a sinner's salvation could be attributed partly to Christ, partly to Mary and the saints, and partly to the sinner himself. The reformers responded, "No, the only true gospel is that which gives all glory to God alone (Soli Deo Gloria), as is taught in the scriptures."

Today, the Catholic Church teaches the same essential perversions of truth; and much of Protestantism has seen a regress to many of the same corruptions, in many circles and denominations. It is a pressing need for Christians everywhere to reaffirm and champion anew the "five solas" which underlay and gave impetus to the Protestant Reformation.

So, we will get to it in a five sermon series here at Logos because I believe that these doctrines are sadly forgotten or neglected. In actual fact, these doctrines are the foundational truths of the gospel and until we see them restored we will not know the power of renewal that is so desperately needed in our churches.

These five doctrines are stronger than all man can put together in an effort to bring the church of Christ to Spiritual renewal. Big budgets, big programmes and big attendances will not do it. The only way to purify the church is not through man made ideas or more laws and abounding in legalism. During the Reformation they said that we need to get back to "et font", or in plain common English "back to the fountain".

Let's face it to quote another Latin phrase "A fonte puro pura defluit aqua". Thanks to the internet I know what it means. It is very simple. "It is only from a clear fountain that clear water flows". Let's make sure that our fountain is clear.