Back in the First Century, Jesus and His apostles established certain timeless doctrines that through the years became infiltrated with blatant heresy and gross hypocrisy.
In the guise of godliness, the resulting selfish practices turned the church into everything but the God-glorifying bride that Christ intended. The Bible had been relegated to a secondary work whose proper place was unopened and on a dust-collecting shelf. The dominant Catholic church had become corrupt and utterly pharisaical.
It wasn’t until the great European reformers of the Sixteenth Century began to protest the beliefs and practices of the Catholic church that a return to the Truth occurred—outside the church. It became known in history as the Protestant Reformation. Hence, the rapid growth of protesters later called “Protestants.”
Abandoned principles that God had prescribed were re-born. The call back to Truth was centered on five non-bending doctrines later called “the five battle cries of the Reformation.”
These five doctrines:
Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone)
The Bible alone teaches all that is necessary for our salvation from sin. It is the standard by which all Christian behavior must be measured.
Solus Christus (because of Christ alone)
Our salvation is accomplished by the mediation work of Jesus Christ alone. His sinless life and substitutionary death alone are sufficient for our justification and reconciliation to the Father.
Sola Gratia (by grace alone)
In salvation we are rescued from God’s wrath by His grace alone. God’s spontaneous and unmerited favor is granted through the calling and regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, who releases us from our willful bondage to sin and enables us to repent and believe in Christ.
Sola Fide (through faith alone)
Justification is by grace alone through faith alone. It can never be the reward or result of human works or merit, nor does it grow out of an infusion of Christ’s righteousness.
Soli Deo Gloria (for the glory of God alone)
God glorifies Himself in all that He does. Therefore we should acknowledge His highest purpose and live for His glory alone.
—Pastor Jerry Schaeffer