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72 - Why Scripture Alone?

Must you bow to the authority of a church's leaders to interpret the Bible for you, and permit them to add their alleged revelations to it?

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Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God. Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations - "Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle," which all concern things which perish with the using - according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh. (Colossians 2:18-23)

...knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:20-21)

Romanism, Mormonism, and other false religions tell us that you cannot read and interpret the Bible for yourself. You must bow to the authority of their leaders to interpret the Bible for you, and you must permit them to add their alleged revelations to the Bible. But what does God's Word say about this? Why does authentic Christianity declare the authority of Scripture alone? Stay tuned for the answers, as we continue our study of Colossians chapter two.

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