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Our church - the whole Word of Faith group - teach to cross reference and word meaning research for Biblical interpretation as apposed to appeals to authority or logic/reasoning.

All doctrines, traditions and inventions of theology are supposed to have an exact basis in multiple scriptures and important doctrines should have chapters, or they (the doctrines and interpretation of scriptures not the scripture itself) are considered fallible at best and potentially invalid because of the lack of exegesis given by the scripture. Practices and implementations are guided by the Holy Spirit and need not be listed exactly in scripture.

Some doctrines are given preference and priority because they occur in the New Testament frequently or are used with endearing words like the greatest commandment for believers is the Love commandment the the gospel is commanded to the unsaved. 2Ti 3:14 Act 17:30 Mat 22:37 Mat 18:16 2Co 13:1 Rom 1:17 Mar 4:24

My question is: are there any other Sola Scriptura that go this far in the past or in the present besides us.

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Could you elaborate on the scriptures you've posted? It's unclear why you chose each particular scripture. –  David Morton Mar 19 '13 at 11:47
2Ti 3:14-15 were selected because its a sola scriptura scripture: the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. –  caseyr547 Mar 20 '13 at 0:40
Acts 17:30 was selected because the gospel command to the unsaved is to repent: commandeth all men every where to repent –  caseyr547 Mar 20 '13 at 0:41
Mat 22:36 was selected as it is Jesus describing the commandment to the believer the greatest commandment the Love commandment: Master, which is the great commandment in the law? –  caseyr547 Mar 20 '13 at 0:42
2Co 13:1 is the chapter dedicated to the Love commandment –  caseyr547 Mar 20 '13 at 0:43

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What you’re describing is the basic attitude of many Protestant churches and particularly the reformers and Puritans. However many of these would not think your ‘Word of Faith’ movement has a similar sincere attitude.

For example her is a quote from John Owen, a leading Calvinist in the 17th century.

Those who are called by the state of their flocks to engage sometimes in the exposition of abstruse and mysterious passages of Scripture, may do well to observe the ensuing rules, all which may be evidently gathered from the way and manner of our apostle’s treating concerning Melchisedec and his office:—(1.) That their interpretations be openly and evidently conformable to the analogy of faith. To search after new opinions in, or to found new or peculiar doctrines on, abstruse and mystical passages of Scripture, is a pestilent curiosity. (2.) That the exposition of them be necessary from present circumstances, which are principally two:—[1.] That the things contained in them do belong unto some important truth, which is plainly declared for the substance of it in other places, although from them it may receive light and illustration. (Owen, J. (1854). Vol. 21: An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews, Volume 4 (W. H. Goold, Ed.). Works of John Owen (552). Edinburgh: Johnstone and Hunter.)

The basic idea is that it is the duty of every minister to stick to the most open absolute and obvious doctrines of the Bible, and not to engage is minor curiosities for such careless feeding of the church is a great evil. The principal mysteries of the gospel concern the person, offices, and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. (person; 1 Tim. 3:16, work and office; Phil. 2:7–11 & grace, Eph. 3:8–11). For a minister not to focus on these plain and weighty doctrines is to waste the gifts and calling which they claim to have.

Now in the case that you mention the ‘Word of Faith’ movement I looked it up and am assuming it is as described by the wiki article. If this is true I am pretty sure many churches, would think your group is only claiming to be 'Sola Scriptural' but by espousing some of the prosperity gospel has in fact fallen into great error and opposed the clear central teaching of the scripture on that subject.

What I am saying is Yes, in theory many Protestants are 'Sola Scripture' to the max. However in practice, they would not think the 'Word of Faith' movement is. It still comes down to the exegesis of what that Sola Scripture is fundamentally saying. I for one like the introduction you make in theory and would say that best describes my own practice.

Note: I apologize if I have made an error in thinking 'Word of Faith' is basically that described in the wiki article. I would have to delete my answer if this is the case.

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Hi Mike for the unbeliever the emphasis of scripture is put on what Jesus did certainly but for the believer the emphasis of scripture is placed rather on what we should do for and in Jesus and what Jesus will do through us. –  caseyr547 Mar 19 '13 at 10:53
Your interpretation of the wiki article is fine what i would expect. Biblical prosperity means a full supply. Most people don't understand that the reason for the prosperity scriptures in the Bible is to advance the kingdom of God and then so you can enjoy life serving the Master. People are the true riches of this world and having more money means affecting more for Christ. Prosper, joy, enjoy, rich, supply, reap, glory are all big Bible words. Even the alabaster box is called central and we are commanded to do likewise. Helping poor rather than staying poor is central to the gospel. 2Co 6:10 –  caseyr547 Mar 19 '13 at 11:34
@caseyr547 - I leave the prosperity doctrine as another question. However, I think the simple facts is many of the greatest Christians died poor and early in life. All we have to do is get our cue from the Apostles. Of course the flesh would rather live like Kings and not suffer like Christ, but that is clearly not God's will for many of us. I think if somehow we maintain this realism we are not flying into the face of opposing scripture. It's important to keep it real and not create carnal fantasies. I know fantasies are appealing to me and my lusts, no doubt,but I am a huge sinner ;) Cheers –  Mike Mar 19 '13 at 11:57
@caseyr547 I'd encourage you to research the word "gospel", and what it means. The traditional understanding of 2 Cor 6:10 is that Paul was poor in worldly possessions, but gave riches to many via sharing the Gospel, otherwise, how was he poor? Also, if gaining riches is central to the Gospel, then what does that mean for Jesus, who was homeless? Look up James 2:5, Matt 19:24, Mark 13:41-44, Luke 12:33, Rev 3:17, 1 Timothy 6:10, Matt 6:24, James 5:1, James 1:10-11 and more. This is something to be extremely careful about. openbible.info/topics/rich_people –  David Morton Mar 19 '13 at 11:58
@caseyr547 - It goes without saying the Apostles were our example, so their experience is part of our sola scripture. There are many scriptures that back up the Apostles examples. "Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. (1 Peer 4:1)". I suppose I should give you the last word, so feel free if you like. Anything more should bring us into a chat room and I would be available later on if you like. I do not judge you as I myself got sucked into similar beliefs very early in my christian life. –  Mike Mar 19 '13 at 12:55

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