End note

I said earlier that there was nothing wrong with Rhodes' logic at first glance. But if you look deeper, you can see there is really a problem with it. He is saying everything in the bible is true, therefore it is the final authority. This is an invalid conclusion; it is a fallacy known as a non sequitur, which means not following.

"Because Scripture is inspired and inerrant, it alone has final authority." Ron Rhodes

How do you get from it being true to concluding that it is the final authority. All that does is prove the bible is a true and accurate authority. Not a final authority. So in this case of faulty logic. It's unscriptural too.

When the bible says 'the law' it is speaking of itself as the written word. Then we can easily show that the bible itself tells us that it is only an intermediate authority.

Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Christ is our final authority. Since we have mentioned that the word must be 'mixed with faith', consider the role faith plays as you look at the larger context of this quote.

Galatians 3:23-25

23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Galatians 5 says nearly the same thing.

Galatians 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

Sola Scriptura Not!

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