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The Five Solas

The following are the “Sola” slogans of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century in

Europe.  These doctrines are not only the defining principles of the Reformation, they’re also

a good summary of biblical Christianity:

Sola Scriptura

“Scripture Alone”

All that we need to know in order to be saved and to know and serve God is contained in the Bible alone (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

Sola Gratia

“Grace Alone”

God saves sinners based only on His undeserved mercy and favor, not based on what they do or deserve (Eph. 2:8-9).

Sola Fide

“Faith Alone”

God saves sinners through the instrumentality of faith in Jesus Christ, apart from any human activity of any kind (Gal. 2:16).

Solus Christus

“Christ Alone”

All of the merit that we need to be accepted by God is found in Jesus Christ, not in angels, saints, sacraments, the church, ourselves, or any other creature (1 Cor. 1:30).

Soli Deo Gloria

“The Glory of God Alone”

The purpose of every person, place, thing, and event in all of creation, including human salvation, is to display God’s glory, not to magnify any mere creature in any way (Rom. 11:36).

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