Ninety-five Theses by Martin Luther

Sola Scriptura Sadducees

The Sadducees, “a group notorious for its refusal to acknowledge the binding validity of any religious custom not explicitly ordained in Scripture” (Oxford Study Bible, page 123), remind me of Protestant evangelicals in this respect.

That’s ironic, because those same evangelicals talk about the Sadducees in Sunday School with repugnance. I don’t remember being told as a child why the Sadducees were wrong. Could it be in part because of their sola scriptura stance?

That’s a silly question. In any case, limiting the possibilities of your practice to what happens to have been written down by others who observed no such limitation is like … I don’t know. Nonsensical.