I am passionate about the primacy of God's Word. Over the past few days I have been thinking again about how incredibly important it is that our theology and doctrine be driven by scripture alone. If I have a "hill on which to die" it would be the innerancy and sufficiency of scripture. Having said that, I am somewhat discouraged by the cacophony of opinions that continuously reverberate through the halls of the blog world that are so often supported by tradition or history to a much greater extent than by scripture alone. I won't elaborate the point much as I'm working on a bit of a research/writing project that I've been wanting to tackle for sometime. In my studies, however, I have come across the following quote that comes from quite possibly the greatest of all proponents of "Sola Scriptura", Martin Luther. It is, of course, one of the more well known statement Luther ever made, but it still speaks much more clearly and effectively than anything I could probably say.
"Unless therefore I am convinced by the testimony of Scripture, or by the clearest reasoning, - unless I am persuaded by means of the passages I have quoted, - and unless they thus render my conscience bound by the Word of God, I cannot and will not retract, for it is unsafe for a Christian to speak against his conscience. Here I stand, I can do no other; may God help me! Amen!"