The Protestant Faith in Five Steps
We in the Orange Order are a Protestant fellowship and our Biblical Faith and Belief’s are founded upon the blood, suffering and sacrifice of Scotland’s Reformers, Covenanters and Martyrs. From the Reformation in 1560 till the Glorious Revolution of 1688 the Reformers fought to secure a Reformed faith in Scotland giving us civil and religious liberties. This victory was not meant for us alone but everyone who wished to practice their own religion without harassment, freedom’s we enjoy to this day.
To make our Protestant faith easy to understand we use five basic Biblical points, which are called the Solas meaning, “alone.”
By Grace alone, (Sola Gratia ) through Faith alone, (Sola Fide)
in Christ alone, (Solus Christus) according to Scripture alone, (Sola Scriptura)
for God’s Glory alone, ( Soli Deo Gratia).
The Orange Order are constantly accused of having a hatred toward Roman Catholic’s which is totally untrue, we do however take exception to the spurious claims of Roman Catholicism and it’s anti-Christ doctrines.
We hope these five Solas or Biblical truths we have set forth will help you understand the Scriptural truths, of the Word of God
“ You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” John 8:32
THE FIVE SOLAS
Grace Alone: Sola gratia emphasizes grace as the reason for our salvation. In other words, salvation comes from what God has done rather than what we do. Ephesians 2:8-9 teaches, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Acts 15:11; Romans 3:23-24; 4:4-8,16; 6:14-15; 11:5-6; Ephesians 2:4-9; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 2:11; 3:4-7.
Faith Alone: Sola fide emphasizes salvation as a free gift. The Roman Catholic Church of the time emphasized the use of indulgences (donating money) to buy status with God. Good works, including baptism, were seen as required for salvation. Sola fide states that salvation is a free gift to all who accept it by faith (John 3:16). Salvation is not based on human effort or good deeds. (Ephesians 2:9).
Genesis 15:6; Jeremiah 17:7; Habakkuk 2:4; John 3:18; Acts 13:38-39; 16:31; Romans 3:22-31; 4; 5:1-2; 9:30-33 ;Galatians 2:16; 3:2-14; 5:4-6; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 3:4-9; Colossians 2:20-23.
Christ Alone: Sola Christus There is no other name by which a man can be saved other than the name of “Jesus”. (Acts 4:11) . And so salvation is by Christ alone. He is the sole cause of our salvation. Everything necessary to atone for our sins and to provide the righteousness necessary to please God, was finally and completely done by Christ in his life, death, and resurrection. He is the sole focus and object of our faith and the only source of truth. He is the one on whom we are absolutely dependent for our salvation. Salvation is never attained or maintained by anything that is either obtained apart from Christ, or offered in addition to Christ. Saying that we need Christ plus anything in order to be saved is a blatantly false teaching…
The Catholic Mass is based on the belief that Priests actually break the body of Christ and offer his atoning blood each time they administer the Lord’s Table. The sacrament thus becomes a means and not just a sign of salvation; the priest is acting as our intercessor in place of Christ. It is Christ plus.
The Catholic Church also elevated Mary beyond the role the mother of Jesus, and made her the mother of God, thus deifying her. She became central to the salvation of the world, a co-redemptrix with her Son. As such, Mary became an additional intercessor between man and God. And that is Christ plus. Lists of recognized Saints became intercessors on behalf of men, and prayers began to go up to these departed saints. And that too is Christ plus. We are forbidden from placing our faith in anything or anyone other than Christ alone.
John 14:6; Acts 4:11-12; 13:38-39; 20:28; Romans 5:1-2,6-19; 1 Corinthians 1:13; 2:2; 15:1-23,57; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Galatians 6:14; Colossians 1:12-22; 2:8-23; 1 Timothy 2:5; IJohn 5:5,10-13.
Scripture Alone: Sola scriptura emphasizes the Bible alone as the source of authority for Christians. By saying, “Scripture alone,” the Reformers rejected both the supposed divine authority of the Roman Catholic Pope and belief in the sacred traditions of the Catholic church. Only the Bible was “inspired by God” (2 Peter 1:20-21) and “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Anything taught by the Pope or by traditions that contradicted the Bible were to be rejected.
Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:5-6; Matthew 15:1-9; Luke 24:27,44-45; Colossians 2:8; 1 Timothy 1:4-7; 4:1-3,6-7;2 Timothy 3:14-17; Titus 1:9-14; Hebrews 13:9; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Revelation 22:18-19
Glory to God Alone: “Soli Deo Gloria” It is all to the glory of God alone. One of the central issues during the Reformation was the improper exaltation of the officers in the Church. Even during the third century, the highest form of worship toward God could only be offered by those in full time ministry. And so the clergy and laity were separated, with greater glory going to the clergy, thus drawing glory to themselves instead of giving glory to God alone. The Priesthood was considered the only worthwhile “calling,” while all other vocations were common and inferior. They believed that ordinary work was necessary, but demeaning. In response to this false teaching, the Reformers began to use the term “calling” to refer to any vocation that God equipped someone to perform. They believed that whatever work God had given us to do, if it was done faithfully, it would glorify Him in the same way as any other faithful work. In 1Cor 10:31, Paul teaches that whatever we do, it should be done by faith to the glory of God. The Reformers made no distinction between spiritual or temporal; sacred or secular. They believed that God had created us to be workers or producers. Whether you were in the pulpit, the field, or the home, everything done by faith would bring glory to God. The idea of soli Deo gloria is found in Jer 9:23-24; John 17:4-5; Acts 20 :28 1 Corinthians 1:29-31 2 Corinthians 10:17; Galatians 6:14;
Having given Scriptural proofs for, and commented on the importance of the five solas; I urge you to embrace these Biblical truths which are so important to us as Protestants and study to know the certainty of each one so that you might have a sure and steadfast faith, established solely on God’s Word rightly interpretated; so that no man or denomination might deceive you.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
Revd. Ray Williamson