5 Solas of the Reformation (Solus Christus)

The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, a group of theologians from several backgrounds and denominations, in 1996 came together to discuss the historic Protestant faith.   At this meeting the Cambridge Declaration was written.  In this document the 5 Solas of the Reformation were reaffirmed.  I thought they would be worth posting here and would welcome any comments.  Should we be just as committed to these principles as the Reformers?  

Solus Christus: The Erosion of Christ-Centered Faith

As evangelical faith becomes secularized, its interests have been blurred with those of the culture. The result is a loss of absolute values, permissive individualism, and a substitution of wholeness for holiness, recovery for repentance, intuition for truth, feeling for belief, chance for providence, and immediate gratification for enduring hope. Christ and his cross have moved from the center of our vision.

Thesis Two: Solus Christus
We reaffirm that our salvation is accomplished by the mediatorial work of the historical Christ alone. His sinless life and substitutionary atonement alone are sufficient for our justification and reconciliation to the Father.
We deny that the gospel is preached if Christ’s substitutionary work is not declared and faith in Christ and his work is not solicited.

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From whom shall we enquire?

23376717_Indianguyforweb  The other day I was approached by a young man not from Thailand.  He was a Sikh from Sri Lanka and was living here in Lopburi.  His English was quite good and I stopped on my way to the store in order to talk to him more.  It is extremely unusual to meet someone here who speaks English.  He first asked me “Do you know where this road leads?”.  I told him that I didn’t and I am new to this town.  As we kept talking it became apparent that it was more of a philosophical question and was not to be taken literally.  He is a palm and face reader and tells people’s fortunes.  Would you like me to tell you about your future, he asked me.  He seemed so confident that I would just eat up all of his advice.  As the conversation developed I took the opportunity to try and explain that I know the one true God through His Word and Jesus Christ.  There is no new revelation that I need.  All that is necessary for living life pleasing to God is already recorded in the scriptures.  Unfortunately, he was more interested in getting my money than about listening. 

     I hope to meet him again sometime and talk some more, but I have not seen him since then.  As I reflect upon this encounter it makes me so thankful that God has not left himself hidden to everyone.  He has not left us to be guided by palm readings or alignments of the stars and other strange ways.  He has revealed Himself in “Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).  And the things in the future that we do not know we don’t need to worry about.  For we know that this same God is sovereign over all and “he upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3)

     Who is like our God?  What else in the universe deserves worship?  There is none like Him.  Let  us pray that more would come to know him and worship Him here.  Why should people turn to fortune tellers and palm readers for the answer to life’s questions.  Only the one true God orchestrates all events.  He alone is worthy of praise.  He alone declares things not yet done.

“I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose”
(Isaiah 46:9-10)