… Every Prostestant believes that he can understand the bible by himself?
The Prostestantprinciple of the right of private judgement states that every protestant believer has the right to interpret the Bible for himself since he has the Holy Spirit to guide him:
“4. The right of private judgement. Every Christian has the right to interpret the Bible for himself through the guidance of the Holy Spirit,” (20 Centuries of Christianity. P. 32)
BUT THE APOSTLES teach that the Bible is not a matter of one’s own interpretation. One receives the Holy Spirit when he listens to and believes in the gospel or God’s word preach, and not simplywhen he studies the Bible by himself:
“First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation.”(II Pt. 1:20, Revised Standard Version)
“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.” (Eph. 1:13, NKJV)
“And how shall they preach unless they are sent?… So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”(Rom. 10:15,17,lbid.)
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