John Mac Arthur, for example, rejects the biblical discourses of the fathers and prefers the heretical groups as orthodox Bible expositors writing “While the period [12th-13th century] produced some famous preachers, such as Peter the Hermit, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Thomas Aquinas, none handled the text in an expository fashion.
Faint hints of Bible exposition have been detected among independent groups such as the Paulicians, Waldenses, and Albigenses, despite the fact that these groups are commonly dismissed as “heretics.” (Mac Arthur, Preaching: How to Preach Biblically, ch.
Reality is, he wants to isolate you to strictly obey his of scripture.
Why such wolf are evil is simple to explain: the wolf by telling you to obey his interpretations, instead of the fathers interpretations, he masquerades as if he is God.
So what do we find in the scriptures regarding obedience?
Besides all the verses that says to obey God, God finally funnels such obedience towards “prelates” “magistrates” “bishops” and church authority.
The reference here is to the ‘, by itself, and by applying their own foreign and personal interpretations, is not sound.
So all these Bible-aloneists go against God’s ordinances and even scripture itself. So as long as authority does not infringe on your obedience to God, then obedience to such authority is obedience to God, while disobedience to such appointed authority is disobedience to God. The renegade insists on using scripture to determine who is this qualified authority and he is always crying out how corrupt the authority is.
The Catholic Church, they say, is “drunk with the blood of the saints and the martyrs of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 17:6).
Such language is another clue that what you are dealing with here is a wolf in sheep clothing and not a saint.
But you would never see sola-scripturists with a Bible in hand carrying such placards.
So even if you bring up the Bible, or even the Church fathers, these would still object arguing that the ‘fathers’ ordained the “killing of millions of sola-scripturist saints”.
Why then not also love the murderer instead of applying civil punishment?