of Credo Magazine
Justification by faith alone, the authority of scripture over popes—these come to mind when we think back to the sixteenth-century Reformation. Yet with the reform of the church also came a reform of the family, a fact too often neglected. Martin Luther, for example, broke the mold when he married a runaway nun. No longer was marriage off-limits to clergy, but with the recovery of the scriptures and sound doctrine was a retrieval of marriage as an institution, modeled by the reformers at the start of the Reformation. No longer was the monk or priest who had vowed to remain celibate considered holier than the married couple in the pew. Turning to the book of Genesis and Paul’s epistles, the reformers reintroduced marriage as a holy institution itself, one God himself ordained. In this issue of Credo Magazine, pastors and mothers alike reflect on how the reformers started a revolution, a revolution, that is, of the family.
"This is the type of book of which the Reformers would have been proud. This is the type of book the church needs today." -R. Albert Mohler Jr.
In God’s Word Alone—The Authority of Scripture, scholar and pastor Matthew Barrett looks at the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine that Scripture alone is the final and decisive authority for God’s people. He examines the development of this theme in the Reformation and traces the crisis that followed resulting in a shift away from the authority of Scripture. Barrett shows that we need to recover a robust doctrine of Scripture’s authority in the face of today’s challenges and why a solid doctrinal foundation built on God’s Word is the best hope for the future of the church.