What Has Authority to Bind the Conscience?
No written document of men has the authority to bind the conscience absolutely. In this brief clip, R.C. Sproul explains that only Scripture has that power.
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Something is by the Scripture alone, but what is by the Scripture alone? Luther was saying, that the only written source in this world that has the level of authority to actually bind the conscience of a person is the Bible. He said we could certainly be instructed by church tradition, we can be led by church councils. The creeds and the confessions of our faith are not to be despised. No written document of men, no confession of faith, no creedal statement, no conciliar expression can bind the conscience absolutely.