“Sola” is a name taken from the Reformation period of Christianity and embodies the five great foundational rallying cries of this revival of genuine Christianity known as Protestantism. They are: “Sola Scriptura” (Scripture Alone); “Sola Gratia” (Grace Alone); “Sola Fide” (Faith Alone); “Solus Christus” (Christ Alone); and “Soli Deo Gloria” (To God Alone Be Glory)
The above five “solas” were originally developed in response to specific perversions of the truth that were taught by the then corrupt Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Church believed that the foundation and authority for faith and practice was a combination of the scriptures, sacred tradition, as well as the teachings of the magisterium and pope; but the Reformers said, “no, our foundation is Christ and His scriptures alone”. From their misplaced authority structure, the Roman Catholic Church taught that we are saved through a combination of God’s grace, the merits that we accumulate through penance and good works, as well as the works of “saints” before us; the reformers responded, “it’s the grace of God alone”. The Catholic Church taught that we are justified by faith and the works that we produce. The Reformers responded, “No, we are justified by faith alone, which God freely credits to the account of those who believe”. The Roman Catholic Church taught that we are saved by the merits of Christ and the saints, and that we approach God through Christ, the saints, and Mary, who all pray and intercede for us. The Reformers responded, “No, we are saved by the merits of Christ Alone, and we come to God through Christ Alone”. The Roman Catholic Church adhered to what Martin Luther called the “theology of glory” (in opposition to the “theology of the cross”), in which the glory for a sinner’s salvation could be attributed partly to Christ, partly to Mary and the saints, and partly to the sinner himself. The Reformers responded, “No, the only true gospel is that which gives all glory to God alone, as is taught in the scriptures.”
Today, the Roman Catholic Church, and other aberrant groups, teach the same essential or worse perversions of truth. We at Sola believe it’s a pressing need for Christians everywhere to reaffirm and champion anew the spirit of the “five solas” which underlay and gave impetus to the Protestant Reformation.