4. John Calvin (1509-1564). Considering Calvin's popularity in all the right circles, one might expect him to be a fine model of the central Christian doctrine of sola scriptura. Better think again. Slippery John Calvin parades himself as a Reformer, but he obviously didn't understand Protestant Christianity. In his famous Institutes, Calvin goes so far as to appeal to the 'wisdom' of pagan philosophers, like Plato (Institutes III. XX. 34). The foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, Mr. Calvin. Elsewhere, he openly professes his confused, Roman Catholic conviction: "we give to Councils and Fathers such rank and honor as it is meet for them to hold, under Christ." John Calvin clearly never learned that true Christians aren't going to give any heed to the thoughts and decisions of men.
3. Martin Luther (1483-1546). Martin Luther is supposed to have inaugurated the Protestant Reformation. He's usually even credited with the whole idea of sola scriptura (though of course we know it's much older than Luther, going all the way back to Jesus), but don't be fooled. Luther is hardly an example for the faithful Christian. For instance, in his 'famous treatise' On the Bondage of the Will, Luther appeals to "saints" like Augustine of Hippo and Hilary of Poitiers, and throughout he quotes pagan writers like Virgil, Horace, Cato, and Ovid. More like famous lies.
2. Jude (d. c. AD 65 ). Jude is thoroughly, thoroughly confused. He doesn't even know what's in the Bible. In Jude 9 he starts rambling about Michael and Moses's body. Think that's from the Old Testament? Wrong. It's from an ancient work called The Assumption of Moses. In verses 14-15 he goes at it again. Here he starts quoting Enoch... as if Enoch had any speaking lines in the Bible. No, this isn't from the Old Testament either, but from another ancient text called 1 Enoch. Yet our friend Jude treats this stuff as if it were actually authoritative. I knew there was a good reason that no one pays attention to his epistle.
1. the Apostle Paul (c. AD 2-67). Now you're thinking 'surely Paul, who wrote so much of the New Testament has a handle on proper Christian doctrine!' Not so. In 2 Timothy 3:8, he refers to "Jannes and Jambres," out of an ancient Jewish paraphrase of Exodus 7. Excuse me, Paul, but that's not in the Bible. It gets worse. In 1 Corinthians 15:33, he quotes "bad company corrupts good morals." Paul's quoting an ancient Greek playwright, Menander, here. You want to know something that corrupts good morals, Paul? Listening to words other than the word of God.
No matter what kinds of examples these sorts of men set, Christians, we must stick to true, Biblical teaching. Sola scriptura.