Chapter B14, “The Use of Scripture in Deciding Doctrinal Controversies”
Pieper now asks what the bible is useful for. In his view the Roman church considers it inadequate without the interpretation of the pope. The Scripture, however, views its teachings as being useful for all churchly controversies. At issue, says Pieper, is the fact that often two rules have been neglected. First, the question at issue (status controversiae), is often neglected. Second, people often fail to treat concerns using the passages of Scripture which most clearly pertain to the debate. If those two principles are followed there should not be need for outside resources and authority in resolving disagreements. This does not mean that all Christians are equally pastors or spiritual leaders. It does mean that before God they have the same tools in their toolbox.