Turretin continues to rail against Mark Shea by next quoting St. Augustine on understanding the word of God. Somehow Turretin Fan comes to the conclusion that not all things in Scripture are easy to understand, but only the "necessary" things. For someone who hails himself as loving Scripture, and someone who claims it as his only authority, I find his position quite flimsy. So where does the Scriptures tell us what things in it are essential? Is it just the things that Turretin finds essential? Because God gave us the entire Biblical Canon for a reason. It is all essential. But not for the Sola Scripturist. It is only convenient to say that the essential texts are easy. This is the flimsiest yet of his arguments.I answer:
1) Notice that Mr. Bellisario doesn't touch the actual quotation from Augustine.
2) Notice that Mr. Bellisario seems confused about what is being argued. Yes, our position is only that the necessary things are clear, not that everything is clear. We reach this conclusion from Scripture, since we are told that in Paul's epistles there "are some things hard to be understood," (2 Peter 3:16) but also that Scripture is able to make one wise unto salvation (2 Timothy 3:15).
3) Mr. Bellisario makes the typical confused response that asks for a list of the essentials. We don't have a list of the essentials or, at least, don't have a clear list of the essentials. That should not be surprising, since knowing which doctrines are essential is not itself an essential doctrine.
4) Mr. Bellisario argues that the entire Biblical canon is essential. This argument is simply backed up by Mr. Bellisario's say-so. We have noted that Chrysostom disagreed with Mr. Bellisario, and - Lord willing - we will shortly examine the response that Mr. Bellisario provides (if any) to Chrysostom's recognition that not everything in Scripture is equally necessary to salvation.
5) But, of course, Mr. Bellisario's argument that every last bit of the Biblical canon is essential is absurd. Hardly anyone could claim to be so familiar with Scripture as to have a complete and accurate knowledge of every last bit of it. We doubt that even Mr. Bellisario would be so arrogant as to assert such a level of familiarity with Scripture.
So, while Mr. Bellisario may think that stating that perspicuity is relevant to the necessary things is a "flimsy argument" it is rather a statement of our position, and a conclusion derived proprely from Scripture.