For an explanation of this series, see Brandon E’s Objections: #1.
Brandon wrote (which can be found in context here):
Simply saying that your word is only what the apostles taught and therefore you need to stand against all the believers who disagree with you as if they were the Jewish Sanhedrin is question begging and special pleading. It also indicates how little you actually regard that the views you contradict and antagonize have been held by many believers who were lifelong prayerful students of the Scripture and would appear to be at least as spiritual as you.
That is, you’re arbitrarily applying such passages like Acts 4:19-20, 1 Cor. 11:1, and Heb. 13:7 to yourself in your favor but not to others who have prayerfully studied the words of the apostles and come to conclusions that you contradict and antagonize. By arbitrary, I mean that when it’s your convictions you treat yourself like an apostle, or co-opt God and the apostles for your view, as if you have some direct line to God over and against anybody else. But when its others’ convictions and they disagree with you you assign it no value; they’re just like Sanhedrin, or the Jews who persecuted the churches in Judea. But in actuality you are in thesame position to know scriptural truth as those believers in Christ who proclaim Jesus as Lord and take the same body of completed Scriptures as their source of truth. This is my point, and you’re missing it quite thoroughly.
I hold other the believers who have come before us in the highest regard. Where would we be today without the saints who have gone before us? I would not be faithful to their example, however, if I soft-peddled truths God had made known to me just because they themselves did not articulate these truths.
The saints of the Protestant Reformation stood firm, and often shed their blood, for the primacy of the Scriptures over human leadership. If the Reformers had not held high the Scriptures we might all still be under the darkness of Rome. Even a light like Father Barron (search for “barron” on this blog to see more) is obscured from view by that great darkness.
The best way to honor those who risked their lives for the Protestant Reformation is not to thwart God’s desire to build in us on the revelations He gave them, but rather to let God continue in us the work He began in them. See The Protestant Reformation Fell Short.