Catholic Answers Press

Twisted Unto Destruction: How "Bible Alone" Theology Made the World a Worse Place (Digital)

(3 reviews) Write a Review


“There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures.”—2 Peter 3:16

Martin Luther and his fellow “Reformers” turned Christendom upside-down by rejecting the authority of the Church that Jesus founded and claiming instead that personal interpretation of Scripture is to be our rule of faith. This infamous principle of sola scriptura—the “Bible alone”—created 500 years of doctrinal chaos and sectarian division.

But that awful aftermath is not the only legacy of sola scriptura.

In Twisted Unto Destruction, Donald J. Johnson (Convinced, Unprotected) shows how ditching the Church in favor of private Bible interpretation has also enabled some of the modern world’s worst crimes and vices.

Once an Evangelical Protestant who took sola scriptura for granted, Johnson came to realize that setting ourselves up as little Magisteriums—whose opinions on the Bible’s meaning have to be as valid as anyone else’s—not only leads to endless splintering, but makes it possible to use Scripture to justify anything.

Like puppeteers, Christians could make the words of the Bible dance on command, inventing “biblical” endorsements of violence, greed, racism, abortion, sexual depravity, and more. Without an authoritative Church to hold the line, and long removed from a practical consensus, Protestantism has been unable to resist the tide of modern errors.

In fact, as Johnson shows, in many cases, it has endorsed and expanded those errors. Read Twisted Unto Destruction to learn how we can fight this abuse of the Bible and reverse the damage it has caused.

View AllClose

Additional Information

Donald J. Johnson
eBook, 154 pgs
Other Formats:
Softcover|/twisted-unto-destruction-how-bible-alone-theology-made-the-world-a-worse-place/, Audible|
View AllClose

3 Reviews

  • 5
    Must read

    Posted by Chris on Nov 5th 2022

    Great book, it really opened my eyes to what a consumer culture really means

  • 5
    Very Insightful and Disturbing

    Posted by Michael Trimm on Nov 1st 2022

    Donald Johnson has written a very concise and compelling work detailing the major issues facing our culture and their roots in the subjectivism that is Reformed Christianity. I wish I could get my sister and a close friend to read this with an open mind...

  • 5
    One of the best books I've read

    Posted by Holly Allen on Oct 13th 2022

    This is one of the best books I've read. I have liked it so much I have recommended it to many people in other denominations several times and have read it aloud to someone close that is in another denomination. It is so well written because it clearly shows that the Bible is used by both sides thoughout history. . I honestly can't say enough about God about this book. I think everyone from any denominations should read it.

View AllClose