“Every Christian can understand Scripture. One of the monumental accomplishments of the Reformers was the giving of the Bible back to the man in the pew. Through the preceding centuries, it was in the exclusive domain of the Roman Catholic Church and its priesthood.
The story is told of a horrified Roman Catholic priest who said to Luther, “Martin, don’t you realize what would happen if every plough boy and shoemaker were permitted to read the Bible?”
To which Luther replied, “Yes; we’d have more Christians!”
Scripture is not a closed book to be understood only by the spiritually elite. Every believer can understand Scripture.”
John MacArthur, Rediscovering Expository Preaching, 115 (Dallas: Word Pub., 1997).