Sola Scriptura and the church search

Mark Driscoll, on his blog, wrote a few comments about large and small churches today (from Lyle Schaller in The Very Large Church:

Larger churches tend to be more conservative in theology and more liberal in practice, while smaller churches are often more liberal in theology and more conservative in outward practice (e.g., liturgy, hymns, and vestments).

Larger churches tend to present clear, authoritative teaching from Scripture while theological pluralism tends to thrive in smaller churches.

There are more, but these two are the ones I want to address.

I am theologically conservative - and I think that I'm more conservative than most when it comes to liturgy, hymns, etc.

The church that I'm leaving is not a "mega-church" (The term megachurch generally refers to any congregation with a sustained average weekly attendance of 2000 persons or more in its worship services.) I went there looking for Reformed teaching (which I do get from the pulpit), but I also went there looking for Reformed practice (which I don't get).

The comment from Driscoll's blog is mixed at Sunshine. The theology from the pulpit is conservative, yet in everyday living, the teaching is not reformed (including Neil Anderson, Alpha Course, the "relationship" with the Prophet and Apostle's church). And the practice is more liberal than the teaching.

The second comment is not as clear at Sunshine. The teaching from the pulpit and the teaching at other times can be very different. Yes, clear authoritative teaching from the Scripture is given from the pulpit. But "theological pluralism" was very much alive and well.

I'm looking for the "happy medium" Not too big, not too small.

Sound, authoritative Scriptural teaching from the pulpit and in practice. "Conservative when it should be and liberal when it should be.

I don't want to be in a church with close ties to churches that insist that in order to be effective you have to speak in tongues. I won't be in a church that includes extra-Biblical qualifications in order to be considered "holy", "saved", "sanctified", "gifted", or whatever.

On the flip side, the "truly reformed" churches in my area include some that seem to consider the Westminster Confession nearly on par with Scripture. Count me out on that too.

Just give me teaching from the Bible.

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