What they really meant by a "Good Bible teaching church" was, one completely void of something so integral, that it's almost silly to expect anyone to be without it:
The old mantra of the Reformation rears it's head once again. But there's one serious flaw in the whole idea of "Sola Scriptura," namely that
Sola Scriptura significat non Scriptura. In other words "Scripture alone means no Scripture at all."
|"The hell did you just say?"|
That's right without the passing down of the Scriptures from generation to generation, they would have been long forgotten and left without much thought in a cave somewhere to never be discovered or discussed. We need our parents, our churches, our friends, someone to teach us the Scriptures- contrary to popular belief they don't just fall out of the sky to each of us individually. And what is tradition if not the passing of customs and teachings from generation to generation. So, I say; without tradition there would be no such thing as Scripture.
I can see the angry mob of non-denominational churchgoers forming already;
However, the type of tradition most despised by the Protestant is not the little "t" traditions of grace before meals and the Rosary, it's the big "T" Tradition of the Church and her teaching authority. This tension towards Tradition is almost comical in it's coming from people claiming the primacy of the Scriptures, since it's probably one of the most directly Biblical things in the Church's teaching.
You see, Jesus did not create Sunday school, or VBS, or Bible studies, nor did he write any of the Scriptures, but what he did do is create a Church, not a lose association of individual churches, but a single Church under Peter and his successors
and the other Apostles and their successors
It is in this one Church that he vests all of his authority, his power to forgive, baptize, marry, bury, heal, teach, etc. It is here that he grants even the Keys to His Kingdom.
And it isn't very surprising that he does this, because in truth, we can't live without tradition. It is our one connection to all of human history. It, in a democratic sense, is the vote of the deceased. Many things that we don't even notice are all based on tradition; the way we speak, the way we like our coffee -or don't like our coffee- the foods we like or don't like, our holidays, feasts, fasts, the way we deal with stress or grief. For better or worse, mankind is stuck with tradition, and the Church is stuck with Tradition, and we can only embrace it, or ignore it.
(for those who may be wondering what my answer is)...