There are a few Baptists on this BB that make this claim: That they insist that they are not Protestants, as they "aren't protesting anything", that their church goes back "to the beginning." Obviously there is no historical proof of this (because it's not true!). My feeling is that they claim this b/c to admit to being Protestant means admitting that prior to the 16th Century, all of Christianity was Catholic, therefore Catholics must be Christians (which they deny-we're idol worshippers-deceived by the Church into being idol worshippers, but idol worshippers nonetheless, and we aren't "saved", as we worship Mary and don't consider Christ our "personal Lord and Savior"), an idea they find abhorrent. I've used Scripture, Church History, reason, everything I can think of, nothing works. They continually point to their husbands, wifes, cousins, great grandchildren and the many other former Catholics who read the Bible, for the very first time, apparently (what parish did they go to where they never heard the Bible b/f?), realized that the Church "deceived" them, "got saved" and are now Baptist. I just continue to pray that they will see the light some day (I realize it may be when they're in purgatory, but oh well).