In another thread, I listed what I thought are the identifying marks of Baptists. But that thread was running in several different directions, so rdwhite suggested a new thread. We all know that there are 40-leven kinds of groups calling themselves Baptist out there. At any rate, here's my list of doctrinal distinctives that, taken together, make one a Baptist. Salvation by grace through repentance and faith. Baptism of believers only. Baptism by immersion. Baptism as a non-sacramental picture of both the gospel and one's conversion. The Lord's Suipper as a non-sacramental memorial to remember Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. Eternal Security. Others may wish to add Priesthood of Believers, Soul Competency and the Autonomy of the Local Church. Several denominations hold some or many of these doctrines and practices, but only Baptists hold them all. I know, there are General Baptists, Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Baptists etc., but in reality they don't fit the historic Baptist mold. The larger question is, are Baptist doctrine and practice the nearest thing to lst-century doctrine and practice. Using my list above, the answer is yes.