Question: If someone's theology mostly lines up with a well-known theological or denominational system, is it fair to say that they are a _________? EXAMPLES: -If someone agrees with unconditional election, and also that faith is required for salvation, are they a calvinist? What if they don't baptize babies? What if they don't believe in limited atonement? Can we call them a 4-point calvinist even if they don't want to refer to themselves as a calvinist? -If someone agrees with nearly all of Arminianism, but is an adamant supporter of eternal security, is it fair to call them an Arminian even if they don't care for the label? Can we call them a 4-point Arminian? -If a church agrees with all of the major baptist distinctives, but their church is simply non-denomination, or a "bible" church...are they Baptist? OR...should we let each person decide for themselves whether they are one of a certain group, or any group. Also, if this last choice is your option...Is it fair to others if you dis-allow ANY label, since labels sometimes help us understand each other better (I'm a Christian, Trinitarian, Innerantist, Baptist...If I argued with you for calling me one of those even though they fit my beliefs, you would have good reason to be frustrated with me) ----------------------------------- I'LL START: I believe each person does have the freedom to say, "I'm not a calvinist, even if the do agree with most of calvinism. They have the freedom to say, "I'm not an arminian," or "I'm not a Baptist." That is perfectly fine... ...HOWEVER, I don't think we should get bent out of shape if someone else looks at what we believe and says, "Your a Calvinist!" or "Your an Arminian!" If the things we say we believe fit (for the most part) those belief sets. I can give us an opportunity to show where we differ, where we may say, "I'm pretty calvinistic, but don't consider myself a Calvinist." Or, Most of what I believe fits with Arminianism, except for this one thing." We should be able to be honest with ourselves and others not to get offended when someone sees our beliefs as fitting with a well-known system. Me, I would say I'm fairly Calvinistic; but if someone said, "Are you a calvinist, I would say, "probably, though I'm not sure I agree with Limited Atonement." It does not offend me to be called a calvinist, even though I disagree with infant baptism, magisterial reform, executing heretics, and the like...because I know that my view of election passages fits mostly with the view taught by those people called calvinists.