I have discovered something, that I thought wasn't that common, but actually is a lot more accepted than what I thought. So, my church is independent missionary baptist, and one of the things that makes it 'independent' is the denial that a universal body of Christ exists on earth. We believe the bible teaches that the body of Christ is of local bodies..either speaking of one in particular eg. at Ephesus... at Antioch.. at Corinth, or is figurative for all local bodies-- Like saying.. 'the body of Christ is the ultimate source for christian fellowship and teaching'-- this is of the local unit.. but not referring to one in particular. Same can be said for saying 'the dog'.. or 'the cat'.. or 'the horse'. We believe there will be one body of all believers united in heaven one day.. but on earth now, it does not exist. We would call every believer living and dead, members of the Family of God and Kingdom, not all part of a body of Christ.. a New Testament congregation/assembly of saved, baptised believers. So.. I thought this is what would make a church call themselves 'independent baptist'.. but I have learned now.. it AINT! Churches from the reformed tradition believe in a universal, invisible body of Christ.. methodist, anglican, lutheran, mennonites, presbyterian etc.. It is along the lines of 'the body of Christ is every believer living and dead' or maybe 'ever believer living' So I have learned.. there are a whole lot of independent baptist who also believe this. They would believe in the body of Christ to be both local and universal. Churches and a wider body of all believers. But then.. what would make them 'independent'?