Labels aren't inherently bad. If you consider yourself to be a Christian, then you have a label. American, Canadian, Mexican? Another label. I'm called a Calvinist because I believe the DoG; a doctrinal distinctive that Calvin wrote eloquently about. I'm not a Calvinist because I believe in Calvin. In fact I disagree with Calvin vehemently on baptism, ecclesiology, and civil government. Some Christians refuse to align themselves with a particular school of thought. They want to be called Christians, so as not to be pigeon holed into a "camp." I appreciate this opinion. However, I think some aversions to labels are an over reaction. Just because you agree with Arminius, Calvin, or Augustine on a doctrine doesn't mean you have to agree with them on everything they taught. The labels of Arminian and Calvinist may or may not accurately reflect your view on soteriology. But they're helpful in differentiating schools of thought. For instance, lets say you've moved to a new town. You're looking for a new church that teaches according to your theological conviction. If you believe in the DoG and read/hear that there's a Calvinist church in town, you'd probably put that church on your short list of places to visit. If you gravitate towards the free will position you may want to visit the church you passed by that had "Free Will Baptist" on the front yard sign. Labels become a problem when we feel compelled to conform to them, or they take an unhealthy prominence in our life. Cage stagers come to mind. These individuals may be new converts to a certain point of view and everything they see and talk about will revolve around a hobby horse. When I first became convinced of the DoG I was a cage stager. It was a miserable time for the people who knew and loved me. I drove a lot of people away in those early days. Thank God for instilling some hard driven humility into my thick skull. Don't fear labels. Just don't let them take center stage in your life.