The thread :"Are Baptists Protestants" has triggered some thoughts in my mind so I'm going to start a thread with the question, What are the identifying marks of a true New Testament church? For the record, I believe the Baptist congregation I serve is a true NT church Among the areas I want to get into: Since most Baptist claim to be "New Testament" churches, what are the marks of a Baptist church? Further, since there are forty-leven kinds of Baptists, are there somethings Baptists can disagree about, that are not Baptist distinctives? (Eschatology, for instance). Thus are not tests of fellowship. Then, what are some beliefs and practices which would disqualify a congregation from calling itself Baptist, or a NT church for that matter? I'm hoping this discussion will aid us in the debate over whether Baptists are Protestants or not.