I have been born and raised a Catholic, although I ceased frequenting the church in my teens, all the while remaining a believer. I grew in faith a few years ago and desired to join a church with a strong fellowship. I ended up going to a local baptist church and following their baptism preparation course, which exposes the main points of their doctrine. I agree with the essential points, although when it concerns Catholicism I remain more moderate. I have completed roughly half of the course at this point. A few days ago I completed another course with the pastor, and he gave me a form. The form was a declaration that I renounced the Catholic faith, to be sent to the parish I was baptized in, and he was very keen on me doing that. He said to me it would be wrong to be a member of two different congregations. I don't disagree with it. However, for some reason it feels a bit antagonistic to me. Where I live, at least culturally (although few people go to church), roughly 90% of people are Catholics, and only 0.5% or so are Evangelicals. So I don't know, maybe this is why they seem to want to take more of a stand. For this reason that is the first time in the course where I started to have doubts. He said I would be viewed an apostate by the Catholic church because she still views evangelical churches as sects. It feel like a lot to me to sever all ties in such a fashion, I don't know if I would be capable, because where I live, a lot of one's sense of identity is tied to Catholicism itself. So I wonder if this is a common practice among baptist churches and if I should remain in this church, for which I have otherwise no complaints.