Hello! New to the boards. Short introduction. I was raised Catholic, got saved in a Charismatic church, got married in that same charismatic church, left that charismatic church with my husband and found a very liberal Christian church, and now husband and I are looking for a new church, and we have been going to a Baptist church for the past few weeks. I like the message that I hear at this Baptist church. It is very convicting. My in-laws dont like it because it can be pretty fire and brimstone, but Im attacted to it, and so is my husband. We have definately changed as a couple since attending there. It feels like a pretty good fit. However, there are some questionable things going on there that may cause us to consider continuing our search. The first Baptist church that I had ever gone to was an Independent Missionary Baptist Church. I liked it for the most part. THe word was great. THe preaching was great. They used their bibles in church. The music ministry was God-honoring.. but there was just one teeny little tiny problem, and that was with the Baptist "pep-rallies" at the end of the sermon. In such pep-rallies, I heard comments such as "The Lord was a Baptist" "John the Baptist was not called the baptist simply because he baptized people, he was called the baptist because he was a baptist" "If I wasnt a Baptist, I would be ashamed" "Im a Baptist before Im a Christian" I have even received literature stating that if I am saved, and not attending an Independent Baptist church, that I am being sinful. These comments do not seem to be all that uncommon in Baptist churches. I questioned a girl in the church about the pep-rally, and he said.."Oh, Pastor Smith loves all Christians, he is just proud because we are the first religion"... I was shocked. I thought that Christians were the first religion... just plain old Christians who were obedient to the word of God. furthermore, I had no idea that there was anything wrong with my contemporary Christian music..(believe me, from someone who has had this music since I have been saved, it does praise God, and when I sing the lyrics, I am singing to God and they do worship Him).. I guess Im just confused, because although my husband and I really like this church we dont agree with many things going on there.. We dont think they are biblical, but I guess Im just looking for some insight on just exactly what is a baptist?