I'm coming up on the 44th anniversary of Our Lord saving my soul. Of being born again. That gets me asked why I became a Baptist. My answer is that at that time, the Baptists were all about salvation. No matter what the SS lesson, or Training Union lesson, or sermon was about, you could know for sure that the plan of salvation would get worked in there. It was free grace preaching all the way, sure in the knowledge that even if a sinner came simply seeking to avoid hell, the moment they trusted Jesus for salvation God would make them a new creation with a different set of desires. It might come quickly, might work out slowly, but it would happen. Baptists didn't pussyfoot around afraid to hurt your feelings calling sin sin. They conducted church in the way they believed the Bible taught, and if that didn't hay your wagon, well, tough cookies. New believers did not expect to ramrod the show at the church. Elders were actually people who had been Christians a long time, rather than an elected office. Decisions in the church were based on discussions of the Bible, not on polls and marketing strategy. Doctrine was paramount. Which got me asked "What happened? If that is what a Baptist is, why would anyone go to what are called Baptist churches today?" I have no answer for that--just the sure and certain knowledge we need to toss marketing strategies on the ash heap, forget trying to reach people via telling them accepting Christ will solve their earthly problems, and pray for a revival of the preaching, teaching, witnessing, and living out of salvation.