I was raised in a fundamentalist Baptist church, rules against everything, no fun and services the same old thing every week with a preacher that never really preached the Bible, just harped and criticized everything and everyone. My Dad was very strict, no card playing, quiet-no noise on Sunday, couldn't be in many things at school because we had to be at church on Wednesday night and twice on Sunday, etc. When I graduated from high school, I was told that my parents would pay for college if I went to a "good" Bible college, of their choosing. I didn't really want to, but I thought if they are paying for it, why not? So I started out at good old BJU. It was a horrible experience, more rules that you could dream up in half a lifetime, ridiculous stuff, and cruel punishments. They treated you like you were in kindergarten again. And there was no love in the Christ they preached. There was also a lot of corruption and sneaking around doing stuff among the students, too. After a year, I left and went to Tennessee Temple. Same thing. A gospel without love or grace, based on rules, rules rules. The preaching was this hard line, obey the rules or go to hell. It seemed that the more boring and long and pointless they could make the worship, the better they thought it was. I left there after a year and decided to put myself through school. If it took four more years, I was going to do that rather than go back to a Bible college. Then I found out that TTU and BJU aren't accredited, and hardly any of their credits transferred. Thankfully, I found a college that understood the problem and that was willing to accept some of the credits. AFter I left Temple, I quit going to church, and stayed out of church for the next ten years. I really was burned out and didn't want to have anything to do with the church. My wife comes from a family that didn't attend church except at Easter or Christmas, so we just didn't see the need to go at all. In the past year, we met some people through a mission program who came to do some Bible clubs and such in the summer. They came to our house one afternoon and we had a great visit and the upshot of it is that we've started going to church. I guess I am still Baptist but one trip back to the Baptist church was enough to bring all the bad memories flowing back. I just don't think I can do that any more. There's one Baptist church that we visited that seemed pretty good but it is hard to trust. We have found a very nice, small but very friendly Episcopal church near our house which we like very much. They are very committed to worship, have a good adult Bible group and the pastor is very sincere and devoted to the church. So I was wondering, since this is a Baptist board and I guess most of the posts are from Baptists, before I cross this line and join the Episcopal church, is there some reason I should stay Baptist?