I originally wrote these remarks as a comment on another blog but have decided to make them a Post on this blogsite as well.
The emphasis of the New Testament Scriptures is the connectedness we all have to each other as the Body [Church] of Christ via the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Each person making up that Body [Church] has been given the Great Commission. [Here after designated as the GC]How we carry out that GC as we group together physically [church] and what we call ourselves in those physical groups [churches] whether Baptist, Bible,Christian Missionary Alliance, or Assembly of God, etc., is not the issue for fulfilling the GC. We may have unique methods and means for doing the GC together but to say, as some do, that a group/groups is/are NOT GC people because they differ with us on the non-essentials is not in keeping with the text of the New Testament Scriptures in my opinion.
The essentials [the gospel] are necessary for the connectedness and indwelling of the Holy Spirit refered to earlier but the Body of Christ is bigger than Baptists. It is made up of all who name Jesus as Lord and they are my brothers/sisters and are to be GC people as I'm to be.
I've chosen to physically identify with a Southern Baptist church and the SBC as a whole but, my goodness, the Body is bigger than the SBC and our calling is to make disciples of CHRIST not SBC members.