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When I was a teen I recall hearing a pastor’s wife asked, “Are you a Christian first or a Baptist first?” Her response is etched in my memory: “Well, a Baptist, of course.

For her, she had connected something external (her denomination) to her relationship with Christ.

If you asked her if she were saved by “faith alone,” she would have said, “Yes.”

Yet, she could not perceive of being a Christian and not being a Baptist.