A question that has long been difficult for me to answer in the context of a casual discussions about religion and theology is "what are you?" At one level, the question is easy to answer. "I'm a Christian," is usually how I start out. But I quickly find out that this is not really what the inquisitor wants to know. The question is really "what kind of Christian are you?" After all, among those major groups who take on the name "Christian" there are Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, etc., not to mention many cults like the Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons. To simply say one is just a basic, run-of-the-mill "Christian" isn't going to work. One must be able to identify with a tradition or movement or denomination to appease the inquiring mind.
Answering the question is not that easy for me. I'm somewhat of a theological orphan. I firmly believe in what are commonly called the ecumenical creeds of the church, such as the Nicene Creed, as all those in Christendom do. But from there it gets more complicated. On the one hand, I believe in the great Reformational truths of the Doctrines of Grace. Unfortunately, today many who practice the baptism of believers only reject these truths in the their full (biblical) form. On the other hand, I believe the Reformers, due to societal factors of their day, made a mis-step theologically when it came to the issues of baptism, regenerate church membership, and some church and state matters. On these issues I find myself agreeing more with the Anabaptists of the 16th century and the Baptists of the 17th century. Both groups were "Credobaptistic," meaning they only baptized professing believers in Jesus.
So, what am I? Here is the long answer:
I am a Niceano-Evangelical-Reformational-Credobaptist. In short, you can call me a Reformed Credobaptist.