I have said that I don't claim a denominational tie and it has been questioned if I know what heresy is. The two are not exclusive of each other
So why and where am I coming from - I was christened Methodist, was dunked Baptist and went to Lutheran school in time to get church history and catechism... Historically my family is mainly Primitive Baptist, Presbyterian, Dutch Reform and Methodist. Presbyterian and Dutch Reform I have in the family dating back to the time very close to the Reformation. I was "born again" as a pre-teen. And was taught by my mother and grandmother to depend on the Bible for my guide and not on a "church" doctrine.
I went on my own trek for truth, though since I was saved as a child I didn't test out the atheist view - or Buddhist (though I have researched some areas which would be classified as Buddhist in thought), Hindu, Islam etc. While I do have some Jewish genes, I also didn't test that because I already knew their Messiah.
My search was more a study of the Bible and doctrines. First I was told that either I was Catholic or Protestant... I am not Catholic (see it as a leagalism trap) but I also do not follow the Protestant understanding as generally it mean an acceptance of the Westminster confession among other such. I accept no such document and actually see it as in conflict with Scripture.
Next I was told that if I was not Catholic then I was either Dispensational or Covenant in theology... I studied both and like CC I to see truth to a degree in each and a whole lot that is in conflict with Scripture.
I believe in reading scripture the same way that you would read any non-fiction book - with an expectation that it was written to be understood and that it was written as a whole to be understood consistently as a whole. And from the view of one who believes in God, I look at what it says as Truth - both historical and spiritual. And I do not view parts as allegory if it is not so designated in Scripture - if it is a parable or allegory then I view it as such. In other words I believe Adam and Eve were real people and not a story that never happened but one to teach us a lesson that also never happened.... to me to turn that to an allegory is illogical.
When I study a doctrine I generally look to study those who write in support of the doctrine. For example Ryrie for Dispensationalism etc. (and yes he wasn't convincing - actually it was what he said that made me decide not to follow dispensationalism...
On the forum, well I don't really like to read long messages (like this one - I do love to write long messages but I do try to be short
) and more often than not if it is of real interest I will print it off to read - or I will skim it on line if time is limited.
If I had to say a doctrinal statement which I agree with - Southern Baptist is a large denominational view which I agree with (little red book the convention passed a long time ago) it is soooo simple I don't see how anyone can disagree - though I am sure many will
. Now this is way too long so will leave it at that - anyone should get some idea where I am coming from.