William Lumpkin, the Baptist creeds guru, says,
The fear of creeds is, largely, an irrational fear. Christianity is a confessing religion. It is a content-filled faith. The option for Christians is not whether they will confess their faith or conceal it, but whether their confessions will be made in oral or written form. Every Southern Baptist Convention session, for example, is an exercise in confessing the Faith as Southern Baptists understand it. Consensus is recommended through the messengers to the churches. It becomes a part of the oral tradition. Why should it post a threat when written down in formal style?*
*"The Nature and Authority of Baptist Confessions of Faith," Review and Expositor 76 (Wint 1979), 25.