Steve Caldwell says that the problem with those of us who say the Ps-and-Ps are, in practice, a creed are talking about the use of by-laws in liturgy.
I plead guilty.
Liturgy/ritual is how most people receive their religion. If the Ps-and-Ps are just by-laws, don’t give them a place of prominence in church liturgy. Stop printing them in the place where the creeds would be placed in the hymnal. Don’t recite them as you would a church covenant. Stop treating them as if they are creed.
If the Ps-and-Ps are just by-laws, keep them that way. Especially since they are about churches association with each other, not an individual’s association with a particular church.
If the Ps-and-Ps are not a creed, don’t use them in practice as if they are.