The Christadelphian Statement of Faith

Also known as the Birmingham Amended Statement of Faith

THE FOUNDATION -- That the book currently known as the Bible,
consisting of the Scriptures of Moses, the prophets, and the apostles,
is the only source of knowledge concerning God and His purposes at
present extant or available in the earth, and that the same were wholly
given by inspiration of God in the writers, and are consequently
without error in all parts of them, except such as may be due to errors
of transcription or translation. (This paragraph was added in 1886.)

2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Cor. 2:13; Heb. 1:1; 2 Pet. 1:21; 1 Cor. 14:37; Neh. 9:30; John 10:35.

1. That the only true God is He Who was revealed to Abraham, Isaac
and Jacob, by angelic visitation and vision, and to Moses at the
flaming bush (unconsumed) and at Sinai, and Who manifested Himself in
the Lord Jesus Christ, as the supreme self-existent Deity, the ONE
FATHER, dwelling in unapproachable light, yet everywhere present by His
Spirit, which is a unity with His person in heaven. He hath, out of His
own underived energy, created heaven and earth, and all that in them is.

Isa. 40:13-25; 43:10-12; 44:6-8; 45:5; 46:9-10; Job 38-40; Deut. 6:1-4;
Mark 12:29-32; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; Eph. 4:6; 1 Tim. 2:5; Neh. 9:6; Job 26:13;
Psa. 124:8; 146:6; 148:5; Isa. 40:25-27; Jer. 10:12-13; 27:5; 32:17-25;
51:15; Acts 14:15; 17:24; 1 Chron. 29:11-14; Psa. 62:11; 145:3; Isa.
26:4; 40:26; Job 9:4; 36:5; Psa. 92:5; 104:24; 147:4-5; Isa. 28:29;
Rom. 16:27; 1 Tim. 1:17; 2 Chron. 16:9; Job 28:24; 34:21; Psa.
33:13-14; 44:21; 94:9; 139:7-12; Prov. 15:3; Jer. 23:24; 32:19; Amos
9:2-3; Acts 17:27-28; Psa. 123:1; 1 Kings 8:30-39, 43, 49; Matt. 6:9; 1
Tim. 6:15-16; 1:17.

2. That Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of God, begotten of the Virgin
Mary by the Holy Spirit, without the intervention of man, and
afterwards anointed with the same Spirit, without measure, at his

Matt. 1 :23; 1 Tim. 3: 16; Acts 2:22-24, 36; Matt. 1:18-25; Lk.
1:26-35; Gal. 4:4; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 3:16-17; Isa. 11:2; 42:1; 61:1;
John 3:34; 7:16; 8:26-28; 14:10-24.

3. That the appearance of Jesus of Nazareth on the earth was
necessitated by the position and state into which the human race had
been brought by the circumstances connected with the first man.

1 Cor. 15:21-22; Rom. 5:12-19; Gen. 3:19; 2 Cor. 5:19-21.

4. That the first man was Adam, whom God created out of the dust of
the ground as a living soul, or natural body of life, "very good"
[Publisher's Note: Gen. 1:31] in kind and condition, and placed him
under a law through which the continuance of life was contingent on

Gen. 2:7; 18:27; Job 4:19; 33:6; 1 Cor. 15:46-49; Gen. 2:17.

5. That Adam broke this law, and was adjudged unworthy of
immortality, and sentenced to return to the ground from whence he was
taken-a sentence which defiled and became a physical law of his being,
and was transmitted to all his posterity.

Gen. 3:15-19, 22-23; 2 Cor. 1:9; Rom. 7:24; 2 Cor. 5:2-4; Rom. 7:18-23;
Gal. 5:16-17; Rom. 6:12; 7:21; John 3:6; Rom. 5:12; 1 Cor. 15:22; Psa.
51:5; Job 14:4.

6. That God, in His kindness, conceived a plan of restoration which,
without setting aside His just and necessary law of sin and death,
should ultimately rescue the race from destruction, and people the
earth with sinless immortals.

Rev. 21 :4; John 3: 16; 2 Tim. 1: 10; 1 John 2:25; 2 Tim. 1: 1; Titus 1:2; Rom. 3:26; John 1:29.

7. That He inaugurated this plan by making promises to Adam, Abraham
and David, and afterwards elaborated it in greater detail through the

Gen. 3:15; 22:18; Psa. 89:34-37; 33:5; Hos. 13:14; Isa. 25:7-9; 51:1-8; Jer. 23:5.

8. That these promises had reference to Jesus Christ, who was to be
raised up in the condemned line of Abraham and David, and who, though
wearing their condemned nature, was to obtain a title to resurrection
by perfect obedience, and, by dying, abrogate the law of condemnation
for himself, and all who should believe and obey him.

1 Cor. 15:45; Heb. 2:14-16; Rom. 1:3; Heb. 5:8-9; 1:9; Rom. 5:19-21;
Gal. 4:4-5; Rom. 8:3-4; Heb. 2:15; 9:26; Gal. 1:4; Heb. 7:27; 5:3-7;
2:17; Rom. 6:10; 6:9; Acts 13:34-37; Rev. 1:18; John 5:21-22, 26-27;
14:3; Rev. 2:7; 3:21; Matt. 25:21; Heb. 5:9; Mark 16:16; Acts 13:38-39;
Rom. 3:22; (Psa. 2:6-9; Dan. 7:13-14; Rev. 11:15; Jer. 23:5; Zech.
14:9; Eph. 1:9-10) -- [Publisher's Note: These passages in parathensis
must be considered together.]

9. That it was this mission that necessitated the miraculous
begettal of Christ of a human mother, enabling him to bear our
condemnation, and, at the same time, to be a sinless bearer thereof,
and, therefore, one who could rise after suffering the death required
by the righteousness of God.

Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35; Isa. 7:14; Rom. 1:3-4; 8:3; Gal. 4:4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 2:14-17; 4:15.

10. That being so begotten of God, and inhabited and used by God
through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was Emmanuel, God with
us, God manifested in the flesh-yet was, during his natural life, of
like nature with mortal man, being made of a woman of the house and
lineage of David, and therefore a sufferer, in the days of his flesh,
from all the effects that came by Adam's transgression including the
death that passed upon all man, which he shared by partaking of their
physical nature.

Matt. 1:23; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 2:14; Gal. 4:4; Heb. 2:17.

11. That the message he delivered from God to his kinsmen, the Jews,
was a call to repentance from every evil work, the assertion of his
divine sonship and Jewish kingship; and the proclamation of the glad
tidings that God would restore their kingdom through him, and
accomplish all things written in the prophets.

Mark l:l5; Matt. 4:17; 5:20-48; John 10:36; 9:35; 11:27; 19:21; 1:49;
Matt. 27:11-43; John 10:24-25; Matt. 19:28; 21:42-43; 23:38-39;
25:14-46; Luke 4:43; 13:27-30; 19:11-27; 22:28-30; Matt. 5:17; Luke

12. That for delivering this message, he was put to death by the
Jews and Romans who were, however, but instruments in the hands of God,
for the doing of that which He had determined before to be done-namely,
the condemnation of sin in the flesh, through the offering of the body
of Jesus once for all, as a propitiation to declare the righteousness
of God, as a basis for the remission of sins. All who approach God
through this crucified, but risen, representative of Adam's disobedient
race, are forgiven. Therefore, by a figure, his blood cleanseth from

Luke 19:47; 20:1-26; John 11:45-53; Acts 10:38-39; 13:26-29; 4:27-28;
Rom. 8:3; Heb. 10:10; Rom. 3:25; Acts 13:38; 1 John 1:7; John 14:6;
Acts 4:12; 1 Pet. 3:18; 2:24; Heb. 9:14; 7:27; 9:26-28; Gal. 1:4; Rom.
3:25; 15:8; Gal. 3:21-22; Gal. 2:21; 4:4-5; Heb. 9:15; Luke 22:20;
24:26, 46-47; Matt. 26:28.

13. That on the third day, God raised him from the dead, and exalted
him to the heavens as priestly mediator between God and man, in the
process of gathering from among them a people who should be saved by
the belief and obedience of the Truth.

1 Cor. 15:4; Acts 10:40; 13:30-37; 2:24-27; 4:27-33; [Publisher's Note:
The following passages were removed from Clause 14, where they were
wrongfully placed:] Luke 24:51; Eph. 1:20; Acts 5:31; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb.
8:1; Acts 15:14; 13:39; Heb. 4:14-15.

14. That he is a priest over his own house only, and does not
intercede for the world, or for professors who are abandoned to
disobedience. That he makes intercession for his erring brethren, if
they confess and forsake their sins.

Luke 24:51; Eph. 1:20; Acts 5:31; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 8: 1; Acts 15:14; 13:39; Heb. 4:14-l5.

15. That he sent forth apostles to proclaim salvation through him, as the only Name given under heaven whereby men may be saved.

Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:19-20; Luke 24:46-48; Acts 26:16-18; 4:12.

16. That the way to obtain this salvation is to believe the Gospel
they preached, and to take on the Name and service of Christ, by being
thereupon immersed in water, and continuing patiently in the observance
of all things he has commanded, none being recognized as his friends
except those who do what he has commanded.

Acts 13:48; 16:31; Mark 16:16; Rom. 1:16; Acts 2:38, 41; 10:47-48; 8:12; Gal. 3:27-29; Rom. 6:3-5; 2:7; Matt. 28:20; John 15:14.

17. That the Gospel consists of "The things concerning the Kingdom of God and the Name of Jesus Christ."

Acts 8:12; 19:8, 10, 20; 28:30-31.

18. That the "Things of the Kingdom of God" are the facts testified
concerning the Kingdom of God in the writings of the prophets and
apostles, and definable as in the next 12 paragraphs.

19. That God will set up a Kingdom in the earth, which will
overthrow all others, and change them into "the kingdoms of our Lord
and His Christ."

Dan. 2:44; 7:13-14; Rev. 11:15; Isa. 32:1, 16; 2:3-4; 11:9-10.

20. That for this purpose God will send Jesus Christ personally to the earth at the close of the times of the Gentiles.

Acts 3:20-21; Psa. 102:16, 21; 2 Tim. 4:1, Acts 1:9, 11; Dan. 7:13
[Publisher's Note: Additional passages: Luke 21:24-27; Rom. 11:25-26].

21. That the Kingdom which he will establish will be the Kingdom of
Israel restored, in the territory it formerly occupied, namely, the
land bequeathed for an everlasting possession to Abraham and his Seed
(the Christ) by covenant.

Mic. 4:6-8; Amos 9:11, 15; Eze. 37:21-22; Jer. 23:3, 8; Gen. 13: 14-17; Heb. 11:8-9; Gal. 3: 16; Lev. 26:42; Mic. 7:20.

22. That this restoration of the Kingdom again to Israel will
involve the ingathering of God's chosen but scattered nation, the Jews;
their reinstatement in the land of their fathers, when it shall have
been reclaimed from "the desolation of many generations"; the building
again of Jerusalem to become "the throne of the Lord" and the
metropolis of the whole earth.

Isa. 11:12; Jer. 31:10; Zec. 8:8; Eze. 36:34-36; Isa. 5l:3; 60:15; 62:4; Jer. 3: 17; Mic. 4:7-8; Joel 3: 17; Isa. 24:23.

23. That the governing body of the Kingdom so established will be
the brethren of Christ, of all generations, developed by resurrection
and change, and constituting, with Christ as their head, the collective
"Seed of Abraham," in whom all nations will be blessed, and comprising
"Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets," and all in their age
of like faithfulness.

Dan. 12:2; Luke 13:28; Rev. 11:18; 1 Thess. 4:15-17; John 5:28-29;
6:39-40; Luke 14:14; Matt. 25:34, 46 [Publisher's Note: additional
passages: Rev. 5:9-10; Dan. 7:27].

24. That at the appearing of Christ prior to the establishment of
the Kingdom, the responsible (namely, those who know the revealed will
of God, and have been called upon to submit to it), dead and living --
obedient and disobedient -- will be summoned before his judgment seat
"to be judged according to their works," and "receive in body according
to what they have done, whether it be good or bad."

2 Cor. 5:10; 2 Tim. 4:1; Rom. 2:5-6, 16; 14:10-12; 1 Cor. 4:5; Rev. 11:18.

Note: Clause 24 was amended in Jan. 1898, to refute the teaching
that one may avoid being raised for judgment by refusing baptism. With
this change, this document came to be known as the Birmingham Amended
Statement of Faith (BASF). While nearly all Christadelphian ecclesias
worldwide have adopted this amended statement of faith, a few ecclesias
in North America still use the original Birmingham Statement of Faith
(BSF) which has also been called "Unamended" or BUSF. This clause in
the original document reads "... the responsible will be summoned
before his judgement seat ..."

25. That the unfaithful will be consigned to shame and "the second
death," and the faithful, invested with immortality, and exalted to
reign with Jesus as joint heirs of the Kingdom, co-possessors of the
earth, and joint administrators of God's authority among men in

Matt. 7:26; 8:12; 25:20-30; Dan. 12:2; Gal. 6:8; 5:21; 2 Thess. 1:8;
Heb. 10:26-31; 2 Pet. 2:12; Rev. 21:8; Mal. 4:1; Psa. 37:30-38; Prov.
10:25-29; 1 Cor. 15:51-55; 2 Cor. 5:1-4; James 1:12; Rom. 2:7; John
10:28; Matt. 5:5; Psa. 37:9, 22, 29; Rev. 5:9; Dan. 7:27; 1 Thess.
2:12; 2 Pet. 1:11; Rev. 3:21; 2 Tim. 2: 12; Rev. 5: 10; Psa. 49:7-9;
Luke 22:29-30.

26. That the Kingdom of God, thus constituted, will continue a
thousand years, during which sin and death will continue among the
earth's subject inhabitants, though in a much milder degree than now.

Rev. 20:4-9; 11:15; Isa. 65:20; Eze. 44:22, 25; 1 Cor. 15:24-28.

27. That a law will be established which shall go forth to the
nations for their "instruction in righteousness," resulting in the
abolition of war to the ends of the earth, and the "filling of the
earth with the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh as the waters cover the

Mic. 4:2; Isa. 42:4; 11: 1-10; 2:4; Hab. 2:14.

28. That the mission of the Kingdom will be to subdue all enemies,
and finally death itself, by opening up the way of life to the nations,
which they will enter by faith, during the thousand years, and (in
reality) at their close.

1 Cor. 15:24-28; Rev. 21:4; 20:12-15; Isa. 25:6-8.

29. That at the close of the thousand years, there will be a general
resurrection and judgment, resulting in the final extinction of the
wicked, and the immortalization of those who shall have established
their title (under the grace of God) to eternal life during the
thousand years.

Rev. 20:11-15; 1 Cor. 15:24.

30. That the government will then be delivered up by Jesus to the
Father, Who will manifest Himself as the "All-in-All"; sin and death
having been taken out of the way, and the race completely restored to
the friendship of the Deity.

1 Cor. 15:28.

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