Christa-delphian Statement of FaithAlso known as the Birmingham Amended Statement of Faith
Clause 24 below outlines the amendment made in January 1898 to the original 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.)
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
7. That He inaugurated this plan by making promises to
Adam, Abraham and David, and afterwards elaborated it in greater detail
through the prophets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 sin.
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.
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.
15. That he sent forth apostles to proclaim salvation
through him, as the only Name given under heaven whereby men may be
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.
17. That the Gospel consists of "The things concerning the
Kingdom of God and the Name of Jesus Christ."
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."
20. That for this purpose God will send Jesus Christ
personally to the earth at the close of the times of the Gentiles.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.