The Christadelphian Statement of FaithAlso known as the Birmingham Amended Statement of Faith (BASF)
Clause 24 below outlines the amendment made in January 1898 to the original statement
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
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
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 obedience.
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 men, which he shared by partaking of their
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 (i.e. "those who teach incorrect doctrine" - editor).
That he makes intercession for his erring brethren, if they confess and forsake their sins.
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.
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
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 everything.
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 sea."
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.
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