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Basis Of Fellowship

Our Fellowship Position

  • The Birmingham Amended Statement of Faith, including
    • The Truths To Be Received
    • The Doctrines To Be Rejected
    • The Commandments Of Christ, and
  • An Addendum


  • Divorce and Remarriage
    • A brother or sister may not obtain a divorce for any cause. Matt. 19:3-6; Mark 10:7-12; 1 Cor. 7:10-11; 1 Cor 7:27.
    • A brother or sister who, for any cause, has become divorced after baptism may not take a new mate during the lifetime of any former partner. 1 Cor. 7:10-11; 1 Cor. 7:39; Rom 7:2.
    • An applicant for immersion who is married at the time of application for baptism, will be accepted into fellowship unconditionally (without regard to former marriage or divorce) after a good confession of faith. 1 Cor 6:9-11;1Cor 7:24.
    • A divorced man or woman coming to the knowledge of “the truth” and being immersed, may not remarry while any former partner lives. Rom 7:3; 1 Cor 7:39.
  • Sisters
    • That there is a general brother-sister distinction that requires sisters to learn in silence with all subjection, and not to teach nor usurp authority over the man. (1 Tim 2:11-14; 1 Cor 11:7-9).
    • That sisters should wear hats during all officially called gatherings of the Ecclesia, which is an acknowledgment of this subjection, and affirms that “the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” (1Cor 11:3-16).
    • That the sister is commanded to silence in the churches (1 Cor. 14:34-40). That in harmony with 1 Tim Chapter 2, and 1 Cor. Chapter 11, mentioned above, along with the entire scriptural pattern, no one can prove that this required silence does not include ALL officially called gatherings of the Ecclesia (during the time that the Truth is being preached, taught, expounded, or the business of the Truth is being conducted); that to teach otherwise is error.
  • Miscellaneous
    Suing at law (1Cor 6:7-10, 1Cor 6:7-10, Rom 12:18-19) and Jury duty (2Cor 5:20; Eph 2:11-13, 19) are opposed to the laws of God. The Holy Spirit gifts are not possessed today (1Cor 13:8-13).
  • Fellowship
    We will not fellowship any who hold or practice a contrary view, or who, although themselves not holding or practicing a contrary view, are prepared to fellowship those who do. 1Cor 5:4-13; 2Thes 3:6; 2Jo 10; Eph 5:11; Titus 3:10;
    Matt 18:15-17.
  • The Bible
    The Bible is our ultimate guide and arbiter. If errors arise we will add to our fellowship position as needed. Isa 8:20; Gal 1:7; 1Jo 5:3.
    Footnote: You can read the Birmingham Amended Statement of Faith (BASF) in its entirety by clicking on the headings below.

The Birmingham Amended Statement of Faith (BASF)