We believe that a New Testament church is a local, visible, congregation of scripturally baptized believers (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:41, 47; I Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:5), associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel (Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 5:12-13; II Cor. 8:5); observing the ordinances instituted by Chirst (Matt. 28: 19-20) its only Head (Eph. 1 :20-23; 5:23); governed by His laws alone (Gal. 6:2; James 4:12); that such an assembly is the body of Christ in its locality (I Cor. 12:27), with which all the regenerated should affiliate, for this is the only kind of true church in the world today, that its officers of ordination are pastors (Eph. 4:11) and deacons (Phil. 1:1; 1 Tim. 3:8-13); that each assembly has the absolute right to self-government as led by the Holy Spirit, free from any interference whatsoever from any organization, group, convention, association, or individual; that it is scriptural for assemblies to cooperate with each other for the furtherance of the gospel and the doctrines of the Word of God (Acts 15:1-31; II Cor. 8:23-24; 11:8-9; Phil. 4:15- 16), but that each church is the sole human judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; that only sound New Testament Baptist churches today preserve the essential apostolic faith and practice; that Chirst’s promise to build His church has been fulfilled in only these kind of churches, the first of which He organized during His earthly ministry (John 1; Matt. 16: IS) and gave to it, and to others that should descent from it the Great Commission; that these true churches on earth alone possess Divine authority (Matt. 28: I8); therefore, we brand as un scriptural open communication, alien baptism, pulpit affiliation with heretical ministers, mission boards, ecumenicalism, unionism, modernism, modern convention ism and associationism, one-church dictarorship, preacher- ditatorship and all kindred evils arising from these practices.