We affirm the autonomy of the local church. Each
church is free to determine its own membership and to set its own
course under the headship of Jesus. It may enter into alliance with
other churches as it chooses, so long as those other churches are
The same is true for other Baptist bodies local associations;
state conventions; national conventions. They, too, may determine
their membership and set their own course.
If, in its autonomy, a Baptist body expels a church from its fellowship,
it does not negate that church's autonomy. The church is perfectly
free to go on with its business but not as a member of that
larger Baptist body.