|Brother Paul Burbidge|
Independence is a Bible doctrine pertaining to the churches of the Lord Jesus Christ where each church is under no other authority for her faith and practice, except the Lord Jesus Christ who is her Head. Since the Lord Jesus created no other institution to carry out His work directly under the command of the Word of God and the Spirit of God, that means that no other church, or man-made religious organization, can exercise authority over another church, and that all of the Lord's churches are equal. In addition to these things, the final court of appeal available to the individual Christian is his or her church. Independence in no way precludes churches of like faith and practice from cooperating in the work of the Lord within the parameters of the Scriptures and under the direction of the Holy Spirit.