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Which is the true church according to the Bible?

Today, there are many churches that claim to be God’s true church, yet they differ widely in biblical interpretation, faith, and practice.

God’s True Church According to the Bible

Jesus has solved this dilemma for us by describing His end-time true church so we can easily identify it! That description is found in the book of Revelation chapters 12 and 14. God’s Word says:

“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12).

“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17).

The true church according to the Bible will:

  1. Have the Faith of Jesus.
  2. Keep the Commandments of God (Exodus 20:3-17).
  3. Have the Testimony of Jesus Christ (“for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10).

The issue controverted between the different churches is the fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:8-11). There is an agreement among believers that the other nine are still binding today. But early in the Christian history, people began to ignore the seventh-day Sabbath and replace it with the keeping of the first day of the week as the day of worship (Daniel 7:25). 

Sunday-observing believers give different reasons as to why they keep the first day of the week instead of the seventh. Some say that the Ten Commandments were abolished at the cross. And the Roman Catholic Church claims that it has transferred the sacredness of the seventh day to the first day of the week by virtue of its authority that it inherited from the apostles.

However, these claims are not supported by the Scriptures. According to the prophecy of Revelation, the crisis will climax when symbolic Babylon triumphs over the state to enforce Sunday observance by civil law and punishes all the disobedient (Revelation 13:12–17). 

God’s Invitation

Jesus recognizes His children who are in Babylon, “Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:16, 27).

And the Lord is calling His faithful children from all the churches that follow Babylon saying, “Come out of her [Babylon], my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities” (Revelation 18:4, 5). Jesus promises that His people who are yet in Babylon will hear and recognize His voice and come out to safety to join His end-time true Church.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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