What effect do the marks of the Church have on its existence and life?

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The existence and life of the Church cannot be separated from its identifying marks.

Where the identifying marks of the Church cease, there the Church also ceases to exist.

Where something other than the pure word of God is allowed to be sown, there the devil can do his sowing unhindered, and because of the teaching of such a church, believers are in constant danger.

Where the identifying marks of the Church are pure, there believers receive the type of shepherding that the Good Shepherd wants to give them. There they have a true spiritual home.

Rev. 3:10-11: Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold I come quickly; hold that fast which thou hast that no man take thy crown.

Gal. 5:9: A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

Assignment: Read Acts 15. The apostolic Church rejected the suggestion that converts from paganism be given the command: “Unless you have yourselves circumcised... you cannot be saved.