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Question and Answer

True Church and the OPC

Question:

Do you consider the OPC to be the true church today and other Protestants to be wrong?

Answer:

No, we make no claim that we are the true church and that all others are wrong. Protestant doctrines are more like the rainbow. They differ from the Bible (in our judgment) in varying degrees. Protestants are theoretically agreed (with some exceptions) that the Bible is the infallible, inspired Word of God. The differences are in how the various churches and denominations interpret it. And the differences are accounted for in certain historic traditions plus the fact that there is no biblically perfect church on earth.

As a result of the fall of Adam, human thinking has been affected in varying degrees—blinding those who are unbelievers most extremely. And while those who sincerely profess faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are able to read and understand the Scriptures, yet they cannot in this life perfectly understand God's Word.

That doesn't excuse us from striving towards unity in faith and life, yet "...we know in part; but when the perfect comes (at the resurrection of the righteous dead at the entrance into the final state). the partial will be done away... For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then will I know fully just as I also have been fully known [by the all-knowing God]" (1 Cor. 13:9-13).

We differ from some denominations in many ways, from others in a lesser degree. And it would be arrogant on our part if we were to claim, or even think, that only we have the truth, "unchurching" all who differ with us. Nevertheless, it is our desire to lay hold on all the great teachings of the Bible, even those that are hard to understand.

I must add that there are some Protestant churches and denominations which deny the full inspiration and authority of the Bible. God is their judge, but to the degree that a church gives up "the faith once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3) they become apostate and should be looked upon as no churches at all.


About Q&A

"Questions and Answers" is a weekly feature of the OPC website. At least one new question is posted each week, so there should always be something new here for you to read. (For those who would like to look at previous questions and answers, they will continue to be available as well.)

The questions come from individuals like yourself. If you have questions about biblical and theological matters, you are invited to send them by e-mail by using the "Pose a Question" link on the OPC home page or by clicking here.

The purpose of the OPC website's "Questions and Answers" is to respond to biblical and theological questions. Matters of church discipline, disputes, or debates go beyond the scope of our work. We recommend that you present your concerns in these areas to the appropriate judicatory. In most cases this will be to a local pastor, elder, or session. We do not want the website to replace personal involvement in, or commitment to, the local, visible church.

While we will respond to every serious questioner, we are not bound to give a substantive answer to every question, should we deem the question to be beyond the scope of our purpose or our own ability to answer.

You will receive an answer by email. Please be patient as many of our respondents are busy pastors. The response to your question may take up to two weeks. Some of the questions submitted will be chosen to be posted here, along with the corresponding answers.

The answers come from individual ministers in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church expressing their own convictions and do not necessarily represent an "official" position of the Church, especially in areas where the Standards of the Church (the Scriptures and the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms) are silent.

Note that the "Questions and Answers" posted on the site have been edited—all personal references are removed, Scripture references may be added, and sometimes portions are expanded—to make the questions and answers more useful to a larger audience.

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