True And False Church (Part 1): Derek Prince Sermon (Transcript)

Full text of Derek Prince’s sermon titled “True And False Church (Part 1)” which was preached in October 1989 in Bromley, England.

Quotable Quote(s) from This Sermon:

“The gospel, in its essence, is extremely simple. It consists of certain historical facts, and Paul states them in 1 Corinthians 15 that, Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, and that He was raised again the third day, according to the Scriptures. (1 Cor. 15:1–4) That is the gospel.”

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Derek Prince – Bible Teacher

Our theme this evening, and it will be in two sessions, is: True and False Church.

The most important thing for you to carry away from these sessions is the fact that there is a true church, and there is a false church. And if you don’t understand that, you are liable to be confused and deceived.

I will try to give you, out of Scripture, a portrait, first of the false church and, then of the true. But if you can’t carry away all of the details, I trust that you’ll lay hold of this one fact: that there are, in a sense, two churches on earth today. There’s a true church and a false church.

I hope that I’ll be able to give you sufficient information that from now on, you’ll be on your guard, you’ll not be deceived by the false church and you’ll know where you are spiritually at any given time.


Origin of the true church (2 Cor 11:2)

In 2 Corinthians, chapter 11, verses 2, 3 and 4, Paul explains to us how a false church has come into being.

2 Corinthians 11:2: Writing to the church at Corinth, Paul says: “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband [that is the Lord Jesus], that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”

If you consider the kind of people that the church of Corinth was made up from, that’s an amazing statement. Paul gives a list of the kind of people they were: prostitutes, homosexuals, lesbians, drunkards, fornicators, extortioners and all the rest. And yet, through the power of the blood of Jesus, and the sanctifying work of the Word of God, Paul can envisage a congregation made up of people like that, being presented to the Lord Jesus Christ as a chaste virgin.

And Paul, who was the one who founded that church, speaks about having betrothed those people to the Lord Jesus. We need to understand that in the culture of that day, the Biblical culture, there were two steps: First betrothal and then marriage.

Now betrothal was not just engagement as we understand it today, because many times an engagement is broken off without any catastrophic consequences. But in that culture a betrothal was a very sacred, solemn commitment. It did not permit the marriage to be consummated but it was, in a sense, just as sacred a commitment as the actual marriage. And for a person to be unfaithful to the vows of betrothal was treated as adultery, as the actual breaking of marriage vows.

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So, there were these two phases: First a woman was betrothed to a man. And in that culture it wasn’t very long before the marriage ceremony would actually take place. After that, they were duly and legally husband and wife.

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