The history of the church is an ongoing struggle to maintain the truth over against the inventions of evil men. It is the history of progress in the face of opposition, of constant deformation and reformation. The lie is never a form of the truth. It is the sacred calling of every believer to seek and determine, in the light of Holy Scripture, where the line of truth runs, and ever to remain on that line, or to return to it. In other words, it is his most solemn duty, to join himself to the purest manifestation of the church in the world, and with her to remain. This does not mean that the believer who takes this calling seriously imagines that no one is saved outside of the particular church in which he has membership. But it does mean that he abhors all deviations from the truth as it is in Christ, and that he refuses to go along with those that move in the direction of the false church.