Perseverance of the Church

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No matter what happens the Church will persevere just as God promised.

Though with a scornful wonder men see her sore oppressed,

By schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed,

Yet saints their watch are keeping, their cry goes up, “How long?”

And soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.

The church shall never perish! Her dear Lord to defend,

To guide, sustain, and cherish, is with her to the end.

Though there be those that hate her, and false sons in her pale,

Against or foe or traitor she ever will prevail.

(Samuel J. Stone, “The Church’s One Foundation” [1866])