The question was asked, “How does one discern the true Church from the false church?” The answer is simple. Ubi Petrus, ibi Ecclesia, ibi Deus. Because Peter, the Vicar of Christ, the Pope, has been granted by God the special grace of a faith that will never fail, no matter his personal sinfulness and whatever the usual naysayers might claim, where there is Peter, there is Christ, there is the true Church, and there is God.
Nevertheless, I have this against you: you have left your first love (Rv. 2:4).
Many these days want and are attempting to create a god and a church in their own image, both tailored according to the people’s desires, preferences, and yes; even ambitions. It is a situation similar to when the Children of Israel got tired of waiting for Moses to descend from Mount Sinai, so they begged his brother, Aaron – the high priest who consented to betray God, in order to please the people – to build them instead a golden calf to worship (Ex 32:1-6). But the problem is that neither such a god, nor such a church, can really satiate the most basic cravings and searching of humankind, because they are not the One, True and Holy God; and the One, True and Holy Church, out of and through whom is provided infinite grace and consolation, despite the sinfulness of the latter’s members.
Neither the god, nor the church, being made in the people’s image can truly assist humankind in its ever-increasing difficulties. This because they do not emanate from the Heart of God Who is the Divine Light, but from the heart of man, out of which nothing can emerge but darkness and false lights – a postmodern-day golden calf – unless it is first purified and illumined by the Holy Spirit Who is God.