Article XII – The Church is the Body not the Bride of Christ
We believe that the Church, in identity, is the Body not the Bride of Christ.1 In identity, New Jerusalem is the Bride of Christ.2 In relationship, however, the Church is to be obedient to Christ as a bride is to be obedient to her own husband.3
Scripture references: 1Exodus 4:22-23, Romans 12:5, I Corinthians 12:12-27, Ephesians 1:17-23, Ephesians 4:10-16 and Colossians 1:24. 2Revelation 21:2 and Revelation 21:9-10. 3Ephesians 5:22-33.