A Closer Look at the Greek word Ekklesia under the Microscope
The word ekklesia was corruptly translated from Greek to mean the Church institution. The true meaning of ekklesia (G1577) can be broken down into two separate words that represent two things. Ek (G1537), which means from out of, and kaleo (G2564), which means to call forth.
Many who are in the home “church” movement will emphasize that ekklesia means to go out and plant house “church” somewhere and call forth a general assembly of believers to meet together in various homes. The institutionalized “church” will emphasise it to mean to go out and erect a "church" building, name it and call forth people to come into it.
These two movements basically believe the same thing, but go about it different ways, but Scripture has something different to say about what many call “church.”
What is the Ekklesia?
You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house – 1 Peter 2:5
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. - 1 Peter 2:9-10
From reading these few verses in 1 Peter, it becomes very clear that the ekklesia are spiritual made in nature. It is not a physical building, or a house that is built with man’s hands called “church” where people routinely gather. The ekklesia are the called out ones from the spiritual bondage of the systems of man into the light becoming a spiritual household made of living stones.
For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? – James 2:2-4
Looking at this verse closer, the word assembly does not mean ekklesia. It means meeting place, or synagogue (4864). An assembly is NOT the ekklesia.
Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him… - 2 Thessalonians 2:1
Paul in this verse was not referring to the ekklesia, but a collection of people (G1997), meeting together in one place. It is true that the ekklesia can gather together, but gathering together does not mean ekklesia.
It's a Matter of Perspective
The word ekklesia has taken on many secular perspectives, but the word has a uniqueness that was held by the Early Ekklesia that can be gleaned from Jesus’ own words.
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my ekklesia, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. – Matthew 16:18
Jesus said that He would build His ekklesia; therefore, it is not man who can build a spiritual house. Any man who calls something that is not living, such as a building. or house, and calls it “church” is twisting the words of Jesus. A physical building called house, or church does NOT mean ekklesia, but it is a spiritual house built by Jesus Christ Himself.
If I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the ekklesia of the living God – 1 Timothy 3:15
The household of God is spiritual in nature, it is NOT the institutionalized “church,” or a house “church.” It was NEVER intended to be an inanimate physical building, but a spiritual family of people who Jesus assembles throughout the world in different localities. Too many people are reading Scripture without reading it in spiritual context. They have stopped living by faith in the unseen and want tangible evidence of “church;” therefore, they embrace the the counterfeit term "church," which is a building they can see with their own eyes.
The ekklesia are not a general assembly of believers in "church" buildings. The ekklesia are called out, NOT into. Even though modern “church” strongly believes in going out and planting other “churches,” they cannot do this because Jesus Christ is the one who creates the SPIRITUAL assembly of believers.
- Where in Scripture does it say that a house meeting are the ekklesia?
- Where in Scripture does it say that a worship service are the ekklesia?
- Where in Scripture does it say that Church is a building made with man’s hands are the ekklesia?
I will Build My Ekklesia
The ekklesia are born again believers who are called out of darkness into the light of God who are a family of spiritual believers that CANNOT be planted, built, or organized by any man. Jesus Christ is the architect of the ekklesia. Jesus Christ has defined the ekklesia. You CANNOT go to ekklesia, you CANNOT teach IN ekklesia. The ekklesia are NOT "church."
If you go to “church,” then man created it. If you teach in “church,” you are in man’s domain, which means the gates of hell have prevailed. The ekklesia has nothing to do with what man's traditions are doing, but everything to with what Jesus Christ has done.
And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter. And upon this rock I will build my congregation: and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. - Matthew 16:18 TYNT
Unfortunately, many people spend most of their lives within the confines of organized religion called “church.” They have not been seeing with their spiritual eyes, or reading God’s Word without the lens of human tradition.Their traditions have changed Biblical terminologies and left many stunted in their spiritual growth trapped and oppressed in “Churchianity.”
The word “church” is corruptly used in the Bible, which is why so many are accustomed to using the term the wrong way. If ekklesia was used instead, at least it might get the readers to think about its meaning rather than submitting to the devised human term. The ekklesia is singular, which is ONE body born into the Kingdom of God. Even the epistles were written to the ONE Church in different localities. Paul did not write to different “churches.” He wrote to the Ekklesia (singular), but to a community of local believers (plural) in different cities. Ekklesia is singular in Greek, but many English Bible translations use “church” in plural form.
- Can you see the damage the word "church" has done?
"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” - Matthew 18:20
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – Ephesians 4:4
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. – Romans 12:4-5
It should become clearer that we are one body that consists of many parts. It is NOT denominations, buildings, or separate religious sects and organizations.
The “church” attender will say that you need to get plugged INTO a “church,” or ATTEND a “church.” They fail to understand that once a person is joined to Jesus Christ, they are part of His ONE body. There is NOTHING else for that person to join. It is PEOPLE who are the parts of the Body, it is NOT different religious organizations.
Wake up people! The practice of building temples and calling it “church” is idolatry. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. God is NOT contained in your idols!
Your “church” that you attend and worship in every Sunday morning is upon the altar of man's traditions believing that being religiously dedicated to a building called “church” with man-made programs is necessary to attain the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus Christ did NOT shed His blood for “church.” The modern “church” pastor and their minions are lying and deceiving the masses. The ekklesia thrived without buildings and programs, but most believe they can do nothing without them. The ekklesia has not only been called out of the world, but also the religious world too.
The words written in Isaiah make things crystal clear.
“When you come to appear before me,
who has required of you
this trampling of my courts?
Bring no more vain offerings;
incense is an abomination to me.
New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations—
I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
Your new moons and your appointed feasts
my soul hates;
they have become a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.
When you spread out your hands,
I will hide my eyes from you;
even though you make many prayers,
I will not listen;
your hands are full of blood. – Isaiah 1:12-15
We are not called to "worship" services sitting in pews, but to live a life of worship. “Churchianity” embraces the mindset of the world because they are blind in their condition neglecting the truth.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. – John 4:23
But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) – Hebrews 9 :11
The religious deceptions have etched many minds with terminologies that are inconsistent with God’s Word. If you call a building you attend religiously “church,” then you are deceived. Get out while you still can.
Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues – Revelation 18:4
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