Comparing the Man-Made Religion of Church with the Spiritual Organism of the Ekklesia
I have written many articles pertaining to the corrupt system of Church that is solely an Antichrist driven agenda fueled by the monetary and the traditions of man. Distinctions have been made between the terms Church and the Ekklesia, which are in direct opposition to each other. It should be said that Church is synonymous with members of organized religion who are a part of the denominational systems of “Churchianity.” This is NOT Christianity. There are many who attempt to make claims to the name, but it is exclusive to those who follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Apostles. Anything that deviates from this are vain abominable works.
This article will attempt to make some clarifications on the assembly of the Ekklesia, the community of Christian believers, either local or internationally, and how they are manifested as the Body that Jesus Christ is building. This spiritual organism of the Ekklesia will be contrasted with man’s denominational religious corporate organization called Church.
The Early Ekklesia, as attested in the New Testament reveals how the body of Jesus Christ organized, which is strikingly different to the practiced counterfeit organized religion of the Church system.
The Contrast Between the Type of Witness
The term Church must be thrown out entirely for one to comprehend what the Ekklesia built by Jesus Christ means. Church creates a double-minded attempt to make Christianity about people ("Churchians") associating with a name building (Church) where they congregate, sit on pews and go through the template of “worship” at appointed times dictated by salaried officials. As people herd through their doors, they are indoctrinated into the systematic mold of organized religion called “Churchianity.” The manifestation of these witnesses is a "faith" in an organized meeting of converted members at a physical location.
In contrast, The New Testament witnesses of the Christian faith are a spiritual assembly where ALL believers are in one accord with Jesus Christ in a spiritual assembly with Him at all times.
The carnal mind needs a physical assembly to affirm their faith in their “Churchy Jesus” who manifests at a specific time and place. The “Churchians” are coerced by their hireling officials to never attempt to abandon the building, because if they do, they are deemed as walking away from “God” as their "faith" cannot separate them from the building.
The Ekklesia who are NOT part of organized religion are joined together in the name of Jesus Christ by having faith in the Gospel. They become a part of the spiritual assembly of all believers in Him. All one has to do through the grace of God is to believe and obey the Gospel. It has nothing to do with assembling together in a Church building partaking in the rituals of a religious service.
So those who received his word were baptized, and THERE WERE ADDED THAT DAY about three thousand souls. – Acts 2:41
Physical versus Spiritual
The Church is a physical entity on every other street corner, but the Ekklesia are a spiritual entity that exists everywhere continually in Jesus Christ. This becomes very clear when the Word of God is not read through a denominational lens.
The double-mindedness of the interchangeable word of using Church as a building with denominationally segregated people creates confusion.
The organized religions of Church are run like incorporated businesses that are located on prime pieces of real estate that have budgets, board of directors and salaried officials who pander special programs and services under their own denominational name brand. The active participation of the Church customers are a requirement for the businesses of religion to succeed; therefore, they offer the perks of membership privileges.
The Ekklesia are a spiritual community that exists either locally, or internationally that are brought together without the ritual, rites and formalities of “Churchianity.” They may live close to other believers living within a certain locality, or common area where they have personal relationships with others through a common bond of spreading the Gospel of the Kingdom and making disciples.
Where are the Ekklesia to be found?
The Ekklesia are found according to their witness. They are citizens of the Kingdom of God, meaning that they ALL have a common identity in Jesus Christ. It is not about race, gender, location, etc.., but they are found in every nation within cities, localities and communities throughout the world, ALL having the same Christian faith.
It is the counterfeit Church system that makes physical distinctions as identifying factors with their man-made kingdoms.
For in Christ Jesus NEITHER CIRCUMCISION NOR UNCIRCUMCISION COUNTS FOR ANYTHING, but only faith working through love. – Galatians 5:6
The Ekklesia are not a plurality of denominational identities, but are a singular living universal spiritual organism in Jesus Christ. Although they may be identified in certain communities, it has no relevance to a particular building. The Ekklesia are not a centralized physical existence, but ONLY in Jesus Christ in a spiritual sense. The oneness and unity in Jesus Christ is not organizing people together to attend a Church service, but it is a spiritual unity of believers anywhere in one accord with Jesus Christ having faith in the Gospel, and being obedient to God’s ways is being in the Spirit of oneness with other believers.
The Ekklesia, who are community of believers do not resemble anything like a congregation of brainwashed denominational Church members organizing within their four-walled temples.
For just as the BODY IS ONE and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are ONE BODY, so it is with Christ. For IN ONE SPIRIT we were all baptized into ONE BODY—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of ONE SPIRIT. – 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
God sees His Ekklesia as scattered throughout the world divided into cities, or localities who have faith in the Gospel of the Kingdom. There are in no special segregated denominational religious groups as Jesus Christ does not designate His people that way. The Ekklesia are designated as being in the world, but NOT of the world.
In contrast, “Churchianity” is in the world and of the world because they have special organizations that are designated by their special status and emblems that man determines for them.
The distinction is that one walks by the Spirit and the other by the flesh.
The Ekklesia are not centralized groupings of people, but are referenced to inhabited interpersonal locations, not segregated denominational buildings called Church.
The report of this came to the ears of the EKKLESIA IN JERUSALEM, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. – Acts 11:22
To the EKKLESIA OF GOD THAT IS IN CORINTH, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, CALLED TO BE SAINTS TOGETHER WITH ALL THOSE WHO IN EVERY PLACE CALL UPON THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, both their Lord and ours – 1 Corinthians 1:2
Within one locality there may be Christians who meet from house to house, but again the only plural use of Ekklesia in Scripture pertains to different localities, not those within a building at specific designated geographical locations. The letters written by Paul to the Christian communities were referenced to the cities they resided in. The Ekklesia were never named, or associated with any formal organized man-named religious buildings.
To ALL THOSE IN ROME who are loved by God and called to be saints – Romans 1:7
To the EKKLESIA OF THE THESSALONIANS in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ – 1 Thessalonians 1:1
“Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I HAVE MANY IN THIS CITY WHO ARE MY PEOPLE.” – Acts 18:9
John to the seven EKKLESIAIS THAT ARE IN ASIA – Revelation 1:4
The purpose of the Ekklesia are to glorify Jesus Christ by what He has done.
The segregated indoctrinated denominational minds are blinded to this truth. They are trying to make themselves visible to other men by making a name for themselves, and the manifestations are steeples and big signs to lure in the gullible masses. Jesus Christ never identified any of His disciples according to the organizational structure they attended. The focal point and manifestation of a spiritual community identified in Jesus Christ is through family relationships, not canned “worship” services with the constant passing of the offering plate.
Greet one another with a holy kiss. ALL THE EKKLESIAIS OF CHRIST greet you. – Acts 16:16
A Family of Households
The physical reality of the Ekklesia consists of family households who live together within a locality emphasizing and edifying one another in the faith that manifests in Christian love towards one another.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. BY THIS ALL PEOPLE WILL KNOW THAT YOU ARE MY DISCIPLES, IF YOU HAVE LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER.” – John 13:34-35
When Paul addressed the Corinth Ekklesia, they were a small decentralized group that met from house to house that encouraged, admonished, prayed and ate together. It should be understood that although they met at a particular person’s house, the representation of the Ekklesia as a whole is not represented by the name of the household, or congregation pertaining to a building, but the spiritual unity of being assembled at all times anywhere in Jesus Christ 24/7.
Now I urge you, brothers—you know that the HOUSEHOLD OF STEPHANAS were the first converts in Achaia, and that they have DEVOTED THEMSELVES TO THE SERVICE OF THE SAINTS – 1 Corinthians 16:15
The spreading of the Gospel via the Ekklesia is an interpersonal communication that is NOT done through a man-made organizational template, but as an organism that heeds its instructions based on what Jesus Christ, the Head tells them to do.
For NO ONE CAN LAY A FOUNDATION OTHER THAN THAT WHICH IS LAID, which is Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 3:11
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are FELLOW CITIZENS with the saints and members of the household of God, BUILT ON THE FOUNDATION OF THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS, CHRIST JESUS HIMSELF BEING THE CORNERSTONE – Ephesians 2:19-20
Organized religion is a much different entity than the Ekklesia as it relies on a chain of command through hierarchical structure of authority through many levels of mediators. For it to function, there must be an imposed liturgy put on the masses so their centralized structure and brand name can grow.
But not so with you. Rather, LET THE GREATEST AMONG YOU BECOME AS THE YOUNGEST, AND THE LEADER AS ONE WHO SERVES. – Luke 22:26
But it shall not be so among you. BUT WHOEVER WOULD BE GREAT AMONG YOU MUST BE YOUR SERVANT, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even THE SON OF MAN CAME NOT TO BE SERVED BUT TO SERVE, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:43-45
A Spiritual Organism
The Ekklesia is a spiritual organism that functions in a decentralized spiritual dynamic anyplace and anywhere on the basis of their relationship to the Head, Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit will NOT work in man’s attempts to organize, but through interpersonal communication of spreading the Gospel with the gifts that God has given each believer. Every believer participates as a functioning citizen of the Kingdom of God with equal access to Jesus Christ. There is no requirement to gather as a large meeting of members, have board meetings, or ask the pastor permission to do the work of the Gospel.
From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when EACH PART IS WORKING PROPERLY, MAKES THE BODY GROW SO THAT IT BUILDS ITSELF UP IN LOVE. – Ephesians 4:16
It is through interpersonal relationships that the needs of the Ekklesia are met. If an elder, pastor, teacher, deacon, etc... gifts are required then they should be utilized as ALL citizens of the Kingdom of God are called to serve. When there is some organization required, it is temporary until the need is met as there are no permanent hirelings required to stay on burdening the Ekklesia by living off the backs of the people.
The Church system is NOT an organism that serves the community, but are members who serve the organization. Members must put in their time and money to support their denominational agenda. This is strikingly different than exercising faith through the love of Jesus Christ. This is where the Church system utterly fails because they rely on paid professionals to satisfy the needs of the masses rather than they themselves serving to satisfy the needs of others. The subservient Church members are not free to access Jesus Christ first, but must go through a bunch of political red tape before they are given the okay from their organizational leaders to do anything. Organized religion hinders the process of faith and the outworking of love for a corrupt idolatrous temple system run by men.
The Ekklesia are a spiritual organism who are part of a decentralized congregation of saints who are in unity of the Spirit with Jesus Christ. They interpersonally serve and communicate with others as they freely live out the Good News in localities throughout the world by making disciples of the nations with the gifting God has given each one of them.
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