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Church is Not What You Think It is

Updated on July 29, 2014

Those who have been exposed to “Churchianity” have been indoctrinated into believing that being a follower of Jesus Christ equates to becoming a member of a church under the umbrella of a particular denomination with the requirement of attending weekly services, thus serving God means affiliating with a man-made organization.

Church is a corrupt word that has replaced ekklesia, which in its proper meaning, are the called out ones. The ekklesia in no way means, or represents a named building, hierarchical structure, religious programs, or a place to worship.


All of “churchianity” believes that the church is a building where they ritually go to hear a hireling make a speech upon a pulpit and partake in a predetermined program of singing songs called "worship." All religious denominational sects meet in a named structure called church. When they talk about church they will always refer to the building, which means the pastor, clergy, meetings and programs. This is an undisputable evident fact.

  • Do the members of “Churchianity” believe they are the “called out ones?”

Of course they don’t! They are called into a scheduled weekly service within the liturgy of a denominational template. This is no different than any other social organization in the world. The buildings, leadership and organizational practices are all adopted practices of the world system. Even the wordly government acknowledges their organization as a "good" thing and thus gives them special tax exempt status.

There is a startling difference between all denominations that were founded by particular men throughout history versus the one founder of the ekklesia.

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, a small rock and upon the large rock I will build my congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones}, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against her. – Matthew 16:18

Jesus never said He would build a church, but said He would build His called out ones upon the rock of Himself.

  • Do you see anything about clergy, programs, denominations, named buildings, and hierarchy in Jesus’ words?

The problem with organized religion is that they twist the words of Jesus to fit their own traditions.

An Outsider's Perspective

  • Have you ever taken a step back and watched “Churchianity” from an outsider’s perspective?

It would be strikingly obvious that being a follower of Jesus Christ is about being called out of the worldly systems into His Kingdom. It is not about going into man’s kingdoms of religious rituals called church that means buildings, clergy, Sunday school, etc…

The religious leaders in church claim to follow Jesus, but contradict His words and nullify their works through their man-made traditions.

But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. – Matthew 23:8-12

You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. – John 13:13

And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. – John 10 :16

The ekklesia know that there is only one Teacher, Leader and Shepherd. We are all equal as brothers and sisters in His body because we are ALL called to be servants.

  • Do the words of Jesus Christ represent what is called, church?

No, His words represent the called out ones (ekklesia) who heed their instructions from the one Instructor, Jesus Christ.

The indoctrinated who promote “Churchianity" are blinded; their reality is seen through a denominational lens created by men. They disobey the words of God and serve men instead of Jesus Christ.

  • Do servants stand upon podiums, or pedestals?

The traditions of man have usurped the role of Jesus Christ for titled salaried ministers called teachers, father, pastor, bishop, etc… When confronted by a “regular” layman for their error, they are belittled for being ignorant and divisive to the clergy’s spiritual authority over them. They will even go a far as referring to their special framed piece of paper on their wall that makes them believe that they are entitled to their eminence among men.

  • Do religious organizations follow what Jesus taught and the love He demonstrated?

No! they look no different than any other religio-social gathering in a mosque, temple or lodge.

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions................... - 2 Timothy 4:3
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions................... - 2 Timothy 4:3

The Hired Hand

The example of the early ekklesia in Scripture was that they laid down their lives for others. They pointed to Jesus Christ alone and what He taught. They shared what they had with one another, living like brothers and sisters in a family. As they lived together, they shared in tasks and their problems with the ultimate goal of taking the Gospel to the nations and discipling others.

The church system does not resemble this. It is a shallow hypocritical religion that is self-serving. They hire outsiders who want you to give them money to lead and guide you in their delusional visions of grandeur. They are glad to tickle the ears of the masses with their weekly sophistry as they peacock upon their podiums to mute pew warmers. These leaders love to be referred to by their ordained titles believing they are helping people by substituting themselves for the one Lord, Teacher, and Shepherd. They take the seats of honor instead of Jesus Christ. They believe that they are the only ones who are only qualified to wear all the hats having control in all the special events such as "membership," baptism, funerals, marriages, etc… But of course, they must be paid to do it! They believe that because they have attended the seminaries of men that they are only ones who are qualified, but I bet if you took away their pay, they would be long gone.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. – John 10:11-13

A religious hireling is a man who accepts money and usurps the role of the ONE GOOD SHEPHERD. They are the ones who will not lay down their life for you, but will run away when trouble comes, or when the money runs out.

The true Shepherd, Jesus Christ has already laid down His life down for you. He has already paid the price. He is the only one who can lead and guide you to the Father, but it requires listening to Him rather than the deluded salaried professionals.

The rituals, traditions and templates of “Churchianity” nullify the teachings of Jesus Christ. It is a deceptive disguise of religious words and works.

You have the choice to choose the religious double-mindedness of “Churchianity,” or the one voice (Jesus Christ) that speaks to His called out ones.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear. – Matthew 11:15

Who Do You Follow?

We cannot follow Jesus Christ and follow the counterfeit religious system called church at the same time. This includes all those who refuse to hear the truth continuing to stay within the harlot church system, otherwise; we would be ignoring the words of Jesus Christ.

We must look for the true disciples of Jesus Christ, not people who pin religious labels upon themselves. We must allow Jesus Christ to build His ekklesia.

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. – John 14:15

Those who obey men in their traditions do not love God because they hold onto “Churchianity” in the realm of man’s kingdoms.

The ekklesia are part of a little flock guided by the one true Shepherd, Jesus Christ. He is the one Lord and Teacher. They do not rely on any mere man for vision or spiritual guidance. The only one with spiritual authority in all matters is Jesus Christ. The called out ones serve Him and their brothers and sisters in His body in humility without selfish ambition. Being in one accord with Jesus Christ is knowing that the lowest servant of all is the greatest in His Kingdom.

“Churchianity” seeks after carnal ambition that is filled with self-seeking individuals who want to be served rather than serving others. They desire to work their way up the hierarchical ladder to become esteemed among men. Their minions like to sit back and be spoon fed religion from a salaried-to-serve hireling and empty their wallets down the throats of the tithing plate.

Jesus Christ requires all believers to take up the cross and follow Him. The sad fact is that most believe that it is a call into a four-walled building. Don’t be duped.

Come out of her, my people,
lest you take part in her sins,
lest you share in her plagues;
for her sins are heaped high as heaven,
and God has remembered her iniquities. – Revelation 18:4-5

Go out of the midst of her, my people!
Let every one save his life
from the fierce anger of the LORD! – Jeremiah 51:45

The Lords

  • The question remains, are you willing to consider that church is a deceptive scheme of Satan to counterfeit the ekklesia?

Church is a a worldly system. The ekklesia are exiles in the world because they have been born of water and spirit and belong to the one Shepherd. They await the King that will come from the throne of God. The do not belong to any earthly kingdom that manifests within religious buildings and institutions.

The Constantine church system is solely about rule and control to subjugate the masses with paid priests who coerce for the monetary. Churches are the daughters of Babylon who choose men rather than Jesus Christ to lead them. The lieutenants of denominations delegate authority to their chain of command promoting their doctrine of demons.

“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. – Matthew 20:25-26

Salaried men called "pastor" and "bishop" have become mediators between God and man usurping the role of Jesus Christ. These counterfeit leaders demand support to maintain their lavish “Christian” temples and their salaries as they build with man-made building blocks their own empires and kingdoms.

You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood – 1 Peter 2:5

The human power structure that is to lord over the people are birthed in religious seminaries. They breed the hirelings that are called by men to lord over the people through coercion, manipulation and fear. They believe that they have the entitlement and rights to rule because of a piece of paper that they proudly frame upon their walls within the harlot buildings. When push comes to shove they will stuff it into your face.

The masses stream into buildings with a priesthood of paid professional, but Jesus Christ does not dwell in buildings made with man's hands.

  • Jesus Christ is calling you out of the bondage and oppression of men. Can you hear Him?

“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!
She has become a dwelling place for demons,
a haunt for every unclean spirit,
a haunt for every unclean bird,
a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.
For all nations have drunk
the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality,
and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her,
and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.” – Revelation 18:2-3

The Obscure Bunch of People

  • Does the ekklesia that Jesus Christ built still function today?

It sure does, but it looks absolutely nothing like church. They are the ones who have the authority to meet in the name of Jesus because this applies ONLY to the ekklesia. The ekklesia are NOT members of an organized denominational church. They worship God not only in spirit, but in truth. They fully understand that their eternal destiny is directly related to their obedience to Him.

Contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.– Jude 1:3-4

It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. – Jude 1:19

God is not the author of confusion; therefore, denominations are devoid of the Spirit. The denominations devoid of the Spirit seek after the doctrines of men that founded them, and replace the truth with error that tickles the carnal desires of the people.

The ekklesia are an obscure bunch of people that are small in number who have no formal association and hold to the basic truths of the true faith in Jesus Christ. This is a fact because all congregational organizational associations are separated by denominations that hold to different philosophies, ideologies, rituals, etc… that separate people within named buildings called church.

The ekklesia are passive in existence in contrast to the behemoth of organized religion.

Those who are awakened to this deception can be free a do great works for the Lord, but those who continue in delusional “Churchianity” will be punished by God for their rebellion.

When God is Ruling there are NO Denominations

The "worship" that is done before God within the kingdoms of men is an abomination in His sight. Rebellion against God has divided people within denominations. They have built their own churches as a means to attaining heaven. The Babylonian system breeds confused people that believe that they can worship God as they please, rather than the way that pleases Him.

There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. – Ephesians 4:4-6

The ministers of Satan preach the doctrines of division. They believe they are serving God, but they are serving Satan’s counterfeit agenda. They preach another “gospel” and another “Jesus.”

When God is ruling there are no denominations. “Churchianity” has no place in the lives of the ekklesia because Jesus Christ instructed them on how they would be constructed.

The ekklesia are a scattered small group of people in all localities throughout the world. The world hates them. They are persecuted for living the truth by doing what Jesus Christ has commanded them to do. The human nature of “Churchianity” is at enmity with them.

And there arose on that day a great persecution against the ekklesia in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. – Acts 8:1-2

Counterfeit "Christians" despise the ekklesia because their beliefs and practices condemn their church system.

Persecution comes to those who teach the truth as Jesus taught.

I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. – John 17:14

If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. – John 15:20

Jesus Christ said to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

  • How many seek man’s kingdom instead?

Many choose Satan’s counterfeit “Christianity” that associates with worshiping God, but His Spirit is absent.

The ekklesia choose to do the work that Jesus Christ commissioned them to do that goes outside of the confines of organized religion by witnessing and warning those to, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

Did Jesus Christ die and rise again so that men could erect buildings called church and put their own names upon them?

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      liberty 3 years ago

      The harlot church system indeed.

      Thanks to God for opening my eyes. Great post.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      Thank-you for your thoughts. God Bless.

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      howtopam 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      When a righteous believer's faith is strong enough that they no longer fear death, but know in their heart without a doubt that it is much better to be absent from the body and present with the Lord then they are prepared to preach the Word. Jesus is to be effectively preached by His revealing in the body of the preacher. "Why do you say that you love Me and you do not my commandments"? "He who lives by the Sword [Word] will die [unto himself] by the Sword."

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Jennifer Bart,

      I believe when we put faith in God's Word by reading it for ourselves with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the words and opinions of man that are spoken from the pulpits within "Churchianity" become of no use to those who are part of the Kingdom of God.

      I am encouraged that you follow Jesus rather than entitled men. Thank-you for your comment.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      Thanks for the encouragement. God Bless.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      We can be sure that Pastor Eartickle will not lay his life down. Entitlement and self-importance are the qualifiers for the kingdoms of men (church), which is the opposite of the qualifier to entering into the Kingdom of God.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      You are right when you said, "The hardest will be for those in leadership roles in churches to let go of the grip on control and their paycheck."

      “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. - Matthew 6:24

      It is unfortunate that these leaders are blinded by their entitlement for compensation, which they deem to be a salary. The church leaders disobey Jesus' words and then twist the words of Paul to justify their practice of "Churchianity."

      Jesus Christ gave His ekklesia a mission. They are not bound and confined to a particular location on earth.

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      Jennifer Bart 3 years ago from Texas

      Love this I have a strong faith in the bible but do not go to church because of this very useful thank you

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      flpalermo 3 years ago

      Good job, good writing, good understanding.

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      "The true Shepherd, Jesus Christ has already laid down His life down for you. He has already paid the price." What a beautiful line! - and, oh, Pastor Eartickle sounds so familiar.

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      graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- I don't see how anyone can misunderstand this article. It is clearly spelled out. I hope there are some out there who will see pass the blindness the church has placed on them and then step away from it. The hardest will be for those in leadership roles in churches to let go of the grip on control and their paycheck.

      I do believe Matthew 10:5-15 is a good example of the way Jesus wants His ekklesia to be. To go out INTO the world and spread the gospel of the Kingdom of God. And spreading the gospel of the Kingdom should be the most important part of ekklesia ministry. Collectively the ekklesia will go much good spreading the Good News.

      Clearly Matthew 10:7 spells out our mission as the ekklesia.

      Many, many blessings to you.