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Ekklesia, or Church?

Updated on December 30, 2016

The word “church” is a very deceptive word that has corrupted the whole world and has been and continues to be the catalyst of perpetuating the dark agenda of Satan. Bible translators under the deception of Satan have substituted the word church to mean a physical building, or institution. “

The term church has replaced the original Greek word ekklesia that was given by the Holy Spirit. It is a twisted and perverted word that has nothing to do with God’s plan for His people.

Opposing Words

There is no institution called church to be found anywhere in Scripture; however, it is found in its perverted form approximately one-hundred times in most bibles today.


And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. – Matthew 16:18 KJV


If the word church was replaced back with the original Greek word ekklesia, it changes the entity into something completely different.


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


The striking dissimilarity of words are in opposition to one another. Church is a man-made religious institution where the term has its origins in the English language from the 12th century. In contrast, the word ekklesia (G1577), meaning "the called out ones" are not the creation of man, but of Christ no matter where they are.

When this startling truth is revealed, there is a choice that has to be made whether to continue in man-made traditions, or follow the truth that will set you free.

Are you going to believe your pastor?

Are you going to believe the Bible translators?

or,

Are you going to believe the proof in the original Greek?


Bible translators have misrepresented the words that were inspired by the Holy Spirit to mean something completely different. Many are completely unaware that some of the Scriptures have been misrepresented to perpetuate a man driven system instead of the Kingdom of God. Church leaders do not want their minions to study Scripture for themselves with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and refer them to the abundant resources, such as interlinear Bibles, Greek lexicons, dictionaries and many other resources to render the true meaning of biblical words inspired by God.

Ekklesia does not mean church. It is not a permanent building, or temple where people meet on a prime piece of real estate at a particular time each week to participate in predetermined scheduled liturgy created by professional salaried clergy members. The professional clergy class desire to hide the true meaning of ekklesia behind the facade of church because they know it would destroy the foundation their hierarchical empires are built upon. The abomination of the counterfeit church system has created a ruling class that have made themselves mediators between the people and God. They have usurped the role of Christ as the only mediator between God and man.


The King James Version Bible

King James 1, who was the head of the Church of England commissioned scholars to give an English translation of the Bible to the people in 1604. Richard Brancroft, who would soon become the Archbishop of Canterbury would become the overseer of the committee of scholars. These translators were obligated and required to translate certain words to fit the lens of Anglican doctrine thus presenting an impure product. The purpose was to make King James have more control over the people in the church system. Today, the ecclesiastical orders and offices that are prominent within the churches of men are designed to have clergy that have control over the masses.

Richard Bancroft, upon the approval of the King James 1 created fifteen rules that translators were obligated to abide by in creating the King James “Authorized Version” of the Bible. This was a cunning tactic to make all other versions unauthorized. One of the rules was that certain ecclesiastical words were kept; therefore, undermining the original Greek meanings of certain words.

One of the Greek words ekklesia was not translated and the term church became the replacement. The result was the deprivation of the true original meaning for a calculated purpose.

Indoctrination

It is obvious today that those who are in the church system vehemently adhere to their doctrine of church because they can only see through their indoctrinated lenses. The sad fact is that they are illiterate to the Holy Spirit inspired meaning because they have never learned to read, or interpret the Scripture for themselves. They rely on the salaried clergy class to dispense their man-made doctrine to them without question. The word church is a corruption brought in by Satan to put people under bondage creating a slave class to an elite religious class.

Most professing Christians are bound to a religious structure and template that is under the sole control of man. They have never known true freedom in Christ. Using church instead of the true rendering of ekklesia is an abomination that deviates from the intended meaning with a purpose to control others. This is antichrist.


Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. – 1 Corinthians 2:12-13


Many have become so indoctrinated to use the word church because it has been seared into their minds. Their indoctrination creates bias towards a building with hierarchy inside that creates members of it instead of becoming “living stones” created by Christ. Church was designed by Satan as a front to serve the purposes of man by distracting people to conform to traditions and superstitions.

Church is a vain word that came from the imaginations of men to perpetuate lies and false ideologies to best serve themselves and their own carnal desires to bilk people of money and truth. The slaves of spiritual Babylon falsely believe that subservience to a building is necessary for salvation and those who do not conform it are the ones who are the heretics.

Church hirelings will not tell you that all of God’s people are all priests through the one High Priest, Christ our Saviour. The indoctrinated believe that self-appointed men are meant to be the mediators between God and man blind to the pure revelation of God through corrupted translations they are feeding off of.


“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ – Matthew 7:21-23


The word church is steeped in pagan tradition using concepts and behaviours that do not exist in the Kingdom of God.


Justin Martyr

In the second century, Justin Martyr replied to a question of where he assembled.


"Where each one chooses and can; do you suppose that we all are accustomed to meet together in one place? Quite otherwise, for the God of the Christians is not confined by place, but being invisible, He fills the heaven and the earth, and the faithful everywhere adore Him and sing His praise." (“The Martyrdom of the Holy Martyrs,” Chap. 2, ANF, 1:305)


This man understood what ekklesia meant knowing that it was devoid of religious rites and ceremony. He knew that all the affiliations to paganism were about ceremonies that required altars, pulpits, priests and the enlightened ones to represent the essence of their religion. Today, the institutions of church with all their denominations and sects look no different.

Church Modifies God's Words

The King James Bible is considered sacred by many today and regarded as the only true and reliable translation. Many others versions are derived from it. The problem is that most of all the versions of the Bible out there use the term church too.

The pompous religious would consider it heresy to remove the word as it would dethrone the beloved salaried-to-serve clergy to the status of everyone else. The religious world run by men would crumble.

Unfortunately, the beloved church that is worshiped by their pew-warmers would not dare go against the institution and desecrate their symbol of their god for fear that their salvation would be at stake.

Anyone who wants to be conscientious about their Bible study should be encouraged to read Scripture for themselves and compare and contrast with different versions of the Bible, but most importantly render definitions of words to their pure meaning in the original language that was given by the Holy Spirit.

Changing the word church and rendering it to its true meaning would destroy the prestigious clergy positions within the churches of men. Their livelihood of bilking people of their hard earned money would be at stake. Just like the corrupt translators of King James’ day, the corrupt wolves in sheep’s clothing have perpetuated the same lie and the manifestation of church is found on every other street corner. In their blindness they corrupt the the word of God; therefore, they promotes a counterfeit Christ that is sold from the altars of man.

Those who profess Christ and attend the corrupt hierarchical buildings called church must use modifications of God’s word for their system to survive.


When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. – John 16:13-14


Riddance

Get rid of the focus on a certain building and the men who have usurped the headship of Christ. Throw out the customs and traditions that are nowhere to be found in Scripture. Stay away from the self-appointed leaders who stand upon their altars and platforms extorting money from you through fear, coercion and manipulation.

Man cannot build the house of God, it is solely reserved for Christ. The golden calf called church is an abomination to God. Get out while you still can, repent and accept the untainted Christ that will lead and guide you into all truth setting you free. Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, not the kingdoms of men.


Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands – Acts 7:48


The corporate church institution is man devised scheme that will be the folly of many.

Take heed.


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      Che Rogers 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      You make excellent points in this Hub and I agree with you. The "church" wasn't intended to be a gathering place where people go as a museum for holy people. In fact Christ spent 99% of his time outside of temples and with people on the streets who were poor and sick (the least of these). When he did go to the temple he got angry with those who were selling things there and was always in opposition with the religious leaders who were there for the wrong reasons. He also stated he doesn't dwell in pillar or mortar referring to the temples but he dwells in mans hearts. The modern day church has been infiltrated by ancient roman catholic paganism. the modern day church is run like a business and not how Christ taught it to be.

      GREAT HUB!!!

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      Liberty 3 years ago

      Thanks P&N.

      That much I've understood.

      I suppose it's hard for me to try to understand what the "local assembly" gathered together for the purpose of mutual fellowship looked like with its Elders and Shepherds etc. as we're all so used to the idea of "church".

      Pray for me.

      I am getting there.

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

      Liberty,

      Ekklesia can mean congregation, assembly, or called out assembly too. It in essence refers to a people group who follow Jesus Christ who meet in a specific geographical location in the name of Jesus whenever and wherever.

      The early New Testament ekklesia were always a local assembly of believers, but you will find no reference in Scripture that their congregation was established under the authority of any man This realm is called "church." The "churches" of men will always be established under the authority of a pope, prophet, senior pastor, cardinal, etc..

      Jesus Christ did not establish a hierarchical system of government over His ekklesia.

      The KJV translators and our modern translators have had the opportunity to correct their errors, but the traditions of man have taken precedence over the truth. The result is the misconception of what a Biblical congregation of believers should be.

      What is important is to discard the corrupt deceptive modern understanding of "church," but apply ekklesia instead. If we don't know the original Greek meaning, then we would have no idea who God's people are.

      The difference between the "church" and ekklesia is quite simple to discern. Whatever, or whoever has hierarchy with a man driven religious system in control is called "church," but a congregation (two or more) that has Jesus Christ as the Head by leading of the Holy Spirit are the ekklesia.

      Here is another article that I wrote that is meant to precede this one.

      http://hub.me/agytR

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      Liberty 3 years ago

      Hey P&N, I've been told that Ekklesia means an Assembly of Called Out Ones, not just Called out Ones.

      As you can imagine this causes even more confusion to me. When I read Philemon 1:2 I see that there is an Ekklesia in their house.

      Was this an "assembly" of called out ones, or simply Called Out Ones?

      Everyone I ask about this word Ekklesia tells me it's a congregation of Christ followers.

      Any thoughts on this?

      Thanks.

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

      Persepycacious,

      Ekklesia and church (kuriakos) do not mean the same thing. Church is a representation of the kingdom of man. Ekklesia is a representation of the Kingdom of God.

      For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” - Matthew 18:20

      In this verse Jesus says to gather in His name. The problem with church is that they gather together in a man-made structure they have given themselves. By the evidence presented in this article, the definition of church is man-made term. By the evidence of history, church is a man-made structure.

      Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands – Acts 7:48

      The houses built with man's hands have man-made signs with names that they have given themselves. You will find nowhere in Scripture where the ekklesia was named after a building, or denomination. The local ekklesia were identified by the cities they resided in. The term church creates division, but ekklesia creates unity. There are many churches, but there is only one universal ekklesia residing in many localities throughout the world that have been spiritually built by Jesus Christ. Church is a physical manifestation of man's works, but the ekklesia is a spiritual one of what Jesus Christ has done.

      Church is a tradition of man. Those who disagree with me are probably part of a church with a name they have given themselves. The truth is that term church cannot be reconciled with ekklesia. Doing so creates confusion.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I believe that ekklesia and church can both mean an acceptable gathering where two or more are gathered in his name, even the Lord Jesus Christ , for he has promised that he will be there too.

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      charlie 3 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      Amen brother P&N

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      graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- Thanks for explaining. I guess there is a need on my part to review some of my articles too and make the small but importants changes where needed where church may be mention. From this point on I will try to be far more careful with use of the word "Church" and not confuse it as being ekklesia.

      Thanks for another great article and God bless.

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

      Lifegate,

      It is true that "church" is just a word, but it is a counterfeit one. The term "church" (kuriakos) has different origins than ekklesia, meaning that it refers to something else. The church and ekklesia are not one, or the same. The manifestation of church as we see today is in direct opposition to the ekklesia. I don't believe we can have it both ways. You cannot go to church and be the ekklesia at the same time. It is one, or the other. My reason for saying this is in my response to Graceinus above.

      With that said, I will most likely be going through all of my articles that I have written and refer to God's people as the ekklesia. I believe this way it won't create double-mindedness with the readers.

      God Bless.

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

      Celafoe,

      We have a wealth of resources at our disposal in this modern day to rightly divide the word. Thank the Lord we have most of the original Hebrew and Greek to accurately render words to their proper definitions. To rightfully divide the word we should make an effort to carefully read the words of Scripture and compare and contrast them with different English versions of the Bible along with the Hebrew, or Greek with the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help reveal what the passages say and do NOT say.

      Jesus said,

      “...If you abide in MY WORD, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” - Matthew 8:31

      Church is not Jesus' word, it is man's word. That is why there are so many people flocking into building with lords that running them. Church is not freedom, but bondage. The ekklesia have freedom because they know the truth because they have been set free.

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

      Perspycacious,

      There is a distinction. The verses that you quoted were before the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The tabernacles and temples created by men are of no use to God. The true followers of Jesus Christ are now temples of the Holy Spirit that CANNOT be built with man's hands.

      Here is an article that discusses this:

      http://hub.me/afaL1

      Thank-you for stopping by and taking the time to read the article.

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

      Graceinus,

      The Greek word for church is not ekklesia. In the Greek it is kuriakos. By its root, ku- ri-os means lord, or pertaining to the lord. Kuriakos was used in Old English form as cirice (kee-ree-ke), then churche (kerke) and eventually "church," as it is pronounced today.

      As you can see, "church" in its correct translation from the Greek is something that pertains to, or belongs to a lord. The KJV translators did not translate ekklesia, but used an entirely different word, kuriakos. They are two entirely different words with entirely different meanings.

      I believe if you used ekklesia (ecclesia), or called out ones it would provoke an interesting conversation of what "church" really is. I believe that kurikos (church) is a counterfeit word that was not the word given too us by the Holy Spirit, but ekklesia is. I believe that if more people started using the Greek word or the truthful translation, it would provoke interesting conversations in making the distinction between those (ekklesia) in Kingdom of God and the lords in the kingdoms of men (church).

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      To me, the word "church" is just that - a word. I tend to agree with graceinus. Unless there is a scriptural reason for referring it to something else, I"ll probably continue to use the word "church". In miy mind, when I say "church" I'm referring to a "called out assembly or "congregation" of saved individuals. Thanks for another great read.

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      charlie 3 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      another much needed and invaluable study. I for one have never liked or trusted the KJV because when you compare it to the original languages there is just too much error for me to use it. And the language it is written in compounds the errors because of the difference in the old language.

      It is so sad to see all those KJV only believers so devoted to this poor translation. They are so deceived that even if they bothered to look at the original language they would not believe it. And if they knew the real reason it was written they would not believe it either. AS you said king james had it written for a definite purpose. He was AFRAID of the then popular Geneva bible and was afraid it would dilute his authority.

      And of course most of the translations of today are even worse as they are all pedaling a particular "brand of christianity" not to enlighten the body of Christ in truth and are not trustworthy. The aids you mention are a necessity, esp the interlinear , if one is to understand the scriptures without a full knowledge of the original languages.

      again thank you and God bless you as you continue with these anointed studies

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Next on your list of articles should be a discussion of what the significance of "temple" is meant to mean in the Old Testament and the New Testament, such as in Matthew 26:55: "....I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me." Or in Mark 11:17 : "....Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves." Which The Gospel According To Saint John refers to in John 2:16 "....make not my Father's house an house of merchandise." Whereas in 2 Samuel 7:13 it reads "He [Solomon] shall build a house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever."

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      graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- I very much agree the word church is very much abused. I myself have used the term "true Church" to mean it as called out ones. As you should be well aware in my writings I have don't not believe in man made churches in any form. I have said time and again that the true "Church" is in spirit with in us. And always meant it in the term as "called out ones."

      Are you suggesting we now use only the Greek word Ekklesia each time we refer to God's called out one's? Or use only the term " called out one's" when we are talking about the "true Church". I have always thought of the true "Church" to be in spirit (within us) only and "church/churches" as man made institutions.

      I guess may point here is which is the most correct and true meaning to use if talking with English speaking christians and non-christians alike when we're dealing with the body of Christ? Should the word Ekkesia always be used to be followed with it's English translation "called out ones", when we want to talk about the "true Church" (which again I believe is in spirit).

      Please understand, this is not an argument on my part here at all. I truly want clarity here as to how this should be approached and what those who are the body of Christ should be correctly called. And please understand that I am always for the truth in God's word.

      In my many years of studying the bible the word "church" is used in every version I have ever used that is written in English not just the KJV.

      Thanks and God bless PandN.