- Religion and Philosophy
Ekklesia, or Church?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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