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A Closer Look at the Word, 'Church'
The church and home church movements basically define the Greek word 'ekklesia' the same way, but go about it different ways. However, what many call or attribute to 'church' is not found in Scripture.
The word 'ekklesia' was corruptly translated from Greek to what what falsely believe equates to the religious institution. The true meaning of 'ekklesia' [G1577] can be broken down into two separate words that represent two things. 'Ek' [G1537] means 'from out of' and 'kaleo' [G2564] means 'to call forth.'
Those within the home church movement will emphasize that 'ekklesia' means to go out and plant a church at someone's house and then call forth a general assembly of believers to meet together in various homes. The institutionalized church will emphasize it to mean to go out and erect a named denominational building and call forth people to come in through her doors.
These two movements basically believe the same thing, but go about it different ways.
The replacement of 'ekklesia' for 'church' changes the true meaning of who we are in Christ by focusing on physical religious buildings built with man's hands.
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 spiritually 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' . 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 'ekklesias' that can be gleaned from Christ's 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
Christ said that he would build his 'ekklesia;' therefore, it is not religious men who 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 Christ. A physical building such as a house or 'church' in not the 'ekklesia' because they are a spiritual house built by 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 an institutionalized church building or people in a house. The 'ekklesia' was never intended to be represented in an inanimate physical building, but they are a spiritual remnant of people who Christ has assembled throughout the world in different localities. Unfortunately, too many people are reading Scripture and defining its word by man's definitions missing out on the spiritual context of who the 'ekklesia' are. Religious men want tangible evidence of their religions and do not living by faith. They erect buildings in their name and embrace terms that have been twisted to take the focus off of Christ as the head to a place where man is in control.
The 'ekklesia' of Christ are not a general assembly of believers in church buildings. The 'ekklesia' are called out, not into. Even though those in the counterfeit church system strongly believe in going out and planting other churches, they are just propagating more physical buildings with their brands of denominations stamped upon them.
It is only Christ who creates the spiritual assembly of believers by joining likeminded believer together. The moment man put themselves in charge, it becomes church. This is antichrist.
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 man. Christ is the architect of the 'ekklesia.' He 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 has created it. If you teach in church, then you are in man’s domain. The 'ekklesia' has nothing to do with what man's traditions, but everything to with what 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.They have changed biblical terminologies and the result is many who are stunted in their spiritual growth trapped and oppressed in spiritual Babylon.
The word 'church' is a corrupted word found in most bibles today. Unfortunately, that is why so many are accustomed to using the term. 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' are singular. They are one body born into the Kingdom of God. Even the epistles were written to the one 'ekklesia' of Christ located in different localities. Paul did not write to different churches, but he wrote to the one 'ekklesia' of Christ (singular) who were a community of local believers (plural) located in different cities (localities). 'kklesia' is singular in Greek, but many bible translations use 'church' in plural form.
Can you see the damage the word 'church' has done?
The word 'church' has created physical institutional entities, not a spiritual one built only by Christ.
The counterfeit is in plain site, but many are too blind to see it.
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
The 'ekklesia' are one body that consists of many parts. It is not a denominations, building or a man-made charitable 501(c)3 organization.
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 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 Christ, it is not different religious denominations in church buildings.
Wake up people!
The practice of building temples and calling it 'church' is idolatry. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not contained in your idols.
The church you may attend and worship in every Sunday morning is upon the altar of man's traditions with predetermined programs as a means to attain salvation. Christ did not shed his blood for church system with clergy and laity.
The early 'ekklesia' thrived without buildings and man-made programs, but most believe they can do nothing without them because they have become so dependent upon hirelings to direct their paths.
The 'ekklesia' are called out of the world's way of doing things and aligning with the way of Christ and the apostles.
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 sit in pews in worship services directed by men, but to live a life of worship. The counterfeit church system embraces the mindset of the world because they are blind in their indoctrinated condition of 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
Please peruse part 2 to this theme, Ekklesia, or Church?
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- What You Call "Church" is Satan's Table
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