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The Twisted Hierarchical Agenda of the Institutional Church System
In the modern church system today, there is hierarchy. Ecclesiastical church men rule over their denominational members and use Scripture to support their notions. Unfortunately, all who partake of the harlot church system are completely unaware that they have been deceived into believing fabrications of God’s word.
This series will cover church titles and words such as 'deacon,' 'office,' 'bishop' and 'elder' and then move on to 'presbytery,' 'the house of God,' 'rule,' 'over,' 'obey,' 'submit,' 'discipleship' and 'leadership.' These words are commonly found in the English translations of Scripture.
Unfortunately, with most of the modern Bible versions today, certain words have been deliberately mistranslated or paraphrased to redefine the Greek to promote a paradigm of ecclesiastical hierarchy.
Religious hirelings believe they are called and have the divine right by God to create a mandated religious man-driven controlled environment and call it 'worship.' These men assert their authority overs while at the same time making a living off of their backs.
If you have an interlinear Bible or a Greek lexicon, the evidence will speak for itself exposing the religious notions and corruptions of the institutional church system based on mistranslated words and paraphrases found in Scripture.
For they that have used the OFFICE OF A DEACON well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. – 1 Timothy 3:13 KJV
The 'office of a deacon' is not a translation, but a paraphrase of the Greek word 'diakaneo' , which means to serve. Religious hired hands have butchered and twisted this verse to mean a hierarchical office when the word has never implied a ruling office, but loving service like that of a slave to his master.
The following evidence will make a glaringly obvious point when the paraphrase 'office of a deacon' is put in as a replacement of the meaning of 'diakaneo.'
And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and MINISTERED (diakoneo) unto them. – Matthew 8:15
Even as the Son of man came not to be MINISTERED (diakoneo) unto, but to MINISTER (diakoneo), and to give his life a ransom for many. – Matthew 20:28
If we substitute 'serve' with 'office of a deacon' from the above Scripture references, the words of Christ sound nonsensical and even silly.
And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and used the OFFICE OF THE DEACON unto them.
Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to use the OFFICE OF THE DEACON, and to give his life a ransom for many.
This substitution game can be played wherever the Greek word 'diakaneo' is found with the man-made paraphrases and the results are laughable for the glaringly obvious reason that 'serving' is not a seat of authority, a job, nor an office, but an unselfish act of love of a laid down life.
If you are helping someone and expecting something in return, you are doing business, not kindness.
Within the hierarchical ruling church system, the 'office of the deacon' is normally reserved only for the man. If we are to believe the paraphrase that was purposefully inserted, then woman are not allowed to hold an office. If 'diakanos' is properly translated as servant in every instance, then their man-made notions are unjustified as all brethren are called to 'serve.'
"I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a SERVANT (diakonos) of the ekklesia which is at Cenchrea…" – Romans 16:1
What you may find surprising is that the word 'office' has no connection anywhere in the New Testament Greek text. The supposed 'infallible' King James Bible uses it in five different places implying 'office' rather than 'servitude.'
Have a read to the following verse and then think about the manifestation of it within the four-walled religious system called 'church.'
For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I MAGNIFY MINE OFFICE – Romans 11:13 KJV
The word that comes to my mind is arrogance. The fact is that nowhere in the New Testament is 'diakonia' translated as 'mine office.'
The full counsel of multiple Scripture references reveals the greater sense of meaning without reading verses through the lens of a twisted denominational hierarchical agenda.
But Martha was cumbered about much SERVING, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to SERVE alone? bid her therefore that she help me. – Luke 10:40
Martha was not magnifying her office with a salaried vocation, but was freely doing a humble service for others.
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same OFFICE (praxin) – Romans 12:4 KJV
'Office' is starting to sound like an official tenure doesn’t it?
The definition of the Greek word 'praxis' has nothing to do with an office, but describing a function of doing something as part of the body of Christ. Each member will have different functions, but it doesn’t imply that they have to be religious officiates who hold a church office by title.
If we are to believe the notions of hirelings, then relational ministry of servitude is replaced with hierarchical reins instead. Unfortunately, man has chosen the latter as the way of doing things.
"For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the DEEDS (praxis) of the body, you will live." – Romans 8:13 NKJV
Here we find the use of 'praxis' in its proper context. To use 'office' as a replacement would sound ridiculous.
The plain fact is that 'office' has no relationship whatsoever to the community of the ekklesia in the original Greek texts.
'Priest’s office' (hierateia) can be found in Luke 1:9 and Hebrews 7:5, but a special priest class is a foreign concept to the ekklesia as the old covenant of a select priesthood has been abolished and replaced with a priesthood of all believers.
Today, what is called 'service' is the work of a salaried officials in the context of a religious service called 'church.' This is nothing like the example set forth in Scripture where the ekklesia where faithful to Christ who freely served the needs of others, whether it was in their homes or out in the streets. There was no such thing as an altar, pews, pulpits, clergy and laity who were trying to build a denominational brand-name for themselves.
The true ekklesia are not trying to build four-walled environments called 'church,' but are serving and encouraging others by following the example of Christ.
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a SERVANT (doulou), and was made in the likeness of men: - Philippians 2:7
Many are blinded to the fact that Christ's service on earth was not about an office or hierarchical position, but one of a bondservant [doulou].
Ecclesiastical men have changed the meaning of the word 'serve' away from the example of Christ who washed the feet of his fellow brethren.
This is a true saying, If a man desire the OFFICE OF A BISHOP, he desireth a good work. – 1Timothy 3:1 KJV
When we hear the word 'bishop' today, we often think of an official in religious garb or a piece on a chessboard. Of course, the office goes hand-in-hand with the title. Again, the 'office of the bishop' does not represent the meaning in the original Greek texts, but exposes the King James’ translators who were commanded to obey the rules of translation that were given to them.
Translator bias for the purpose of keeping the ecclesiastical form of the institutional church system added words and ideas into Scripture that did not exist.
The word translated to bishop [episkopos] in the Greek means 'to tend' or 'oversee.'
This saying is trustworthy: "If anyone aspires to be an OVERSEER (episkopos), he desires a noble work." – 1 Timothy 3:1 HCSB
To be an 'overseer' does not necessitate and office of superiority over others because it does not imply a job description or an office title. It simply means someone who has been given the ability by the Holy Spirit to see the needs of others and tend to those needs.
Can you see the striking difference in translation from an overlord to caregiver?
The noble work is serving in the community of the ekklesia, not an esteemed hierarchical salaried position.
Christ's rebuke of his disciples was of their desire to be first. Their motivation was not out of love, but self-promotion. Paul, like Christ laid down his life in service to others that led to martyrdom for the sake of the ekklesia. Paul thought little about his promotion because his thoughts were about fighting the fight and running the race to completion. The testament of Paul reveals that he was not a superintendent, but a caregiver [episkopos] who functioned as one who was spiritually mature among his brethren. The evidence is irrefutable because the manifestation of his maturity was the selfless and unselfish care for the needs of others.
The concept of a bishop as a ruler came from Ignatias in the 2nd century. He made a distinction from the bishop (overseer) and an elder (someone who is older and wiser) putting great emphasis on obedience to bishops. This is where the different classes of clergy-laity started to spread as the man-made church system infiltrated the world.
As the yeast spread, the 'Mother Church' and her harlot daughters would have a head bishop who was the umbrella over the other bishops in the surrounding towns, cities and villages. The hierarchical web grew as even more elite titles were created such as archbishop, cardinals and a pope. These offices are completely foreign concepts to the original Greek texts.
Today, the hierarchical ladder of the Catholic Church and her harlot daughters are divided into denomination administrative districts borrowed from the system of Roman government from the 1st century. The ruling religious classes seek to gain power within their man-made cathedrals making themselves as the power of God.
The shaping of the man-made church and its leaders are a spawn of Satan. Christ stated, 'My kingdom is not of this world.'
For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his BISHOPRICK (episkopes) let another take. - Acts 1:20 KJV
From reading this above verse the term 'bishoperick' seems to sound like an official title, especially when reading through indoctrinated lenses. This is far from the truth as the term means 'visitation,' not an 'office.'
Throughout the Old Testament 'visitation' applied to the judgment of God on the nations.
"If you, even you, had known today the things which belong to your peace! But now, they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come on you, when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, surround you, hem you in on every side, and will dash you and your children within you to the ground. They will not leave in you one stone on another, because you didn't know the time of your VISITATION (episkope)." - Luke 19:42-44 WEB
Christ selected the apostles for the purpose of being the testimony against the rulers of their day, yet the irony is that the religious church system has taken on the same principles as the secular world.
The testament set forth in Scripture was an example to all believers. It as a divine testimony against what is called 'church' today when Scripture is read in its proper context.
"And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, FOR A TESTIMONY AGAINST them and the Gentiles." - Matthew 10:18
Those among the ekklesia are to attest to a new Kingdom with a new King. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. It will be inevitable that the governors and kings of the church system will hate those who oppose them. To follow Christ will often be a thankless job rewarded with stripes, suffering, imprisonment and even death. We know this by the testimony of the saints within the pages of Scripture.
"For I will show him how many things he must SUFFER FOR MY NAME’S SAKE" - Acts 9:16
"For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, LAST, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men." – Acts 4:9
The early ekklesia knew the fellowship of the sufferings of others. The worldly church has no understanding of the functions of the ekklesia as they jump first in line to rule and lord over the people for selfish gain by changing the meaning of the Greek words that were divinely inspired. They do not want to glorify the King of kings as they want to be the kings themselves.
The word 'elder' is translated from the Greek word 'presbuteros.' What you may find interesting is that elder (presbyter) is an adjective, not a noun. It describes a person who is advanced in maturity in age and wisdom. Those within the harlot church system imply that an elder is a title. You would think among the 54 translators of the King James version Bible that they would have been able to easily figure this out. They probably knew, but they were commanded to adhere to King James’ injunction upon them.
'Presbuteros' was changed. It was formerly translated as 'priest' by the papacy to 'elder' by Tyndale’s translation; however, most give a hierarchical connotation to it. The Catholic Church has been guilty of making 'presbuteros' (elder) into a priestly office to the ignorance of their followers. It is a deliberate misleading of a translation of a word to justify a practice to suit a religious man-made system. The mistranslated word 'priest' was substituted in the place of the Greek word 'presbuteros' with the literal meaning of an aged person.
The following evidence will prove this.
And when they had ordained to them PRIESTS (presbuteros) in every church (ekklesia), and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, in whom they believed. – Acts 14:23 DRB
Notice the word 'priest' has replaced 'elder.'
The question is, what do you do when both 'priest' and 'elder' occur in the same verse somewhere else in Scripture?
And being let go, they came to their own company, and related all that the chief PRIESTS (archiereis) and ANCIENTS (presbuteros) had said to them. – Acts 4:23 DRB
It should be obvious by referencing the Greek that translators of the Latin Vulgate replaced words to suit their antichrist hierarchical priestcraft when referring to the new covenant Scriptures. The violations of the laws of interpretation are obvious.
When most read Scripture, they have been duped by translation into believing in the model of leadership that was foreign to the testament of the early ekklesia. Church clergy say, 'do as I say' rather than the genuine model of 'do as I do.' The first century ekklesia had elders who demonstrated servitude and love leading by example. They did not rule over the people as most do in the modern church system today.
Again, we have another crafty mistranslation meant to bring a mandated control over people.
"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, OVER (en) which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood." – Acts 20:28
This is a deliberate mistranslation as the Greek preposition (en) means 'among' as it is used in the correct way 2,700 times in the New Testament.
You will find nowhere else in Scripture where 'en' means 'over' in the context of leadership.
The words of Peter should make things crystal clear.
Not domineering OVER (katakurieuo) those in your charge, but being examples to the flock – 1 Peter 5:3
Someone who domineers is a behaviour that is typical of a lord exercising their authority over their minions. The Greek the verb 'kata' means 'down' and 'kurieuo' means to 'exercise lordship.'
To drive home the point Christ said,
But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it OVER (katakurieuo) them, and their great ones exercise authority OVER them. – Matthew 20:25
Elders should be examples of humble servants who lead by the example of love understanding that the one who is great is the servant just as the Son of man came to be a servant giving his life as a ransom.
There are no dictators in the body of Christ. There is no authoritarianism (1 Peter 5:3).
An elder (presbuteros) in the first century was an elderly person who was recognized for their humble service.
Brothers, join in IMITATING ME, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the EXAMPLE you have in us. – Philippians 3:17
Not domineering over those in your charge, but being EXAMPLES (ginomai) to the flock. – 1 Peter 5:3
The word 'generate' comes from the Greek word 'ginomai' that means to bring into being. It is the power to energize and inspire people by example. It is the example of Christ and the apostles that should point to and inspire us to greater service. The principles of the Kingdom of God that apply to us today are upside down to the model of the world. There is no thought of ruling over others, but serving them.
The manners, gestures and behaviours of those in the modern church system are antichrist as they have replaced the genuine model of Christ for the one of their own making. Following corrupt, entitled, self-centred, salaried, religious men will not bring the life changing power of the Holy Spirit, but put people into bondage.
Christ is our ultimate example. When we see him for who he truly is, it will transform us into his likeness where the spirit of the Father will tabernacle within us. Without the power of his example, all that is left will be tyrannical reins of church men.
The true body of Christ, the ekklesia is not institutional, but relational in a social and family context. Grandparents are the elders (presbuteros) who are mature in age who have spiritual wisdom to impart to others. They are in a position to be an example in their behaviours and words. We imitate them because we can see the maturity of Christ within them.
In the counterfeit institution called 'church,' the idea of family does not come out of love for our Father in heaven, but is about power and control over others.
Do not rebuke an OLDER MAN (presbuteros) but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, OLDER WOMEN (presbuteros) as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity. – 1 Timothy 5:1-2
Do you see anything institutional in this passage?
I guess that depends if you have been indoctrinated or not.
What does father, brothers, mothers and sisters mean to you?
Most believe in the institutionalized meanings that have been seared upon their minds to mean a prestigious office and title. The relational has been displaced with the institutional. Hierarchy demands supreme leaders who sits upon their thrones bilking people of their time, money and energy believing that that was the model that Christ and the apostles left for us.
Timothy was instructed to relate to the elderly with honour and respect as he would with his father. In the hierarchical institutional church, it would be a compromise for someone who has been given an esteemed title to call someone their senior.
To the contrary, we should be part of a family that esteems others as better than ourselves as normal behaviour.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but IN HUMILITY count others more significant than yourselves. – Philippians 2:3
The greatest enemy of family is the religious institution called church defies the principles of the Kingdom of God and the example of Christ and the apostles.
Please go on and read Part 2 of this series that will cover more words and phrases such as 'presbytery,' 'the house of God,' 'to rule over,' 'obey,' 'to submit,' 'discipleship' and 'leadership.' The evidence will expose the church system for what it is all about and the deception that many have fallen for because words have been planted in Scripture to mean the opposite of the intended meanings.
- The Twisted Hierarchical Agenda of the Modern Church System – Part 2
Unfortunately, those who partake in the man-driven denominational church system have been deceived into believing in mistranslated phrases, or words that support the false notion of hierarchy.
Can you see the deception of the English translated words used in the KJV Bible?
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- Corrupt Church Government
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- Functioning Among the Ekklesia
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