THE CORRECT MEANING OF
"CHURCH" AND "ECCLESIA"
Let us make it clear from the very beginning that the established religious
system, which manifests itself in the abomination called "church",
is NOT of God. We intend to make it very clear, by studying the
Greek words found in the New Testament, that the pattern which God intends
His people to follow and live by is the ECCLESIA system, and is
RADICALLY different than that which calls itself "church"
in our day. As you read this short study the truth will dawn on you that
Christians today have been fed a LIE, and that they have been enslaved
by the religious systems of men. If you truly love Jesus and desire to
follow Him in total obedience then you must seriously consider the facts
that follow. We encourage each and every person who names the name of Christ
to PRAY, FAST AND SEEK GOD concerning the important differences
between how the first Christians lived and how Christians live today.
THE CORRECT MEANING OF "CHURCH"
(The following information is from ACMTC Library and BenWilliamsLibrary.com)
Let's start by defining the word. "Church" comes from the
Old English and German word pronounced "kirche." In Scotland,
it was "kirk."
The following entries are from the Oxford Universal English Dictionary:
Church [Old English cirice, circe; Middle English chereche,
chiriche, chirche; whence churche, cherche, etc.: -Greek Kuriakon...]
Kirk The Northern English and Scottish form of CHURCH, in all
In the earlier Greek It was pronounced "ku-ri-a-kos"
or "ku-ri-a-kon." As you can see, this word doesn't even
resemble the Greek word "ecclesia" whose place it has
usurped. The meaning of "Ku-ri-a-kos" is understood by
its root: "Ku- ri-os," which means "lord."
Thus, "kuriakos" (i.e., "church") means
"pertaining to the lord." It refers to something that pertains
to, or belongs to, a lord. The Greek "kuriakos" eventually
came to be used in Old English form as "cirice" (Kee-ree-ke),
then "churche" (kerke), and eventually "church"
in its traditional pronunciation. A church, then, is correctly something
that "pertains to, or belongs to, a lord."
Now, as you can see, there is a major problem here. The translators
broke the rules in a big way. When they inserted the word "church"
in the English versions, they were not translating the Greek word "kuriakos",
as one might expect. Rather, they were substituting an entirely different
Greek word. This was not honest! The word "church" would
have been an acceptable translation for the Greek word "kuriakos."
However, not by the wildest imagination of the most liberal translator
can it ever be an acceptable translation for the Greek word "ecclesia."
Are you following this? Consider it carefully. This truth will answer
many questions you've had about churches, and the kingdom.
"Ecclesia" is an entirely different word with an entirely
different meaning than "kuriakos." In fact, the Greek
word "kuriakos" appears in the New Testament only twice.
It is found once in I Corinthians 11:20 where it refers to "the
Lord's supper," and once again in Revelation 1:10 where it refers
to "the Lord's day." In both of those cases, it is translated
"the Lord's..." - not "church." This
word does not appear again in the New Testament. Nonetheless, this is the
unlikely and strange history of the word "church" as it
came to the English language. Eventually, through the manipulation of organized
religion "church" came to replace "ecclesia"
by popular acceptance. Again, we must emphasize the importance of knowing
word meanings in order to know the intent of those who wrote the Scriptures.
THE CORRECT MEANING OF "ECCLESIA"
Now, let's look at the word, "ecclesia". This Greek
word appears in the New Testament approximately 115 times. That's just
in this one grammatical form. It appears also in other forms. And in every
instance, except three, it is wrongly translated as "church"
in the King James Version. Those three exceptions are found in Acts 19:32,
39, 41. In these instances the translators rendered it "assembly"
instead of "church." But, the Greek word is exactly the
same as the other 112 entries where it was changed to "church"
In Acts 19, "ecclesia" is a town council: a civil body
in Ephesus. Thus, the translators were forced to abandon their fake translation
in these three instances. Nonetheless, 112 times they changed it to "church."
This fact has been covered-up under centuries of misuse and ignorance.
The Greek word "ecclesia" is correctly defined as: "The
called-out (ones)" [ECC = out; KALEO = call]. Thus, you can see how
this word was used to indicate a civil body of select (called, elected)
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica:
In the New Testament, "ecclesia" (signifying convocation)
is the only single word used for church. It (ecclesia) was the name
given to the governmental assembly of the city of Athens, duly convoked
(called out) by proper officers and possessing all political power including
even juridical functions.
Obviously, in Greece an ecclesia had no resemblance to a church. An
"ecclesia" was a civil assembly in Athens even before
the writing of the New Testament. In the Oxford Universal English Dictionary
(considered the standard for the English language) the word "ecclesia"
is listed in its English form as used by our English forefathers. (Nowadays,
only forms of the word appear - like, "ecclesiastical").
Quoting from the Oxford Universal English Dictionary on the word "ecclesia":
Ecclesia [mediaeval Latin, and Greek - from : SUMMONED]
-A regularly convoked assembly, especially the general assembly of Athenians.
Later, the regular word for church.
Thus, two of the most prestigious word resources in the English language
confirm the fact that an "ecclesia" was originally a select
civil body, summoned or convoked for a particular purpose. What, then,
did the writers of the New Testament mean when they used the word "ecclesia"
to describe a Christian body of people? We can assume that they intended
to convey the original Greek meaning of the word: a body of Christians
called out of the Roman and Judean system to come together into a separate
civil community. It meant a politically autonomous body of Christians
under no king but Jesus; under no other jurisdiction but that of Jesus.
No man ruled them! Only Christ. And that was the reason these same Christians
ran into trouble with kings and rulers; were arrested, crucified and martyred.
They dropped Caesar as their King and took up Christ.
In Acts 17, verses 1-6 we see that Paul and Silas had a reputation that
preceded them. They were "turning the world (system) upside down."
What was their inflaming message? Were they telling the people to find
a minister and support him; go to church every weekend; be nice to their
neighbors? Could this have been the message that set the city fathers against
them? Or maybe they were asking people to send their tithes to them so
they could build a nice church or develop a Christian recreation center?
No? What then? What were these guys doing that was "turning the world
system upside down"? The answer is found in verse 7:
"Whom Jason hath received (into his house): and these
all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there
is another king, one Jesus."
Now is that clear? Do you see what they were doing? They were announcing
ANOTHER KING! Not Caesar! This was a king who was bigger than Caesar.
They were forming civil bodies that no longer looked to Caesar as their
king. They were forming civil outposts for Christ's conquering army! They
were at war!
Paul and Silas weren't "church builders" like preachers today
claim. They weren't proselytizing people from one church or synagogue to
another. They were kingdom builders! They were dethroning rulers in the
minds of the people and alienating them from the mental hold Caesar had
upon them through heathenistic (central) government. They were teaching
the principles of Christian government. They were putting forth the call
of God to whomever would hear and obey, and those whose hearts responded
to the call became citizens of Christ's kingdom and joined themselves to
the ecclesia, or community of believers.
CHURCH AND STATE DESTROY LIBERTY
The Oxford Dictionary also has an interesting entry under "congregation":
...used by Tyndale* as a translation of 'ecclesia' in the New Testament,
and by the sixteenth century reformers instead of "church." (*William
Tyndale was the fifteenth century reformer and Bible translator murdered
by the church)
Tyndale was willing to die for God's word and truth. He didn't like
the word "church." Instead, he used the word "congregation."
Now that tells us something! Godly Tyndale, and other sixteenth-century
reformers who were more reputable, did not like the word "church."
They used other words like "congregation," "governmental
When you consider the fact that an "ecclesia" was "a
civil body politic", this is strong proof that the Christian ecclesias
we read about in the New Testament were independent civil bodies of Christians
-independent from worldly kings and governors, ruled by the Theocratic
government of God's Spirit. They wanted freedom to serve King Jesus. They
weren't building and attending churches! Please understand! The pattern
laid down in the New Testament bears no resemblence to what we know today
as "church". God's people are meant to live by the ecclesia pattern
-together in communities, holding all things common, under the government
of God through His anointed leaders. Quit saying "church"
when it is supposed to be "ecclesia"! It's an important
step in retrieving your brain from the trap of religious confusion.
CHRISTIAN CIVIL BODY
Independent self-government under Christ! That is what the ecclesia
represents - not a religious organization for meeting on weekends. The
Bible does not indicate that churches would eventually take the place of
ecclesias. The change of words was not sanctioned by Scripture. There is
NO Scriptural authority for Christians to build churches, attend churches,
or support churches! Churches are ungodly organizations designed for and
by the heathen.
We should be forming and defending ecclesias instead of the disgusting
churches with their con games, entertainment, cultic mystery, childishness,
and heathenistic worldly nonsense. We once used the word "church"
to describe ourselves, but no more thank God. We're doing our best to break
that image. It's a slow process, but we're putting the old church ways
THE IDOLATRY MUST STOP
If you profess to follow Christ, then it's time you quit voluntarily
feeding the anti-Christ beast. Men who want to sincerely follow Christ
must wean themselves from worldly governments and churches. It is the height
of absurdity for a Christian to attend and support the very institutions
which are destroying his relationship with God. Those who voluntarily support
man-made religious church systems, by believing and teaching that they
are good in any way, or that they help us, or that we need them, are still
living in a dream world of deception. The ecclesia system, with it's Theocratic
government and individual responsibility, is capable of freeing us from
the bodage of religion. True peace and liberty cannot be found outside
of Christ. Christ's system is the ecclesia system. Freedom awaits all those
who will break away from the religious slavery of church and become a humble
bondslave of Jesus Christ. We must stop idolizing men in their religious
hypocrisy and let Christ once and for all be our King!
So, there is really no other choice for those who would truly follow
the pattern laid down for us in God's Word. We must do the same thing the
apostles did. We must form ourselves into actual communities under the
guidance of God's anointed and appointed leaders, called out and separated
from the world, with none other than Jesus Christ as our ruler and King.
In other words, ECCLESIAS!
As a whole, Christians have departed from the pattern laid down in the
book of Acts and have built, according to their own wisdom, an artificial,
phony, putrifying religious mess called "church". It's time to
REVOLT against the wisdom of our religious flesh and get back to
the wisdom of God. It's time to re-evaluate and re-examine everything about
how you think the true followers of Jesus should live. It's time for REVOLUTION
against DEAD RELIGION! We are determined to change the way the world
thinks about how true followers of Jesus should live. We have been following
the ecclesia pattern for over 10 years and have seen the blessings and
power of God every step of the way. God does miracles for those who are
willing to sacrifce ALL. Write for more information about how you
can join us in the struggle to bring back the truth of the ecclesia.
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