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In many English language Bibles the "English" word "church" is found. It is used to supposedly "translate" the original Greek word, "ekklesia." This is outrageous. The Greek word ekklesia is a word that refers to living PEOPLE, while the "English" word "church" does NOT. Substituting the word ekklesia with the word "church" may be compared to substituting the word "family" with the word "skyscraper" or substituting the word "friends" with the word "garage." Obviously "friends" and "family" are words referencing living people, and so is EKKLESIA. The words "skyscraper" and "garage" refer to places or things, and so does the word "church." You may ask, "So what?" Well, the matter is far from trivial. The Bible is God's Word. If you believe that the Original Greek Manuscripts of the New Testament were inspired, God-breathed, then you understand that the Holy Spirit Himself selected the Greek words to be used, and you realize that in the work of translation into other languages it is the obligation of translators to rightly translate. For example the Greek word for "foot" must be translated into the English word for it, "foot." But that simple principle was not faithfully carried out by translators in the 113 instances in the New Testament where the Holy Spirit used ekklesia. FRANKLY, THEY DID NOT TRANSLATE IT! The Greek word ekklesia means the CALLED OUT ones. Quite simply "ek" is Greek for "OUT" and "klesia" is from the Greek "to CALL." We will show you that to the Apostles and inspired writers of the New Testament ekklesia meant THE OUT-CALLED ONES, or, THE CALLED OUT ONES, and that this term (in their definition) carried with it the connotation of a faithful people. God has CALLED them, and that is why they are the CALLED ones. And they are faithful to their divine CALLING. If you follow on with this study we will show you all of the references and sources and proofs for what we say here. NOTHING in the "English" word "church" speaks of ANY people, in ANY way. Not "called out" people, not faithful people, not PEOPLE in any sense of the word. It has NO meaning even RESEMBLING the biblical meaning.
Consequently there are some 113 passages in the New Testament (in these "English" translations) that ROB you of knowing what God, in His Word, says to YOU, and about YOU. That is PERSONAL! It is your God speaking about YOU! If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, YOU are one of these, THE CALLED OUT ONES, and the 113 passages in the New Testament that SPEAK ABOUT IT, are HIDDEN FROM YOU, their meaning concealed and covered over, by an "English" (Anglo-Saxon) word that means (and always DID mean) something completely DIFFERENT than God's meaning. To make matters worse, the "English" (Anglo-Saxon) word "church" picked up a "cultural" and "sociological" meaning during the DARK AGES, the Middle Ages, Medieval times, attached to what is known as the "High Church" (that is, the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England), and (believe it or not) the DARK AGES MEANING of the word in our cultural vocabulary has REMAINED the definition in English vocabulary, right down to our times. One can scarcely watch the evening news these days without seeing discussion of Christians and politics, and hearing the term, "CHURCH AND STATE." Every single day in America thousands of people, in colleges, and in common discussions, banter about this term. If you attend worship services in a building specially constructed for Christians to assemble in and worship in, then there is a ninety-nine and nine-tenths percent chance that the organization or institution that owns the building is in legal compliance with the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), and this Christian organization has SIGNED PAPERS that COMPLY WITH the Medieval DARK AGES definition of the word "church," for this is the definition USED by the IRS. From the depth of the DARK AGES when true Chrstians were being burned at the stake by the "High Church" for such "crimes" as attempting to translate the Bible into the language of the people, the DEFINITION of "church" as promoted BY the Medieval "High Church" has PREVAILED in our vocabulary, REMAINED in our vocabulary, and, worse, is ESTABLISHED IN OUR "CHRISTIAN" THINKING! The MEANING held by the Pope of Rome and by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Middle Ages is precisely the meaning held by the IRS when they examine a religious organization to judge whether it is a "church" and is to be given "tax exempt" status. And that SAME Medieval definition is used in the lips of MILLIONS of American Christians, every time they toss about the term "separation of Church and State." In the vocabulary of Thomas Jefferson in the 1700s (and used by him in writing* in 1802), there had been NO change in the definition of the word "church" in people's thinking, since the DARK AGES (say the 1300s). And from Thomas Jefferson's day to the present, still, there has been NO CHANGE in that Medieval idea. Everyone who uses the well-worn term "Church and State" and the IRS likewise, when determing tax status, are all USING a word that actually hails from the Anglo-Saxon language in let's say 390 AD. And they are keeping a meaning developed by say 500 AD in "England." And again, the MEANING of that word was from the beginning, COMPLETELY ALIEN to the meaning of the word "ekklesia" in the 113 Bible passages where it is found. And today our entire SOCIETY is brain-trained to think and speak with that Medieval DARK AGES (and un-bibical) definition. Our society at large today has the unbibical Medieval understanding of the word "church" and does NOT know anything about the Greek word "ekklesia" or what it MEANS.
* Jefferson's writing (which used the term "Church and State") has been cited favorably by the Supreme Court many times. In its 1879 Reynolds v. United States decision the high court said Jefferson's observations 'may be accepted almost as an authoritative declaration of the scope and effect of the [First] Amendment.' In the court's 1947 Everson v. Board of Education decision, Justice Hugo Black wrote, 'In the words of Thomas Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect a wall of separation between church and state.'
Clarification: THIS website has NOTHING to do with issues of "separation of church and state," neither with political ideas, whether "liberal" or "conservative." Nothing. Our mention of such things here is merely to demonstrate how ENTRENCHED in our society's thinking and speech the word "church" is, and, that the word's MEANING has PRESERVED the unbibical idea of "church" since the Dark Ages. NONE of this in our society and culture speaks of God's elect OUT-CALLED and faithful people. Hence NONE of our societal and cultural use of the word "church" carries one MOLECULE of New Testament meaning. HOW DID SUCH A THING HAPPEN? Quite plainly the "English" speaking CHRISTIANS of the world GAVE society the word "church" with no biblical definition attached to it. They PASSED ON the word as the Medieval misnomer that it was.
IF the BIBLE word "ekklesia" means people who are called out and faithful, how do you reconcile "ekklesia" to a sentence like "The men went down to paint the church"? You don't paint the ekklesia, the called out and faithful people of Christ. You don't put a steeple on them. There are no pews in them. What's going on with a statement like "We are putting new carpet in the church"? We are putting new carpet in Christ's called out people"? Think of the ramifications in meaning if there were to be a fire, and men say "the church was completely destroyed." The called out and faithful people of Christ cannot have stained glass windows put in them.
THE WORD "CHURCH" IS A PAGAN WORD:
THE WORD "CHURCH" IS A PAGAN WORD:
The pagan Anglo-Saxons (the Germanic Angles and Saxons) of the 300s AD had this word in their vocabulary BEFORE any exposure to things "Christian." This treatise explores the origin and meaning of the word church. We will show the reader why we say the word is "PAGAN," and we will show that it was WRONG for the so-called "Christians" of the Dark Ages to allow the Pagans to put this word on Christian structures, and to use it that way themselves. But FAR WORSE was the transference of this Pagan word into things in Scripture! The Pagan misnomer "church" that was eventually wrongly applied to "Catholic" cathedrals and such, was SUBSEQUENTLY put in place of the Greek word ekklesia in the Bible! THIS OBLITERATED THE MEANING OF 113 VERSES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT!
Ever since the word "church" and its antecedents (circ, cirice, etc) became entrenched in "English" as the word for Christian buildings, and came into common usage in England by the "High Church" (the Roman Catholic "Church" in England and the "Church" of England) men have set themselves to defend the customs of the "High Church," and defend the use of the word "church." "High Church" scholars cultivated and promulgated the erroneous "Kyrios Theory." This is the assertion that the "German" word "church" (circ) "came from" derivatives of the Greek word "kyrios" such as "kyriakon" which, depending on how they are used in a sentence may mean "Lord's" i. e. something pertaining to the Lord. But it did NOT. The German word did NOT come from the Greek. This treatise unceremoniously drags the Kyrios Theory out into the glaring light of day and exposes its faults and fallacies. Even if the Kyrios Theory were found to be true (which it is NOT) the SAME "CRIME" against Scripture would still be left standing. If the Kyrios Theory were true it could do NO MORE than support the assertion that a kyrios-based word was once used for a Christian BUILDING, because someone pointed to the structure once, and said "that building is the LORD'S" (because their word means "Lord's"). THAT is the absolute GREATEST EXTENT the Kyrios Theory reaches, the notion that the German circ/church (applied to BUILDINGS) came from kyrios (or kyriakon) which was ALSO strictly applied to BUILDINGS. They ADMIT that it had no other use than for BUILDINGS, even IF their theory were correct (which it isn't). This feeble Kyrios Theory STILL supplies NO JUSTIFICATION for the word "church" being used in "translating" the Scriptures, where the meaning of the inspired word "ekklesia" is NOT a building with a steeple on it, but rather, Christ's elect OUT-CALLED and faithful people. This obliteration of biblical meaning is not in the LEAST vindicated by the kyriakist's appeal to words referring to buildings. Yet, we show in this treatise why we think they are EVEN wrong on that: The German word church did NOT have a Greek beginning, no, not for religious buildings, nor for anything else. The German word circe-cirice etc (which we now call "church") was born on German soil BEFORE they ever had knowledge of or spoke of Christian buildings in far away lands. The word was native to the Pagan Angles and Saxons, and there was no "Greek" involved as is maintained by kyriakists.
The evidence supplied in this treatise demonstrating the Pagan origin of the word "church" may surprise you. Even if you have read other assertions "out there" maintaining that the word is Pagan, most of them use entirely different source material than this treatise does, and reach a DIFFERENT conclusion entirely. If you come along and read, you will find, that "this is not that."
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Church vs Ekklesia
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