V RaptureChrist Newsletter
March 1, 2013

Church / Kuriakos
by Lee Holley

The established religious system, which manifests itself in the... [majority of our Christian churches] is not of God. 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 we read this short study I made as best I could, the truth dawned on me that Christians today have been fed many a LIE, and they have been enslaved by the religious systems of men. If we truly love Yeshua and desire to follow Him in total obedience, then we must seriously consider the facts that follow us in logic. We are each to study and help each other 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 and understand these words often twisted. 

My search here is always into the correct use and misuse of the word "Church." I tried to start by defining the word "Church" that comes from the Old English and German word pronounced "kirche;" in Scotland, it was "kirk." From the Oxford Universal English Dictionary: Church [Old English cirice, circe; Middle English chereche, chiriche, chirche; whence churche, cherche, etc.: Greek Kuriakon...]

In the earlier Greek it was pronounced "ku-ri-a-kos" or "ku-ri-a-kon." As we can see, this word doesn't even resemble the Greek word "ecclesia" whose place it has usurped for Satan.

The meaning of "Ku-ri-a-kos" is understood by its root: "Ku- ri-os," which means "lord." Thus, "kuriakos"... 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 twisted to "churche" (kerke), and eventually "church" in its traditional pronunciation. A church, then, is correctly something that "pertains to, or belongs to, a lord." We thus see the work of Satan to twist here.

Now, as we 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 even close to 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 this carefully and see also what the more important Hebrew words were even more extreme against these twisted German words, grabbed up to Scotland and Wales. This truth will answer many questions we've had about the false words of 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 (or twisted I would use) of the word "church" as it came to the English language. Eventually, through the manipulation of organized man [made] 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. We know that Satan loves to twist these matters, and get many to dance to hell.

We must be careful when we translate the word of God.

Rev 22:18
For I testify unto every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

Assembly / Ecclesia
by Lee Holley

The Greek word ecclesia 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." The Greek word [ecclesia], exactly the same as other 112 entries, was changed to "church" wrongly.

In Acts 19, "ecclesia" is a town council: a civil body in Ephesus. Thus, the translators were forced to abandon their wrong 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, we 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 - such as, "ecclesiastical").

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.

As all true disciples, 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 this tells us something real that most want to miss! Godly Tyndale, and other sixteenth-century reformers, were more reputable; instead of the word "church," they used other words such as "congregation," "governmental assembly," etc.

When we 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 Yeshua. They weren't building and attending buildings with pews --churches! Please understand! The pattern laid down in the New Testament bears no resemblance to what we know today as any "church." God's chosen ones are meant to live by the ecclesia pattern --together in communities, holding all things in common, under the government of God through His anointed leaders.

Christians who want to sincerely follow Yeshua must wean themselves from worldly governments and churches. It is the height of absurdity for so-called followers of Yeshua/Jesus to attend and support the very institutions which are destroying their relationship with God.  

The ecclesia system, with its theocratic government and individual responsibility, is capable of freeing us from the bondage of man [made] religion. True peace and liberty cannot be found outside of Christ. Satan loves to twist this. Christ's system is the ecclesia system. We, the body of Christ, constitute the Ecclesia. We need to assemble together periodically and discuss each other's problems, contributions, and achievements. Look at the BNI model. Freedom awaits all those who will break away from the man [made] religious slavery of church and become a humble bond slave of Yeshua Christ.

We must stop all of this hidden 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 Yeshua Christ as our ruler and King. In other words, ECCLESIAS! 

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