What is God’s Church?

by John and Ruth Greene, Bible Vision International

really serious stuff

The Greek word ‘ekklesia’ means an assembly or gathering. In a modern secular sense, this Greek word represents a group of people called together for any purpose. By extension, this could be a ‘congregation.’ The word ‘church’ was originally rooted in the Roman Catholic Church, a word that indicated a separate power from the state. This was an invention that is often credited to Constantine. In his translation of the Bible, King James mandated that the word ‘church’ be used in place of ‘congregation’ as a device of political and religious control, a legal tool. In those days, he construed the application of the word ‘church’ to relate to the buildings. This was derived from a contemporary Greek word kurioton, which means a secular lord’s house. The word ‘church’ descends from inexact origins through paganism. If this upsets you, then the next news we have for you gets worse. It isn’t about roses and puppy-dog tails. The truth is quite serious. (Revelation 3:15-16; Luke 18:22-23; Matthew 4:18-22; “Authority Scriptures for Study“)

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Today, most churches (at least in the United States) are incorporated businesses, designed as a business to enjoy a tax-free status (at least at this time) under government control. This is reality. A corporation, like the moniker of ‘church,’ is a man-made antichrist (antimessiah) concept straight from paganism, originating from Rome. If you don’t like the label antichrist, then know that this construct is not of YHWH, and therefore ‘should be’ inappropriate for the Father’s gathering, congregation or assembly. The current structure of most organized churches are based on paganism with a priesthood model based on Rome, and in many places have become controlled by the state. This status has placed multitudes of Christians under forced religious authority and compromise through the state. This is shocking truth that a decade ago, we would not have appreciated nor fully understood, now mandated openly in the United States since 2006. This is an overt move to rule over the corporate body of each corporate church to do the bidding of the government and affect teaching as needed. Obedience is required to keep a tax-free status. (John 8:44; “Building a Counterfeit Kingdom“; “The Image & Mark of the Beast System“; “The Man of Lawlessness“; “Mind Control of the Beast“)

called out by ChristThe laws of man govern creations of man, adding to the creation of YHWH. To multitudes, this is not compromise at all, which shows the true state of mankind today. At best, the modern structure of the church walks the line of idolatry, a distorted witchcraft. (Matthew 6:23-24; John 15:17-18; Acts 5:34-41; 2 Timothy 4:1-5) You know what the Bible says about straddling the fence. YHWH’s congregation is not defined in this way, but by the people that are disciples of Messiah, operating in Spirit and in truth. Large bodies of people are not required. Buildings aren’t necessarily required. While this is not a popular truth, it is truth nonetheless, the construct of YHWH’s Word. The construct of the modern church was not what Yahshua [Jesus] or the apostles had in mind when they spoke about gatherings of YHWH’s people. (1 Timothy 6:17-19; Proverbs 29:25; Psalm 112:5-8; Isaiah 50:10; “The Real Meaning of Romans 13“; “Video: Corruption of Christianity in the Third Century“; “The Parthenon & the Spirit of Humanism“; “Hardened Hearts: Strengthening the Brotherhood in Messiah“)

Yahshua [Jesus] used the word ekklesia three times in Matthew. In Strong’s Concordance, the word ekklesia (G1577) is defined as “an assembly,” derived from the word “ek,” (G1537) which means “out of”; and the word “klesis” (G2821) which means “a calling.” The word ekklesia means to be called out. In this case, Yahshua [Jesus] is calling His people out of the world. Even the Jews of Israel were called out in Isaiah 52:11. (2 Corinthians 6:17) You are being called out from the antichrist mindset and ideas of the world. Disciples of Messiah are called out of self-will and all things that have to do with the flesh. The ekklesia is not a servant of the state with two masters. The ekklesia serves only YHWH with a certain amount of respect for secular rulers and authorities as Yahshua [Jesus] mandated. YHWH’s people alone are temples of the Messiah, the ekklesia of Messiah. (Acts 7:48; John 4:23-24; Romans 8:9-11, 1 Corinthians 3:16,17; 6:19-20, 2 Corinthians 6:16, Revelation 21:3; Hosea 8:6; Isaiah 17:7-8; “What Is Washing By The Word?“; “YHWH’s Promise to His Elect“; “YHWH’s Revolution“)

The Bible sets the standards for the ekklesia:

“Therefore put away all filthiness and overflow of evil, and receive with meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your lives. And become doers of the Word, and not hearers only,1 deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror, for he looks at himself, and goes away, and immediately forgets what he was like. But he that looked into the perfect Torah, that of freedom, and continues in it, not becoming a hearer that forgets, but a doer of work, this one shall be blessed in his doing of the Torah. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is worthless. Clean and undefiled religion before the Elohim and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” – James 1:21-27, ISR98

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“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” – Matthew 18:18-20, NKJV

“That the Elohim of our Master Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah, the Father of majesty, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the majesty of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which he wrought in the Messiah, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come, and hath put all things under His [Messiah] feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the assembly [ekklesia], which is His body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.” – Ephesians 1:17-23, WoY

“…so that now, through the assembly (ekklesia), the many-sided wisdom of Elohim [YHWH] might be known to the principalities and authorities in the heavenlies, according to the everlasting purpose which He made in Messiah Yahshua our Master” – Ephesians 3:10-11, ISR98

“For the rest, my brothers, be strong in the Master and in the mightiness of His strength. Put on the complete armor of Elohim [YHWH], for you to have power to stand against the schemes of the devil. Because we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against authorities, against the world-rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual matters of wickedness in the heavenlies.

Because of this, take up the complete armor of Elohim, so that you have power to withstand in the wicked day, and having done all, to stand. Stand, then, having girded your waist with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having fitted your feet with the preparation of the Good News of peace; above all, having taken up the shield of belief with which you shall have power to quench all the burning arrows of the wicked one.

Take also the helmet of deliverance, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of Elohim, praying at all times, with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, watching in all perseverance and supplication for all the set-apart [holy, sanctified] ones;” – Ephesians 6:10-18, ISR98

“Who [Messiah] is the image of the invisible Elohim, the firstborn of every creature: for by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He [Messiah] is the head of the body, the assembly (ekklesia): Who is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.” – Colossians 1:15-18, RNKJV

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised; ) and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:22-25, RNKJV

“But Yahshua [Jesus] said, ‘Send me the little children, and do not hinder them coming to me: for of this sort is the Kingdom of Heaven.’” – Matthew 19:14, direct translation

Please remember that you cannot straddle the fence with one foot in YHWH’s Kingdom and one foot in the antichrist (antimessianic) world of man. (Genesis 1:24-26; 1 Corinthians 1:21; John 12:31; Ephesians 2:2) Remember that man’s system in Satan’s domain. It became Satan’s domain with the fall of man. (Genesis 3:8-19; John 16:11; Luke 4:5; Ephesians 5:16; 2 Corinthians 4:4) All of YHWH’s children must actively follow Him. They must trust Him. When you are a disciple of Messiah, you are not the master of your ‘own ship.’ You have a new Master, which all disciples of Messiah have time to learn to abide in. We pray that this is what you will do. (“Seeking a New Spirit“; “Testing for YHWH’s Spirit“; “A Warning to Disciples“)

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“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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