Ekklēsia is the Greek word used in the New Testament over 116 times, translated in our English Bibles as ‘Church’. The word has NOTHING to do with stone buildings or sacred places of worship. It is a compound word meaning: ‘Ek’: Out from….’Ekklēsia’ the called out. Thus the ‘Called out’.
The Greek word most closely related to ‘Church’ is kuriakos, used in 1Cor11:20 & Rev1:10, translated: ‘the Lord’s’ as referring to the Lord’s Supper and the Lord’s Day. Meaning in the Greek: belonging to the Lord, related to the Lord. This word became associated with places of ‘Christian’ worship around 300AD under Roman Emperor Constantine, who established the first church buildings around 313 AD, furnished them, and named them basilicas. Up to that time the true followers of Jesus Christ were meeting in private homes, often in secret at night. WHY? Because in the Roman Empire there could be no private religion! It was against the law and considered conspiratorial to hold secret or private meetings in homes. This is why the Pagans often brought moral charges against the Christians accusing them of incest, cannibalism and unnatural practices.
(meetings in homes: Rom16:5, 1Cor16:19, Col4:15, Phil1:2, Acts2:46)
Christ Intended Church Matt16:13-19
When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Thus WHAT is the Church? Its Certainly NOT a building considered ‘Sacred’ where the Lord’s dwells. His Spirit does not reside in things made of stone and wood. When He told His Disciples that if ‘Anyone love Me, he will Keep My Word and My Father will love him and WE will come to him and make Our home with him’ Jn14:23, He was speaking of this ‘Ekklēsia’ of the ‘Called out ones’. These would be His assembly called out of Darkness and Bondage into Light and Freedom from sin! (Acts26:18) The Saints are NOT called to buildings set apart as sacred run by a religious establishment of celery with some kind of special privileges to Lord over people. No one person 'rules over' the assembly, but all contribute, doing their part for the edification of the body. Eph4:11-14
Greatest in the Kingdom of our Lord?
But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you, and whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your servant. Matt20:225-26
But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. Matt23:11
(Redemption) is associated with this kind of Servitude:
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”Matt20:28
Holding of 'Offices, higher positions of authority over the body SHALL NOT be so, Jesus said!
Jesus as the ‘ROCK’ 1Cor10:4 (Petra, up on which the Ekklēsia is to be Established) Served on the ‘Called out ones’ behalf in order to Redeem them from darkness to light from the power of Satan to God. That’s why His ‘Church’ is the ‘Chosen generation, the Royal priesthood, a holy nation of His own special people that may proclaim praises to Him who called them out of darkness into His marvelous Light!’ 1Pet2:9. The Ekklēsia is NOT the filthy ragged, desperately wicked, wretched, born depraved, chiefs of sinners sitting under the bondage of a religious system that rules over their minds and keeps them in ignorance. (under a millennial of bondage dating back to ancient Rome)
small rock) confession stands as the testimony of the Ekklesia’s
foundation on which the Saints are to build;
are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.
to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid
the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he
builds on it.
For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid,
which is Jesus Christ! Understanding that
it’s GOD who gives the increase, 1Cor3:7.
This is why His
Saints stand out as ‘Special People’ (unique 1Pet2:9) His Bride who have made
themselves ready for His coming, Rev19:7, going forth into all the earth to
proclaim the riches of His Glory, (Eph1:18, 3:16, Rom9:23) endued with the Power
from on High! Acts1:8. Professing Christians in the Church System do not have a
clue what it means to be among the ‘called out’ ones. They have yet to
answer the call to ‘Come Out from among them and be separate’
2Cor6:16-18. Separate from what, They ask, we are the Church!
The Satanic distortion of ‘Church’ began in forth Century Rome under Emperor Constantine who granted religious tolerance in the land that brought an end to the bitter persecutions against Christians. This eventually led to the uniting of church and state, bringing the ‘Christians’ into the great cathedrals of Rome. (considered sacred by the pagans) From that time forward an ‘Official’ religious system existed under the guise of Christianity blending together the idols, pagan beliefs and rituals of Roman culture and remains so to this day. To the officials of Rome you were either a ‘Catholic Christian’ (Of the Universal Church) or a ‘heretic’….branded foolish madmen, who should suffer chastisement and divine condemnation.
Essentially this turned the tables against the real Saints of God labeling them dangerous dissenters and who would not bow to the authority of Rome. The Ecclesiastical System had full authority to persecute and legally murder their religious opponents who opposed them. Sparing you the long and bloody history of religious tyranny that brought us the horror of Crusades, Inquisitions, torture and massive persecutions throughout history to present day, suffice to say the ‘CHURCH’ as we know it in our current society has NOTHING to do with CHRIST! Certainly much of the bitter persecution has ceased in our ‘relativity’ free country and we are currently permitted to practice the religion of our choice, it doesn’t negate the FACT that the existing Religious Establishment of professing Christianity in the free world is still Pagan based to its core. The ‘Churches’ as they exist in our towns, villages and cities, in which so-called Christians claim to worship the One True God are simply an off-shoot of what happened in ancient Rome when the Pure Doctrine of Jesus Christ was nullified by the teachings of men. This is why the ‘Church’ has absolutely no similarity to the ‘Ekklēsia’ of the Bible and also has no desire whatsoever to resemble it. They have their SYSTEM in place that serves the purpose of gathering humanity under a unified pattern of religion where anything goes and people can choose the ‘form’ that suits them best.
The establishment can still maintain a fabricated authority over attendees insisting they must submit to church leadership and remain in fellowship lest they abandon the faith. This enforces the fantasy in the minds of church goers that those who flee the System are angry runagates and devils better off gone rather than stirring up trouble in their midst. In olden times the ‘Church’ exercised domination over the people by the pretense of piety, the place of worship (they controlled) was consecrated of the Lord and dare not be blasphemed or defiled. They may not be hunting down dissidents or burning anyone at the stake in our time, but TRY going among them to challenge their false doctrines and expose the sin! You will find out very quickly that non-compliance will NOT be tolerated.
A denominational church will use its entire governing body to see that you’re silenced and cast out of doors if necessary. More independent organizations will muster the governing board against you and see that you’re brought to shame in the eyes of the people. How different is that from excommunication or being branded a heretic by the religious establishment? The illegitimate ‘Church’ System STILL holds great sway over the gullible (professed) Christian public who fear being numbered among the rebellious. God’s greatest Prophets (including John the Baptist) always stood aloof of the religious system and were greatly out-numbered by the dominant forces. Elijah had to stand alone against 450 false prophets of Baal who had already gone out and slain hundreds of the Lord’s faithful. (1Kings19:12-21)
It’s really no surprise that those of us who Preach the Lord’s true Doctrine cannot buy or sell inside the religious system. (Rev13:17) The use of these words; ‘Buy & Sell’ in Revelation 13 are metaphorical. To Buy means the ability to Participate in a market place….To Sell translates as ability to Barter in a place. Are God’s true Messengers of Repentance and Faith Proven by deeds permitted to ‘Participate’ in the designated places of worship? Can they ‘Barter’ (the act or practice of carrying on a trade) among the ‘church’ people? BY NO MEANS…..because they have NOT taken on the Mark (which is the lust of the eye, flesh & pride of life!) but have CAST it away in the Crucifixion of the passions and desires of the flesh. (Rom6:4-6,Gal5:24)
That’s what has separated the ‘Ekklesia’ from the church since the beginning. When Saul (later Paul) made havoc of the church entering into every house dragging off men and women committing them to prison (Acts8:3) Obviously he was finding this ‘Ekklesia’ in the houses. He did not have to seek them out in the local synagogues or other official places of worship approved by the religious system. And the SAME holds true today….you will NOT find the ‘Called out ones’ partaking at the table of demons in a place of idolatry. (1Cor10:21, 2Cor6:14-16) We see this in Christ rolling back the vale of eternity in Matt7:21-23, when He pronounces those awful words to the people who thought they were serving Him in false System, “I Never Knew you, Depart from Me you workers of iniquity’! They participated in the rituals and traditions of the ‘church’, but never came out of their sins.
If we look back over the centuries of religious bondage since the days of ancient Rome, we find a ruling elite arrogantly reigning over the mind’s of men by the use of superstition and the fear of a vengeful God. In darker times the mere suggestion that you were involved in anything the church deemed blasphemy it meant banishment from common society. (and often times death by horrible means) The average people could not simply ignore the ecclesiastical influence of the establishment because they had power to brandish the full power of the State against anyone who opposed them. So unless you were willing to contest a standing army that thoroughly enjoyed bloody slaughter, you kowtowed to the System in spite of your convictions.
Of course things have changed somewhat since the advent of Liberty in the world, but billions still live under authoritarian style leadership. The major difference today is that the ‘Christian’ Church is no longer a threat to the darkened authorities. Therefore if it, as an organization, is willing to exist within the parameters of state control it can enjoy full acceptance. (even in places like China) However private gatherings or (in house) churches are still considered a danger by most regimes because they operate apart from the supervision of prying eyes. This includes America, where many of the brain dead mind controlled, still believe their leaders respect the Bill of Rights. The general public, among who most professing Christians reside are already good minions of the State and subordinate to some form of authorized religious authority. The religious systems of history have provided man with a sanctuary for his ‘sickness’ of mind called the ‘church’. They have gone to extreme lengths to preserve this safe harbor for carnality, including the use of torture, coercion and deceptions.
Even when the vast monopoly of the Catholic System was challenged during what historians call the Reformation, the duplicity continued. When the Bible was finally authorized to be translated into English by King James VI in 1604, the ‘esteemed’ translators were instructed to rigorously maintain the Episcopal structure of the Church of England and its belief in an ‘ordained’ clergy. So the Word ‘Ekklesia’ in the Greek text was ordered to be translated ‘Church’! (as it also appeared in the Geneva Bible the Anglo-Catholic Bishop’s Bible) Thus it has been to this day. The ‘Church’ is still considered a sacred gathering place for ‘Christians’ and the clergy keeps the people in a state of ignorance and bliss. However GOD did not intend that His Ekklesia to become an institutionalized religion.
We have already established that the ‘Church’ as it exists in America today is NOT the ‘Called out’ ones of Christ. Further evidence of this is seen in their eagerness to obey the rules of State and operate within the constraints of a charitable origination. Since the founding of America the ‘Churches’ have been exempt (for the most part) from paying any taxes. (except on payroll earnings stating in the late 1930’s) However as the Gospel became more and more secular in nature the government recognized it’s opportunity to weasel into ‘religious’ affairs by ‘granting’ them a special status under law to maintain their exemption. However nothing comes from government without strings attached and the American Church System was a prime candidate to ‘sign on’ to something they ‘thought’ was to their advantage. And in a bizarre sort of way the 501 (c) 3 charitable corporate tax exempt statuses (introduced in 1954) corresponds seamlessly into their counterfeit gospel message that follows the Great Harlot of Babylon.
This type of tax exemption turns the churches into ‘corporations’, that must follow the guidelines (as any government granted corporation) stipulated in the agreement. Which means that in order to maintain a tax exempt status the Churches (and any charitable organization) must forego certain activities which are specifically: engaging in political lobbying or campaigning. That means the Pastors or other church leadership cannot endorse a candidate for political office or participate in any political debate that may influence the outcome of an election or the passing of legislation. Essentially this hamstrings the ‘Churches’ ability to act as any kind of a moral compass in society at large.
So there you have it! Your precious constitution brought to naught. Congress making no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…. Has virtually no further significance in the land of the free. Not only have the Churches voluntarily repudiated the Gospel of Christ they have enthusiastically gone in league with the devil! They are a sort of ‘Judas’ goat, selling out for their thirty pieces of silver. They ride the Scarlet Beast of Rev17:3-6, adorn with all the trimmings of ancient Babylon.
As throughout their long and sorted history as a religious hierarchy they have always been FULLY aware of the control they have put forth over men AND used it to their complete advantage. With the 501 they can further demonize the runagates that refuse to comply and wrap themselves in the flag as loyal patriots thereby garnering an even greater creditability to the unsuspecting masses who equate God and Country to the Bible. Is it of any wonder why Solomon said that there is nothing new under the sun? This same type of Mind control has been going on from the very dawn of creation. Man is a creature easily duped (or shall I say Doped) by the Lucifarian agenda of instant gratification and the promise of supremacy. Thus you have the SAME establishment today as those who crucified Christ. Controlled in Mind and Heart by Satan himself!
Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull .Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them. Matt13:14-15
The Ekklēsia can never be connected with a System, by definition they are the ‘called out’ ones, Separate from the lust of the flesh, eyes and pride of life; all the trapping of the world the establishment churches find irresistible. They are His Sheep who hear His Voice and Obey, sojourns in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom they SHINE as Lights in a world of Darkness, Holding fast the Word of Life! Phil2:15-16
Legitimizing the Illegitimate Church!
The Professing Christian ‘Church’ is a hallow imitation of Christ’s Ekklesia of ‘called out ones’. In their attempts to legitimize the blatantly illegitimate establishment church the concept of the visible and invisible church was invented. The ‘Visible’ being the institutionalized body on earth that preaches the Gospel and administers the sacraments and the ‘invisible’ body of ‘ELECT’ known only unto God.
This concept was first brought to light by Augustine in ancient Rome, (during which time the Empire had legalized Christianity and incorporated it into the pagan temples) taken from the Platonist theory of forms; which states that all true reality is invisible and only reflects the visible partially and imperfectly. (pagan non-sense) This carried into the Protestant Reformation in that the reformers insisted on distinguishing between the ‘visible’ Roman Catholic Church which was thoroughly corrupted and the ‘true believers’ paired off into their various denominations.
John Calvin loved this concept in that it blended perfectly into his erroneous system of election and reprobation. Since in his twisted mind God has ‘chosen’ from the foundation of the world those who would be ‘elect’ and those who would be condemned. This idea of a ‘church within the Church’ spread throughout professing Christianity because it was the perfect method to legitimize the established System and excuse the obvious presence of the Tares among the Wheat.
Thus the argument that Christ qualified this concept in His Parable of the Wheat and Tares, given in Matt13:24-30, 37-43. (although the use of the specific words; visible and invisible cannot be found in reference to the Ekklesia) The Parable reads:
Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.
The first major discrepancy in the ‘invisible’ concept is that the True Servants of the Lord IMMEDIATELY recognize the presence Tares among the Wheat. They did not acquiesce to ‘exist’ together with them. The reason the Lord directed them to refrain from gathering up the Tares at the moment is that the FIELD represented the WORLD, NOT the Church! Heed His very Words:
He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
This is much the same as the Parable of the Sower (Mt13:18-23) The SEED (Word of God) is Sown into the World at large, along the wayside, among thorns and stony places and on good ground. The Sower gone out to Sow are those among His ‘Called out ones’ (Ekklesia!) Preaching the true Word to mankind. As Paul said in 1Cor3:6-8
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
Christ is NOT presenting an illustration of His true Church on earth, He is explaining the condition of the World in which exists ‘Wheat’ & ‘Tares’ together until the end of the age. His Church (Ekklesia) is NOT invisible they are CLEARLY Visible as Lights in a Dark Place, holding forth the Word of life to a crooked and perverse generation! Phil2:15-16. Christ refers to the Ekklesia as a lighted city set on a hill visible to all.
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Mt5:14-16
Nothing in Scripture even remotely suggests that His Church is something invisible to the naked eye, known only to God. In fact it’s the VERY Opposite! Everything points to a people actively involved in Preaching the Word and Contending for the Truth to keep it pure. They oppose everything false and pull down the Strongholds of fallacy keeping people bared from the Kingdom. In Scripture a Tree is KNOWN by the Fruit it produces. It is said that a Good tree cannot produce Bad Fruit and a Bad tree cannot produce Good fruit. (Matt12:33-37) This also is shown to separate the sheep from the goats in that everyone will give account in the Day of Judgment for the content of their heart and the words that came forth from it.
False teachers are known by their Fruit, Mt7:15-20, shown as the bad trees baring only thorns and thistles; Sowing the Word into the thorny hearts of sin Lk8:14, promising people Liberty while they remain Slaves to their corruption. (2Pet3:18) Nothing is hidden to the True Disciples of Christ (Matt10:24-27) it will be brought to Light from the housetops, proclaimed to the World! (Acts17:30-31)
The Ekklesia cannot coexist with darkness as a ‘little’ leaven leavens the whole lump! (Gal5:9) The Called ones are to PURGE out the old leaven (sin) of wickedness from among them in favor of Purity, sincerity and love! (1Tim1:5)
Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1Cor5:6-8
Nothing in Scripture could be more simplistic than the crystalline Truth that Darkness and Light cannot coexist! Paul says in 2Cor6:14 not to be unequally yoked together with such people who are immoral and incredulous toward God. Do not fellowship with them, light and darkness cannot mix. John speaks of this Light:
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 1Jh1:5-6
Within the Ekklesia of Christ every effort is to be put forth to expel the notion that people walking in the darkness of sin can have fellowship with God and true communion with the Saints. The entire purpose of the Gospel is to turn people from darkness to light from the power of Satan to God! Acts26:18. The Saints are ‘children of the light’ 1Thes5:5, and cannot dwell in a System devoted to idolatry and sin.
Certainly false teachers will attempt to come in and corrupt the true Saints and even rise up from among the assembly. (Acts20:29-30) While others will come in by ‘stealth’ (Gal2:4) and try to bring them into bondage to their doctrines and traditions. Even Paul lamented the perils of ‘false brethren’ 2Cor11:26 who had crept in to discourage the Saints to stumble them from the faith. BUT none of this implies that the true Ekklesia is to set by silently and endure vile activity in their midst, lest they fall prey to the error of the wicked. (2Pet3:17) Sin MUST be Exposed and rebuked sharply so others will fear falling into temptation that will Disqualify them from the Kingdom. (Titus1:13)
The early Saints followed the Apostles directive in ‘handing’ them over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh that their spirit may yet have a chance to be saved in repentance! (1Cor5:5, 1Tim1:19-20) Meaning as it falls in line with our understanding of the Word, they be expelled from fellowship for their refusal to repent and seek reconciliation so they would not cause others to suffer the same shipwreck. Whereas tolerance in these serious matters of sinfulness breeds further complacency among true brethren.
The Establishment Churches will NOT clarify sins of disqualification (1Cor6:9-10) among the congregations because of this false ‘invisible church’ concept that compels them to remain silent lest in their attempt to gather up the Tares they inadvertently ‘uproot’ the Wheat with them.
This is nonsensical for two reasons:
because the Establishment Churches are the TARE Barns from the beginning.
Second because there is NO Wheat among them to begin with.
Remember the FIELD is the World, NOT the Ekklesia of called out ones. The true Saints exist within the realm of humanity among the immoral and unclean 1Cor5:10, (wheat & tares) BUT they are instructed as an Assembly (ekklesia) NOT to keep company with people (who may be named a brother!) who are involved in acts of immorality as enumerated in the Scriptures. (1Cor6:9-10, Gal5:19-21)
I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner not even to eat with such a person. 1Cor5:9-13
Do ANY of the establishment churches practice this? They wouldn’t dare expose these types of people and put them out of the church lest they vacate the ENTIRE flock! If they were to Purge out the old leaven 1Cor5:7 and Purify the assembly everyone present would have to Repent as directed in 2Cor7:10-11. This is the very reason that a person brought to true repentance and Purity of heart cannot continue to abide among the Roman’s Wretch, sin everyday crowd in the establishment churches. They would rather withdraw themselves entirely from such hypocrisy and dwell alone then sit among people who are obstinate toward God and refuse to Obey His Word. There can be no true harmony of the Spirit where sin abounds and everyone walks according to the imaginations of their own hearts, thinking no evil will befall them because NO ONE is calling sin sin! (Jer23:17)
Nothing disrupts the peace and harmony among true Saints gathering to Study God’s Word than contentions or someone living in obvious compromise. The Spirit of Unity is broken by unresolved issues and un-Christ like behavior, especially if the person offending refuses to acknowledge their fault and correct it. When the Spirit is grieved the entire body (gathering) is in distress. Purity, Sincerity and Love is the common thread among true Saints of God. Duplicity can be the ruination of any assembly. (ekklesia) The gathering of genuine Christians (His ekklesia) tests the spirits to see whether or not they come from God. (1Jh4:1) They Search the Scriptures daily (Acts17:11) for verification of Truth. In early writings recorded in the Didache the Saints were instructed to discard anyone who came to them with contrary Doctrine that was not in accord with the Lord’s wholesome words and doctrine which is in accord to godliness. (1Tim6:3, 2Jn7-10) No teacher or traveling evangelists was permitted to linger from home to home mooching off the charity of the Saints. (Lk10:7, 1Tim5:13) And if his teaching and behavior was not in line with the Scriptures he was considered false.
The great difficulty for those under the establishment System is they wholly believe that the ‘Church’ (as it exists in its fallen state) is still sanctioned by God. (and they are among the true invisible members of the elect) But until a person can Wake up to recognize that the entire SYSTEM is an illegitimate reproduction of reality they will continue to Worship the False Image of Christ conquered by the dragon, Rev13:11-14 and believe that they can enter His Kingdom in their filthy rag, desperately wicked, wretched condition instead of being cast into the furnace among the tares when the false system faces its final Judgment as Mystery Babylon the Great the Mother of Harlots and of the abominations of the earth! Rev17:5, 18:1-8.
The distortion of an ‘invisible’ church within the Church (established system, buildings designated as places of worship) owes much of its appeal to the English translation of the Greek word ekklesia, into Church, which over time has become cemented into the minds of people as the original language of Scripture. It is as though the Apostles instead of going from house to house to assemble the Saints erected a network of cathedrals to collect the wheat and tares for the Day of Judgment. Thus the idea of ‘Church’ as it has existed in history is a perfect reflection of the Woman on the Scarlet Beast in Revelation 17:3-5.
By Mike D