Because Jesus Never Said He Would Build A Church
My purpose for writing this is not to defend myself, but rather to encourage all who read it to take a closer look into the precious Word of God. You may find, like I did, that over the years, men have tampered with portions of scripture to suit their pagan and political beliefs. Simply research why King James told his translators to misinterpret ekklesia and prayerfully you will understand my point. I offer a free resource that may point you in the right direction in my website. It is interesting to discover how ekklesia (what Jesus really said), was mistranslated as church.
I've examined this verse in nearly twenty translations of the bible. A few Bible translations translate ekklesia as ‘congregation’ or ‘assembly’. These are closer to the actual meaning of ekklesia. However, it is the historical meaning of ekklesia that alerts us to Jesus intent when He used that word.
A simple review of the original language of the New Testament reveals that Jesus spoke of building His ekklesia – a word that was known and understood by His disciples and the people of His day. Some have tried to ‘Christianize’ the word ekklesia when in reality, it was a secular word, both in its history and practice. Why is important that we understand this?
The model Jesus chose was one with authority. From its Old Testament predecessor word qahal, to the New Testament word ekklesia, what He chose referred to a called-out body for the purpose of conducting official business. In many ways, the ekklesia could be considered a ruling council. The Romans borrowed the concept of ekklesia from the Greeks to the point that many in the earthly days of our Lord considered it to be an arm of the Roman government.
Immediately upon declaring that He would build His ekklesia, Jesus promised they would be equipped with the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and that they would have full authority to bind and loose on earth what heaven had declared to be lawful or unlawful. In other words, like the secular ekklesia, the Lord’s ekklesia would have authority to activate the policies of heaven into the earth. Like Jesus, I desire to see the Body of Christ empowered to impact their families, their neighborhoods, their cities, state and ultimately the world with the power of Jesus Christ.
When I wrote my latest book, Leaving Church Becoming Ekklesia, I was frighteningly aware that I would face those who would reject its message. Rejection is not the issue, failure to accept the Lord’s purpose is the greater tragedy. You must position yourself to not automatically reject what the Lord is doing, and at the same time be wise enough not to just accept anything. Here are four things that can help navigate this path.
I encourage you to study, ask questions, gather with other believers and pray. You will find, that Jesus never said He would build a church. You will find the original language of the New Testament, and historical facts will confirm this fact. What Jesus actually said proves His intent to empower you and send you forth to impact your families, your neighborhoods, your cities, and beyond.
I believe Jesus is still building His ekklesia, and He’s doing it with believer like you!
This was driven home to me as I completed the finishing touches on my new book, Leaving Church Becoming Ekklesia. I finished the book, reviewed the new website, the new Facebook page and felt things were ready to go. The next major hurdle was inviting people to ‘Like’ my Facebook page, to click ‘Follow’, and to visit my new website. But I stopped short. I hesitated to make this next move. Why?
For a brief moment, I felt surge of fear. I was sobered by the idea that what I have written ventures into uncharted territory. I remembered the backlash I encountered when I first taught about the kingdom, the five-fold ministry gifts, personal prophecy, and deliverance. Once again, I find myself moving into a place that may draw positive and negative theological responses. So, I hesitated ‘starting’ and put the potential of ‘finishing’ in complete jeopardy.
Until recently, there has been very little discussion of ekklesia. Most conversation would suggest that ekklesia and church were the same. But history – both biblical and historical proves they are not. This goes to the heart of what Jesus declared at Caesarea Philippi. He never said He would build a ‘church’, He said He would build an ekklesia, which is far different from what we know as ‘church’. The implications to the Body of Christ is enormous. This is the foundation of what I have written.
So, with this blog, I start. The fact that you are reading this is proof that I have started. Where is the ‘finish’? Finish is when you are introduced to ekklesia. Whether through my new book, Leaving CHURCH Becoming EKKLESIA, or from the many others around the country who are beginning to declare what ekklesia is, and its importance to all believers.
The understanding of ekklesia is rising. I have started the journey, and you can establish the place of finish. When you realize the power Jesus Christ entrusted to His ekklesia, you will be well underway to seeing the kingdoms of the world, becoming the Kingdom of our God and of His Christ (Revelation 11:15).
Take a few moments and go through The Ekklesia Center website.
Jesus is still building His ekklesia with believers like you! TLK