Ekklesia vs Church
In the dream I saw a grossly large building called church. The church doors were massive so that I would guess that one would nee help in opening them thus limiting accessibility and this, I believe from the dream, was on purpose. The church itself was massive. From the back of the building called church the person on the platform was just a spec. However, even from the back I could see that he was dressed in robes. I will get to the significance of that later in the post. When entering this building called church one would normally expect to see pews or chairs. That was not the case in my dream. What I saw were chairs like the kind a judge would sit in. There were people seated in the chairs each having a judge’s gavel in their hands. Instead of the chairs facing forward towards the platform they were facing the isle. So picture, if you will, walking into this building called church, not finding a seat because all the seats were taken by those sitting in judgement of any who would enter the building called church. So in order to get to the person dressed in the robes, another obstacle of intimidation in coming to the Lord, you had to walk down an incredibly long isle being judged by every step you took.
I had a vision similar to the dream above 4 years ago that I will post below.
This is Church?
The Lord showed me a vision a little while ago and in this vision I was standing in front of a church with glass doors so I was able to see inside the church. Looking inside, I could see the people were actively engaged in worship, I could see hands lifted praising God. However, when I looked at the doors themselves I noticed that they had no handles on them. To be “let in” to this church, you had to be let in from the inside. And, if you left, i.e., backslid or just decided to go elsewhere and then wanted to return, once again, you had to be let in by someone on the inside. I used to belong to a church like this where you had to be let in by the people on the inside, i.e., the clique. And, if you left, the pastor would instruct the congregation to not associate with you any longer. When I use the words, “let in”, I am speaking of being part of the fellowship, as I mentioned above, which are sometimes comprised of cliques. What I feel the Lord dropping in my spirit as I post this to my blog , is the church of Laodicea mentioned in the book of Revelation.We have all heard the famous passage of scripture, “‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me”. Every picture I have seen depicting this passage of scripture shows a door with Jesus standing outside knocking, however, the door upon which He is knocking has no handle, the one(s) standing on the other side of the door have to open the door and let Him in. Remember, Jesus was addressing the church of Laodicea in this passage,
(Rev 3:20 NASB)
Now contrast the above with Ekklesia as described below.
How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. Note that everyone brings something to the meeting and not just a single person. 1 Cor. 14:26
The ekklesia is called a body for a reason. Each body part has a function which the other body parts depend on. We are not all an ear or a leg or a hand. But we are all to participate when we come together to re-assemble the body of Christ.
The traditional church does not let the body of Christ be just that, the body of Christ. Instead, the body is reduced to pew sitters,i.e.spectators. Instead of being equipped, the body is crippled. No relationships are formed because no one has to work with anyone else to re-assemble the body of Christ the pastor does it all.
I had a vision a short while ago where I saw the ekklesia function as the Lord intended it to.
The Lord showed me a vision 02/26/2013 and in this vision I saw people gathered around an oval table. The table was low to the ground so that you had to sit on the floor. The people I saw sitting there around the table each had a piece of a puzzle. As they all worked together, the image on the puzzle began to take shape and when they were finished, the picture was of Jesus Christ. He was the center of the meeting. Each one had to do his part in finishing the puzzle and it was not left to one person to do the work of the group. This is how real relationships are built and what church done Jesus’ way should foster.
This is church.
The only reason for the gathering of believers was to re-assemble the body of Christ with each part, I.e., the foot, the hand, the eye, etc. doing its part so that the church, Christ’s body on earth may be edified and that Christ may be glorified.
They did not gather because of a charismatic leader, I.e., a pastor.
They didn’t gather because of church programs.
They didn’t gather because of the worship team.
A far as being judged in traditional church, I would ask that one look at the difference between what has come to be known as church and biblical ekklesia.
But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you. 1 Cor 14:24-25.
Note the difference between human judgement and God’s. We humans like to judge because it gives us a sense of superiority, however, when the Lord reveals the secrets of an individual’s heart it is not for the purpose of humiliating the individual but rather
healing and restoring the individual.
Here’s a link describing ekklesia.
Here’s a link describing church.