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The Assembly and The Means of Its Unification

G1577. ekklesia, ek-klay-see'-ah; from a comp. of G1537 and a der. of G2564; a calling out, i.e. (concr.) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both):--assembly, church.

The word "church" is a pagan word that has been applied to an assembly of people. Contrary to what many people of today think that assembly is, it is NOT a building, or a system of worship, ceremonial rites, or anything else. It is an assembly of people who are called out for ANY reason. People of today usually associate the title only with so-called "Christian" groups, but there are many types and affiliations of groups that correctly merit and use that pagan title, "church."

Of the many types of "churches" in this world, and many do claim to be part of the body of Yahushua the Anointed (the Christ), quite a few are in fact assemblies of the archenemy, Satan. Although these assemblies outwardly appear to be composed of the children of our Eloah, whose name is Yahuwah, they are in reality more of Satan's congregation. You have to be very careful in ascertaining the true character of any group with which you wish to associate yourself. You can identify the affiliation of a group of people, whether they are a so-called "church," business group, family, or whatever, by the products of that group. If you want to see their true products, you may have to dig a little deeper than what you can see on the surface. If they are truly children of Yahuwah, they will produce "fruit" acceptable to Him. If they are not, their fruit will be of a somewhat different nature, and many times it can be very difficult to tell the good fruit from the bad with just a cursory glance.

Remember that our Savior Yahushua called some of the leading "ministers of God" of the first century "whited sepulchers" as it was rendered in the KJV. This literally means that they were all pretty and neat and acceptable according to what they LOOKED like on the outside, but in reality they were horrible caricatures of what they were supposed to have been on the inside. A sepulcher is a tomb, or grave. To white, in the sense He meant, was to paint the outside with whitewash to make it LOOK clean, while in fact, it was internally filthy.

The exact words He used are:

There are many "churches" today who aptly fit that description due to the actions of the leaders and the people of their congregations.

A good example of what the assembly is can be found in the epistles of Sha'uwl (Paul). In his first letter to the people in the city of Korinthos (Corinth), he had this to say.

Note that he identified himself and his office and he also identified to whom he was writing. The assembly of Yahuwah at Korinthos. He was not writing to the First Baptist Church of Korinthos, nor to the United Methodist Church of Korinthos, nor to the Korinthos Church of Christ, or the Korinthos Blessed Virgin Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Roman Catholic), or to the First United Christian Church of Korinthos, or to any other "church" whose name you can find in any city today. He was writing to the assembly of believers who just happened to reside in the city of Korinthos. There could be no other assembly in that city, as there can only be one group of people who are the called out of the Master in one specific area.

One area, one assembly. This is part of the unity that has been lost as the assembly has "evolved" over the centuries. As more and more pagan beliefs, rites, and ceremonies found their way into the practices of the assembly of our Master, the assembly turned further and further away from that Master. The strongest group eventually became known as the Roman Catholic Church.

When the protest against the Roman Catholic Church occurred, the Protestant (meaning those who protest) "church" became extant, following many of the errors instituted and maintained by their mother, the harlot of Rhome (Rhome). Soon after this "Reformation" occurred and this anti-Roman Catholic "church" made its appearance, many people began to realize that all still was not correct in the assembly of which they were a part, and they could tell it by reading for themselves what the word had to say. Unhappily, many of these people who disagreed with the actions of the body with which they were associated, when they split and formed their own group because of the doctrinal differences, went from error to error. They had a little light, but not enough to conform their beliefs to only those found in the scripture. Many had much difficulty parting themselves from practices which they had known all of their lives (Roman Catholic) and did not realize that they were still exhibiting characteristics that were part of that "church" but not part of the scripture. They continued to "baptize" infants, and they "baptized" by sprinkling or pouring water on the head of the recipient instead of immersing them as the word means and the scripture teaches. Some realized this particular error and did correct it, while many others did not. They kept the separation of "Laity" from the "Clergy," which is not found in the scripture. They continued to meet and worship on the pagan day of worship instead of the day that Yahuwah Himself set aside for that purpose. This list could go on for awhile.

These types of erroneous actions have compounded themselves until today what passes for the assembly of our Master has few characteristics that were to be found in the assembly at the time of the apostles while it retains many of the characteristics found in the pagan church of Rhome. The apostles foretold this event and since they were talking with the authority of Yahuwah, it should surprise no one that it has happened as they said.

Sha'uwl went on to say that we should not have these doctrinal differences. How can the people in the assembly of our Savior believe different things about that Savior, practice different things in the worship and fellowship with that Savior, and still say that they are following Him as ONE body? That's like saying that your foot has blue skin while your leg is purple and your face is green, and they all use different blood to stay that way.

Are we all speaking the same thing? Do we have divisions among us? Are we perfectly joined together in the same mind and judgment?

Yahushua prayed that in Yahuchanan (John) 17: 21

Are all of the believers in His name ONE, as He desired us to be?

Now reread verse 12 in this manner.

Is this the way it should be? Yahuwah forbid.

We have to be ONE in Yahushua, or we are NOT acceptable to Yahuwah.

Do you believe the scriptures are in fact the word of Yahuwah? Do you believe that we must be in obedience to His will as found in His word? Then it is time for you to become a true ecumenicist.

The ecumenicists that you meet on the street don't mean what is spelled out in the definition above when they use the word. What they mean is that all of the denominations need to be tolerant and accepting of one another, respecting their differences, and that they work together for whatever goals they have set.

As you can see, that is NOT what the word means. To be truly ecumenical does not mean to accept the differences in the assemblies that use the name of our Sovereign. It means to DO AWAY WITH THOSE DIFFERENCES. The only way this can be done is for everyone to turn to the Yahuwah and His word. Accept ALL of what He has to say and not just the parts you like. Quit believing what man has to say about what Yahuwah had to say. Listen to Yahuwah ONLY. He has given us the means to do this. Now it is up to us. If we desire to be His children, we will, nay, WE MUST, do it His way. Then there WILL be unity in His body. Everyone WILL speak the same thing. Everyone WILL be of one mind and judgment. There can be no other way.

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C.F. Castleberry