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PREFACE

How important is a word ?   The translation of the word "congregation" is so important that, God took a verse containing the word "congregation" and placed that same verse, in both the Old Testament (O.T.) and the New Testament (N.T.).  This insured that the translation of the word "congregation" into any language would be the same in both the O.T. and the N.T.

However, the King James version (KJV) of the Bible in 1611, changed the translation of this word in the N.T. from "congregation" to the word "church."  The use of the word "church", in place of God's word "congregation", has caused centuries of confusion within Christianity.  
INTRODUCTION

The Hebrew word for "congregation" is correctly translated in the English Old Testament as "congregation."  (see Psalms 22:22 )

In the early English New Testaments, the Greek word for "congregation" (ekklesia) was correctly translated in the English New Testament as "congregation."  (see Hebrews 2:12, which should accurately quote Psalms 22:22, by using the word "congregation" (not "church") )

However, the Greek word for "congregation" (ekklesia) was later translated to "church" in the English New Testament for political and control purposes.  The word "church" is used by many religions, and is derived from the word "circle", where people worship in a circle, such as in the church of satan, or church of wicka.

 

Under the New Covenant, the "house of God" is the family of God,
which is the congregation of the living God (not a church building)

Under the Old Covenant, the "house of God" referred to the temple at Jerusalem (see Mat 12:4, Mar 2:26, Luk 6:4).  However, under the New Covenant, the "house of God" is the family of God, which is the congregation of the living God.

The word "church" today typically refers to a building.  The New Testament makes no reference to earthly christian buildings.  All the ekklesia references are to Jesus Christ's called out congregation of people.  
The BIBLE describes JESUS CHRIST'S called out CONGREGATION

Jesus Christ views those, who have accepted Him as their Lord and Saviour, as a single congregation of people.  (Also known as "the Body of Christ.")  (Also known as "the church" when ekklesia is translated to "church", rather than "congregation.")

The Bible contains frequent references to the portion of Jesus Christ's called out congregation that resides in, or at, a particular geographical location.  We can also find Bible references to multiple congregations in a single geographical region. Some congregations in the Bible are described as being within someone's extended family, i.e. in someone's house [in their family [more or less related] [see 1Ti 3:5 ]] When a portion of the congregation is assembled together, the assembled congregation (ekklesia) may be translated as an "assembly."  (a portion of the congregation congregates (assembles together) ) In the Bible Jesus Christ reveals that an assembled congregation may be very small.  
PROVE to YOURSELF that
EKKLESIA should be translated to "CONGREGATION", not to "CHURCH"

The first complete English Bible was the Tyndale Bible in about 1524, and that Bible did not use the word "church" anywhere in its pages, it used the word "congregation."  Sometime after this Bible, they started replacing the word "congregation" with the word "church."

The comparison below will enable you to prove to yourself that "church" should be translated "congregation.

As God intended, there is an Old Testament verse that is also "quoted" in the New Testament.

For the quotation in the New Testament to be accurate, the Greek word "ekklesia" should be translated to "congregation", the same as in the Old Testament, (not to "church"). Likewise, in 111 other places in the New Testament, the Greek word "ekklesia" should also be translated to "congregation" (not to "church").
 
CONCLUSIONS

Therefore, whenever you see the word "church" in your Bible, substitute the word "congregation", and the true meaning will become clear.

Also remember, the phrase "in his house" refers to:  in his house [in his family [more or less related]].  (see 1Ti 3:5)

Likewise, under the New Covenant, the "house of God" is the family of God, which is the congregation of the living God.  (not a church building)  (1Ti 3:15)

This congregation is Jesus' (Christ's) "my congregation."  (Mat 16:18)

 
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