Did You Know?
The word “church” is most commonly used for the Greek word ekklesia but is derivative of the pagan Greek goddess (Circe) who specialized in turning men into swine.
She was skilled in magic of metamorphosis, the power of illusion, and the dark art of necromancy.
She was also the daughter of Helios, the sun deity.
It is interesting to note that William Tyndale, in his Bible translation, translated ekklesia as “congregation” and only used the word “churches” for heathen temples in Acts 19:37!
Kirke’s name was derived from the Greek verb kirkoo meaning “to secure with rings” or “hoop around,” a reference to her magical powers. the word “church” is known in Scotland as kirk, in the Netherlands as kerk and in German as kirche.
The derivation from the Greek Kirke is evident. Oxford English Dictionary 1971 regarding the word church list the following:
“Forms. A) circe, church, churches, etc. B) circe, chirche, church, church etc. C) kirrke, kirk, kirk, etc. Kirika, cirice, was originally applied to the building, it is clear that with the conversion of the Teutonic nations, it was assumed as the naturalized equivalent of ecclesia”
From antiquity to Teutonic peoples and to the present we see a clear perversion in associating YAHUAH’s people with a pagan deity.
“Assembly” or “Congregation” is much more accurate.