I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you quickly: but in case I am delayed, you will know how you should conduct yourself in the house (domain) of God, which is the ecclesia of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. (1 Timothy 3:14-15)
The ecclesia of the living God IS the pillar and ground of the truth! That makes it pretty important. If we can define “ecclesia,” we will have identified “the pillar and ground of the truth.” Few endeavours are as important and rewarding as this.
But, defining words is the crucial factor that many people never consider. Some purposely ignore it. Because of this, millions of people have missed the true meaning of the “ecclesia.” And, because they have missed this meaning, they now find themselves unwittingly in support of an institution the early Christians despised.