"The Greek word used for "church" in the book of Acts is ekklesia ,which means "called-out ones." It is a governmental term that was first coined in Rome. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, "The term 'ecclesia"' was the name given to the governmental assembly of the city of Athens in which officers were granted political power and juridical functions." So why was this same term used to refer to the "church" in the New Testament? Because as the ekklesia (the church), we are called out as an assembly to effect change and to govern. We are to transform society, not let society transform and/or silence us. We are to go into every realm to bring His light and His life. However, the only way the church transforms society is when we are in it, fulfilling our call in the realm of our gift." -- Karen Hardin
Notice the subterfuge. It is true that ecclesia means called out congregation. It is also true that it was used on one way to describe a governmental assembly. It is inherently deceitful and untrue to connect the two and thus conclude that the church must be a governmental assembly. The sad thing is that whenever false teachers try to strip mine the Bible for their pre-conceived bias, the truth still finds a way. Consider the following definition from gotquestions.com:
It is important that the church today understand the definition of ekklesia. The church needs to see itself as being "called out" by God. If the church wants to make a difference in the world, it must be different from the world. Salt is different from the food it flavors. God has called the church to be separate from sin (1Peter 1:16), to embrace fellowship with other believers (Acts 2:42), and to be a light to the world (Matthew 5:14). God has graciously called us unto Himself: "'Come out from them and be separate,' says the Lord. 'Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you'" (2Corinthians 6:17). - Got Questions?
If the church wants to make a difference in the world, it must be different from the world. Not try to influence it, find relevance to it, or conquer it
"When we allow ourselves to be silenced, we have effectively removed God's voice and influence in these realms of which we are called to walk and work. If you are a teacher, an engineer, a medical professional, a therapist, counselor, pastor, a student, a service worker or governmental worker ... Whatever your daily job is at this moment, you are the church (ekklesia) called out to walk into your office/realm/space each day to take His light and life and bring transformation." -- Karen Hardin
Sigh, we are not called to walk or work within the realms Hardin alludes to. Once again though the NAR presents their weak and impotent god who cannot have a voice or influence in society unless we speak on His behalf. Absolute heresy. Our duty, wherever we find ourselves in society, is to represent Christ and bring the Gospel, period. Not to try and take over the world. Hardin is clever in her deceit because it sounds reasonable to "bring transformation" but realize it is not the individual sinner she is advocating for transformation of. It is the culture as a whole. That is the difference between a Christian who carries the Gospel versus those that are focused on this world.
"As I look around at the masks worn during the pandemic, I believe they speak prophetically of the attempt to keep our mouths silenced. Note, I'm not attacking the use of masks for those who feel they need the protection it can offer. I'm saying only that they are visual evidence of an effort to silence dissenting voices--especially the church. It is vital that we recognize who we are and know that we were called "for such a time as this." (Es 4:14). We are not meant to remain silent at this time. People are seeking answers and those won't come from the CDC, but from the Word of God which as believers we carry within us." -- Karen Hardin
A mask does not silence anyone. Her imagery makes no sense. She tries to couch how dangerous this message is but the damage is already done. She is planting the image in the minds of impressionable sheep that if they wear a mask they are somehow complying to be silent as opposed to being concerned about the well-being of others, as the bible instructs us. If people have questions in these difficult times, we should be ready to give an answer for why we hope but that is not what Hardin is advocating for.