Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.
Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.
Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.
“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Both the FBI agent and his FBI girlfriend lawyer are married. They were having an affair with each other while married. In other words, both were committing adultery. And no one in the FBI, Washington political establishment or mainstream media seems to think anything of it or even care.
There was a time decades ago when adultery was considered shameful and disqualified one from high office. In the United States, laws vary from state to state. Up until the mid 20th century most U.S. states (especially Southern and Northeastern states) had laws against fornication, adultery or cohabitation. These laws were gradually abolished or struck down by courts as unconstitutional. As of 2017, adultery remains a criminal offense in 21 states, but prosecutions are rare. In the U.S. military, adultery is still a criminal offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
Times have changed. As the culture morally collapsed, adultery alarmingly became no longer shameful. It waxed blase' to the point where some consider it as a mark of maturity and even somewhat of a badge of honor. In fact though, the cultural apathetic attitude towards adultery is the defining sign of moral rot.
If someone violates their most sacred vow (marriage), why would we consider them trustworthy in anything else? Turning a blind eye to adultery in an organization entrusted with the most sensitive secrets (i.e., the FBI), is foolhardy. It opens Pandora's box, signaling clear acceptance of the worst kind of immoral behavior, and ultimately opens the floodgates to the moral rot and corruption that is now so disturbingly prevalent in our government.
Scripture is clear that sexual sin is in a category of its own, and adultery is the worst of sexual sins because if violates the most sacred and intimate of vows. As I wrote here in March of 2017, I believe the Roman Catholic and Orthodox perspective is correct on marriage and I agree with CS Lewis that marriage is indeed a sacrament, signifying the relationship between Christ and His church. Breaking that most intimate of relationships is serious rebellion.
The cultural acceptance of adultery underlies all that is wrong. It is the foundation stone of moral corruption and a screeching warning klaxon that we have gone off the rails and are rapidly headed for catastrophic derailment.
On a related note, Walter Williams carves out here the difference between moral values and the law.
For over a half-century, the nation's liberals -- along with the education establishment, pseudo-intellectuals and the courts -- have waged war on traditions, customs and moral values. Many in today's generation have been counseled to believe that there are no moral absolutes. Instead, what's moral or immoral, right or wrong, is a matter of convenience, personal opinion or what is or is not criminal.
Society's first line of defense is not the law but customs, traditions and moral values.
..... The importance of customs, traditions and moral values as a means of regulating behavior is that people behave themselves even if nobody's watching. There are not enough cops. Laws can never replace these restraints on personal conduct in producing a civilized society. At best, the police and the criminal justice system are the last desperate lines of defense for a civilized society.
Transcendent morality must be the ultimate basis for law.
If we reject the concept of transcendent moral values and believe that we create our own morality, the law loses any ethical anchor and is subject to the petty whim of fallen man. In that case, collapse into paganism and barbarism is inevitable. The opposite is also true - i.e., once a culture accepts the existence of transcendent moral values and grounds the law upon them, the door opens for progressive advancement.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
To wit .........
- You were born a male but now believe yourself to be female since people can change genders at will? No problem.
- You were born Caucasian to white parents but now demand to be accepted as black? Indeed.
- In defense of socialism, you reject history's irrefutable record that Stalin and Mao butchered millions of innocent people? Or you're a Nazi Holocaust denier? Of course.
- You deny the indisputable science of life in the womb and categorically affirm the Fetus is just a clump of cells? Certainly.
- You believe that transcendent moral standards are nonexistent and everyone creates their own moral universe? Definitely.
- You ignore the overwhelming testimony for an intelligent Creator and believe (without evidence) that everything came into existence via chance? Naturally.
- You regard traditional marriage as archaic and obsolete? Obviously.
- You believe marriage is easily dissoluble on a petty whim? Of course.
Behold, you trust in deceptive words to no avail. (Jer 7:8, ESV)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
“I think we all knew in the back of our minds, even though we feigned this whole line of there probably aren’t any really bad unintended consequences, I think in the back, deep, deep recesses of our mind we kind of knew something bad could happen,” he said. “But I think the way we defined it was not like this. It literally is a point now where I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. That is truly where we are.”
Read about it here.
As I warned here in Jul 2017, Social Media is an illusion perfectly suited for a culture that has jettisoned truth.
Facebook is a fantasy world that fosters narcissism and deception ...... When all is said and done, social media is nothing more than the modern incarnation of the Athenian Areopagus and an illusion perfectly suited for a culture that has jettisoned truth and is living in a fantasy of its own making.