Why Akathleptos?

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

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Glimpsing A Secularist Future

Larry Tomczak has written a thought-provoking article entitled, "The Spirit of Tolerance, Post-Christian America and the Laodicean Church", pleading for a wake-up call in our sinking culture.  He relates his experience in a recent trip to Amsterdam.  Recalling my own visit to that city in the early 90's, everything he portrays is accurate ....

"Not long ago, I returned from Amsterdam, where I had a distinct wake-up call and a preview of where America is headed if we don't awaken and reclaim our nation from encroaching secularism, narcissism and relativism. For Americans who cherish our nation's founding values of faith and freedom, I echo an urgent message: "If we snooze, we can lose!"

Amsterdam, Holland, was the launch pad for our nation. Remember where our first settlers came from? The Dutch explorer Henry Hudson first came to New York, officially called "New Netherlands." New York City was called "New Amsterdam." Brooklyn, Harlem, the Hudson—all derive their names from our ancestors. And what was Holland known for then, which continues today? Tolerance.

Tolerance historically meant "respect for others' beliefs." Today it's come to mean "respect for others' conduct." In other words, there's no absolute standard of morality. "Every man did that which was right in his own eyes" (Judg. 17:6, KJV).

Where can this approach lead? In Amsterdam, the following is now legal:

  • Abortion on demand
  • Euthanasia (otherwise known as mercy killings)
  • Forms of infanticide
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Drugs (hundreds of coffee shops sell hashish alongside mochas)
  • Sex shows and open, explicit pornography on the streets
  • Prostitution (27,000 "registered" ladies sit in sidewalk display windows)
  • Public nudity
  • Explicit LGBTQ activity
  • Sex-change operations (called "gender reassignments" and subsidized by tax dollars)
Furthermore, the age of consent is now 12, and burnout—where people drop out and take "leave" from work—is rampant and financed by tax dollars. (Most citizens get their full salary and can renew in five-year cycles.)

Is this America's future? Secularists say, "Why not?""

This is the time in our culture - now more than ever - for authentic Christians to take a powerful stand for truth, righteousness and the gospel, shining the love of Christ into a darkening world.  The church alone is empowered to turn back the tide of evil, and needs to awaken from lethargy. God entrusts us with the light of the gospel which alone has the power to thwart evil and effect real, permanent change in people.

Consider light versus darkness and the nature of each.  Light is energy.  In other words light is something tangible.  In contrast, darkness by definition is the absence of light - in other words, darkness is nothing.  Light always penetrates darkness.  Darkness never overcomes light.  Darkness always recedes before light.  On the other hand, if light recedes, then darkness envelopes.

Scripture exhorts us:
"For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.  Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them." Eph 5:8-11 [ESV]

Larry goes on on in his article to relate an experience in an abortion clinic ....

"This morning I walked into an abortion clinic. In the waiting room were four young men and a young lady who was obviously filling out some forms prior to her potential abortion. I stood in the center of the room, smiling, and slowly swiveled to be seen by them all. Then I turned and squarely faced the young lady, who looked me straight in the eyes. Speaking in a warm, soft-spoken manner, I put my hands in front of my chest as if I was praying and asked her, "Is it OK to ask someone not to take the life of their pre-born baby in here?"

I lingered about five more seconds as the soft explosion filled the silent room, and then I exited, praying silently under my breath. What did God do in their conscience at that moment?"

Truth by itself is powerful. Love combined with the Truth is unstoppable.

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