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



Saturday, July 27, 2013

On Saturday We Kill The Jews, On Sunday We Kill The Christians

Lela Gilbert, a Christian, has written extensively on the global assault against Christians underway around the world.  Her new book Saturday People, Sunday People details the persecution and pogroms that drove more than 850,000 Jews from Muslim lands between 1948 and 1970—with the experience now repeating itself among Christian communities in those same Muslim countries.

What about the intriguing title of the book?  In Gilbert's own words, 

"It's graffiti from radical Islamists that appears throughout the Middle East. In the best terms it says, "First comes Saturday, then comes Sunday." But there's a flag, a photo of a flag in the book that says, "On Saturday we kill the Jews, on Sunday we kill the Christians." And that's where I got the title."

While prolific throughout the Middle East, you certainly won't see any pictures of those kinds of Islamists in western media.  I haven't read it yet, but I understand in the book she shines a spotlight on the hypocrisy, deceit and libels of the world’s  “enlightened” elite, and pulls back the curtain on jihadist terrorists.  She also highlights the fear of Christians in Palestinian Authoirty-ruled Bethlehem, finding it similar to the fear of Christians throughout the Muslim world–in Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Indonesia, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

And what was the motivation for producing this book?  As Ruth King reports in her review of the book:

"She watched with concern as, in the following decades (after the 1967 war), Israel’s enemies increased in number, with Muslims joined by fellow travelers throughout the world, including the leadership of the mainline churches who shrugged off the fiercest faith driven diatribes against Jews, Christians and other “infidels.” "

When the church is silent, darkness envelopes.

Many U.S. Protestant mainline churches were mostly silent (with some even astonishingly approving the ruling) when the Supreme Court legalized abortion in the United States in 1973.  Their silence helped unleash a continuing holocaust.  For example, 
  • United Methodism first endorsed abortion rights at their 1970 General Conference, after a 20 minute debate - 3 years before it was even legalized.
  • The 1973 ruling legalizing abortion received the approval of the President of the Southern Baptist Convention at the time - W.A. Criswell. [Criswell, who died in 2002, later reversed his position and became an abortion opponent - but his action in 1973 had consequences.]
  • A 1973 Baptist Press news analysis said there was no official Southern Baptist position on abortion.
  • W.O. Vaught, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, Ark., told his most famous parishioner, President Bill Clinton that life began at birth, not conception.  In his 2004 autobiography, My Life, Clinton remembered Vaught telling him that while abortion was usually wrong, the Bible did not condemn it.
  • Wayne Dehoney, SBC president for two terms in the 1960s and longtime pastor of Walnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., commenting on a Louisville Courier-Journal story in 1976 revealing that one tenant in property owned by his church was running an abortion clinic, said that he personally had “no moral or theological problem with the operation of a legal, ethical clinic.”
Christianity Today Editor Mark Galli termed the argument that evangelicals were once predominantly pro-choice “fake history,” noting that his magazine denounced Roe v. Wade in an editorial as early as 1973.
And now, mainline churches believing themselves secure in their Laodicean mindset, have stuck their heads in the sand, conveniently ignoring that more of their Christian brothers and sisters were martyred for their faith in the 20th century than in all the previous 19 centuries combined ......

........ but they are about to discover they have been "dancing with the devil" as persecution against Christians now begins to rear its' ugly head in the West.

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