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



Monday, July 15, 2013

Slouching Towards Sodom

Fuller Theological Seminary is the first evangelical seminary to sanction a club by LGBT students - a disturbing trend indeed in view of 1 Cor 5:9-13:

9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister[a] but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.

12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”  (NIV)

Lest I am accused to being "homophobic", I have (unbelieving) homosexual friends.  I do not condone their lifestyle, but do maintain our friendship trying to let the love of Christ flow into their lives from mine.  But that is far different than fellowshipping with a professing believer who lives in willful homosexual sin - or an evangelical seminary sanctioning a student club for homosexuals.  (Maybe I'm being naive by assuming that a seminary student is supposed to be a believer.)

I also noted with dismay last month that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ordained its' first openly gay bishop.

As our culture slides deeper towards Sodom, sadly the culture is changing the church instead of the church changing the culture.  The letter to the Laodicean church in Rev 3 seems increasingly appropriate for the American church.  Note that Christ's offer in Rev 3:19-20 is usually taken out of context and applied to unbelievers ("Behold I stand at the door and knock ...").  But in fact, the admonition in that passage for repentance and letting Christ in to do His work, is to the church - not the unbelieving world.

God help us and open our blind eyes.


5 comments:

  1. Somewhere I once read that, on the whole, seminary students leave seminary with LESS reasonable faith than when they entered. I could be mistaken on this. (I do know that regular college students leave with less faith and commitment toward Jesus than when they came in, but I don't think I was confusing the two student populations.) Have you seen anything on this?

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  2. For a professing Christian to live as a homosexual is to deny the reality of the new birth (2 Cor 5:17). Paul writes to the Corinthians

    "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."
    1 Cor 6:9-11 (ESV)

    Note carefully that he says, "such WERE some of you". The reality of the new birth changed them. The New Birth in Christ changes everything.

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  3. I agree 100%, John. So, are you saying that a fairly large % of seminary students may not actually be Christian when they enter the seminary?

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  4. Just as with the church, I'm sure there are both true believers and deceived unbelievers in seminary. Wayne Grudem does an excellent job of differentiating between the visible and invisible church in his book "Systematic Theology", an extract of which is here:

    http://life.biblechurch.org/slifejom/corporate-audio-video/2053-the-church-its-nature-its-marks-its-purposes-part-1-by-wayne-grudem.html

    The church is the community of all true believers for all time.[Eph. 1:22-23, 5:25; Matt. 16:18, Deut 4:10, Acts 7:38, Heb. 12:22-23]

    The Church Is Invisible, Yet Visible--The invisible church is the church as God sees it. 1 Tim 2.19; 1 Sam 16.7--The visible church is the church as Christians on earth see it. [1 Cor. 1:2,Philm 1-2]--The visible church will always include unbelievers [Acts 20:29-30; Matt 7.15-16]

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