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
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.