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
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Separating The Chaff From The Wheat
That lasted all of about a month.
There's very little doubt the same thing will eventually happen in the United States. Already florists and wedding planners in the U.S. who refuse to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies are being sued. Given the downhill slide our culture is on, I can easily foresee a time in the very near future when churches in the U.S. who refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies will, at a minimum, lose their tax exemption.
Billy Graham is now warning the United States has become a nation in which “self-centered indulgence, pride and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle." Graham compares America to the ancient city of Nineveh, the lone superpower of its time. The Old Testament records the wickedness of Nineveh was so great that its stench had gone up to Heaven, precipitating judgment. There is a growing chorus of Christians warning of judgement upon America if the nation does not repent.
Barring a nationwide spiritual revival, the days of easy-believism for Christians in the West are rapidly fading. Just as believers in many other parts of the world have experienced for decades and even centuries, soon it will cost Christians in the West dearly for their faith. At first, the cost will be little more than inconvenience. Quickly, the price to follow Christ will escalate until the chaff is separated from the wheat.