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



Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Perfect Storm Is Coming



Larry Tomczak offers analysis here in an opinion piece entitled "Something Catastrophic Is Coming: Should We Tune Out?"

Extracts:

While the biblical principle of balance and moderation is always in order, are there not seasons where desperate times require desperate measures? Just as birth pangs increase in intensity and frequency until delivery, are there not unique times in history when more is required of us because the pace is quickening and it's imperative as "watchmen on the wall" to remain vigilant? Could we be in just such a time?

A perfect storm is developing and this is not some surreal conspiracy theory. It is no exaggeration to say America is at a crossroads...in a meltdown... at a tipping point... experiencing unprecedented changes...observing our President act like a one man wrecking crew to bring about his "fundamental transformation of America."

I sense dramatic change coming, judgments and severe economic upheaval. Did you observe the people in Greece in panic because they could not withdraw their money from the banks or ATMs? Returning from Washington, DC where I lived for 24 years, you can pick up the whiff of something immanent in the air.

Prophetic leader Gary Kah warn us: "Never before have so many signs of the times manifested simultaneously. Watching the evening news is like witnessing the prophesies of Scripture unfold before our eyes,
  • An emerging caliphate in the Middle East
  • An energized Russia—thought to be dead
  • The global economy teetering on the brink because of insurmountable debt ..."
"The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins" (1Pet.4:7-8).

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Larry is not a fanatic nut-job; he's merely echoing what so many others are saying. Dark storm clouds are on the horizon. As I wrote earlier here, I believe our culture is past the the event horizon for judgement. The impact will be devastating globally. Priorities will dramatically change almost overnight as people suddenly realize so much of what they value is transitory fluff.

I believe monumental change is coming for the church:
  • Churches that fail to repent will have their light extinguished (Rev 2:5; 2:16).
  • Many fence-sitters will abandon the church as the cost skyrockets to faithfully follow Christ.
  • Much of the real church will be forced underground in contrast to the church-in-name-only that is politically correct and sanctioned by what's left of the state.
  • The culture will make the real church a scapegoat, blaming them for what has happened.
  • Scores of large "brick & mortar" churches will disappear, as congregants dry up and the finances no longer exist to support big infrastructure and overhead.
  • House churches will proliferate (Rom 16:5; Phil 1:2; Acts 2:46; 1 Cor 16:19; Col 4:15).
  • Ministry priorities will dramatically change; the church will largely return to a ministry of mercy and care, providing for needs the government can no longer meet.
  • Evil will fully unmask itself, forcing churches to finally openly confront the powers of darkness or be darkened into irrelevance.
  • Technology will become a powerful tool for enemies of the church enabling unparalleled surveillance and enforcement.
  • The almost-universal luxury of support from the gospel will dry up for many pastors. Tent-making leaders of the church will mushroom.

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