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

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Common Characteristics of Cults

This is not a checklist for ferreting out cults as not every group that possesses some of these attributes can be labeled a cult. It is intended as general guidance when wise discernment is suggested.
  • Proclamation of New Truth. This is usually truth that has never been revealed and supersedes and contradicts all previous revelation (Gal 1:6-9; Rom 16:25-27; 1 Cor 2:7-10)
  • New Interpretation of Scripture. Some cults believe that they alone have the key to proper interpretation of the Bible (1 John 5:20; 2 Tim 3:16)
  • Non-Biblical Source of Authority. Beware sacred writings or sources which supersede the Bible (Acts 17:11; Psalm 138:2)
  • A different Jesus - i.e., false teaching about the person of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 11:3-4; 2 John 7-11)
  • Rejection of Orthodox Christianity. Many cults argue that the church has departed from the "true faith" (Matt 16:18; Matt 24:14)
  • Non-Biblical Teaching on the Trinity. False teaching or outright denial of the triune nature of God.
  • Salvation by works. Absence of teaching of the grace of God; that one cannot be saved by simply placing faith in Jesus Christ (Eph 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7)
  • False Prophecy. Promulgation of false prophecy (Matt 7:15; Jer 23:25-32)
  • Double Talk. Public proclamation which differs from what they internally believe (John 18:19-21)
  • Changing Theology. Some cult doctrines are in a constant state of flux (James 1:17; 1 Sam 15:29; Mal 3:6)
  • Progressive Revelation. Sometimes, the cult initiate is not exposed to all of the teachings of the group upon his entrance into the group, but receives gradual revelation as the member works his way deeper into the group (1 Cor 2:6-10)
  • Dictatorial Leadership. Cults usually have a strong central figure who is considered a special messenger of God with special, unique access to God and who dictates theology and behavior of cult members (John 13:12-17; Matt 20:25-26; 2 Tim 2:24-26)

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