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

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Why Are (Some) Megachurch Pastors Silent on LGBT Issues?

In June, Daniel Norris offered comment on the deafening silence from many pulpits on LGBT issues:

God is not silent, but His pulpits are!

An article addressing gay marriage and transgender issues came across my newsfeed. It stood out because the reporter quoted a response from, "a megachurch pastor, who asked not to be named."1 The pastor of this megachurch did a fantastic job of clearly stating what the Bible had to say concerning marriage and gender. However he apparently felt it necessary to do so behind the cloak of anonymity. Why?

Is this where we are in the church in America?  

Are we so afraid of the controversy and backlash of the political correctness police that we refuse to put our name beside biblical truth? Are we afraid of losing people and tithes in our large megachurches because we stood with God rather than man? Are we now afraid to speak out for fear of personal loss? If so, then all is truly lost. 

Last week Tony Campolo called "for the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the church."2  When he did, he was brave enough to sign his name to his position. He knew it wouldn't be popular in Christian circles, but he voiced his opinion. Have you heard any high-profile pastors bold enough to call out Campolo's error and take a stand for marriage as God designed it?

George Barna recently stated that their studies found that although 90 percent of Christian leaders believed that the Bible clearly addressed most of today's controversial issues only 10 percent were bold enough to address them. Why? Fear of losing people and tithes.

... Where are the Christian leaders bold enough to risk it all to take a clear biblical stance on the controversial issues of our day? Our entire nation is in a state of decay as so many churches continue to play.  

Pastor, what does your flock need more of right now? Another "Summer at the Movies" series or "Summer of prayer and fasting"? Are we trying to keep our people in their seats, or call them from their seats? Our nation needs us!

I applaud Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptists, who called the denomination to action this week. Dr. Floyd said, "The issue facing Southern Baptists is one that will face every person of faith in the United States—do you follow God or the government?"

Calling this a Dietrich Bonhoeffer moment, Floyd warned ministers that the time has come for every minister to stand strongly and clearly—regardless of the cost.

Editorial is here.

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