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, October 8, 2015

If The Church Collectively Fails To Take Up The Spiritual Sword, The Die Is Cast For The Culture's Dark Future



As our culture descends ever deeper into depravity, it is increasingly important that Christians are cognizant of the stark reality of spiritual warfare with eternal consequences for many. Unfortunately many Christians have abrogated the battlefield and left much of the culture (and church) defenseless before an onslaught of demonic activity. As I said earlier, the astonishing rapidity with which the homosexual agenda has advanced throughout the culture and at the highest levels of civil authority (and even through many churches) is explicable only by supernatural demonic empowerment. The increasingly open hostility and scorn now manifested towards the church and faithful Christians is but a reflection of demonically-inspired hatred. Deception is rampant throughout much of the Body of Christ.

Having personally witnessed the liberating power of Christ in the lives of the demonically oppressed for the past 40+ years, I believe there is no more timely subject for the Church in this darkening age. What was largely relegated to distant, pagan cultures sixty years ago due to the prevailing influence of the gospel in the west, is now commonplace in America and other "civilized" nations. If the church collectively fails to take up the spiritual sword, the die is cast for our culture's dark future. (Click the picture of the book cover above to find it on Amazon.)

Karl Payne's book, born out of study and ministry experience, is endorsed by several reputable leaders in the Body of Christ. He received his Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Below are some of the many endorsements ...

Karl Payne presents the Biblical and practical aspects of the reality of spiritual warfare in a clear and simple fashion. His Biblical and theological orientation and his years of experience in front line activity are reflected throughout this book. He boldly presents a solid and reasonable challenge to incorporate a Biblical worldview regarding our battle with demonic powers. All those concerned with promoting Biblical discipleship should profit from his years of concerned and studied involvement in this ministry.
—C. Fred Dickason, Th.D.
Professor Emeritus of Theology,
Moody Bible Institute

Books on spiritual warfare usually make me cringe. On one side, some authors write incendiary works that see a devil behind every bush and every sneeze. Inversely, other theological works often ignore the demonic realm completely, as if Satan is simply a metaphor, and not real. This work by Karl Payne is a Godsend. Finally we have a balanced and theologically sound examination of demonic oppression and possession. Karl Payne has written a book that offers hope to the believer, and help for those who struggle with the very real issues of spiritual combat. This book is an indispensible aid to counselors, teachers, theologians and laymen. Buy one for yourself, and another for your church library!
—Dr. Ergun M. Caner
President and Dean
Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School

Dr. Karl I. Payne has issued a provocative, Biblically based challenge for all Christians, regardless of their denominational, ecclesiastical or theological loyalties, to consider or reconsider the subject of spiritual warfare in general, and demonic warfare specifically. 

He writes with the passion of a prophet, the urgency of an exhorter, the care and concern of a shepherd, the courage of an apologist and the clarity and transferability of a discipleship trainer. The tone and tenor of this book are neither patronizing nor pompous; it is as practical as it is pragmatic. 

I am pleased to have the opportunity to recommend the reading and study of this insightful and timely book to Christians who desire to consistently win more battles than they lose while contending with the world, the flesh and the devil. This work is very meaningful to me personally because I have been experiencing a greater barrage of “the fiery darts of the wicked one” (Eph. 6:16). I suspect that he knows his time is short and he wants to do as much damage as he can to the cause of the grace of God in Christ, but I take comfort in knowing that “He who is in you (me) is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
—Earl D. Radmacher, Th.D.
President Grace Seminary and Bible Institute of the Northwest
President and Distinguished Professor of
Systematic Theology Emeritus, Western Seminary

Books on spiritual warfare usually make me cringe. On one side, some authors write incendiary works that see a devil behind every bush and every sneeze. Inversely, other theological works often ignore the demonic realm completely, as if Satan is simply a metaphor, and not real. This work by Karl Payne is a Godsend. Finally we have a balanced and theologically sound examination of demonic oppression and possession. Karl Payne has written a book that offers hope to the believer, and help for those who struggle with the very real issues of spiritual combat. This book is an indispensible aid to counselors, teachers, theologians and laymen. Buy one for yourself, and another for your church library!
—Dr. Ergun M. Caner
President and Dean
Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School

As I read Karl’s book I felt refreshed and thankful for such a well-written, balanced, thoroughly biblical, and ever so practical book on the subject of Spiritual Warfare. Having been a missionary over 34 years and having dealt with demonic confrontation, I wish I had this book many years ago. It is a ‘must read’ for every believer because every believer is under the attacks of the Adversary and this book will show you how to be a constant over-comer. "Spiritual Warfare by Dr. Karl Payne is one of the best single volumes I have ever read on this important subject that affects all believers. While many Christian leaders either minimize this subject or sensationalize it, Dr. Payne presents a thoroughly balanced and biblical approach to not only understand what is involved in spiritual warfare but also presents the transferable lessons on ‘How to’ confront and gain consistent victory regarding demonic oppression and possession. I highly recommend this book to every believer who wants to understand Spiritual Warfare and live in consistent victory! I have known Dr. Karl Payne for over 25 years and had the privilege of serving with him on a pastoral staff. While together, Karl invited me to sit with him during several sessions like those described in this book where he spoke with teens who were being disturbed, mocked, and attacked by demonic spirits. What I observed was powerful, orderly, edifying, and tremendously liberating as he helped them recognize the source of their agony and the pathway through the Truth of Scripture to victory in their lives. I highly recommend every Christian to read, study, and apply the transferable methods found in Spiritual Warfare.
—Dr. Geoffrey W. Griffith
SIM Missionary (Serving in Mission, formerly the Sudan Interior Mission)
Adjunct Faculty, Columbia International University
Columbia, South Carolina

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“Christians who turn deliverance into a circus side show by allowing shouting and screaming, while combatants square off in a battle of wits and stamina, either do not understand the nature of their authority over demonic spirits or they have purposely turned the moment into an opportunity for self-glorification. A Christian not understanding his delegated authority over demons is a shame. A Christian purposely turning demonic conflict into an opportunity for self-aggrandizement is a shame. A Christian ignoring demonic conflict because of fear is pitiful. A Christian who sits on the sideline mocking or attacking fellow Christians who are actually in the battle is a coward.”

“I personally believe that demonic deception is increasing, even within the Christian church, and that the worst of this deception is still to come,” Payne asserts. “If God allows demonic activity to increase until His return, I believe He will also train up and equip a growing number of His children to faithfully and effectively contend with the powers of darkness who oppose His plans and people. Too many North American churches are well on their way to becoming the same spiritually dead museums as Western European churches.”

Dr. Payne expounds on spiritual warfare in this video:


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