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 22, 2015

Partying While The House Is Burning Down

When discussing the abysmal moral decline of American culture, a counterargument often heard is along these lines ...

Sure, American has some problems. But nothing like every other nation! We don't force pregnant mothers to abort because of a strict 1-child policy (China). We don't kill people for changing religion (Pakistan). We don't prohibit Christianity (Saudi Arabia). We don't imprison and torture Christians (North Korea). We don't encourage and sponsor terrorism (Iran). We don't have a Pedophile Politcal Party advocating for the legalization of child pornography and the lowering of the age of consent to age 12 (Holland). etc., etc.

Such rationale is both fallacious and dangerous. It's the same reasoning often employed by unbelievers who reject God's judgement of their personal sin and are quick to point out others who are "worse" than them - perhaps even confessed Christians. "You mean God will accept that rapist/murderer who repented before death, and yet reject me if I don't repent? I've never murdered or raped anyone!" It's easy to find others worse than oneself.

In the Old Testament, apostate Israel naively believed it was safe from the judgement of God because (from its' perspective) the iniquity of the surrounding nations was greater. Yet, God used a morally "worse" nation (Babylon) to effect judgement upon His rebellious people (Habakkuk 1:5-6). From God's perspective, the sin of Israel was worse than the pagan, surrounding nations (Amos 1-3). Why? Because of the light it had been given (Ps 147:19-20). Jesus warned that more is required from the one who is given much (Luke 12:48). The greater the light, the greater the responsibility. Shockingly, Jesus said the judgement for those 1st century Jewish villages and towns that rejected His earthly ministry and testimony, would be worse than the final judgement for Sodom (Matt 11:20-24).

America was given a great light in which she walked in for a while. Now, not only having rejected the light but openly mocking it and partying like there is no tomorrow, judgment is inevitable. While I believe judgment is now inescapable, it may however be temporarily delayed by the potential reforms of a Josiah-minded leader.

At a time when Hebrew prophets like Jeremiah were warning of the coming judgment to the people of Jerusalem and Judah, the Lord mercifully raised up a leader who did, in fact, love the Lord his God and loved His Word - Josiah (2 Kings 23:25). A godly king, Josiah passionately sought the Lord in his private life and pursued bold, sweeping reforms in his public life to get the Jewish nation turned around and headed back in the right direction.

As a result, God in His sovereignty graciously chose to forestall the promised coming judgment for more than two decades. But judgement was still inevitable (2 Kings 23:26-27). During Josiah’s tenure in power, the Jewish people experienced one of the greatest periods of repentance, reform and revival in their ancient history. When Josiah died, new leaders emerged that tragically turned away from the Lord, leading the people astray. Judgment came to the nation in 586 B.C. with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple at the hands of the Babylonian army.

Remarkably, God delayed the prophesied and certain judgment of Jerusalem and Judah for 22 ½ years beyond the life of Josiah. This means that 53 ½ years passed between the time Josiah ascended to the throne to the time divine judgment came to pass in 586 B.C. under the reign of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar.

I believe our imploding nation has crossed the event horizon and judgement is now inevitable, sooner or later. However, as with Josiah, I also believe it is possible to delay the now-certain judgement. May God raise up a modern-day Josiah for America.

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