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, December 13, 2015

"A neutered view of the Bible is producing a neutered church"

“It isn’t by accident that attacks from both inside and outside the true church of God consistently focus on the inerrancy of the Bible and the true nature of Jesus Christ. It’s not coincidental that feelings and personal opinions about religious beliefs often receive more attention than Bible study. When Christians set aside what Scripture clearly says in favor of personal opinions, interpretations, dreams, visions, or denominational distinctives, then we have sacrificed the only inerrant, infallible standard for truth given to the church on the altar of personal opinion. Although this may be a popular choice today in some religious circles, it is still dangerous. A neutered view of the Bible is producing a neutered church and spiritually compromised Christians who are more concerned about being viewed politically correct than biblically correct.

Relativizing biblical standards is popular in our society. But the true church of God shouldn’t be surprised when it becomes evident that religious people raised apart from total dependence upon God and His Word have reproduced godless or spiritually anemic children who pay more attention to the opinion polls, the television and talk show programs than they do to the Word of God. It takes tremendous courage to shine out brightly as stars in the midst of a crooked and perverted world that is lost and groping in darkness. This is particularly true when you know that non-Christians outside the church and compromised Christians inside the church will ostracize you for standing on the rock of God’s Word rather than apologizing for it. It is easier to just blend into the chaotic morass that surrounds us in the name of religious tolerance and progressive compassion.

It is past time for Christians who refuse to compromise and marginalize God’s Word to wake up, stand up, and speak out with conviction and without apology in the public arena.

Pluralism is supposed to work for everyone in our country, not just elitists preaching moral, ethical, and religious relativism through their bully pulpits in Hollywood, the K-12 public school system, college degree mills and op-ed columns. Are the champions of tolerance willing to be tolerant of those they label as intolerant? The irony of this duplicity and hypocrisy is that relativism’s purveyors demand the very tolerance and freedom they rarely grant to anyone who dares to disagree with their worldview.

If the first century Christians had believed it better to blend into society than to stand up and speak out, we wouldn’t be here today possessing and professing faith in Jesus Christ. Christianity would’ve died in its infancy ... Christians must know what they believe, why they believe, and how to communicate this to others ... we must be diligent in our study to make certain we are not relativizing absolutes or absolutizing relatives.”

Excerpt From: Payne, Karl. “Spiritual Warfare.”

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