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



Friday, December 18, 2015

Another Bitter Pill From The Forced Acceptance Of This Insane Policy



I've warned several times on the consequences of embracing Egalitarianism instead of the traditional roles of men and women upheld in Scripture (Complementarianism). Both men and women are fully equal and created in the image of God but each also has a functionally different role. When we (futilely) attempt to obliterate the created distinctions, we open Pandora's box. The blurring of genders and resulting madness (i.e., with boys able to shower with girls in school) is one consequence. Another is the mushrooming embrace of same-sex marriage where men can fulfill a woman's role and vice-versa.

Now comes yet another bitter pill from the forced acceptance of this mad policy that defies common sense. The administration recently decided to open all combat roles to woman - no exceptions. But as reported here,

"Army women not only suffer more injuries than men during combat training, but the active-duty female soldiers also are stricken with significantly higher rates of mental health disorders."

Duh.

Anyone with a lick of common sense (sadly lacking in today's culture) could have predicted this. Of course there may be exceptions (i.e., with a very few women able to meet the physical standards) but only a fool attempts to govern by exception.

As Wayne Grudem remarks in his book "Evangelical Feminism & Biblical Truth" concerning this issue,

... in the end, this controversy is really about God and how His character is reflected in
the beauty and excellence of manhood and womanhood as He created it. Will we glorify God
through manhood and womanhood lived according to His Word? Or will we deny His Word and give in to the pressures of modern culture? That is the choice we have to make.

Chapter 1 of Wayne's book is available for free download here. John Piper and Wayne Grudem also co-authored the excellent and highly-recommended "Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood", available for free download here. As they note,

The tendency today is to stress the equality of men and women by minimizing the unique significance of our maleness or femaleness. But this depreciation of male and female personhood is a great loss. It is taking a tremendous toll on generations of young men and women who do not know what it means to be a man or a woman. Confusion over the meaning of sexual personhood today is epidemic. The consequence of this confusion is not a free and happy harmony among gender-free persons relating on the basis of abstract competencies. The consequence rather is more divorce, more homosexuality, more sexual abuse, more promiscuity, more social awkwardness, and more emotional distress and suicide that come with the loss of God-given identity.

It is a remarkable and telling observation that contemporary Christian feminists devote little attention to the definition of femininity and masculinity. Little help is being given to a son’s question, “Dad, what does it mean to be a man and not a woman?” Or a daughter’s question, “Mom, what does it mean to be a woman and not a man?” A lot of energy is being expended today minimizing the distinctions of manhood and womanhood. But we do not hear very often what manhood and womanhood should incline us to do. We are adrift in a sea of confusion over sexual roles. And life is not the better for it.

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Amen. The church-at-large must also bear responsibility for the cultural confusion with many (most?) churches remaining silent on this issue out of political correctness and/or a fear of "offending" someone. Worse yet, an increasing number of pulpits publicly embrace this madness.

God forgive and help us.

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