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

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

John Piper to Christians: If You Don't Have Enemies, You're Doing Something Wrong

In a video message posted Tuesday on DesiringGod.org, a site focused on glorifying God, Pastor John Piper reminds listeners that Jesus said, "Woe to you, when all people speak well of you," (Luke 6:26). Piper warns believers, "If you don't have any enemies, your godliness is probably not showing very well."

Christians will we be maligned, and all the more as American culture collapses around us as we take biblical stands over against worldly stands. We will be accused of things falsely. How will we respond to those who rise up against us? Love your enemies.

... Here’s another way to get at the complexity of loving our enemies. You’ve got a babysitter, and you find out he or she been sexually abusing your children. A week later, while this 14-year-old is being handled by the court system, that 14-year-old calls you on the phone and says, “Would you forgive me?” Will you? Yes, you will.

Jesus said: How often shall we forgive them? Seven times? No, seventy times seven. Forgiveness is free and forthcoming. Then, the babysitter says on the phone: “Can I have my job back?” The answer should be no. Forgiveness and trust are not the same thing. When you have somebody who has been an adversary and has abused your children, you do forgive, but you do not trust. Trust is something that is earned over years of faithful obedience. It is not a gift of love.

Video is here.

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