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

Monday, January 25, 2016

Will we allow naive political leaders, sanctimonious academicians and apostate clergy to lead us into darkness?

As I observed earlier here,

Light is "something" (light is actually energy) and darkness is "nothing" (but the absence of light.) This is why light always overcomes darkness without exception.  Jesus calls the church to be the light of the world (Matt 5:14), and said whomever follows Him has the light of life (John 8:12). Ultimately, it is the shining of the light of theological truth that sets men free (John 8:32). Some churches out of a misguided intent to avoid "culture wars", refrain from publicly addressing cultural issues.

In 2003, British scholar Richard Abbott warned (see here),

"the controversy over whether reference to God should be made in the draft EU constitution. The suggestion provoked a storm of protest from secular and humanist groups, one of which said: ‘To include references to God or “our Christian heritage” would be to start turning back on our 500-year journey from the Enlightenment.’"

He went on to charge the construction of the European Union constitution was "a deliberate decision, after considerable debate, to base EU laws upon Enlightenment humanism rather than Europe's Christian heritage ... The rejection of any reference to Europe’s Christian heritage in the EU Constitution is not simply a matter of semantics. The framers of the constitution envisage a Europe with humanity rather than God at the centre. They perceive issues such as liberty and democracy as having been the invention of the Enlightenment and have chosen to ignore Europe’s rich biblical law heritage."

After "the secularists won the day", more than a decade later the inevitable tragic results of this decision are increasingly manifesting itself across the European continent in daily headlines. Tom Delay and Wallace Henry correctly observe here,

"So now Europe is in search of a core. Instead all they find is a huge hole Muslim immigrants are only too happy to fill with their faith, its worldview, and anti-democratic values, expressed in their view regarding women, separation of mosque and state, rights of belief and expression, and others fundamental to a free society ... People inside the United States now who are working feverishly to remove God from the core of the nation's foundational worldview should take heed."


As Europe descends back into darkness, the obvious question for America looms - Will we allow naive political leaders, sanctimonious academicians and apostate clergy to lead America into following Europe back into darkness? Or will we beseech the one transcendent God in prayer to embolden the true church to courageously rise up with faithfulness and irresistible light to drive back the encroaching darkness?

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