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, August 23, 2016

All Christians Possess The Right To Bear And Deploy The Most Devastating Weapon Of All



The Syrian refugee plaguing Europe; coupled with the rise in Islamic terror attacks on the continent is spurring some party leaders in Germany to demand German gun laws be loosened to allow private citizens the right to defend themselves. T. Becket Adams of The Washington Examiner reports here that Frauke Petry of Alternative for Germany is calling for a right to bear arms in her country:

A wave of sexual assaults and fatal Islamist attacks in Europe have some German politicians calling for a loosening of gun-control laws.

The leader of the Alternative for Germany party, Frauke Petry, said in a recent interview that Islamist attacks in Germany and elsewhere suggest that the German people should be able to arm themselves with firearms and other means of self-defense.

"Many people are increasingly feeling unsafe. Every law-abiding citizen should be in a position to defend themselves, their family and their friends," Petry said.

"We all know how long it takes until the police can get to the scene, especially in sparsely populated places," she added.

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While American Citizens currently have the right to bear arms, liberal progressives increasingly call for greater restrictions and even outright abolishment of the Second Amendment which guarantees this right. The legal theory of the right to bear arms is here.

Donnie offers a theological perspective here on the thorny question of Christians bearing arms:

It is no small thing to take the life of another person, even if it is justifiable. Furthermore, the consequences and collateral damage of violent defensive action are often difficult to deal with afterwards, and our spiritual, mental, and even financial well-being may be at stake, as well as the well-being of innocent by standers. We should have given a great deal of thought to this before we ever draw a firearm on another human being, and we should pursue a vigilant prayer life asking God to arm us with wisdom, humility, and courage each and every day.

... You see, whether we have a right to self-defense by means of violence is an ethical problem. It is something that must be derived from a broad understanding of Biblical teaching and theology by asking the question ‘how should we live’. It should not become a dogmatic issue of the fundamentals of the Faith. It is an issue that because of a lack of clear Biblical prescription must be held in tension with other Biblical teaching that is not meant to be all-inclusive. It cannot always be assumed as right nor can it always be excluded as wrong.

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The bottom line is that contrary to what progressive elites may naively believe, we don't live in Utopia. In fact, the truth is that this fallen world is full of wolves looking for easy prey. Most wolves prowl outside the church, preying upon whatever hapless victims they come across. They come in all shapes and sizes:  they may be con-artists preying upon the elderly, sex offenders preying upon women and children, thieves preying upon the unwary, unscrupulous politicians preying upon their constituents, biased media preying upon the naïve, or unethical employers preying upon their workers. There is no end to sin's ingenuity when it comes to preying on others.

Here's why some law-abiding American citizens choose to arm themselves.




 
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But the most dangerous wolves by far are the ones masquerading as sheep inside the church. They sow discord among the flock and poison with false doctrine/teaching. Physical firearms are of little use in the battle against them. Truth is the most potent weapon against wolves in the church. But just as a firearm can only be proficiently wielded by someone trained and practiced in its use, so truth is most effectively employed by Christians that have been instructed and trained to handle & unleash truth. While not everyone can wield a physical firearm, all Christians possess the right to bear and deploy the most devastating weapon of all - the sword of Absolute Truth.
 
Unfortunately, far too many of us increasingly leave it in the scabbard.




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