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



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Confronting The Demonic - "“The patient then must be willing to stand on truth rather than actively entertain lies”



There is an in-depth interview here with Pastor Karl Payne on confronting the demonic (He served as chaplain and spiritual counselor for the NFL’s Seahawks from 1994 through 2015, stepping down last year after 21 full seasons. Payne is currently on staff at Antioch Bible Church of Redmond, Washington, where he serve as the pastor of leadership development and discipleship training).

The heart of the treatment in the second meeting consists of what Payne called the three Cs: confession, canceling, commanding.

He says the three Cs are like a three-legged stool: Once all a demon’s support is removed, it’s over.
“First we confess the sin that opened the door,” Payne explained.

Then the sin is canceled by praying, “Oh, father in heaven would you please cancel any permission I have given demons to hold any kind of ground or territory in my life?

Then the patient commands the demons to leave, by what Payne says is the authority granted to all true believers by the Lord Jesus Christ.

It’s that simple.

But that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily easy for someone to accept the reality of something so routinely and thoroughly dismissed by the modern world.

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His experience largely mirrors my own in confronting the demonic. And I agree with his thesis that doctors who reject the Biblical worldview can sometimes be much too quick to prescribe powerful anti-psychotic medication.

The most important point is his statement that “The patient then must be willing to stand on truth rather than actively entertain lies.”

As the culture rejects the truth of Christianity and free-falls into darkness, demonic activity will surely spike wreaking all manner of bondage and misery. The light of Christ alone brings glorious freedom.

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