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

Saturday, August 13, 2016

ISIS Keeps Finding More Barbarbic Ways To Slaughter

The ChristianPost reports here that ISIS continues to find new ways to kill.

It's been reported this week that the terrorist group has not only beheaded seven people with wire — like something out of a mafia movie — it has also killed several of its own fighters by locking them in a car and poisoning them to death.

As I wrote 2 years ago here and here, sometimes evil is beyond redemption and must be destroyed to prevent further carnage. David French lays it on the line ...

The American church — the strongest, wealthiest, most powerful body of Christians in the world — has failed. We’ve not only failed to stop the slow-motion religious cleansing of Christians from the Middle East and other Muslim lands, we’ve often failed even to speak about it. We’ve persisted in the bizarre belief that if we don’t join in a religious war, then a religious war isn’t being fought. And we’ve done worse than forget the martial valor of the medieval and Renaissance church, we’re actually ashamed of its defensive struggle against Islam — a struggle that saved our civilization.

I thought of all these things, filled with shame, as I read The Independent’s profile of Canon Andrew White. An Anglican priest known as the “vicar of Baghdad,” he is one of the most courageous Christian leaders in the world. ISIS has placed an enormous price on his head, and his Baghdad church, which once numbered 6,500, has lost 1,200 parishioners to jihadist violence, including four boys beheaded and one boy sawed in half in front of his own father.

... Talk to virtually any politically aware Evangelical, and he’ll mention the plight of the persecuted church. They may know a few facts about the Christian flight from Mosul or the burning of churches in Egypt, or about the American Christian hostage in Iran (pastor Saeed Abedini), but few will take the long, necessary look in the mirror and ask if there’s anything the American church could have done to help save their brethren from unspeakable anguish. Few will rethink long-held assumptions that the church cannot — must not — demand decisive military action. And fewer still will think to enlist in the military as part of a holy calling. It all sounds a bit too “Crusader-y,” doesn’t it? And everyone knows the Crusades are the church’s great shame.

 So we do nothing. Oh, we may send a few shekels to World Vision or other Christian relief agencies in Kurdistan or one of the few Christian safe havens remaining in the Middle East. But mostly people just pray, if that, and hope that the violence abates. In other words, with their brother in need, they commit the sin of James 2. They take no meaningful action, fearful of triggering a “holy war.”

 ... Far be it from Christians to inject their faith into foreign policy, so our nation enthusiastically does business with oppressive regimes and makes deals with jihadists while leaving pastors in prison — facilitating the jihadists’ holy war while forsaking the Christian faithful. It’s time for a sea change in the Christian response to persecution. Prayers and charity are not enough. Christianity is being wiped out in its birthplace, and it’s time for American Christians to lead, to demand a response and — crucially — to participate in the conflict. Andrew White is correct. Destroy ISIS. Not just for America, but also for the church. There is a time for peace, and there is a time for war. Now is the time for war.
And as I echoed his theme here ...

Modern-day Muslim apologists condemn the medieval Crusades from 1095 to 1291 as unprovoked aggression against Islamic lands.  But in fact, history is crystal clear that the Crusades were launched to stop 500 years of Islamic aggression wherein 2/3 of formerly Christian lands had been forcibly and violently conquered by Muslims who were then threatening southern France and Italy.  The Crusades, contrary to the Islamic distortion of history and contemporary political correctness, was a just war launched by the West to stop 500 years of Islamic aggression.

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