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



Friday, August 5, 2016

Welcome To The Real World

 
The scene above is from the 1999 film "The Matrix" where Neo awakens to the real world and discovers that everything he thought was real, is in fact nothing more than an elaborate illusion.
 
This is a good picture of what happens when someone comes into repentant union with Christ. While not instantaneous as depicted with the film character Neo, the blinders that sin and the enemy have cocooned us in since birth, slowly and progressively come off as we immerse ourselves in the Biblical worldview. For the very first time in our life, we have the ability to grasp reality as it really is. And as with Neo, for some the shock can be quite great as they discover that almost everything they held near-and-dear is nothing but smoke and mirrors.
 
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A contemporary example of the mass delusion inflicted by the culture is the perception among the overwhelming majority of black Americans that it is the Democratic party that champions racial equality. Ben Kinchlow (a Black American) has a new book out here on Amazon entitled "Black Yellowdogs: The Most Dangerous Citizen Is Not Armed, But Uninformed". Available in paperback or digital download.
 


As the promo says,

The long-time yellow-dog Democrat (one who votes Democratic, period, no matter what, even if a yellow dog were running) exposes the insidious century-long history of racism inside the party from the time its military wing, the Ku Klux Klan, systematically lynched blacks and white Republicans alike through the party s obstructionist role in passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
 
Kinchlow warns black Americans who have engaged in a deadly game of follow the leader to beware . . . if the blind guide the blind, both shall fall into a pit.
 
In this concise and shocking history of how the Democratic Party successfully covered up its shameful past in a successful effort to co-opt the black vote, Ben Kinchlow calls on all Americans black and white to do something they ve failed to do for the last 150 years: Learn the facts. Think for yourself.
 
Kinchlow will be ignored by the mainstream media. Anyone that does pay attention will almost certainly excoriate him for daring to question cultural "truth".

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This is much the same for anyone that  cultivates the Biblical worldview. As they awaken to reality, they will find themselves increasingly estranged from a zombie-like culture chained in mass delusion. Peter refers to Christians as "exiles" and "foreigners" in this world (1 Pet 2:11). With our citizenship in Heaven (Phil 3:20), we don't belong here and will feel increasingly out-of-place.

But while still here with the blinders now off, we become increasingly able to successfully navigate this fallen world, avoiding the minefields while joyfully embracing true beauty in stark contrast to what the world adjudges as valuable.

While true reality may be quite a shock to some, it ultimately is glorious. In contrast to it's original breathtaking perfection, this fallen world (despite extraordinary beauty as a testimony to the Creator) is now a morass of pain, suffering, misery, hopelessness and death. While our final destiny is a dazzling palace, those in Christ awake from figurative death to new (breathtaking) life even while still in this world (John 10:10).

Welcome to the real world.

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