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 16, 2016

What Keeps Most Of The Populace Ignorant?

As noble an experiment as the American Republic is, I believe that democracy (which assumes most will choose wisely) is doomed to collapse, having within it the seeds of its own destruction. Scripture is crystal clear that most will - in fact -  ultimately choose wrongly [Matt 7:13-14].

At heart - what keeps most of the populace astonishingly ignorant?

No, it's not under-performing public education, it's neither robber barons nor Wall Street, it's not biased media, it's not Hollywood, it's not the internet, it's not racism, it's not corrupt and inept political leadership, and it's not lack of opportunity or money. While all of these may play a small part in keeping the vast majority in ignorance, something far more powerful, sinister and devastating is at work.

The simple truth is that it is a catastrophic hardening of the heart produced by sin that causes ignorance (Eph 4:18) - "They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart."

And it's a dangerously foolish ignorance that ironically declares itself wise (Rom 1:22). There is only one Power that can free us from this inborn, fatal ignorance (Luke 24:25; Prov 2:6). Everything else is futile.

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