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, September 30, 2016

The Twilight Of Christian Belief In America



LifeWay Research and Ligonier Ministries released here a survey on the state of American theology in 2016. Researchers surveyed 3,000 adults to measure their agreement with a set of 47 statements about Christian theology—everything from the divinity of Christ to the nature of salvation to the importance of regular church attendance.

Disturbingly, many self-professing evangelicals reject foundational evangelical beliefs. The survey results reveal that the biblical worldview of professing evangelicals is fragmenting. Though American evangelicalism arose in the twentieth century around strongly held theological convictions, many of today’s self-identified evangelicals no longer hold those beliefs.

Many Americans live with a great deal of theological confusion and even hold contradicting sets of beliefs. 48% of people who deny that God is the author of Scripture also believe that science discredits the Bible’s claims. That’s not surprising. But 43% of people who agreed that God is the author of Scripture also agreed that modern science discredits the claims of the Bible.

Not only do Americans increasingly hold unorthodox and contradictory beliefs, but they hold these beliefs more vigorously. Over the past two years, the strength of unorthodox convictions has grown. Not only are Americans evidencing increasingly wrong beliefs, they are growing more adamant in holding those wrong beliefs. As the study authors note, the results indicate the "twilight of Christian belief in America."

It’s an election year. That means, among other things, that we are treated to a new poll every day. We may be tempted to roll our eyes at the flood of polls, but instead we lean in, wanting to know what our fellow Americans might be thinking. The stakes are high when we consider the presidential election. The national attention is not only on who occupies the Oval Office next, we also find ourselves too often confronted by Islamic-based terrorism. As we deal with these new threats we are not helped by a secular left that is unable to define right and wrong and unable to see good versus evil. This is no mere ideology and no mere issue of statecraft. We know that we are dealing with matters that are theological at their very core.

Toward that end, we are releasing an entirely different kind of poll today. This poll penetrates right to that very core of theology and the stakes of this poll are far higher than the outcome of an election. The stakes of this poll are not simply matters of life and death. The stakes are matters of eternal life and eternal death.

... Consider this one key finding. One of the statements in the survey concerns sin. R. C. Sproul’s quote, “Sin is cosmic treason,” made its way in the famous Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. We wanted to see if this belief made its way into American thinking. We framed the statement this way:

    Even the smallest sin deserves eternal damnation.

This statement received one of the strongest responses—in the disagree strongly column. In fact, this statement garnered one of the most striking results of all the survey questions. Many of the responses throughout the survey evened out over the spectrum from agree strongly to disagree strongly. Not this one. 61% disagree strongly with another 12% disagreeing somewhat. Just a breadth shy of 3 out of 4 Americans fail to see the full weight and significance of sin.

... Evangelicals might be jettisoning orthodox beliefs because they are no longer going to church. In statement after statement, across a wide array of demographics, there is a clear correlation between regular church attendance and theological orthodoxy. Christianity apart from the local church is not theologically robust Christianity. Though pastors often despair that their efforts have little effect on their listeners, and popular culture often lampoons lazy or distracted attendees, this new data shows a clear correlation between regular church attendance and theological conviction.

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As the authors note, the survey calls the church to action. Beliefs matter. Ultimately, everyone lives their life in accordance with what they believe to be true. But unfortunately, a significant number of self-proclaimed evangelicals reject revealed truth and hold a distorted worldview. The veracity of one's worldview is directly proportional to their embrace of theological truth.

Contrary to the claim that theology is divisive, it is exceedingly important, representing both our intellectual grasp of the object of our faith (God) and ultimate reality. It is the glue that ultimately holds the church together. When much of the church relegated theology to the back-burner, they foolishly discarded their rudder and left themselves adrift. Instead of being a reliable beacon, they became subject to the ever-changing whims of the culture.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Sure Sign People Are Uneasy With Their Choice



There's an interesting editorial here by Holly Scheer on comedian Andy Richter's "eternal gratefulness" that his wife aborted their child. At one point, she zeroes in on something which indicates to her that Richter is uneasy with his choice,

Richter doesn’t find it difficult to support Planned Parenthood after his personal history with abortion, however, and he wasn’t shy about his feelings about pro-life people: “It’s easy. Planned Parenthood helps a ton of people, and if they don’t agree with that, f— ’em. You can quote me on that. Tell them I said, ‘F— ’em.’”

People who are at peace and confident in their decisions don’t need to attack others. They can tolerate disagreement without rage.

Holly is perceptive. The rage that we continually see unleashed at pro-lifers (who they don't even personally know) by abortion advocates is nothing short of astonishing. From their fury, one would think the pro-lifers had committed the most egregious criminal acts against them ... i.e., stole the family car, burned down their house, kidnapped their kids and sold them into slavery, raped and murdered their wife, and run over the family dog.

Their furor betrays them. Deep down in their soul, whether they are willing to acknowledge it or not, they are uneasy with their choice. Unable to fully suppress the devastating consequences of their decision, they unleash the anger at what they themselves have done, towards others who stand as a glaring reminder and painful testimony to the pain, suffering and evil they perpetrated.

This happens all the time. In the Old Testament, apostate Israel persecuted, imprisoned and killed the prophets. A report released by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s “Hate Response Team” adjudged as a legitimate "hate incident" the mere existence of a Christian student organization on campus (Campus Crusade For Christ) - see here.

This phenomenon of rage will increasingly proliferate in our culture as we free-fall into barbarism, decadence and paganism. Animosity will mushroom towards those who live for Christ and bear the fruit of the indwelling Holy Spirit from those who have cast their lot with the forces of darkness and are uneasy with their choice.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Freedom Ultimately Depends On Truth


There is an extraordinarily powerful essay here in the Oct 2016 edition of First Things penned by theologian Michael Hanby. Entitled "A More Perfect Absolutism",  the author examines today's deep threats to Christian Freedom. Lengthy and thought-provoking, it is must-reading in entirety for those seeking insight into our collapsing culture and the response the Church must make.

It is part of the absurdity of American life that we decide questions of truth under the guise of settling contests of rights. Which means that we decide questions of truth without thinking deeply or even very honestly about them. Thus, while it is obvious to many that we are living through a profound cultural revolution, it is less than clear just what sort of revolution it is ...

... Politics is first philosophy for us. All real questions are political, and the liberal pretense of excluding questions of ultimate meaning from public deliberation only reinforces this habit of mind. We do not look or think beyond liberal order because for us there is no beyond. There be dragons. 

... In a perfectly absolute society, whose rule was indeed total, no one would ever know he was being coerced. 

[Indeed, unbelievers live in ignorance that they are coerced into sinful rebellion and naively believe they are living "free".]

... What is really excluded from public deliberation is not religious faith, which frequently functions as a useful foil to liberalism's instrumental rationality, but philosophical reason ...

... A society that is indifferent to truth or that reduces truth to technological possibility and pragmatic function cannot ultimately be a free society ... The perfection of totalitarianism consists not in the abolition of rights, but in the abolition of truth. Consequently, truth is the source of freedom - we might even say that understanding [truth] is the deepest form of freedom - because it enables us to see beyond the horizon of imminent necessity. (emphasis is mine.)

[Remember that Christ said the truth would set us free (John 8:32). Consider also the hostility that totalitarian regimes inevitably harness towards the truth of the gospel.]

... The fate of Christian freedom, then, does not hinge on political power, which can neither give this freedom nor take it away, but on the renewal of the Christian mind ... the purification required of us in this moment is intellectual as well as moral, perhaps more intellectual than moral. Needless to say, this makes the growing anti-intellectualism within the Church deeply worrisome ...

... the freedom that truth gives is no magical escape from fate ... rather, truth promises a freedom within fate, if only the freedom to make our fate a gift by suffering in witness to it ...

... Only the truth in Christ, and not religious liberty as liberalism understands it, can finally secure our freedom.


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Warning of a "coming trial", Hanby hits the proverbial nail on the head with his magnificent treatise. At a critical time when much of the contemporary church is out of ammunition so-to-speak by focusing on activism in their fierce confrontation with the malevolent supernatural forces of darkness, Hanby reminds us of the "silver bullet" of truth that God graciously empowers us with.

Monday, September 26, 2016

NYC Finally Erects Its Monument To Baal



Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn reports here that on Sep 19, 2016, New York City arrogantly unveiled its foolishly-erected replica of the arch from the ancient temple that worshipped the demon Baal. In so doing, America is defiantly shaking its fist at God, daring judgment to fall.

Baal worship was rooted in sensuality and involved ritualistic prostitution in the temples. At times, appeasing Baal required human sacrifice, usually the firstborn of the one making the sacrifice (Jeremiah 19:5). The priests of Baal appealed to their god in rites of wild abandon which included loud, ecstatic cries and self-inflicted injury (1 Kings 18:28). In Matthew 12:27, Jesus calls Satan “Beelzebub,” linking the devil to Baal-Zebub, a Philistine deity (2 Kings 1:2). The Baalim of the Old Testament were nothing more than demons masquerading as gods, and all idolatry is ultimately devil-worship (1 Corinthians 10:20).

This astonishing display in NYC represents America's breathtaking descent into debauchery and idolatry.

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But in the ancient case, Israel ignored the warnings and plunged even deeper into apostasy, immorality, ungodliness and brazen defiance of God. America is following the exact same template of judgment, the same course and the same progression.

But Israel’s defiance of God was linked to a specific entity – the god Baal. Baal was the god to whom they sacrificed their children, before whom they practiced sexual immorality and called good “evil” and evil “good.” Baal was the god in whose name Israel persecuted the prophets and the righteous of their day.

Baal was their anti-god, their substitute for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the god of their apostasy and the god of their destruction. Baal was their devil god. In fact the name for satan, Beelzebul and Beelzebub, is derived from Baal – meaning “Baal of the flies” and “Baal of dung.”

... As much as America has driven God out of its life and waged war against His ways, as much as America has sacrificed millions of its unborn children, as much as it has called evil “good” and good “evil,” as much as it has celebrated sexual immorality, and as much as it has persecuted the righteous – it is following after the god Baal, animated by the spirit of Baal.

... It took place on a rainy Monday afternoon, Sept. 19, 2016. It happened in the city of the harbingers of judgment – New York City. No one who erected it or who unveiled it had any idea what they were doing ...

One of the centers of Baal worship in ancient times was Palmyra, Syria. The city contained not one but two prominent temples to Baal. The Romans erected an arch there to lead to the Temple of Baal. So the worshipers of Baal would walk through the arch and approach the temple in which they would venerate their god. This arch that led to the Temple of Baal was reproduced down to the smallest detail and erected in New York City.

It was erected in the park outside City Hall. It sat covered in a giant sheet to keep it cloaked until the time of its unveiling. Seats were set up around the veiled arch so that leaders and dignitaries could watch.

Before the moment of unveiling, a live band began playing Middle Eastern music. As one listened to the drumbeat, one could imagine similar music being played as worshipers ascended the ancient Temple of Baal.

A black slate of stone sat at the side of the arch reminding the people of the connection. On the slate was an image of an ancient temple with the words “Temple of Bel (Baal).”



... And then the moment came: to the sound of the Middle Eastern instruments, and to the applause of those gathered, the giant sheet was pulled off of the object to reveal the ancient arch – looking very much the same as it would have to Baal’s ancient worshipers in Palmyra – only now it stood in a new land – America.

... When I stood on Capitol Hill, one year earlier, and spoke before leaders and members of Congress, I said this:

As Elijah stood on top of Mount Carmel and cried out to Israel in its hour of decision, in between two altars and two gods, his voice now cries out to America and says to us, “Choose you this day whom you will serve.” Seventy years ago, the chaplain of the United States Senate cried out in the same voice, and said to this nation, “If the Lord be God, then folllow Him! But if Baal, then follow him … and go to hell!”

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There are remarkable parallels between what is happening in early 21st century America and what history records of the the ancient divided kingdoms of Judah and Israel where the lifestyle of sexual license and human sacrifice was foisted upon the people by the ruling elites.

The ruling elites of ancient Judah and Israel were increasingly influenced by the surrounding Canaanite religious culture than by the Mosaic Constitution. Nonetheless, the commoners often enjoyed nature worship as much as their leaders, leaving prophets of the Old Testament sometimes comparing themselves to jackals (Micah 1:8), or roaming the streets of Jerusalem looking for at least one righteous man (Jeremiah 5:1-14). The population at large was completely oblivious to the approaching doom which the Old Testament prophets foresaw and repeatedly forecast. The fact that this downhill process in the Old Testament was over 200 years in the making only contributed further to their false sense of security.

So addictive were the cultic practices of Baal worship that slowly and inexorably enveloped the entire country, that it completely corrupted the religious, political and business institutions and eventually bled God’s people dry (Hosea 2:1-13). It was a long painstaking process, but it finally choked off what was left of the Mosaic Constitution and the associated blessings of the promised land, leaving the country in agricultural and economic misery. The agricultural and economic prosperity which God richly gave them was wasted on Baal nature worship (Hosea 2:8). Wallowing in such self induced misery and poverty, the depopulation of the promised land ensued. Finally, Baal worship finished Israel off with child sacrifice (2 Kings 17:1-18). The fertility of nature was often associated with the killing of children. [The modern incarnation of child sacrifice is of course the politically acceptable and expedient act of abortion.]

In the Northern Kingdom of Israel, what started out with freedom under the rule of law (Exodus), devolved into mysticism and political tyranny (1 Kings 21), collapsing under conspiracy and military coups, and finally ending with the Assyrian invasion and exile (2 Kings 14:28-17:18) in 722 BC. Even Judah ignominiously ended with child sacrifice and ultimately cannibalism (Jeremiah 19:1-13) during the Babylonian invasion 120 years later.

Nature worship and environmentalism has been slowly replacing America's Judeo-Christian heritage that so many have taken for granted.  This 'evolutionary' process largely began in America in the 1960's as the sexual revolution coincided with a 'get back to nature' attitude that continues unabated to this day.  In fact, America's previous love for the pioneering days of old has been hijacked by a romanticized view of nature that is far more in line with what the original pioneers fought against when they tamed the western frontier.  The Genesis mandate to subdue and fill the earth (Genesis 1:26-31) was part and parcel of the Manifest Destiny doctrine that conquered the west.  Today, this is an embarrassment to the ruling elites, revealing a remarkable change of attitude that is far reaching in its consequences, and has the potential to completely reverse what originally built America. 

The prevailing attitudes in America are not something new.  They have roots in ancient paganism, with the best historical example found in the history recorded in the Old Testament.  Israel, after having conquered the promised land (Joshua - 1400 BC), later became infatuated with the nature worship and sexual decadence of Baalism (850-600 BC).  This eventually led to the nation's demise and subsequent destruction, reversing the conquest of Joshua and sending the Jews into the Assyrian and Babylonian exiles respectively.

The resurgence of paganism has predictable consequences with demonic activity becoming more commonplace. As the light of the gospel is driven from the public square, the dark vacuum that is left is eagerly filled. In the United States, over the past 10 years, the number of official Roman Catholic exorcists has more than quadrupled and yet is still unable to keep up with the demand. Warning that "evil is a reality", they cite the increase in drug and pornography addiction, the failure of the mental healthcare system and increasingly popular "pagan activities", such as using a Ouija board to summon the dead, as being among the factors contributing to the huge increase in demand for the Rite of Exorcism.

In early 21st century America, barring national repentance or a Josiah-like leader, history is about to repeat itself.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

ISIS Is Nothing New, But The Flowering Of Islam In Its Fullest Expression

Sexual slavery, barbaric slaughter, and the suppression of all other faiths. History shows that ISIS is nothing new, but merely a resurgence of Islam in its fullest expression.

Ohio State University history Professor Robert Davis describes the White Slave Trade as minimized by most modern historians in his book Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast and Italy, 1500–1800 (Palgrave Macmillan). Davis estimates that 1 million to 1.25 million white Christian Europeans were enslaved in North Africa, from the beginning of the 16th century to the middle of the 18th, by slave traders from Tunis, Algiers, and Tripoli alone (these numbers do not include the European people which were enslaved by Morocco and by other raiders and traders of the Mediterranean Sea coast), 16th- and 17th-century customs statistics suggest that Istanbul's additional slave import from the Black Sea may have totaled around 2.5 million from 1450 to 1700. The markets declined after the loss of the Barbary Wars and finally ended in the 1830s, when the region was conquered by France.


(And see the report here on Christian Post of ISIS beheading children with axes.)
 
What's most unbelievable is the refusal of many current political, judicial and law-enforcement leaders to publicly acknowledge the dangers of mass Muslim migration into the West. As Susan Brown tells it like it is here ...

We live in a country run by people who tell us that if a man puts on a dress and says he’s a woman we are supposed to take him at his word. But, if a man goes on a murderous rampage in the name of Allah, and ISIS claims responsibility, we shouldn’t draw conclusions.

ISIS operates freely among us now in the U.S. thanks to political correctness and an administration uncommonly allied with Islam. The recent Muslim bomber in NYC took a trip to Afghanistan and came back with a "shocking" change according to his friends (see here.) Of course, law enforcement had already been scared away from him with his lawsuits claiming persecution for being a Muslim (see here.) ISIS certainly knows how the game the system.

Meanwhile, On a trip to New York City, London’s Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan has said terror attacks are “part and parcel” of urban life, just hours after an Islamic terrorist bombed the city. He should have been more specific:  terror attacks are part and parcel of urban life in the Muslim world.



Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Compass Is Useless Unless One Believes & Follows It



Tony Campolo, popular author and pastor, recently declared that he should no longer be classified as "evangelical" and Shane Venderhart agrees here that he is not an evangelical. Shane argues that Campolo should no longer consider himself an evangelical as it "doesn’t have anything to do with politics .... It has everything to do with how he approaches scripture.".

Those that have followed Campolo through the years have witnessed his slow but steady descent into apostasy. Shane astutely points out that though gifted, Campolo allowed culture to shape his worldview instead of the truth of Scripture. While unbelievers inevitably have their worldview blinded by the culture in which they are immersed, Christians have the opportunity to break free of the stranglehold by breathing the fresh, rejuvenating truth of Scripture.

But this doesn't happen automatically.

For the blinders to come off, Christians must make a lifelong concerted effort to drink steadily of the truth of Scripture and consciously place it as the authority over all other potential sources of truth. Letting the culture - no matter how advanced or enlightened it may appear to be - to be one's moral compass, is a surefire guarantee to tragically end up lost in the wilderness like Campolo.

A compass can safely lead one out of the wilderness, but only if they believe it and follow it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

What Happens To Democracy Without Morals?



Bill Federer ponders here what happens to democracy without morals by reviewing the history of an early American patriot who was pessimistic about the experiment.

He sat next to George Washington in the pew at St. Paul’s Chapel in New York during the religious service following Washington’s presidential inauguration. He helped ratify the U.S. Constitution. His name was Fisher Ames.

Fisher Ames was a congressman from Massachusetts where, on Aug. 20, 1789, he proposed as the wording of the First Amendment (Annals of Congress, 1:766): “Congress shall make no law establishing religion, or to prevent the free exercise thereof, or to infringe the rights of conscience.”

At the Massachusetts convention, Jan. 15, 1788, Fisher Ames warned that democracy without morals would eventually reduce the nation to the basest of human passions, swallowing freedom: “A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction.”

Fisher Ames commented in “The Dangers of American Liberty,” 1805 (published in “Works of Fisher Ames: with a selection from his speeches and correspondence,” Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1854, pp. 349): “The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness, which the ambitious call, and the ignorant believe to be, liberty.”

“Licentiousness” is defined as: sexually unrestrained; lascivious; libertine; lewd; unrestrained by law or general morality; lawless; immoral. … Synonyms: abandoned, profligate.

... Aaron McLeod (writing about Ames) continued: “To Ames, what doomed the American experiment was the democratic destruction of morals. … Ames believed that justice and morality in America would fail, and popular rule cannot support justice, without which moral habits fall away. Neither the free press nor paper constitutions could safe-guard order from these excesses, for the first is merely a stimulus to popular passion and imagination, while the other is a thin bulwark against corruption. When old prescription and tradition are dismissed, only naked force matters.”

... Fisher Ames wrote in the Mercury and New-England Palladium of Boston (Vol. XVII, No. 2,8, Tuesday, January 27, 1801, p. 1): “It has been the custom of late years to put a number of little books into the hands of children, containing fables and moral lessons. … Many books for children are … injudiciously compiled … the moral is drawn from the fable they know not why. … Some of the most admired works of this kind abound with a frothy sort of sentiment … the chief merit of which consists in shedding tears and giving away money. … Why then, if these books for children must be retained … should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book? Its morals are pure, its examples captivating and noble. The reverence for the Sacred Book, that is thus early impressed, lasts long – and probably, if not impressed in infancy never takes firm hold of the mind. One consideration more is important: In no book is there so good English, so pure and so elegant – and by teaching all the same book they will speak alike, and the Bible will justly remain the standard of language as well as of faith."
 
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As I've written before, I believe that democracy bears within it, the seeds of its own destruction. It naively assume the majority will choose wisely, when in fact, Scripture affirms the opposite in this fallen world,

And as I wrote here, we are wise to be wary of all earthly forms of government. All those who foolishly place their hope and trust ultimately in an earthly form of government are doomed to disappointment and despair. Only the KING of Kings can bring everlasting peace and joy.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Jonathan Cahn On The End Times & Fate Of Post-Christian Western Civilization



Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Jew and author of "The Harbinger" was recently interviewed on "Coast To Coast" with George Noory. Here is what he had to say reference the end times and the fate of post-Christian Western Civilization.

“The Bible says before the end times [there will] be a great falling away from faith,” he explained. “The word behind it though is apostasia, from which we get the word apostasy. Apostasy means falling away from the faith. But there’s a secret meaning which is never spoken about, which is so revealing. Apostasy doesn’t just mean a falling away from the faith but a falling away from the state of being."

“It says in the end times there will be a falling away from the faith. Well, we’re watching that, you can see it all around. But at the same time as a civilization is falling away from faith, as it’s falling away from God, it will fall away from the state of being or the state of creation. This means in the end times not only will there be a fall, an apostasy, there will also be man falling away from the state of manhood. Woman will fall away from the state of womanhood. Marriage will fall away from the state of marriage. Family will fall away from the state of family. Human beings will fall away from the state of humanity. We are watching that happen all around us. Just as sure as apostasy that’s what we’re watching and that’s the reason, it’s right there in the Bible.”

Cahn also had an ominous prediction about how the fallen West will produce figures more evil than even the worst Roman emperors who reigned during the worst days of paganism.

“Western Civilization was once totally pagan and then in a sense it got cleaned up,” Cahn said. “But what [one of these mysteries is] saying is, if it turns back away from God and turns to evil and immorality, it’s going to be seven times worse than it does before. And how that translates is, before you had the Gospel you had Nero, you had Caligula. But when you have a post-Christian civilization, it’s much more dangerous than a pre-Christian one. But that’s when you produce Hitlers, you produce Stalins, you produce ultimately the Antichrist. That’s end-time prophecy. We are witnessing that as well.”

Monday, September 19, 2016

"The greatest work of mercy, therefore, isn't to bend rules. It is to form consciences according to the truth."



R.R. Reno, editor-in-chief, expresses a profound truth in the Oct 2016 edition of First Things,

The greatest work of mercy, therefore, isn't to bend rules. It is to form consciences according to the truth.

Amen. Unfortunately many Christians fail to recognize this and instead naively believe that the loving acceptance of any behavior - no matter how contrary to revealed moral truth - is the genuine manifestation of Christian love. Jesus told the woman caught in adultery to "go and sin no more". Paul ordered the Corinthian church to expel the man in unrepentant sexual sin.

Affirming a same-sex couple in their imaginary "marriage" is not love. Serving communion to an unrepentant adulterer who has abandoned his wife is not love. Supporting someone's decision to "change" gender (even though it's biologically impossible) is not love. A pastor preparing to marry a couple who does not view their cohabitation as an impediment, is not acting in love. Backing a pregnant woman's decision to have an abortion is not love.

True love and mercy does not casually leave someone wallowing in sin and despair. A conscience is trustworthy only to the extent it has been renewed by the saving grace of God and the work of the indwelling Holy Spirit. A seared conscience is like a ship without a rudder that is helplessly subject to the whims and dictates of an apostate culture. Paul warns that at the end of the age, many will be led astray "through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared" (1 Tim 4:1-2)

Reno is absolutely correct that the greatest work of mercy is to let truth, no matter how unpopular, be the catalyst for a renewed conscience.

Unfortunately, the church's all-too-often public suppression of its witness to truth (its' primary responsibility!) ... egged on by political correctness, increasing cultural pressure, and civil threats ... is killing not only the culture in which it is embedded, but also greatly diminishing its light to the point of virtual extinction in many cases. The church is to be the "pillar and buttress of the truth." (1 Tim 3:15)

Genuine love speaks the truth.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Christophobia



Christian author Johnnie Moore is labeling the Obama administration and Democratic nominee as "Christophobic" for their inaction on Christians facing genocide in the Middle East. Read bout it here.

“If you support Christians who have been the recipients of genocide in the Middle East,” Moore said, “you’re called ‘Islamophobic,’ and it’s just incomprehensible.”

Moore charged both Obama and Clinton with responsibility for the “systematic dismantling of religious freedom in this country, and they have sat on their hands while hundreds of thousands, if not millions and millions, of Christians have been displaced and killed.” and coined a new phrase to describe Obama’s administration, accusing the president of “Christophobia.” Moore, who said he has spent considerable amounts of time working with Muslim refugees, said he and others have been called “Islamophobic” for simply “speaking up for Christians.”

“If you’re anti-Christian, henceforth, you are guilty of Christophobia,” Moore said. “You are a Christophobe. You are exhibiting Christophobic behavior, and we’re going to shame you with it.”

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In my experience, fear is the most common reaction towards Jesus Christ of those who reject the gospel. Pilate feared Jesus even though he had judicial authority over him (John 19:8). Even though he ultimately beheaded him, Herod feared John the Baptist (Mark 6:20). As the culture collectively spurns the gospel, expect Christophobia to become commonplace. Christophobia reflects the rejection of the gospel.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Reaching Critical Mass In Rebellion



The simple definition of "critical mass" according to Merriam Webster dictionary:
  1.  an amount of material (such as plutonium) that is large enough to allow a nuclear reaction to occur
  2. the size, number, or amount of something that is needed to cause a particular result
Critical mass represents the point of no return. Once reached, the process is irreversible and the outcome is inevitable.

Scripture warns that near the end of the age mankind will reach a point of "critical mass" in his willful rebellion and rejection of revealed truth, that God finally sends a strong delusion to cause unbelieving humanity to outright accept (and even embrace) what is false - the opposite of God's absolute, revealed truth. In so doing, mankind advances to an unprecedented level of rebellion.

Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thess 2:11-12)

As one surveys the global landscape today, we witness powerful delusions taking captive with astonishing rapidity multitudes who are blind to the truth ... the determination of governments to coerce and enforce false worldviews upon their constituents ... unprecedented greed and corruption ... a collaboration between mass media and entertainment to convince legions that right is wrong and wrong is right ... irrational judicial action ... growing lawlessness ... a devaluation of life ... increasing addictions that enslave (i.e., drugs, alcohol, food, sex, etc.) ... the insane blurring of genders ... a pervasive mentality of victimhood with a corresponding denial of personal responsibility ... the disappearance of common courtesy, manners and respect ... a suppression of the witness of the gospel in the public square ... the rising persecution of the faithful ... and a growing apostasy in the church by those who "make shipwreck of their faith" [1 Tim 1:19].

Indeed, one wonders if we have now reached critical mass in our rebellion against the Creator.

The good news is that the true church will stand firm - until the end - for the truth (2 Thess 2:15) no matter the cost in the midst of the descending darkness.

Friday, September 16, 2016

“The facts alone, they don’t really matter. What matters is entertainment"



Thomas Williams unmasks here the "Jesus wife" claims of Harvard Divinity School Professor Karen King as a "whopping fraud", with King now " outed as a second-rate academic who allowed herself to be duped by a con man."

Dr. Karen L. King, professor at Harvard Divinity School, earned her 15 minutes of fame by staking her reputation as a historian of early Christianity on the authenticity of an ancient papyrus stating: “Jesus said to them, My wife… she is able to be my disciple.”

At a splashy roll-out a stone’s throw from the Vatican in 2012, King presented a paper to more than 300 scholars from 27 countries, where she announced the discovery of an ancient scrap of papyrus in which Jesus refers to his “wife,” whom King said is probably Mary Magdalene.

“All of the evidence points to it being ancient,” King later said. “As historians, the question then becomes, what does it mean?”

The Harvard Theological Review published an entire journal edition on the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” and the Smithsonian Channel produced a major documentary on the topic. National Geographic confidently announced, “No Forgery Evidence Seen in ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ Papyrus” in its issue from April 11, 2014.

The problem was, the document is a fake. Dr. King had actually received the papyrus from a pornographer named Walter Fritz, who invented a story of how he had come into possession of the fragment. Described by people who knew him as “an eel,” Fritz told King that he had obtained the text from a colleague who had acquired it in Potsdam in 1963.

King was so excited with the possibilities of the find, however, that she never bothered to check up on Fritz’s credentials or the numerous inconsistencies in his story.

... The journalist who uncovered the “whopping fraud” was Ariel Sabar, who pursued the origins of the fragment, leading him to the home of Walter Fritz on Florida’s southern Gulf Coast. Despite Dr. King’s unwillingness to reveal the name of the person who had furnished her with the papyrus, after painstaking sleuthing, Sabar found him anyway.

In 2003, Fritz had created a series of pornographic sites showcasing his wife having sex with other men, whom he also claimed had gifts of clairvoyance, prophecy and spiritual channeling. At times, Fritz’s wife would reportedly babble during sex in a language that Fritz assumed was Aramaic, the language of Jesus.

Fritz also had a background in the Coptic language and had previously worked as a tour guide in Berlin’s Egyptian Museum. Moreover, Sabar discovered, just prior to Dr. King’s public announcement of the papyrus, Fritz had purchased the domain name gospelofjesuswife.com.

When Sabar alerted Dr. King of his discovery prior to publishing his first piece, she said she wasn’t interested and would read the piece when it was published. “I haven’t engaged the provenance questions at all,” she told him.

Sabar later accused King of shoddy scholarship, suggesting that what she called a “lack of information” was really just a “lack of investigation.”

In his later piece, Sabar noted that King was particularly interested in Gnostic texts that assign Mary Magdalene a prominent role as Jesus’s confidante and disciple, since proof that some early Christians also saw Mary Magdalene as Jesus’s wife “would be a rebuke to Church patriarchs.” Her ideological agenda, in other words, disposed her to believe Fritz’s account of the papyrus.

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Of course, don't hold your breath to see this in the mainstream media which has little interest in publishing truth that does not align with their worldview. Unfortunately, what the vast majority of people take to be "news" nowadays is nothing more than (poorly) cloaked propaganda. Blinded by the enemy, most swallow the world's perspective of "truth" -  hook, line and sinker (2 Cor 4:4).

Thursday, September 15, 2016

There is nothing more dangerous than a politician who thinks he's a theologian

Tim Kaine is the current Vice-President candidate on the Democratic ticket. Claiming to be a practicing Roman Catholic, here he is recently predicting that the Roman Catholic church will change its ruling on same-sex marriage. There is nothing more dangerous than a politician who thinks he's a theologian - something there is no shortage of these days.

 
Few are aware of Kaine's radical roots, which Ken Blackwell reveals here:
 
According to the media, Tim Kaine took a life transforming "mission" trip to Latin America in 1980. Conveniently left out of these stories, are the radical reality of the Cold War in Latin America and Tim Kaine's Soviet sympathizing mentors. In fact, whatever Kaine's intentions, he more likely met Karl Marx than Jesus Christ while there.
 
Connect the dots with a little history, and an alarming picture emerges of Kaine's adventures with radicals and revolutionaries in 1980s Latin America.
 
Reports indicate that in Honduras, “Mr. Kaine embraced an interpretation of the gospel, known as liberation theology...”
 
This wasn't mainstream “Catholic thought” at the time. It was a radical, Marxist-based ideology at odds with the Church, the pope, and the United States, but supportive of (and supported by) the Soviet Union.
 
To counter Vatican opposition to this theology, now published documents from the Soviet and East German archives show “active measures” were undertaken to undermine the Vatican and the pope — key barriers to a Soviet influence in Latin America.
 
The documents are detailed in books by former Associated Press Berlin bureau chief, John Koehler and the Mitrokhin Archive data published by Cambridge University Professor Christopher Andrew.
 
Tim Kaine's political formation wasn't pro-American or pro-Catholic, it was pro-Soviet.
 
... As in the 1980s, Kaine's “Catholicism” serves neither his Church nor his country, but a Leftist political agenda that has proven to be on the wrong side of the Church, on the wrong side of history, and against the interests of freedom and the United States.
 
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Meanwhile, as reported here, Kaine's own Roman Catholic bishop rebuked him for his heretic foray into theology.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Second Law of Thermodynamics Does Not Exist In Naïve Idealism


Adolph Eichmann was one of the chief architects of the Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis. After WW2 and his capture and subsequent trial in Jerusalem, many were struck by his ordinariness. The philosopher Hannah Arendt travelled to Jerusalem to attend the trial of Adolf Eichmann and coined the phrase "banality of evil" after seeing Eichmann. For Arendt, this phrase simply recorded a fact that "stared one in the face at the trial". Like the psychologists who examined Eichmann, the philosopher was struck by his ordinariness. Indeed, he appeared to be a caring husband, father, brother, son and friend. But Arendt found this very normality "terrifying'", and she remarked that the banality of Eichmann's evil was itself "fearsome".

"Except for an extraordinary diligence in looking out for his personal advancement," wrote Arendt, "he had no motives at all. And this diligence in itself was in no way criminal; he certainly would never have murdered his superior in order to inherit his post. He merely, to put the matter colloquially, never realized what he was doing." She concludes that, although Eichmann was no puppet, he was immensely – and catastrophically – thoughtless.

In a nutshell, she was unable to grasp the truth that sin - not thoughtlessness - was the seed from which Eichmann's actions sprouted along with the horrifying truth that same sin is also present in everyone else with the potential for similar (and even worse) acts.

Naïve idealism is epidemic among our culture's young people. This worldview is characterized by beliefs and thinking that is overly optimistic but not realistic or well thought out. This type of thinking is typical of adolescents and young adults. Individuals who think this way believe that things will work out exactly as desired without actually thinking the plan through with attendant consequences. An example would be a person who believes that their life would be perfect and without worry if they lived somewhere else, like the beach. They aren't thinking about real life consequences and situations, only the idealized version in their mind.

Failing to recognize the fundamental truth of original sin, it's a breeding ground for trouble. Contrary to the Biblical truth of sin (i.e. Rom 3:23), naïve idealism believes that everyone is ultimately good. Instead of accepting the truth that all problems in this world ultimately spring forth from within man, it externalizes them. The solution must thus to be found in the environment - education, medical care, jobs, money, entertainment, drugs, alcohol, fame, power, etc., etc.

 In this faulty worldview, noble intentions always win out. There is no acknowledgement of the pervasive effects of sin across creation. For all practical purposes, the Second Law of Thermodynamics does not exist from the perspective of naïve idealism.

But original sin is a critical part of the gospel, the very reason that Christ came to die. Lose the concept of sin and the gospel goes out the window. The inability to recognize and acknowledge sin undergirds this fatal worldview that is unfortunately increasingly popular in the culture.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Boomer Pharisaism



Barton Swam has an interesting piece here in the Oct 2016 edition of First Things, entitled "Boomer Pharisaism". Worth reading in entirety, here's an extract:

... There is a kind of baby-boomer Pharisaism in Clinton’s outlook. It’s an outlook that recognizes the existence of evil, yes, but the evil is always located in other people, never in oneself; it’s always out there somewhere—in society, in discriminatory practices, in “backward-looking policies,” in partisan climates, in “an interlocking network of groups and individuals who want to turn the clock back on many of the advances our country has made” (this last an explanation, in Living History, of her notorious reference to a “vast right-wing conspiracy” in 1998).

Clinton is the product, first, of the midcentury Protestant liberalism of her upbringing—she was raised in a solidly mainline Methodist church outside Chicago—and, second, the countercultural protests of the 1960s. These are very different cultural phenomena in many respects, but both tended to locate human wickedness in institutions, social trends, historical processes. War, consumerism, social injustice, poverty, the “military–industrial complex”: the problem was always some kind of social or political circumstance, never man himself and certainly not one’s own heart. For Clinton, an honest admission of wrongdoing isn’t something to avoid doing; it isn’t a thing at all. Except in some extreme case in which the individual admits his part in an institutional or political sin (Lee Atwater’s late confession of cruelty to political opponents, perhaps), decent, right-thinking people can’t admit to wrongdoing because wrongdoing isn’t really the result of individual decisions.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Progressively Regressive Sexuality: A Return to Pagan Morality



Eric Metaxas points out here that contrary to its' claims, our culture is not embracing something new and progressive, but a sexual morality "that history left behind millennia ago - in the dusty ruins of the Roman Empire."

... today Western civilization is undergoing a dramatic cultural shift. In just a few short years our society has fundamentally altered the meaning of marriage, embraced the notion that men can become women, and are now promoting the idea that grown men should be welcome to share a bathroom with women and young girls. Not unexpectedly, we’re also seeing movement toward the normalization of polygamy, pedophilia, and incest.

It’s precisely in times like this that we need some historical perspective. Which is why Lutheran pastor Matthew Rueger’s new book, “Sexual Morality in a Christless World,” is a timely godsend. In it, Rueger shows how Christian sexual morality rocked the pagan world of ancient Rome. The notions of self-giving love, sexual chastity, and marital fidelity were foreign, even shocking to the people of that time.

... Rueger writes that “Claims in our day of being progressive and moving forward by accepting the ‘new prevailing views on sexuality and same-sex marriage are horribly misinformed’ … Contemporary views about sexuality are simply a revival of an older and much less loving view of the world.”

... we can’t look away and ignore this unholy revival of pagan sexuality and its cheapened view of human beings. But we also can’t wring our hands in fear or throw them up in defeat. As Rueger points out, Christ and His Church radically transformed a far more sexually cruel and chaotic world than ours.

Look to those ancient believers who went before us: Rather than succumbing to or accommodating the spirit of the age, new converts in the early Church came to understand, as Rueger writes, that “Christian morality is based on Christ’s all-encompassing purity and self-emptying love…Christians could no longer live as the Greeks or Romans. Their worldview and self-view was distinctly different. They were now one with Christ in heart and soul.”

Saturday, September 10, 2016

You Were Born For Such A Time As This



A fascinating passage is recorded in the Old Testament book of Esther in chapter 4. (The book is remarkable in that it is only book in the entire Bible with no explicit reference to God, prayer, worship or any kind of overt religious activity - yet, God is implicitly seen orchestrating all the events.) Mordecai sends word through emissaries to Esther (the Queen of Persia) asking her to intercede with the King on behalf of the Jews who are threatened with destruction. Esther is understandably reluctant because it potentially means her execution. Mordecai responds with two points:
  1. If Esther refuses, someone else will arise to the opportunity (i.e., God will use someone else).
  2. This opportunity may be the very reason that Esther has become Queen. It might literally be the moment she was born for.
An interesting question is the one that asks, if possible, when and where in recorded history would you have lived your life? My answer might surprise some, for my reply would be "when and where I am living right now because that is where God in His sovereign wisdom chose to place me in history."

Literally - if God is truly sovereign - I was born for this time. And so is every other believer alive today. That truth changes everything. Threatening circumstances become glorious opportunities.

Friday, September 9, 2016

A culture divorced from God is, in fact, a God-forsaken culture

The indissoluble link between God and moral values is increasingly evident as we witness first-hand the cultural rejection of God along with a corresponding suppression of moral law. Ultimately, there can be no moral absolutes without God - something our culture is now discovering first-hand. With daily headlines straight out of the Twilight Zone, right has become wrong and vice-versa. A culture divorced from God is, in fact, a God-forsaken culture.

 
From the perspective of a Muslim, his terrorists acts against infidels are "righteous". His worldview decrees it. Who is to object just because their personal subjective beliefs may say otherwise? Unless there is overarching moral truth above everyone's subjective beliefs, anything goes.

Here Ravi Zacharias answers a naïve person's question "Why are you so afraid of subjective moral reasoning?" As Ravi counter-asks him, "Do you lock your door at night"?
 


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Lone-Ranger Christians will inevitably go down with the Titanic




David Harsanyi ponders here in his opinion piece entitled How A Cakemaker Became An Enemy Of The State the sobering reality of a "state that has the power to crush dissent by forcing citizens to choose between their livelihoods and their faith."

It’s shown us that many of those who praise the diversity of American life have, in reality, lost their compassion and the ability to tolerate anyone who disagrees with their worldview. Those 30 seconds have shown us that those in power — including every presidential candidate — are unwilling to stand in the way of a state that has the power to crush dissent by forcing citizens to choose between their livelihoods and their faith.

David goes on to correctly conclude,

Then again, this has nothing to do with a cake.

... The shop was not only ordered to alter its policy and start participating in gay weddings or else face debilitating fines, it was told to provide comprehensive staff training, ensure compliance, then file quarterly obedience reports with the government for two full years. In these reports, Phillips was to describe exactly which remedial measures the shop had taken to conform, and document the reasons any other patrons were denied service.

Colorado’s Thought Police would teach Phillips how to stop himself acting on any ideas that were heretical.

... Phillips’ dad had helped liberate Buchenwald from the Nazis in 1945. He’s not around anymore, though you imagine he’d probably have some fascinating thoughts about a government official who compares the extermination of six million people with a couple being slightly inconvenienced in procuring a specialty wedding cake.

Like any self-righteous zealot, Rice functions without concern for the practical implications of her power. In a rational world, her nonsensical haranguing would be dismissed as the ravings of an ignorant freshman who was cracking open Chomsky for the first time. In this world, Rice is appointed by the governor to mete out punishment on once free men.
... In other words, freedom of expression is contingent on a commission of unelected bureaucrats burrowing into the consciousness of those involved and ascertaining what they’re really thinking. A judge is then tasked with deciding what expression of faith is acceptable.

Welcome to America, 2016.

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David hits the bulls-eye square on. Many Christians in America unfortunately continue to bury their heads in the sand, living in a manufactured bubble and pretending that they will not be tangibly affected by a surrounding culture descending into barbarism. They are somewhat akin to those souls onboard Titanic after she struck the iceberg, refusing to face reality that the "unsinkable" ship was indeed going down. Ignoring bad news does not relegate it to oblivion.

The time for American Christians to experience definite consequences for faithfulness is at hand. And the degree to which we remain faithful is directly proportional to the strength of our relationships that we have cultivated with the true church.

Lone-Ranger Christians (an oxymoron) will inevitably go down with the Titanic.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Truth is hate speech to those who hate the truth



Matt Barber states the obvious here in his article entitled "The Entire ‘LGBT’ Narrative Just Crumbled".

It's time to stop condoning destructive behavior, and start speaking truth in unconditional love.

When someone is engaged in demonstrably self-destructive behavior, it is not loving, but hateful, to encourage persistence.

It was, ironically, lesbian activist and writer Dorothy Allison who once wrote, “Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.” In validation of this truism, a series of new peer-reviewed studies have just been released that serve to utterly debunk and deconstruct key “progressive” homosexual-activist talking points.

This study, conducted by world renowned Johns Hopkins University scientists Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer and Dr. Paul R. McHugh, is a meta-analysis of data from over 200 peer-reviewed (and left-leaning) studies regarding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” It was published in the fall 2016 edition of The New Atlantis journal and is, far and away, the most objective, exhaustive and comprehensive study on the topic to date.

... Lest you buy the left wing talking point that so-called “homophobia” leads to high rates of suicide and other devastating consequences of the “LGBT” lifestyle, a recent study from “gay”-affirming Sweden dispels this myth. The research, published in the May issue of the European Journal of Epidemiology, found that people entering into a “gay marriage” were, as mirrored above, nearly three times as likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual counterparts.

“Even in a country with a comparatively tolerant climate regarding homosexuality such as Sweden,” observed the researchers, “same-sex married individuals evidence a higher risk for suicide than other married individuals.”

... Meanwhile, the CDC, no bastion of conservatism, just released this month a report establishing and detailing the devastating effects of “LGBT” identity and behaviors on teens “grades 9-12.”

... “Self-labeled homosexual and bisexual teens were twice as likely as heterosexual teens to have been victims of sexual or physical dating violence, to be regular cigarette smokers, to have tried marijuana before age 13, to ever have used cocaine, hallucinogenic drugs, ecstasy, taken prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription, or to have felt sad or hopeless.

“They were more likely to be current marijuana users than heterosexual students, more likely to drink alcohol, and over four times as likely to have used methamphetamines or heroin.

“They were four times as likely to actually attempt suicide.

“Homosexual and bisexual students were about 25 percent more likely to have had sexual intercourse, and more likely to be currently sexually active and to have had four or more partners.

“They are more than twice as likely to have had sexual intercourse before age 13.”

... Considering the above non-biased, replicated scientific facts, it’s little wonder that an earlier study in the International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE) determined the “life expectancy at age 20 years for gay and bisexual men is 8 to 20 years less than for all men.”

You think me callous. You think I hate. I’m not and I do not. Truth is hate to those who hate truth. I love self-identified “LGBT” individuals with a love beyond my own power to summon. I love them because Christ first loved me. I love them because, like them, I am a sinner in need of a Savior. They are under deception. The enemy of man is the father of lies, and he prowls like a lion seeking to both deceive and devour us all.

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Indeed. Truth is hate speech to those who hate the truth.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Complementarian Women Behind the Trinity Tussle



Christianity Today has an interesting post here entitled "The Complementarian Women Behind the Trinity Tussle". Ultimately, at issue is the question of Christ’s relationship to God the Father. Some argue that the Son is eternally subordinate to the Father, while others say the Son was subordinate in his earthly life only.

(For me, there are several verses that indicate the eternal subordination of the Son to the Father - i.e.,  1 Cor 15:24; 1 Cor 11:3; etc.)

Subordination tends to make one think of a lower rank or a subservient position. But to properly understand subordination in the Trinity, it is important to grasp the different types of subordination. The Biblical or orthodox view of the triune nature of God acknowledges an economic subordination in the Trinity but denies the heretical view of an ontological subordination.

What does this mean? Simply that all three Persons of the one Godhead are equal in nature. God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit all have the same divine nature and divine attributes. Contrary to the teaching of many cults, there is no ontological subordination (I.e., no difference in the nature of the three Persons of the Godhead). This means that Jesus is not a lesser god than God the Father, etc.

Scripture indicates an economic (or relational) subordination within the Trinity. That is to day - the three Persons of the triune Godhead voluntarily submit to each other respecting the roles They perform in creation and salvation. So, the Father sent the Son into the world (1 John 4:10). These roles are never reversed in Scripture: the Son never sends the Father. Likewise, the Holy Spirit is sent by Jesus and “proceeds from the Father” to testify of Christ (John 14:26; 15:26). And Jesus perfectly submitted His will to the Father’s (Luke 22:42; Hebrews 10:7).

Economic or relational subordination is simply a term to describe the relationship that exists among God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Essentially, economic subordination within the Trinity refers to what God does while ontological subordination refers to who God is.

All three Persons of the Trinity have the same essence and nature, but each One has different roles or activities when it comes to how God relates to the world. For example, our salvation is based on the Father’s power and love (John 3:16; 10:29), the Son’s death and resurrection (1 John 2:2; Ephesians 2:6), and the Spirit’s regeneration and seal (Ephesians 4:30; Titus 3:5). The different tasks that we see the Father, Son, and Spirit perform are the result of the eternal relationship that exists among the Persons of the Trinity.

Correctly understanding subordination in the Trinity helps us avoid several false teachings about the nature of God. In the end, having a right view of God is important so that we do not manufacture a god in our own image.