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

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.

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