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, November 8, 2016

Swords Are For Close Combat, Not Long-Range Warfare

Scripture refers to itself metaphorically as a "sword" (Eph 6:17). The sword is the only item listed by Paul that serves in an offensive capacity in Eph 6:10-18. Even if we have all the rest of the armor equipped perfectly, without the sword, we amount to little more than heavily armored moving targets. Swords are for close combat, not long range warfare. Close combat with a determined and powerful enemy is violent, dirty, messy, and unpleasant - and can be quite costly.

The church is engaged in a cosmic war with powerful evil. The struggle is very real. It is immediate, and it is in front of us.

Our push-button age of high-technology gave birth to antiseptic drone warfare that is conducted in the safety, security and air-conditioned comfort of a van thousands of miles from the battlefield, where participants experience none of the actual physical effects of war. Unfortunately, the same mindset often carries over into the contemporary church where Scripture is often used only as a hygienic, long-range missile. While the power of prayer certainly is not limited by either distance or time and is often appropriate at distance, it's noteworthy that the ministry of Jesus in the New Testament was almost always "face-to-face". While there was infrequent exercise of power from a distance on His part (i.e, Mark 7:24-30), almost all of Jesus's encounters and ministry were personal.

Reluctant to get our hands dirty, we sometimes mistakenly resort to the comfort of long-rage warfare. But empowered with the indwelling Holy Spirit as the hands and feet of Christ, our most effective course of action is often face-to-face. It is the Holy Spirit who empowers us to effectively wield the sword. Because our chief weapon is the Word of God empowered by the Spirit of God, every true Christian has access to devastating firepower. Because we fight with Spiritual weapons…every Christian is potentially a powerful soldier against spiritual opposition and evil.

Swords are for close combat, not long-range warfare.

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