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

Sunday, November 13, 2016

To Understand How Bad The Seed Is, You Need Only Examine The Fruit

By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. (Matt 7:16-18)

Riots, violent protests, intolerance, assaults on people who voted for Trump, parents punishing their children who voted for Trump in mock school elections, employers demanding employees resign who voted for Trump, calls for mass protests on inauguration day, racism and sexists charges, college students demanding excuse from mid-term exams because they are too "stressed" and access to "safe" rooms with play-doh and coloring books to "unwind" from the stress. There are calls to boycott New Balance — its sneakers have been publicly burned — because an official said Trump would be better on trade issues.

Fake reports of “hate crimes” committed by supporters of President-elect Donald Trump are sweeping the nation. Meanwhile, real crimes continue to be committed by anti-Trump rioters in dozens of cities across America. One fake “hate crime” involved a Muslim woman at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette who claimed that she had her hijab torn off by two white males. Lafayette police now report that she “admitted that she fabricated the story.”

Progressive liberals are in the throes of a massive mental and emotional meltdown.

All this stems from a lawful and transparent election.

Most telling of all, to date not a single top-level leader in the Democrat party has spoken out against this behavior. Not one. Nothing like this transpired by the opposition when Obama was elected to office twice.

To understand how bad the seed is, you need only examine the fruit.

As progressive liberalism now comes to full fruition -  i.e., lawlessness, violence, anarchy, destruction, intolerance, narcissism, anger, selfishness, racism and sexism - it becomes increasingly evident how bad the seed is. Ironically, progressive liberalism is the antithesis of the very ideals it claims to champion. By nature, it suppresses truth for it cannot withstand comparison. So it buries truth and markets its own ever-changing relative counterfeit. Those that drink its Kool-Aid will soon discover its true nature. But unfortunately, for many, it will be too late. For progressive liberalism has sown it deadly seed not only within the culture, but also the church.

Conservative Christians are told that if we don't become more enlightened and progressive, we will become irrelevant to society as our numbers decline. In reality, the opposite is true: We will only be relevant to the extent we hold fast to Biblical truth.

In 1974, a German theologian named Gerhard Meier wrote a controversial book entitled "The End of the Historical Critical Method," (here) arguing that many mainstream seminaries were destroying the faith. Seminary students were told that Moses didn't write the Pentateuch, that the prophets didn't predict the coming of the Messiah, that Jesus didn't really rise from the dead, and that the Bible was not truly God's Word, among other things. These seminary students would go on to become pastors and preach the progressively liberal message they had learned to their congregations ... but in reality had nothing of substance to give them. The congregants came to church services expecting to find strength and guidance and to grow in faith and hope, to learn how to cope with difficult circumstances. Instead, they found pastors full of unbelief. Consequently, cathedrals that seated 3,000 people would eventually have 30 in attendance on Sunday morning.

Yes, liberal churches can grow because of an "itching ear" message, as pastors tell the people what they want to hear, not what they need to hear. This is one of the reasons that Jesus said that the road to destruction is broad (Matthew 7:13). In the long run though, sustainable life and growth is not possible where compromise with the world is the hallmark.

It is the progressively liberal churches that embrace abortion, homosexual practice, gay marriage (an oxymoron) and compromise of biblical truth, that have experienced the steepest decline in membership. They also have far lower commitment levels from their people.
  • Wikipedia notes that, "At the time of its formation, the UCC [United Church of Christ] had over 2 million members in nearly 7,000 churches. The denomination has suffered a 44 percent loss in membership since the mid-1960s ... As of the 2014 Annual Yearbook of the UCC, membership is listed as 979,239 members in 5154 local churches."
  • The Episcopal Church had a membership of 3.4 million in the mid-1960s; today, that number is slightly over 2 million.
  • The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has dropped from a membership of 4.25 million in the mid-1960s to 1.8 million today, a number that is expected to decline rapidly in the coming years.
These are some of the very churches that have led the cultural charge on liberal causes like the redefining of marriage.

As noted in a 2011 report by the National Council of Churches, while many liberal, so-called "mainline" Protestant churches were declining in membership, "strong figures from the Assemblies of God and the Church of God (Cleveland, Tenn.) suggest an increase in the number of adherents to Pentecostal groups ..." (quoting Rev. Eileen Linder; recent reports from the AG do confirm this growth trend, both in the USA and abroad). Spirit-filled churches that hold to conservative moral values are outgrowing all other religious expressions, as the respected statistician David Barrett has documented for more than three decades.

When people truly encounter the risen Christ, they will gladly forsake everything and follow Him. And where people hear the truth, they are ultimately set free.

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