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

Monday, November 7, 2016

What Happens When Christians Don't Vote?

Registrations for the 2012 election were only 25 percent of the population. More than 25 million evangelical Christians didn’t vote. If we become cynical or indifferent about what is happening around us, we open the door for evil. The combined numbers of potential Christians voting in America could easily change the course of history.

It is delusional to think that ungodly laws don’t hurt that much. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (who was martyred by the Nazis for speaking out against them) said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil; God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

I agree with Vic Vitagliano here that John Piper (whom I respect) is wrong when he implied in a recent sermon that Christians should consider abstaining from voting. As Vic says, "Of course, I have no problem with piety when it is expressed biblically, but when it allows great evils to continue, it makes my head explode."

History records that the leadership and philosophy of one man, murdered millions of Jews.

We must be wise as serpents and gentle as doves. President James Garfield, also a Christian minister, said, “Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.” In other words, as Billy Graham said, "bad politicians are elected by good people who don’t vote."

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, ” If we don’t stand for something, we fall for anything."

To sit on the sidelines at this moment in history is precisely what the enemy seeks.

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