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 28, 2016

Why Sex Cannot Ultimately Be Bought Or Sold

Scripture presents sexuality as unifying, powerful, affirming and mysterious. Sexual sin is in a category unto itself (1 Cor 6:18). It's noteworthy that the final state of willful rebellion against God is characterized by homosexual sin (Rom 1:24-27).

In the highly recommended book "Sex and the Supremacy of Christ" (here), John Piper asserts that

"sexuality is designed by God as a way to know God more fully ... the ultimate reason (not the only one) why we are sexual is to make God more deeply knowable ... There is a reason Scripture uses sexual terms to describe the relationship between God and his people - both positively (when we are faithful) and negatively (when we are not.)"

In other words, God empowers humans (created in His image) with sexuality so that we might have a hint of the joy and ecstasy of what it is to know Christ supremely. The reason then that Scripture warns against the misuse of sex is that it distorts the true knowledge of God. Remember that "knowing" someone in the fullest sense is defined sexually (i.e., Gen 4:1; Matt 1:24-25, etc.)

Why then cannot sex ultimately be bought or sold?

Because nothing sacred can ultimately be purchased or bargained for.

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