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



Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The New Government "Ministry Of Truth"


In an alarming development, as reported here, Barack Obama signed into law a bill authorizing some $611 billion in funding for the U.S. military for 2017. But hidden inside the massive governmental document is a provision that is alarming free-speech and limited-government advocates: authorization and funding for a new center to decide what is truth. The newly approved Center for Information Analysis and Response, or as it’s been dubbed, the “Ministry of Truth,” is being given power to not only make those determinations, but also do what’s needed to influence the American public to believe it.

“The new center will ‘counter propaganda and disinformation’ as defined by the center. … The new center will use ‘covert or clandestine special operators and agents to influence targeted populations. … The new center has 10 million dollars to pay select members of academia and journalism to ‘proactively promote fact-based narratives and policies,’ and ‘to expose and refute foreign misinformation and disinformation’ – as defined by the center.”

At the Federal Papers blog here, Kimberly Morin raised some of the obvious questions.

“Who is going to inoculate Americans against the propaganda from the U.S. government? Not only will this increase the size of government, again, but who exactly will be the people deciding what is propaganda and what is disinformation? The very same people in the federal government who push their own propaganda and disinformation onto the unknowing masses? All one has to do is look to the mainstream media to see massive propaganda and disinformation but, of course, the only people who grasp this are those who bother to do any research. The government is fully behind THIS type of propaganda and disinformation; it’s right up their alley.”

At the FreeThoughtProject blog, Annise Smith noted, “For all intents and purposes, the NDAA’s single phrase, ‘dissemination of fact-based narratives,’ summons a near specter to newspeak, the propagandic and revisionist language created by the Ingsox government’s Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s now eerily portentous 1984 ..... Innumerable tongue-in-cheek references to that dystopian classic have been made in recent times, but the new law seemingly cements the parallels – naming the modern iteration of the Ministry of Truth an even creepier, Global Engagement Center."

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God is truth (John 14:6). His revealed word is truth (John 17:17). He alone determines truth and truth is determined by His very nature, not by any judgment of man - i.e., truth is still truth even if no one believes it and a lie is still a lie even if everyone believes it. It is the height of fatal arrogance to believe any man can create truth (which is really what this new government agency is empowered and funded to do); all we can do is simply recognize truth. The belief that truth is relative to what one believes was the cause of both Satan's fall and the catastrophic tragedy in Eden.

It's quite clear that the real intent with this new "Ministry of Truth" is not to "discern truth", but to "create" the government's own version of truth - in other words, propaganda. With the government now establishing itself as the final arbiter of truth, this ominous development in conjunction with evolving modern communications technology will far surpass Joseph Goebbells' Nazi ministry of propaganda.

The (many) American Christians that are not solidly anchored in the Biblical Worldview are ripe for deceit.

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