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, February 28, 2017

The terrible cost of an alliance with a worldview that is inalienable with the Biblical one


"friendship with the world is enmity with God" (James 4:4)

After the election of Donald Trump as president, a professor at Orange Coast College in California, Olga Perez Stable Cox, vented with a hate diatribe in front of the class against the president-elect. Among other things, she described the Trump election as an “act of terrorism,” labeled him a “white supremacist” and called Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence “one of the most anti-gay humans in this country.” This wasn’t even a political science class in which one might expect political talk, no matter how irresponsible; Ms. Cox is a professor of human sexuality. When a student who recorded the diatribe posted the recording on social media, the professor’s union, the Coast Federation of Educators, AFT local chapter 1911, posted this message on Facebook:

“This is an illegal recording without the permission of the instructor. The student will be identified and may be facing legal action.”

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Why would any professor object to a student recording their class?

Simple.

There is a world of difference between instruction (which is what institutions of higher learning are supposed to do) and indoctrination (which is precisely what an increasing number of American colleges are in fact doing.) Worldviews are largely shaped during the late teens and early twenties - the age of most collegiate students. These impressionable young adults, most of whom are away from home for the first time, are ripe for indoctrination into the secular, leftist worldview that is increasingly espoused on most college campuses.

What are the primary tenets of this ongoing indoctrination into the secular, leftist worldview?
  • Atheism (without a transcendent universal authority, our own [fallen] morality is all we get to guide us and depend upon)
  • Naturalism (which ironically is actually a religion in disguise - i.e., see here)
  • Homosexuality (presented as a superior lifestyle; as such, it must be affirmed and embraced, not merely tolerated)
  • Intolerance  (ironically, they champion themselves as "tolerant", but regard those with a different worldview as ignorant and uninformed)
  • Abortion (with no universal code of morality, secular leftists regard the unborn as "unviable tissue" to be extracted; abortion becomes a sacred cow)
  • Socialism (which is naively viewed as the Utopian state of existence)
  • Victimhood (taught to increasingly demand help from others and advertise their oppression as evidence that they deserve special accommodation, respect and assistance)
  • Denial of sin (if someone perpetrates an evil act, it must be because of their environment and no fault of their own - i.e., lack of health care, poor education, abused as a child, no job, society doesn't affirm their lifestyle choice, discrimination, etc., etc.)
  • No respect for direct authority (except for fellow leftists who gain power)
  • Rejection of tradition (refusal to acknowledge any historical good in tradition; rebellion is the norm when tradition does not affirm their specific worldview)
It's glaringly apparent that the worldview espoused by secular leftists is in direct opposition to the Biblical one in virtually every tenet. Allowing oneself to be seduced by even one tenet opens Pandora's Box.

When Barack Obama was first elected President, he received overwhelming support from black evangelical churches. When queried as to why they supported him when he such was an outspoken and ardent supporter of abortion, virtually all the black pastors said they were willing to overlook that because he presented himself as a champion of racial equality. (Ironically, by all accounts, race relations worsened under President Obama.) After Obama's election to his second term in office, when he finally revealed his true support for homosexual marriage, many of those same black pastors said they had been "betrayed". They discovered too late the terrible cost of an alliance with a worldview that is inalienable with the Biblical one.

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