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, March 20, 2017

Choosing To Die On Strategically Insignificant Hills

Is there such a thing as inflexible moral truth? While many Christians in today's morally confused culture would probably answer "yes', I suspect most would have difficulty in offering a specific act that is always morally wrong. i.e.,; lying is wrong except in the cases of 'white lies' to protect someone; abortion is always wrong except in the case to protect the life of the mother; divorce becomes permissible for "irreconcilable differences"; stealing is wrong except when to done for a "greater good"; etc., etc. There is no end to the exceptions and inflexible moral truth becomes only a theoretical ideal that has no practical relevance in the "real world'.

In the ferocious war between good and evil, it's critical that the church exercise wisdom on when to draw a figurative line in the sand. The church must maintain a fine balance between grace and orthodoxy. Veering towards either extreme always has catastrophic consequences. Lose orthodoxy for more grace and we slip in liberalism and license. Lose grace and we slip into legalism and bondage. Either way, we lose the gospel in our witness.

Many Christians foolishly choose to die on strategically insignificant hills, falling on their sword over nonessentials while ignoring the catastrophic assault on the castle gates. The problem often is that they are murky at best on the issue of inflexible moral truth which ultimately empowers them to differentiate between essential and non-essentials (Romans ch. 14).

Theologian RR Reno writes in the April 2017 edition of First Things,

Over the last three generations, the West has become increasingly ambivalent about strong truths, seeing them as divisive and judgmental. The influential intellectual and cultural movements of recent decades have sought a view of truth that’s more fluid, open, and inclusive. This is obvious when it comes to sexual morality. But it’s evident in other areas as well. Many want a more flexible view of suicide, one that allows people to take their own lives if they face pain or despair. Divorce—the focus of controversy surrounding Amoris—should be treated as “tragic,” not wrong. In this issue, Christopher Caldwell reports on the softening, nonjudgmental language professionals now encourage, even require, when talking about drug addiction (“American Carnage”). At every turn, our dominant culture weakens strong truths.

Well said.

When we foolishly forsake the concept of inflexible moral truth, we become far more prone to die on strategically insignificant hills in the battle against evil. We end up forsaking the strategic mountains that are truly key and become Don Quixote tilting at windmills. Transcendent truth is paramount in this battle.

Lose the tension between grace and orthodoxy and we lose the gospel. We maintain the tension by clinging to inflexible, revealed moral truth (orthodoxy). Everything else is free to be open to the conscience which may be strong or weak (grace).

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