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

Friday, April 7, 2017

Cultural Fratricide

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil (Isa 5:20).

Townhall has an interesting article here pondering why the New York Times left one of the top sellers on Amazon off its Best-Seller list. "Gosnell: The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer" is one of the top selling releases on Amazon. The book describes in detail the disturbing story of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, While the Times had the book at No. 13 on the “Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction” list, it failed to put it in its rightful place as the 4th bestselling nonfiction title.

There is no question that the culture, empowered by forces of darkness, does everything possible to conceal the horror of abortion and deceive the populace. Advocates aren't "pro-abortion"; they are "pro-choice" - meaning of course they want to "freedom" to choose murder.

There is no question that Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, continually lies about its services, the selling of baby parts, the number of late-term abortions, and the number of babies born alive during an abortion. They lie with their ludicrous proclamation that government money doesn't fund abortions. They lie to pregnant young women about what abortion is and the devastating effect it will have on them. Deceit is in their DNA.

Hollywood, fueled by drugs and decadence, not only embraces but publicly celebrates this holocaust both on-screen and in the almost-daily public pronouncements from most of its "stars". Entertainment "A-listers" who publicly decry abortion are as rare as humility in Washington D.C. Facilitated by abortion, the sexual promiscuity portrayed in movies, television, videos, live performances, radio, etc. becomes ever more graphic. There is a powerful synergistic effect between the sexual revolution and abortion with each enabling and empowering the other.

The mainstream media champions abortion not only as a right but as "good". Accurate portrayals of abortion by these propagandists (who would be the envy of Joseph Goebbels) are nonexistent. They frequently lampoon abortion opponents as either religious fanatics or back-country hicks.

Public education increasingly champions the sexual revolution and its' deadly byproduct of abortion. The truth surrounding abortion is shielded from impressionable young minds who are led by the Pied Piper of deceit off a cliff.

The one cultural element (the church) that should be the bulwark against this evil often fails and capitulates with large contingents of the church today supporting and advocating for abortion. Even many of those that do realize the horrific truth today were early supporters. In 1979, the Southern Baptist Convention was among the denominations that affirmed the right to abortion. Between 1965-68, abortion was referenced at least 85 times in popular magazines and scholarly journals, but no Baptist state paper mentioned abortion and no Baptist body took action related to the subject, according to a 1991 Ph.D. dissertation by Paul Sadler at Baylor University. In 1970, a poll conducted by the Baptist Sunday School Board found that 70 percent of Southern Baptist pastors supported abortion to protect the mental or physical health of the mother, 64 percent supported abortion in cases of fetal deformity and 71 percent in cases of rape. Three years later, a poll conducted by the Baptist Standard newsjournal found that 90 percent of Texas Baptists believed their state's abortion laws were too restrictive.

When the Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand in 1973 with its Roe v. Wade decision, the prominent pastor W.A. Criswell of the First Baptist church in Dallas, TX, advocated a pro-abortion view and publicly supported the high court's decision. A Baptist Press analysis article written by then-Washington bureau chief Barry Garrett declared that the court had "advanced the cause of religious liberty, human equality and justice." Norma McCorvey, the unnamed plaintiff in Roe v. Wade who later became a pro-life activist, made her first public statement after the ruling to BP, revealing her true identity. One of McCorvey's attorneys, Linda Coffee, was a Southern Baptist. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Paul Simmons argued that "God is pro-choice," and some prominent Baptist leaders were among early supporters of the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights. While Southern Baptists have today largely reversed their stance on abortion, their early support did irreparable and immense damage.

Worst of all though are the many politicians and judges who not only provide cover but proudly boast of their support, enablement and funding for this holocaust that far-and-away exceeds what the Nazis did in WW2. A fearsome judgment awaits them.

One of Satan's most powerful strategies is the decades-long deception that not only empowers but celebrates the fratricide of abortion.

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