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, May 12, 2017

Barna - Only 17% Of Christians Hold A Biblical Worldview

In a blistering indictment of the church's discipling responsibility, a new study by Barna here reveals that only 17% of people who self-identify as Christian hold a Biblical worldview. The increasing deemphasis on doctrinal truth and a corresponding switch to more "seeker-friendly" messages that "don't offend" over the past 30 years in America's pulpits, has born deadly fruit. American Christians are lost in the wilderness. There's little question that the disappearance of a Biblical worldview in the church exacerbated the breathtaking descent of the culture into moral depravity. Nearly 38% of practicing Christians are sympathetic to Muslim theology; 36% embrace Marxist thought and an astonishing 29% believe ideas based on secularism.

The church's foundation rests on both grace and truth. We must maintain the tension between grace and truth. Lose grace and we slip into the bondage of legalism. Lose truth and we slip into liberalism where we invent our own truth and anything goes. At either extreme, we lose the gospel.

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17)

Over the past 30 years, the church lost the pillar of truth in an unbalanced tilt towards grace.

There is a minimum stopping distance once the brakes are applied to a moving vehicle. If the brakes are applied too late, a catastrophic collision is inevitable no matter how hard the brakes are applied. It may now be too late to put the brakes on a culture accelerating into depravity ... in which case disastrous consequences are ahead for us. When much of the church jettisoned truth, it lost its' light and became the blind gracefully leading the blind into deeper darkness.

But while a ruinous cultural collision may indeed be inevitable, there is individual hope for those on board who are still in darkness.

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