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, June 13, 2017

The fruit of 17 years of hardcore socialism, egged on by left-wing elites around the world

Ben Kew travelled to Caracas to see for himself the fruit of socialism - i.e., a once-wealthy nation now on the brink of collapse. His report is here.

As you travel down from Simon Bolívar International Airport into the city center, the difference between Caracas and Bogotá – formerly one of the world’s major drug war battlegrounds – is stark.

Armed police stand on almost every street corner. Every physical space is dedicated to promoting the success of the late Hugo Chávez’s socialist revolution and Nicolás Maduro’s authoritarian regime. The opposition undermines official government propaganda with its own graffiti, effectively accusing the regime of destroying the country with the highest oil reserves in the world.

..... Everything about Venezuela suggests this is a nation on the brink of collapse. Whether it is the ongoing violence, the extreme poverty, or the enormous piles of garbage in the street, nothing is working as it should be. In January, inflation reached over 800 percent, while some analysts predicting it could reach 1500 percent by the end of the year. Even at one of the city’s most exclusive hotels, breakfast offerings remain scarce and electricity and internet connection regularly cut out.

.... As one student put it to me: “Chávez succeeded in creating an equal society by making everyone poor.”


Christians that foolishly believe socialism is the way to idyllic paradise are misguided and in for a rude awakening upon entry into Paradise. Heaven certainly isn't a socialist form of rule; it's a kingdom with a King who is all-wise, all-powerful, all-knowing and all-just, and where rewards and punishment are relative to deeds committed (salvation is an unearned gift, not a reward.) Scripture is clear that believers receive differing rewards (Luke 19:12ff; Matt 16:27; 1 Cor 3:13-15; etc.) and unbelievers receive differing punishment (Matt 11:20-24;cf 10:15; Luke 12:47-48; John 19:11; Heb 10:26-31; etc.)

In this fallen world inhabited by fallen men, socialism (which concentrates power in the hands of very few elite) is a sure-fire guarantee recipe for disaster.

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