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
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The 2017 Aug 21st total solar eclipse’s timing is meaningful according to the Jewish calendar. Incredibly, it comes precisely at the beginning of the month of Elul on the Jewish calendar – a time of repentance for the nation. Just a few hours after the path of darkness of the Aug 21st eclipse departs the coast of South Carolina and the sun sets, the Hebrew month of Elul begins, ushering in a 40-day period of repentance corresponding to the period Moses spent on Mount Sinai repenting for the Jewish People. From the first of Elul to Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, is 40 days.
Written by Rabbi Moshe ben Yisrael Benyamin in Safed in 1894, the Yalkut Moshe notes that when a solar eclipse occurs at the beginning of the month of Elul, “it is an especially bad sign,” Rabbi Berger told Breaking Israel News (see here.)
According to Jewish tradition, the month of Elul is the time that Moses spent on Mount Sinai preparing the second set of tablets after the golden calf incident (Ex. 32; 34:27-28). He ascended on Rosh Chodesh Elul and descended on the 10th of Tishri, at the end of Yom Kippur, when repentance was complete. Elul marked the beginning of a period of 40 days that Moses prayed for God to forgive the people for worshipping the golden calf.
The number "40" is prominent in the Bible. In the Old Testament, when God destroyed the earth with water, He caused it to rain 40 days and 40 nights (Gen. 7:12). After Moses killed the Egyptian, he fled to Midian, where he spent 40 years in the desert tending flocks (Acts 7:30). Moses was on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights (Ex. 24:18). Moses interceded on Israel's behalf for 40 days and 40 nights (Deut. 9:18, 25). The Law specified a maximum number of lashes a man could receive for a crime, setting the limit at 40 (Deut. 25:3). The Israelite spies took 40 days to spy out Canaan (Num. 13:25). The Israelites wandered for 40 years (Deut. 8:2-5). Before Samson's deliverance, Israel served the Philistines for 40 years (Judg. 13:1). Goliath taunted Saul's army for 40 days before David arrived to slay him (1 Sam. 17:16). When Elijah fled from Jezebel, he traveled 40 days and 40 nights to Mt. Horeb (1 Kings 19:8). The Lord Jesus was tempted for 40 days in the wilderness and there were 40 days between His resurrection and His ascension. In addition, I already noted the prophet Jonah gave the people of Nineveh 40 days to repent before judgment would fall.
On August 21st, 1914 (again, at the start of the Jewish month of Elul) a total solar eclipse crossed over Eastern Europe shortly after the outbreak of World War I. The eclipse traversed the Ottoman Empire, signaling its' imminent end.
Of course, most will laugh off any suggestion the Aug 21, 2017 eclipse is anything but a spectacular astronomical event for our entertainment. But those who are wise will see something else. Given the rapidly deteriorating moral climate in America, the eclipse is a call for repentance on the part of the United States. The Aug 21st eclipse will cross the entirety of the country from northwest to southeast. The fact there will be yet another total solar eclipse across the contintental United States in 7 years (2024), this time from southwest to northeast, painting a giant bullseye on the nation should give one pause to reflect.
The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes (Joel 2:31, ESV)
Planned Parenthood is a wildly successful Trojan Horse implanted and supported by the ultimate White Supremacists
It is a rich if tragic irony that the same progressives denouncing Richard Spencer and demanding that municipal statues be torn down for their alleged white supremacist qualities are themselves closely aligned with a white supremacist-tied group. I am speaking, of course, of Planned Parenthood, which is to the abortion-loving Left what Adolf Hitler’s bunker would have become to fascists had Germany not demolished it in the late 1980s: a sort of holy shrine upon which adulation and adoration can be fixated.
The racist, eugenicist roots of Planned Parenthood are well-documented, as is the paranoid racial and eugenic visions of its founder, Margaret Sanger, who spoke of her desire to create “a new race with a racial soul” in the United States, once cheerfully spoke before a women’s Klan meeting, desired to “keep the doors of Immigration closed” to those “whose condition is known to be detrimental to the stamina of the race,” and yearned to accentuate “the better racial elements in our society” so as to erase from the population “defective stocks—those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.”
...... It is also in killing black people that Planned Parenthood really shines. Around 941 black babies are aborted in this country every day. Planned Parenthood, netting more than a third of the abortion market in the country, is responsible for 329 of those daily deaths. That averages out to a little more than 120,000 black abortions at Planned Parenthood per year, or around a third of the total abortions the organization performs—this from a demographic that makes up about 13 percent of the United States population. According to the Guttmacher Institute, black women get abortions at five times the rate of white women.
If you were a white supremacist who wanted to sharply reduce the black population to make way for more whites, what would you be doing differently than Planned Parenthood?
..... ... Spencer, the lily-white organizer of the infamous tiki-torch protest in Charlottesville last week, is a proponent of legalized abortion, precisely because it does very well the thing Spencer is most enthusiastic about, i.e. reducing the number of black people in the United States.
Indeed. Planned Parenthood is a wildly successful Trojan Horse implanted and supported by the ultimate White Supremacists.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
......a powerful demonstration of the truly remarkable relationship between man and animal, that was instituted by God.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Regarding the firing this week of software engineer James Damore by Google for his thougthful treatise on gender differences, theologian R.R. Reno hits it out of the park here with his essay entitled "Googling Moral Purity".
...... the cultural logic is the same. Our ruling class relies on “diversity” and “inclusion” to legitimate its supereminence. This makes the attendant ideology sacrosanct. Any public dissent becomes explosive, because it threatens the legitimacy of our current social system, which is characterized by an increasing concentration of wealth and power among just a few at the tippy-top.
.... CEO Pichai, the Google founders and board members, and the rest of top management are very rich people. Meritocratic ideology helps them justify their wealth, but only up to a point. Merit alone can’t explain why a smart, hard-working person deserves a net worth measured in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
This is where do-goodism kicks in.
.... The tech industry has been blessed by an adulatory press and worshipful politicians. Wall Street and other more established centers of wealth and power, not so much. They have had to adopt a more painstaking approach to securing ideological justification for, and political protection of, their supereminence: the diversity-and-inclusion project. It is this approach that now plays an important role in justifying the extraordinary concentration of endowment assets and cultural prestige in just a few schools at the top of our university system.
.... Today’s elite Americans are no longer interested in suffering and sacrifice of that sort. I doubt that any children of the one hundred richest Americans served in Iraq or Afghanistan. I’m willing to wager that not a single child of the richest 10,000 Americans did so. For more than a generation, the Ivy League was cleansed of the unpleasant presence of ROTC. Today, the people at the top serve us by benevolently administering the diversity-and-inclusion project. Google’s leadership is willing to set profits aside in order to “do the right thing.” That’s their sacrifice.
Even secular psychoanalysis recognizes that courage to face the truth is "the guiding principle, the North Star of psychoanalysis" (see here.)
It takes courage to face the truth because the truth comes will all sorts of anxieties, disappointments, and responsibilities which we would rather avoid. The truth can be painful. It can be challenging. It means we must pull our heads out of the sand and do something to help ourselves—wake up, get up, stand up, pony up, man up, grow up.
But the culture at large can't face the truth. In so doing, it foolishly follows Alice down into Wonderland.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
However, it's quite obvious that the only seatbelt set that functionally "works" is the third set with male and female ends. The other two sets are useless; you can only "click" with the third set.
As this blog notes,
If KLM equipped its aircraft with set number one or number two, its entire fleet would be grounded for safety reasons. And if even one passenger’s seat was outfitted with double male or double female ends, the plane would not even be allowed to pull away from the gate because of the safety hazard presented to that one passenger.
Only the set of “complementary” seat belts protects passengers from harm. The others have no real value. In fact, they invite danger.
One of the best responses to the airline’s tweet came from Rick Canton: “Fly Royal Dutch Airlines, where your only chance of surviving a crash is buckling up the heterosexual way.”
..... In this way, the KLM ad offers a perfect explanation of why same-sex “marriage” is an impossible notion.
Truth is still evident even when we try to hide it.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
So here we have a car pushing $100,000 paid for in no small part by you and me, no matter whether Tesla paid back their federal loan or not. The small comfort is that we are off the hook for any default on that loan, but it would be more comfort if we weren’t all compelled—completely against most of our wills—to shell out around somewhere around $10K (depending on state) for every one that goes out the door. The more they sell, the more we pay.
The only way to stop this craziness is for the company to stop making cars. If demand drops much, or California goes into a major fiscal crisis (they’re working on it), oddly enough, Tesla’s bankruptcy will save the rest of us some money.
The hoopla surrounding Tesla (and other electric) cars is a classic example of the deception that occurs when people invent their own reality.
When we encounter previously unknown truth, we face one of three options:
- We can ignore the truth and live in denial, suffering the consequences sooner or later. This option is a ticking timebomb since all truth is absolute and affects everyone.
- We foolishly try to modify the truth to fit our pre-conceived worldview and subsequently live in a fantasy. Sooner or later however, truth in the form of reality will invade our fantasy world with catastrophic consequences.
- We acknowledge the truth and modify our worldview to incorporate it. This is not always easy because our fallen desires play an important role. Quoting Col Jessup in the scene above from the movie "A Few Good Men", many people can't handle the truth and thus foolishly resort to either option 1 or 2.
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32, ESV)
“I see no substantive difference,” Coyne continued.
This is the logical conclusion of his naturalist worldview that ascribes the origin of life to random, menaingless chance. Citing a recent pro-baby-euthanasia column in The New York Times by Gary Comstock, a philosophy professor at North Carolina State University, Coyne argues in favor of administering “a lethal injection of…a barbiturate” to gravely ill babies who are suffering as they die.
Comparing newborns to dogs and cats, Coyne claims that “some day the practice [of killing disabled newborns] will be widespread, and it will be for the better.” Coyne cites favorably the position of Princeton philosopher Peter Singer, who has also argued in favor of killing disabled newborns. “
This is apparently already allowed in the Netherlands,” Coyne points out. In the Netherlands, the “Groningen Protocol,” a medical text circulated among physicians in that country, is used in order to determine when it is acceptable to end the life of a newborn. The Dutch government has approved of this protocol.
“When religion vanishes, as it will,” Coyne argues, “so will much of the opposition to both adult and newborn euthanasia.” [emphasis is mine] Coyne would have been at home in Nazi Germany. But what's really terrifying is that a growing number of people are embracing his worldview.
In 2015, Scott Buss asked here, "But what was it about our culture before its embrace of “legal” child sacrifice that paved the way for the open, ongoing systematic murder and dismemberment of tens of millions of baby boys and girls in America?"
He answered by quoting Prov 8:36 - "all who hate me love death.”
Whomever rejects the one true God of life, loves death itself. As our culture firmly rejects the Author of life, it is snowballing into a culture of death.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
In response to the news that congressional Democrats are willing to fund pro-life Democratic candidates, feminist author Lindy West has written what may be the consummate latter-day pro-choice movement essay. Horrified at the thought that liberals might be even mildly flexible on the abortion question, West declares: “This issue represents everything Democrats purport to stand for…[T]o be anti-choice on a policy level is absolutely indefensible from an economic justice, racial justice, gender justice and human rights standpoint.”
“Abortion is not a fringe issue,” West writes. “Abortion is liberty.”
It’s not. It’s actually murder......
Monday, August 7, 2017
Sunday, August 6, 2017
The Oscar-winning hypocrite of them all is former Vice-President Al Gore who flies in private jets (pumping far more emissions into the atmosphere than anyone who flies commercial) all over the world to climate changer conferences to proclaim the sky is falling. Now comes the revelation that his private residence in Nashville devours 34 times more electricity than the average U.S. household (see here.)
On Friday, Al Gore’s sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth” – “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” – arrives in movie theaters across the country. But there’s another inconvenient sequel worth noting and, like most sequels, this one is even worse than the original.
Gore’s hypocritical home energy use and “do as I say not as I do” lifestyle has plunged to embarrassing new depths.
In just this past year, Gore burned through enough energy to power the typical American household for more than 21 years, according to a new report by the National Center for Public Policy Research. The former vice president consumed 230,889 kilowatt hours (kWh) at his Nashville residence, which includes his home, pool and driveway entry gate electricity meters. A typical family uses an average of 10,812 kWh of electricity per year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
It gets worse.
Last September alone, Gore devoured 30,993 kWh of electricity. That’s enough to power 34 average American homes for a month. Over the last 12 months, Gore used more electricity just heating his outdoor swimming pool than six typical homes use in a year.
..... the home’s green facelift wasn’t enough to offset Gore’s colossal energy consumption.
Despite spending more than a quarter-million dollars on making his home more environmentally friendly, his energy consumption is higher than ever.
Those 33 solar panels generate about 12,000 kWh of electricity a year – way more than enough energy to power a typical American household. Gore is such an enormous energy hog, however, that his gigantic rooftop solar array produces just 5.7 percent of the electricity he uses in his home, or enough to power his home for a measly 21 days a year.
The article is spot-on with its' claim that Gore "has manipulated environmental concerns into a big business." It's all about money, not the environment. Jesus cautioned us that we would know deceivers by their fruit, not by their words (Matt 7:16).
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Friday, August 4, 2017
You do not achieve 3-star rank in the military without toeing the party line. McMaster gained his third star under President Obama who was notorious for purging the military of senior leaders (i.e., see here) with worldviews that did not align with the President's - a worldview that was hostile to Israel while accomodating of radical Islam, and with calamitous ideas on social experimentation and change. McMaster clearly echoed Obama's worldview or he would never have achieved 3 stars.
Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick wrote recently that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster is purging pro-Israel staff from the National Security Council (NSC), turning the administration against President Donald Trump’s policies. In a Facebook post, Glick noted that “all of these people” whom McMaster has fired this week — Rich Higgins, Derek Harvey, and Ezra Cohen-Watnick — “are pro-Israel and oppose the Iran nuclear deal, positions that Trump holds.” She noted that the firings were the latest evidence that NSA McMaster is “deeply hostile to Israel and to Trump”. See here.
There is little question that LTG McMaster dutifully and faithfully drank the kool-aid coming up through the ranks, publicly making such bizarre remarks as "the Islamic State is not Islamic". As Raymond Ibrahim warned in March 2017 here on the Middle East Forum, "it seems we are going right back to being "willfully ignorant" of reality." [Raymond Ibrahim is a Judith Friedman Rosen Fellow at the Middle East Forum.] Former NSC officials report here that ‘everything the president wants to do, McMaster opposes.’ Why? Because McMaster remains loyal to the previous President who gave him 3 stars and who clearly shaped his worldview.
A.Z. Mohamed (a Muslim born and raised in the Middle East) wrote an open letter here over at the Gatestone Institute to LTG McMaster warning that the NSA Security Advisor's worldview is not in accord with reality.
In other words, as al-Kalbani has confirmed -- and contrary to what McMaster has been telling his staff and his commander-in-chief, President Trump -- Muslim terrorists are Islamic, and the term "radical Islamic terrorism" is apt, accurate and extremely "helpful."
Having lost his apparent mentor, McMaster is feeling the pressure according to this report, having grown “increasingly volatile” and "frequently blows his top in high-level meetings." Unfortunately, the longer the political and military leadership anchor themselves in a self-concocted fantasy worldview, the more violent, catastrophic and destructive it will be when reality finally - and rudely - intrudes.
Therefore do not be foolish ... (Eph 5:17, ESV)
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Four days after James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on a group of Republican congressmen at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, Trinity Professor Johnny Eric Williams sided with anonymous blogger “Son of Baldwin,” who proposed that black emergency personnel should let wounded white people die rather than lend assistance. Baldwin posted his opinions under the hashtag, #LetThemF******Die.
Professor Williams linked Son of Baldwin’s statement, adopted the hashtag as his own, and posted some additional denunciations of white Americans for “their destructive mythology of whiteness and their white supremacy system.” Referring to all “self-identified ‘whites,’” he wrote, “The time is now to confront these inhuman assholes and end this now.”
.... Trinity’s dilemma is in large part a matter of a double standard, created to coddle black radicals on campus. The prevailing view among colleges and universities is that robust declarations of racial resentment by African-American professors or students should be considered within the bounds of academic freedom. This allowance is a one-way street. Similarly abusive language from a white or Asian professor would almost certainly be met with severe sanctions.
.... colleges and universities have appointed so many faculty members who present themselves as authentic voices of black rage. It is plainly difficult to call someone to account for doing exactly what he was hired to do. Rage-filled black professors are not going to lose their positions for expressing rage.
..... campus rage has much more to do with late 1960s decisions by colleges such as Bowdoin to structure black experience in college in a way that guaranteed perpetual maladjustment and resentment. Hire professors of resentment studies who favor black segregation, and you will get more resentment and more desire for segregation. Insist that many black students be admitted at a lower standard of performance than other students, and you will get students primed for the resentment narrative. When these students rebel, high on the list of their demands is the appointment of still more professors of resentment studies. There is now a plain career track for people like Johnny Eric Williams, who specialize in their own rage.
The rising rage in what are supposed to be higher institutions of learning, is symptomatic of a serious problem. Jesus spoke about the source of violence. One of the most revolutionary and shocking of Jesus’ teachings is that human violence originates in a deeper place. The sin of violence has already begun before blood is spilled or words wound. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said: “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.” (Matt. 5.21-22).
The tolerance of appalling statements and refusal of collegiate authorities to discipline such outrageous behavior does not bode well for the culture. Violence and murder originate with anger and rage in the heart. Its' deadly fruit is on the horizon.
An all-consuming lust for money and/or power destroys everything of real value in one's life- i.e., marriages, family, health and above all a living relationship with God. In fact, that kind of avarice is the symptom of a much deeper-rooted problem, a spiritual cancer that is eating us away from the inside out. There is only One who can set us free.
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (Matt 6:24-25, ESV)
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? (Mark 8:36)
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Story is here.
Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality says a billionaire's money will not alter the truth of the Bible.
"The problem is he's got it completely backwards, which is what the prophet Isaiah predicted in chapter 5 verse 20, right? Good is evil and evil is good," he says, paraphrasing the Old Testament verse. "So it is people who are trying to normalize the sin of homosexuality as an identity and even change the definition of marriage to accommodate what God called an abomination. That is wicked."
"Tim Gill is a bigot and he's an intolerant bigot at that," LaBarbera reacts. "He wants to squelch dissent; he wants to squelch the very Judeo/Christian values that help make our country great. But all Tim Gill's millions or billions or whatever he has cannot eradicate God's truth. The Bible stands true yesterday, today, and forever."
LaBarbera says Gill is only one of many wealthy people shaking their fists at God with their fists full of money – "and it will not alter the truth one bit," he adds.
This is nothing new. Nero painted the Roman Christians as enemies of the republic, unleashing horrendous persecution. Scripture predicts unpredecented persecution of believers at the end of the age, This is a foretaste of what's coming. But none of this will alter the truth one iota.