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



Saturday, September 30, 2017

Star Trek Follows The Culture Downhill


When Star Trek: Discovery‘s third episode debuts this Sunday, the hour will make history for the 51-year-old franchise: Revealing Trek‘s first openly gay TV series character — Lt. Stamets, played by Anthony Rapp (Rent). 

..... While there’s no indication of Stamets’ sexuality in Sunday’s episode, titled “Context Is King,” his relationship with another member of Starfleet becomes a story point in the show beginning next week. “I’m really excited and happy when a gay character is a part of a story — especially when a gay character is created in a complex and human and non-stereotypical, interesting way, and that has certainly been the case with Stamets,” Rapp told EW. “And you get to see his relationship. There was a little glimpse [of a relationship with] Sulu in Beyond, and it was a nice nod. But in this case, we actually get to see me with my partner in conversation, in our living quarters, you get to see our relationship over time, treated as any other relationship would be treated.”

Read about it here.

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There is no question that the new gay character will be portrayed as an ideal role model - someone that young people can aspire to emulate. Ever notice how virtually every gay person in prime time TV is presented as happy, witty, intelligent, healthy, moral, tolerant, charming and physically attractive? Nothing at all like homosexuals in real life which usually tend to be the very opposite? Homosexuals have a much higher risk of mental health problems (see here) and homosexual youth in fact have a much higher suicide rate than heterosexuals (see here.) Homosexuals tend to die much younger and exhibit “major depression, suicidal ideation and attempts, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, conduct disorder, low self-esteem in males and sexual promiscuity with an inability to maintain committed relationships” (see here.) Indeed, in the most gay-friendly nation on the planet, Dutch researchers Sanjay Aggarwala and Rene Gerrets reported in a recent issue of “Culture, Health & Sexuality” that adult gay men in the Netherlands were three times more likely than heterosexual men to report a mood disorder or anxiety disorder, and ten times more likely to report suicidal thoughts (see here). So much for the "gay" lifestyle (young people may not know the original meaning of the word). Nothing at all like you see portrayed by Hollywood. The worst sin always masquerades as an angel of light.

Darkness and light are metaphors for evil and good. Scripture uses light as a spiritual metaphor for truth and God’s unchanging nature (James 1:17). It is repeatedly used in the Bible to help us understand that God is wholly good and truthful (1 John 1:5). When we are “in the light,” we are with Him (1 Peter 2:9). He exhorts us to join Him in the light (1 John 1:7), for giving us light was His purpose (John 12:46). Light is the place where love dwells and is comfortable (1 John 2:9-10). God created light (Genesis 1:3), dwells in the light (1 Timothy 6:16) and puts the light in human hearts so that we can see and know Him and understand truth (2 Corinthians 4:6).

When 2 Corinthians 11:14 warns us that “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light,” it means that Satan capitalizes on our love of the light in order to deceive. He wants us to naively think that he is good, truthful, loving, and powerful – the very things that God is. Most people are not drawn naturally to darkness, but to light. Therefore, Satan appears as a creature of light to entice us to believe and embrace his lies.

The words of God have power. Just as God’s voice spoke physical light into existence, it can speak spiritual light into our hearts. Exposure to His voice – in His Word – will help us recognize the difference between the true good light of God and that which is counterfeit.

Romans 1:15-28 clearly warns us that the end state of willful rebellion against the knowledge of God is homosexuality. When a culture willfully and repeatedly rejects the true Creator, there finally comes a point when God lets sin have full reign - and homosexuality is the final fruit of that rebellion. Rejecting the Creator subsequently and inevitably means dishonoring, abusing and misusing the very pinnacle of His creation that is made in His image. Satan cannot attack God so he attacks the part of creation made in the image of God. Male and female together constitute the image of God (Gen 1:27). Thus the ultimate misuse of that part of His creation is homosexuality which is the opposite of God's perfect intent for male and female (Gen 2:24).

Satan presents sin to us as something pleasing and beautiful to be desired, and he presents false teaching as enlightening and life-changing. Isaiah 8:20-22 describes the darkness that results from ignoring the Word. Darkness is a result of attempting to find truth apart from Truth Himself. The inevitable result is the invention/creation of false truth. Satan’s masquerade as an angel of light is effective because it turns white to black and black to white and gets us believing that God is the liar, that God is the source of darkness. Then, in our distress, we focus our hatred towards the only One who can save us.

Anyone who spends a significant amount of time partaking of Hollywood's seductive offerings, will find it increasingly difficult to maintain the Biblical worldview. Wise Christians should be very selective in their sampling of Hollywood's increasingly decadent fruit.

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