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



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Deathblow For Christian Witness


Madeleine L’Engle’s popular children’s book "A Wrinkle in Time" was recently made into a movie. The book contains many Christian themes and also includes several Bible verses and references to Jesus, but the film’s screenwriter decided to leave all of that out. According to The Christian Post, Jennifer Lee (who was also the screenwriter for Frozen) said she left out Christian themes because she wanted the film to be more “inclusive.” (see here.)

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The gospel is both inclusive and exclusive. The gospel - while certainly inclusive in the sense that the invitation is extended to everyone - is necessarily exclusive by nature. The desire to be more "inclusive" at the sake of exclusive truth is the death blow for a Christian's witness.
  • Jesus is the only way to the Father, thereby necessarily excluding all other pretenders (John 14:6).
  • In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus warns of a great separation at His return between those referred to as "goats" from those identified as "sheep". The goats are excluded from the Kingdom of God.
  • In the Final Judgment, a great number will be excluded from Paradise and condemned to terrible suffering for eternity. (Matthew 7:13-14).
Jennifer Lee is unfortunately following the trend of many Christians today who seek to be all-inclusive at the cost of truth. Removing the exclusive truth ultimately strips the gospel of power and robs it of the extraordinary and unique capacity to free us from sin.

As Brain Jennings wrote in his blog, "The Gospel is exclusive. Suggesting that submission to Jesus isn’t necessary belittles the cost of sin, the crucifixion of Christ and the hope of the resurrection. Those who make such claims swim in arrogance, presuming that their thoughts are higher than those of God. Those who teach the so-called Gospel of Inclusion seemingly forget that the original message of Jesus cost the disciples their lives. The Gospel offends people because it says that higher conscious and good intentions won’t save you; Jesus saves. Diminishing the necessity of Jesus is about as loving as not warning someone that they’re about to drive off a cliff. Love holds hands with truth, always."

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