JREnsey September 2014 Blog

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The Word for today

“Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name” (Proverbs 3:21-23).

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Words to remember

quotation-marks“The church did the most for the world when the church was the least like the world. Today, many churches have the idea they must imitate the world in order to reach the world. And they are wrong!” – G. Campbell Morgan, quoted by Warren Wiersbe in Be Available.

“The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.” – Barack Hussein Obama, who promised the most transparent administration ever, in an address to the nation, 2010.

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I AM WHAT I AM (I Corinthians 15:10)

Headline shocker: Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘Mental Disorder;’ Sex Change ‘Biologically Impossible’

(CNSNews.com) —  Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for John Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder. He explained that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’”—the notion Time-Magazine-Transgender-Tipping-Point-Laverne-Coxthat their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically.

Dr. McHugh also pointed out that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people. Dr. McHugh further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.”

While the Obama administration, Hollywood, and major media such as Time magazine promote transgenderism as normal, said Dr. McHugh, these “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.” Time magazine had titled a recent cover story, The Transgender Tipping Point: America’s Next Civil Rights Frontier. (Photo: AP)

Dr. McHugh continued, “This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.”

“‘Sex change’ is biologically impossible,” said McHugh. “People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”

Please read the entire article CLICK HERE.

Your children may be exposed to transgenderism already in their school by “diversity counselors.”

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Mar’s Hill pastor gets the boot

Mark Driscoll, the flamboyant pastor of Seattle’s Mar’s Hill church, has been asked to step down as charges of abuse, misusing of church funds, and creating a culture of fear were hurled in his direction. Mark-Driscoll-beard-FacebookHe was known for his shocking, some say “foul,” language in the pulpit.

Mar’s Hill church had 15 campuses in five western states, and had become a beacon for many young pastors who wanted to emulate his phenomenal growth. This should be just one more signal to any Apostolics to stop looking to hotshot preachers like him, Rob Bell, and other Emergent types as patterns to follow. It is like encouraging our kids to make role models of NBA stars. The Mark Driscolls of Christianity are not role models to emulate but examples of how pride, lust and greed can get involved in our “vision” if we are not careful. Non-learners from history invariably repeat it.

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Regrets keep piling up

Irresponsible voting leads to regret.

Voters are now telling pollsters that if they had another chance to vote today, they’d pick Mitt Romney, not Barack imagesObama. Media outlets no less than the Washington Post are reporting that Democratic pols, keenly tuned to the zeitgeist, are showing little interest in being seen with their president, while Republicans are eager to be seen with the 2012 also-ran Mitt Romney. There is a very important vote coming in November. Will many Christians skip voting as they did then?

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Foot in mouth disease spreads

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz zinged her boss without even trying. Foot-in-mouth-Ruthi-PostowWhy? She says Obama is “doing his job less often and at a rate that is lower than any president since Grover Cleveland.” We knew that, of course! With friends like these…

Hot Air’s Noah Rothman observes, “[W]hat she is likely saying here is that Obama has issued fewer executive orders than did most of his predecessors. If that is an accurate interpretation, it is worth noting that Wasserman Schultz disturbingly equated the president issuing executive edicts with ‘doing his job.’” The president’s job isn’t “taking executive actions to help people,” as Obama sometimes suggests. If fewer in number, the orders he has issued are far more impacting than those of previous presidents.

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Lectionary

This is a booklet or pamphlet, similar to a church bulletin, containing scriptural passages to be read in liturgical worship and private devotions. They are used extensively in Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and some other churches, although seen less and less in public worship. The word is taken from the Latin legere, “to read.”

The practice may have been adopted from the Jewish synagogues (Luke 4:16; Acts 13:15). Often, there lectionarywas commentary provided along with the Scripture verses. During the Reformation period, many ministers discontinued the use of lectionaries.

Sometimes these lectionaries quoted biblical passages that included additional wording used in liturgical worship. Future scribes researching and copying manuscripts would assume that the wording belonged in the Holy Scriptures. This is probably how these words at the end of the doxology of the Lord’s Prayer got into three Greek manuscripts: “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory of God the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.”

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Only the Best for Hillary Clinton When She Speaks

Many people are already familiar with Hillary Clinton’s exorbitant speaking fees—she earns more than three times the annual income of an average American for one evening speaking into a microphone. But when Hillary takes the stage, she isn’t just asking for $300,000. Her transportation and housing demands equals the exorbitant sticker price. The Las Vegas Review-Journal snagged a copy of the Hilarycontract between Clinton and the University of Nevada when she spoke at an Oct. 13 fundraiser, which shows nothing less than a 16-passenger Gulfstream G450 would do for Hillary’s transportation. The university also agreed to book four rooms in a hotel, block the press from speaking to Hillary, and to hire a stenographer that would transcribe the interview for Clinton’s private use. These demands from the politician angling for a 2016 run, who must reach out to the poor and middle-class voters, once again hurt her image of an upper-middle class plebeian with the good of the commoners firmly in her mind. Even Justin Bieber, when he performs, only requests Swedish Fish candy, soda and a private bathroom. If she wins the presidency, some are saying that it will amount to a third term for Obama. If so, America might well deserve whatever results.

Stats source: CLICK HERE

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Two questions

What if you were told that since 1990 terrorists had killed over 3,000 Americans, but abortionists have killed 4,000 Americans since yesterday? Does it matter to you?

Q: How is the U.S. Constitution like the Bible?

A: A lot of idiots who have obviously never read it insist on telling you what it really says.

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Kristallnacht in Iraq?

Kristallnacht, literally, “Night of Crystal,” is often referred to as the “Night of Broken Glass.” The name refers to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms that took place on November 9 and 10, 1938, throughout Germany. Kristallnacht owes its name to the shards of shattered glass that lined German 73909-700xstreets in the wake of the pogrom—broken glass from the windows of synagogues, homes, and Jewish-owned businesses plundered and destroyed during the violence. Then Jews were systematically rounded up and shipped to labor camps, where millions died.

Last month the ISIS Muslim hoards invaded the churches of Iraq, some of which had stood for almost a millennium and a half, destroying everything, and burning what they could. Then they issued an ultimatum to all Christians: Leave if you can; if you stay you must convert to Islam or die. Christianity in Iraq and Syria has an uncertain future. Strict Muslim states can abide neither the Christian God, the Christian Bible, nor Christians themselves. The night before I wrote this, an ISIS commando beheaded an American journalist and threatened to kill another unless Western leaders ceased all military opposition to their plans to create a Muslim caliphate.

Can Americans not see that if they gained control here, that is exactly what would happen in our own country? It is time to pray and speak up lest the privilege to do so is lost.

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A word fitly spoken

“Nations don’t decay and collapse simply because of the people who peddle pornography or narcotics, Applesbut because of Christians who are no longer salt and light. God expects sinners to act like sinners, though He disapproves of what they do; but He doesn’t expect saints to act like sinners. Compromising Christians not only hurt themselves and their families and churches, but also contribute to the decay of the whole nation.” – Warren Wiersbe, Be Available.

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The Pope and the Pentecostals

Pope Francis salutes as he leaves after meeting on Monday Evangelical Christian pastor Giovanni Pope Francis visits Pentecostals, reunites with longtime friendTraettino, left, during a private visit in the Evangelical church of Reconciliation in Caserta, Southern Italy, Monday, July 28, 2014. Pope Francis met Traettino when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, during a meeting of the Renewed Communion of Evangelicals and Catholics in the Spirit. (AP Photo/Francesco Pecoraro)

The pope apologized for persecution in the past and asked for forgiveness for those who were guilty, saying they did not understand and were tempted by the devil.” The Catholic Church had always referred to us as a “sect” or “cult.” Now the pope is calling us “brothers and sisters,” and speaks of diversity in the church. (Their church, that is.)

How nicey, nicey. While we appreciate not being drawn and quartered, we know what the first Jesuit pope is up to in meeting with Protestants all around the world. “Daughters, come home to Mama!” Those who embrace the doctrine of the Trinity are claimed by the Roman Catholic Church. The identity of God and His name will be where the lines are drawn.

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Another leap toward socialism/communism

A net posting of an article by Worldviewweekend.com suggests that there is movement to the left by the new pope.

An advocate of Marxist-oriented “liberation theology” and recipient of a Lenin Peace Prize has returned to his duties as a priest in the Roman Catholic Church, after a 29-year suspension.

Miguel D’Escoto, who served as President of the U.N. General Assembly from September 2008 until September 2009, had been suspended from his priestly functions by the anti-communist Pope John Paul II in 1985.

D’Escoto had joined the communist Sandinista regime in Nicaragua as foreign minister, after which theMiguel-D´Escoto Soviets recognized his service by giving him the International Lenin Peace Prize.

His reinstatement is another sign of the leftward drift of the papacy of Pope Francis, a worldwide media favorite, who recently said, “I can only say that the communists have stolen our flag,” because the Marxists claim to be concerned about the poor.

In a “Dear Brother President Barack Obama” letter, dated August 25, 2013, D’Escoto declared that U.S. foreign policy was being guided by Satan and constituted “terrorist, murderous and genocidal U.S. imperialism.” He urged Obama to have “the courage to acknowledge also that capitalism is, in fact, the most un-Christian doctrine and practice ever devised by man to keep us separate and unequal in a kind of global apartheid.”

An August 1 statement on his complete reintegration into the Roman Catholic Church said, “The Holy Father has given His benevolent assent that Father Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann be absolved from the canonical censure inflicted upon him, and entrusts him to the Superior General of the Institute [Maryknoll] for the purpose of accompanying him in the process of reintegration into the Ministerial Priesthood.”

Source: Worldviewweekend.com

How timely. We are slowly being surrounded by the enemies of the cross. Is anyone noticing? Soulwinning efforts must be put forth now or it will soon be too late.

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The Roman road to salvation

There are probably millions of little tracts published containing the “Roman Road” theory of salvation. Several denominations subscribe to the idea that four verses in Romans precisely present the way of salvation.

They begin with Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” One first recognizes his sinfulness.

roman-road-copyThe second brick on the Roman road is Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The lost person should understand the consequences of sin.

The third brick is Romans 5:8: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus Christ paid the debt for our sins and the resurrection proves that God accepted Jesus’ death as that payment. Notice the use of “we.” Paul included himself with the readers of his epistle.

The final brick on the Roman road is Romans 10:9: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” All one has to do is believe in Him, they say, trusting His death as payment for sins.

Pretty simple, huh? Scholars estimate that Romans was probably written by Paul between A.D. 55 and 60. For nearly 30 years the church did not have the Book of Romans. These steps as laid out in this epistle could not have been involved in evangelistic ministry. The church in the Apostolic Age did not use the Roman road to teach salvation. How were folks saved before Paul wrote Romans? Romans was written to believers who were already saved, not as an evangelistic plan to follow for salvation.

I prefer the Jerusalem Journey described in the Book of Acts: “And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence… And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 1:4,5; 2:1-4).

Or perhaps we might call it the Pentecostal Path: “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their Pentecosal pathheart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship” (Acts 2:37-42).

These steps introduced in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost a few days after Christ’s ascension were followed by the apostles’ preaching the same salvation message in Samaria (Acts 8:12-17), and in the household of Cornelius (Acts 10:43-48), and at Ephesus (Acts 19:1-6).

Why should the Jerusalem church wait thirty years for “the Roman road” to appear in a written document? Believe, exercise faith and obedience now. Repent of all sins, be baptized in the name of Jesus and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit now. That was the first message the Apostolic Age church heard. Then you will be ready to put your feet on the Roman road.

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Understanding trumps religious tradition

For years I have appealed for understanding about the Bible and its English translations. Those who say there is only one translation that should be considered “the Bible” since it has been the one most used by English-speaking people over the last 400 years, should re-think a position that is based on tradition and misinformation. We are allowing this issue to divide us and that should not happen. One can appreciate a zeal for the Word of God, but connecting knowledge with that zeal must be the goal.

Bible 3It is claimed that there are more words in the KJV than other translations, therefore those translations must be leaving out words. Such a claim is ludicrous. There are sections of the Bible where other translations have more words than the KJV. Does that mean that the KJV left out words in that passage or section?

It is absolutely true that some words and phrases, even a few verses that are in the KJV, do not appear in contemporary versions. Every wonder why? (For a more comprehensive answer, CLICK HERE.)

For example, portions of Acts 9:5,6 in the KJV—“it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?”—are not in most contemporary versions. That’s not because some unbelieving modernist decided to remove them because they didn’t fit his theory. It’s because they do not appear in any Greek manuscript of the Bible before the Catholic monk, Desiderius Erasmus, decided to insert them in 1516 when he created what would become known as the Textus Receptus. It is from that textual family that the KJV was translated. Erasmus added the words in Acts in his Greek text because they had been inserted—obviously by conflation with Acts 26:14,15—into the Roman Catholic Latin Vulgate. Other words, phrases and verses have also been inserted because of their presence in the Vulgate, and others were added for one reason or another by various scribes and copyists. Technology has allowed everyone to view many of the ancient manuscripts online, so it is not difficult to see how differences in the documents occurred. There are thousands of Greek manuscripts but no two of them are exactly alike.

Why are we afraid to say that? Truth never destroys faith, but half-truths, innuendoes, and unsubstantiated claims can and will ultimately be detrimental to one’s faith. The textual differences are so slight and inconsequential overall that there is no justification for the division they elicit.

All this rhetoric about one 400-year old, “perfect” English translation, warning that all others should be totally bible-stackavoided, is unscholarly and detrimental to our understanding of the Scriptures. Some even claim that unless a KJV is used in soulwinning, no one will be saved. Tradition is a good thing until it fails the test of truth.

Before the one-version advocates send me to the wall, please note three things:

1) I am not an inveterate KJV basher. If someone sees that translation as the ultimate and prefers to use it exclusively, fine. I have no problem with that. If it is all we ever had or would ever have, we can find the salvation message in it. Just don’t misrepresent it as a “perfect” translation in every word and line. It is a medieval rendering based on a specific group of Greek texts, using mostly the words of prior English translations, and done by uninspired Anglican clergymen. It is not “the Bible” itself and alone, to which only the autographs can lay claim. The autographs were “God-breathed” (II Timothy 3:16), but translations depend on the scholarship of grammarians and linguists. We should neither repeat the falsehoods that extremists have put forth about its absolute perfection, nor denigrate other translations on an unscholarly and presuppositional basis. One should use what he prefers, but to condemn someone to Hell or consider them compromisers for preferring another version is over the top.

2) I do not endorse any particular translation as absolutely accurate in all ways at every place. Translations are only inspired and authoritative as long as they faithfully project the reading and meaning of the autographs. Since the autographs are not extant, textual criticism must be employed to determine as near as possible what they said. If someone requires absolute perfection in their English Bible, removed nearly a millennium and a half from the composition of the New Testament, then they will have to go back to the actual autographs—when they are found—and render them word-for-word. There are no autographs and there are presently no true word-for-word translations of the manuscripts we possess. Some original words, particularly in the Hebrew, are untranslatable and have to be left up to scholarship, grammarians, and experts in papyrology and paleography. When several manuscripts have a different word at one place, someone has to decide which is more likely to be correct. Erasmus and the KJV translators also struggled with early forms of textual criticism.

3) As far as most scholars and theologians can ascertain, every doctrine taught in the Apostolic Age church is intact in all major contemporary translations, only clearer—and in many places more forcefully presented. Most of the manuscript variants are inconsequential, such as spelling differences, or the rendering of “Jesus Christ” instead of “the Christ” or “Jesus, the Messiah” (Matthew 1:18). Others might say “the Lord” in place of “God” or vice versa.

Before we publish more articles that have the potential of misleading sincere Bible readers, let’s sit down at a table together and take a closer look at these issues in a calm and objective atmosphere. I appeal to leaders in all Apostolic groups to give this proposal due consideration.

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When we see the way, it is easier to walk in it

Here’s what David said about the importance of understanding the Word and walking in its clear path:

“Make me to understand the way of thy precepts… I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies” (Psalm 119:27,125 KJV).

Bible 2“Teach me proper discernment and understanding! For I consider your commands to be reliable” (Psalm 119:66 NET).

“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law” (Psalm 119:18 NIV84).

“Teach me, O Lord, the lifestyle prescribed by your statutes,
so that I might observe it continually” (Psalm 119:33 NET).

“How can a young person maintain a pure life? By guarding it according to your instructions!” (Psalm 119:9 NET).

“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11 ESV).

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Cry a little, laugh a lot

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Mother-in-law reunionParking lot at a recent mother-in-law gathering. (You weren’t there were you, Irene?)

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Parting shotscannon_shot

Dubious sermon notes:

Fruit of the womb: babies

Fruit of the tomb: resurrection saints

Fruit of the loom: diapers for the babies, robes  for the resurrection saints, and underwear for current disciples (not to be seen above the beltline of teens in the ’hood).

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I can’t remember…was the jingle “O, what a relief it is” part of an ad for Alka Seltzer, or the theme song of mothers across the land as school reconvenes?

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Thanks for visiting. Lets meet together in the Rapture….

JREnsey

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  1. Bro. Ensey, I enjoyed the Romans road article. 3 weeks ago I preached a sermon “We Are Saved By” and started with the supposed Romans Road. I covered their arugments as well as tying in true Bible Salvation. When I preached it I did it in a Bible Study format so someone could take the CD or DVD and play it and here the whole Gospel from faith, confession, repentance, baptism and the Holy Ghost in filling. Thank God for truth. Keep up the great work.

  2. Great articles Bro. Ensey.
    Bro. Dale Sims, Illinois

  3. Awesome as always, read every word. Loved the article on the Bible. I agree, Let’s meet in the Rapture!


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