Welcome to the OCTOBER 2015 JREnsey blog!
The Word for today
“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:12-15).
Ain’t love grand?
We have been bombarded with catchy clichés like “It’s OK to marry the person you love, whomever it may be.” Apparently, love trumps all, even God’s Word and common sense.
You instinctively knew where this philosophy would lead. There would be no end to the possibilities of who or what people would “fall in love” with. Now the news has broken that an 18-year old girl has decided she and her father have fallen in love and plan to marry. She is at the age of consent, she says, so plans for the wedding proceed. When “right and wrong” have been dispensed with, who can stand in their way and declare it wrong?
The link below is worthy of your reading. Timothy Hsiao has written an article called “The Limits of Consent.” Very interesting.
“At night we could hear them screaming…”
Before he was fatally shot in 2012, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father that at night he could hear Afghan officers sexually abusing young boys, but there was nothing he could do about it.
“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” Gregory Buckley Sr., the Marine’s father, told the New York Times his son told him. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”
According to the Times, rampant sexual abuse of children by Afghan officers—otherwise known as “bacha bazi” or “boy play”—isn’t new. While some U.S. soldiers and Marines have specifically been told not to intervene, they have chosen to do so anyway in the face of potential disciplinary action.
Sgt. First Class Charles Martland, a Green Beret, is set to be involuntarily discharged Nov. 1 because he attacked an Afghan Local Police commander in 2011 who allegedly raped a boy and then beat his mother for telling the U.S. military. The Special Ops sergeant said he body slammed the Afghan man multiple times, kicked him in the ribs, and put his foot on his neck, then tossed him out of the camp.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) defended Martland in an August letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter and said that Martland had a “moral decision” to intervene.
“[The Afgan man] confessed to the crime and laughed about it, and said it wasn’t a big deal,” Daniel Quinn, a leader at the post, told Fox News of the Afghan police commander’s actions. “Even when we patiently explained how serious the charge was, he kept laughing. As a man, as a father of a young boy myself at the time, I felt obliged to step in to prevent further repeat occurrences.”
Source: The Blaze, 9/21/15
No wonder some of our veterans come home with emotional problems. And we are spending blood and treasure to protect and support such a culture! And I believe I heard our vice president say that the U.S. would take about 300,000 Islamic immigrants from the Middle East during the next three years. Just what we need to make this a better nation.
Tongue-in-cheek, of course, but c’mon! What’s next? Polygamous Doritos that contain three flavors in a single bag? I can see the ad: “They’re Doritogomous!” Or perhaps Bisexual Doritos (Bi-ritos), where each chip contains two flavors?
It’s just amazing to me how brands like Oreos and Doritos are bending over backwards to promote the moral acceptance of homosexuality. Enough already. Let me eat my Doritos in peace. They are “food,” not propaganda.
Source: Jason Dulle @Theo-sophical Ruminations
All that would be funny if it was nothing but a laughable joke. Expect more companies to follow suit.
“If termites could talk, they would call what they do ‘progress.’”
How did socialism work out for the Cubans? For the Hungarians? For the Bulgarians? For the North Koreans? Yet the Democrats are touting the likes of a confessed socialist for president. Thanks to television, the “news” media, and the movies, we are being loosed from our moorings and heading toward the rocky shoals of communism. Who would have believed such a thing only a few years ago?
Chillin’ out with 1970 Earth Day Predictions
In 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated, giving print and visual media space and time to promote environmentalism and the “Green Movement.” The events (organized in part by then hippie and now convicted murderer Ira Einhorn) predicted death, destruction and disease unless we did exactly as progressives commanded. Were they right? Should we still believe their prognostications?
Is manmade global warming an alarming fact? Here is what ecologist Kenneth Watt said during the Earth Day discussions: “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”
I wish these pseudo scientists would make up their minds. Of course, this was before the anti-industry, anti-capitalism sentiment really got to rolling and they discovered it was easier to predict global warming via carbon emissions than a coming ice age. Behold the approaching apocalypse as predicted on and around Earth Day, 1970.
- “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” — Harvard biologist George Wald
- “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner
- “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” — New York Times editorial
- “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich
- “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born… [By 1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” — Paul Ehrlich
- “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” — Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day
- “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions…. By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter
- “In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.” — Life magazine
A time for truth
Scientists and psychologists say the harmful effects of Seroxat (Paxil and similar SSI drugs) were under-reported in an earlier report. Experts who re-analyzed data say the study is still referred to in medical literature and needs to be retracted.
An influential study which claimed that an antidepressant drug was safe for children and adolescents failed to report the true numbers of young people who thought of killing themselves while on it, re-analysis of the trial has found.
Study 329, into the effects of GlaxoSmithKline’s drug paroxetine on under-18s, was published in 2001 and later found to be flawed. In 2003, the UK drug regulator instructed doctors not to prescribe paroxetine—sold as Seroxat in the UK and Paxil in the US—to adolescents.
But experts who have obtained the original data say the study is still referred to in the medical literature and needs to be retracted.
In their re-analysis of the trial, published in the British Medical Journal, they say the beneficial effects of paroxetine on young people were far less and the harmful effects far greater than the study suggested.
Out of 275 children and adolescents in the trial, 11 taking the drug and one in the group given a placebo developed suicidal or self-harming behavior. The original publication of the study reported five on the drug and one on placebo. There were no reports of suicidality on a second drug, imipramine, which was also tested in study 329.
For the full story, click on either of the sites below…
For years we have warned parents and pastors about harmful psych drugs being waved about as “safe.” Many of our Apostolic members, particularly our youth, have fallen prey to them when psychologists /psychiatrists tout them as beneficial. Please read this brief intro and the two reports listed below. Then check out the “related coverage” sites on the sidebar. We are not only warping the minds of our youth and adults with these drugs like Paxil, but also watching many of them commit suicide or kill others. Wake up, folks.
They said it
- “Anything the pope touches becomes blessed. I think so and no one is going to change my mind.” – U.S. Representative Bob Brady (D-Pa), after he stole the glass the pope drank from while speaking before Congress. He took it to his office, drank from it and passed it to others who also took a swallow of the remaining water.
- Obama on the Constitution: “I think it is an imperfect document and I think it is a document that reflects some deep flaws in American culture, the colonial culture, at that time. It also reflected the fundamental flaw of this country that continues to this day. There was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the coalitions of power through which you bring about change.” – Spoken on Chicago Public Radio, September 2001
- “Marriage equality is the law of the land. Officials should be held to their duty to uphold the law—end of story.” – Hillary Clinton [Hmmmm…]
- ”For years, the defenders of television have argued that the networks are only giving the people what they want. But so are the drug cartels.” – Pete Hamill
- “Al-Aqsa is ours, and so is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. [The Israelis] have no right to desecrate them with their filthy feet. We won’t allow them to do so, and we will do whatever we can to defend Jerusalem. There will be no Palestinian state without Jerusalem. Each drop of blood that was spilled in Jerusalem is pure blood as long as its for the sake of Allah. Every shahid (martyr) will be in heaven and every wounded person will be rewarded, by Allah’s will.” – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
- “Consensus, as important as it is at times, cannot be the final rule of faith. The Bible is. … We understand the temptation to talk about the Bible mostly in terms of ‘what it means to me’ and its ‘practical application to daily life.’ But when this hermeneutic dominates—as it does today—Christianity becomes little more than self-help therapy. And it leaves people ignorant of Scripture’s deeper meaning, and therefore unable to spot false teaching.” – Mark Galli, in Christianity Today, 9/24/15
Bible Interpretation Must NOT Be Subjected to Cultural Accommodation
“Even after we make as many allowances as possible for different interpretations of the one set of texts, it is very difficult to avoid an embarrassing conclusion: very often current practices and interpretations of the Bible depend rather more on faddish cultural stances quietly but effectively domesticating the Scriptures, than on close and reverent study of the Scriptures themselves.” – Don Carson
It is time we stopped interpreting Scripture through the lens of current culture. Trying the keep the Bible in step with the ideology of the world is exactly what the enemies of the cross want. Some people you know personally have bought into the idea that the church must be relevant to the culture and conform to what media, the college professors, and the Washington elitists are the saying. “Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (Romans 12:2). “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16). Without a high view of Scripture we will lose our way. Let’s pay more attention to what Paul, Peter, James and John are saying and less to what the unbelievers of this world are peddling. “The word of the Lord is right, and all his works are done in truth” (Psalm 33:4).
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success “ (Joshua 1:8).
This well-known verse contains the ﬁrst use of the Hebrew verb for “meditate” (hagah) in the Bible and, signiﬁcantly, it is a command to meditate on the Scriptures. Such meditation is not mere quietness or daydreaming, but is thoughtfulness with a purpose—to obey “all that is written therein.”
Meditation for its own sake, without being centered on God’s Word, is often useless or even harmful. Witness the Western proliferation of Eastern “meditation cults” (T.M., etc.) in recent years, which lead their devotees into pantheism and occultism. Isaiah 8:19 warns against “wizards that peep, and that mutter [same word as ‘meditate’].” “Why do . . .the people imagine [same word] a vain thing?” (Psalm 2:1).
The blessed man is the one whose “delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night” (Psalm 1:2). That is, only if we are continually guided by the Holy Scriptures will we be happy and successful.
In the New Testament, the Greek word for “meditate” (melatao) is used only twice. Once, it is translated “imagine” (Acts 4:25) and is in a quotation of Psalm 2: 1, as above. The last time it is used, however, its emphasis reverts back to the context of its ﬁrst usage, as in our text above. Paul commands us: “Give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. . . . Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy proﬁting may appear to all” (1 Timothy 4: 13, 15).
Modern meditationists say that the goal of meditation is to clear our minds of “things,” but God wants us to meditate on “these things”—the life-giving, life-directing doctrines of His Word.
– Dr. Henry M. Morris
Do Christians have the right to bear arms in protection of their family and property?
In his monthly newsletter, Doug Kutilek wrote:
“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his estate, his possessions are secure” (HCSB).
Though I have read Luke’s Gospel many times, this particular verse never caught my attention before—and I had studied the subject of the Christian’s right of self-defense for a lesson as recently as 5 months ago. Somehow I missed this passage.
Though largely incidental to the topic Jesus was then discussing (the power or means by which He cast out demons, whether the power of God or the power of Satan), Jesus’ words in this verse, taken at their plain face value, are a common sense recognition that a man has the right of armed self-defense of his person, family and his property (all would be included under the term “estate”). There is no word of criticism from Jesus for undertaking armed self-defense. There is no exhortation to be passive in the face of an aggressive external threat. Rather, such advanced preparation is acknowledged as a wise course of action to secure one’s property.
Those who seek to find Christian pacifism in Scripture must find a way around this perfectly plain statement by Jesus.
Is the pope the new world leader?
So popular is the new pope Francis, the first Jesuit to fill that office, that a political cartoon appeared in the newspaper touting him for president of the U.S. A cartoon, admittedly, but if the election were held today and he was favorable toward letting his name stand, he would likely be elected hands down. What an amazing turn of events. Will he be the one to bring America to its knees in reclaiming the “Protestant daughters” who split off in the 16th-18th centuries?
Could he be the one to ride the Book of Revelation prophecies to fulfillment?
Time was that Catholics were not welcome in colonial America. The Puritans and the Protestants were largely in control of things over here and they had had enough of the rack and the stake when Europe was under the heel of Rome. But the Catholics came anyway, and carved out pieces of America. Early on they stayed mostly to themselves in enclaves. Even the Church of England adherents were frowned upon as looking and acting too much like Roman Catholics. Some legislatures from Massachusetts to Georgia enacted stringent measures opposing them—like special taxes on their crops and goods, and the denial of the right to vote.
Sir George Calvert, whose title was Lord Baltimore, was a Roman Catholic English nobleman. Finding the laws against the Roman Catholics in England severe, he resolved to emigrate to Virginia in the hope of enjoying a liberty of conscience which was not permitted in England under the reign of King James I. But he was disappointed, as the Virginians proved nearly as intolerant as those he had left; and he felt compelled to seek another asylum. He was given a grant of land in 1632 by King Charles I in the Chesapeake Bay area, which would become known as the province of Maryland—so named in honor of Henrietta Maria, King James’ daughter-in-law—the wife of his son, King Charles I. This paved the way for Catholicism to be introduced by two Jesuit priests who came disguised as “gentlemen adventurers.” They ultimately established schools, which, after the rack and the stake failed to return the Protestants to Catholicism, became their new core strategy for strengthening their flock and blunting the Reformation. Massachusetts was strongly anti-Catholic until the mid-1800s when the Great Potato Famine struck and millions of Ireland’s citizens migrated to America. Many of them were Catholic and they were slowly integrated into the fabric of American culture. Today there are 166 Roman Catholic members of Congress.
I remember the struggle experienced by John F. Kennedy in 1960 to win the presidency. How would he, a Catholic, govern being beholden to his faith led by a potentate in another country—the pope in the Vatican? American Protestant leaders were skeptical. His win marked the demise of anti-Catholic sentiment in this country. Today a large part of our media, entertainment and educational institutions are ruled by either Jews or Catholics. Mainline Protestant denominations are reeling, with losses mounting up every year. Does this bode well for America’s future?
It is interesting to consider the role to be played by the papacy and the Imams and Ayatollahs of Islam as the endtime draws to a close. Will one produce the Antichrist? Who will exercise the most power and fulfill the prophecies of Revelation? Will they align their forces and resources together or will they be protagonists? Who is it riding on the horses of Revelation 6 and on the beast of Revelation 18? We all have our theories but it is comforting to know that born-again Christians will observe these developments from the safety of Heaven’s balconies—if at all.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Leftists swallow pope’s line
Did Francis get us lined out so we can quit using fossil fuels? He purports to be primarily concerned with the poor and needy of the world, but he is neither a scientist nor an engineer. Rid us of fossil fuels and it puts us back into farming more cotton and flax to make our clothes since 63% of fibers come from fossil fuels. Even the cotton, etc., would demand synthetic fertilizers and pesticides derived from fossil fuels. Cropland would have to be increased by 150%—equal to the combined land areas of South America and Europe—in order to meet food demands. Democrats and liberals Washington, DC, New York and California shouted their approval without realizing the dire consequences and reversals we would experience if we killed the oil industry, not to mention the number of churches that would have to close in areas where their members work in oil-related industries.
His “woolly sentiments,” says George Will, one of the nation’s leading common sense columnists, “that have the intellectual tone of fortune cookies would devastate the poor on whose behalf he purports to speak.” The pope’s claim that the world is becoming “an immense pile of filth,” reminds one of the Earth Day predictions of 1970 presented elsewhere in this blog. The pope casts air conditioning among the “harmful habits” of wealthier nations and implores us to do battle with climate change brought on by man’s sins of compulsive consumption.
While the “nation” over which he presides is covered by stone and concrete and gold, He praises subsistence farming. I have personally viewed that lifestyle in some of the poorest nations of the world and he would not want any part of it. He would have America revert to an 1820s existence so we would not be above the “have nots” of the world. His “redistributionism” (another word for socialism) learned under the rancid political culture of Peronist populism took Argentina from being the worlds 14 highest per capita GDP in 1900 to 63rd today. Let’s go backward, he pleads in his sanctimonious verbiage while pointing forward. I suppose he wants us to go all the way back to the Middle Ages when the populace was largely ignorant and had the pope’s foot on their necks.
As Will explains, Francis’ flamboyant, fact-poor speeches might make him popular with a segment of our population, they will certainly do little toward remedying the plight of the disadvantaged. The real target is free enterprise, capitalism and a “work your way up” methodology that brought this young nation to the top of the heap. The “you have it and we want it” folks are usually more laced with greed than those who have worked and earned it by the sweat of their brow.
He wants us to ignore our borders and welcome all immigrants. Just try getting into the Vatican with a full backpack and see how that works out.
Go home, pope Francis—back to Argentina—and lift those people out of the 19th century. Clean up your own back yard in Rome. Then come tell us how to run this country…and the world. Until then, arrivederci.
Churchill on Islam—In 1899!
“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalist apathy. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property—either as a child, a wife or a concubine—must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
“Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die. But the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science—science against which it has vainly struggled—the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.”
The River War (1899)
I Was An Atheist: But God…
By David Whitaker
145 pp; paper
Reviewed by JREnsey
I first met David Whitaker when he enrolled in an ExCeLL TBC course I was teaching at our church in Conroe. He, his wife and his dad had become members of Apostolic Tabernacle in neighboring Magnolia, pastored by Steve Wehrle. He told me that he had been an atheist before his conversion, but that did not seem so unusual. Many people were atheists to some degree before coming to God.
However, David was an absolute atheist. He not only stated his unbelief but lived it out. In this gripping story of his life without God, David bears his soul in describing his alcoholism and other sordid sins. He thought nothing of his lifestyle, figuring there was no penalty for living that way since there was no God to face in judgment. Not only was his life in shambles and wretchedness, his marriage was also falling apart.
How did he and his family go from that low point of life to enrolling in Bible college courses to learn the Scriptures? This riveting book tells the tale of how God works on the heart of an atheist. What big and meaningful words are these: “but God….”!
I encourage you to buy and read this book for two reasons. First, it will inspire your faith that no one lives beyond the reach of God’s love. Second, you will catch a glimpse of how a confessed atheist thinks, and what it might take to bring him to faith. You will enjoy the book, plus it might be a witnessing tool if you know any professing atheists.
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Every parent and pastor should read the following review!
by William J. Bennett and David Wilezol
Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2013.
278 pp., hardback.
Reviewed by Doug Kutilek
William (Bill) Bennett was Secretary of Education under Ronald Reagan and apparently is now a talk-show host.
Current accumulated American college tuition loan debt exceeds one trillion dollars, and continues to grow. More than half of all students are in debt from college, with an average—average—debt of $23,000, and horror stories of graduates—or non-graduates—with $50,000, $100,000, even $200,000 of debt and no employment prospects in the field of study are quite common, with very limited hope of paying off that debt in 10, 20 or even 30 years. And this debt cannot be disposed of by bankruptcy. The situation for those who seek or secure graduate degrees is even worse.
Part of this massive avalanche of indebtedness is due to aggressive and less-than-fully-disclosing college recruiting (in both private and public not-for-profit, as well as for-profit schools) that encourages and enables students to secure easy-to-get government loans. A second cause is the fact that the government is the primary lender (creating money to loan out of thin air), rather than banks and other lending institutions, as it was in the past. Banks have a…. [to continue reading this important review, click here.]
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Laugh a little, cry a lot
Did his skirt blow up?
“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” – Thomas Jefferson’s life motto