JREnsey Blog September 2018

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for September, 2018. Your visit is appreciated.


The Word for Today

Proverbs 18:1-5 NLT: “Unfriendly people care only about themselves;
they lash out at common sense.

Fools have no interest in understanding;
they only want to air their own opinions.

Doing wrong leads to disgrace,
and scandalous behavior brings contempt.

Wise words are like deep waters;
wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.

It is not right to acquit the guilty
or deny justice to the innocent.”


Mystery of the Basel papyrus solved

Not high-tech at all: The conservation of papyrus requires above all craftsmanship, expertise and time. A specialized papyrus conservator was brought to Basel to make this 2000-year-old document legible again. (Photo: University of Basel)

Since the 16th century, Basel has been home to a mysterious papyrus. With mirror writing on both sides, it has puzzled generations of researchers. A research team from the University of Basel has now discovered that it is an unknown medical document from late antiquity. The text was likely written by the famous Roman physician Galen (AD 130-210).

The Basel papyrus collection comprises 65 papers in five languages, which were purchased by the university in 1900 for the purpose of teaching classical studies—with the exception of two papyri. These arrived in Basel back in the 16th century, and likely formed part of Basilius Amerbach’s art collection. (I hope it was not a prescription for opioids! -jre)


False prophecies

Forty years of continued false climate alarms have sounded since climate change scientists started making their cataclysmic predictions that global manmade pollutants will catastrophically raise global temperatures to the point of killing off crops and other species—mankind included—not to mention diminishing habitable land by rising sea levels due to melting icecaps. – GOPUSA

To politicians and the press: Hey, we understand false prophets/prophecies. You should have asked Christians about such prognostications before making fools of yourselves.


An urgent message from Dr. James Dobson

Please take a few moments to read this recent post by Dr. Dobson. It is a message every patriot and every Christian needs to hear!



Cool designs for God’s house

More than a hundred colorful stone tiles that once decorated the floors of King Herod’s Temple Mount have been recovered by the Temple Mount Sifting Project. The technique by which these geometrically-cut tiles were paved is called opus sectile, Latin for “cut work.” Reconstructing the patterns in which these tiles were laid can reveal what the Temple Mount floors looked like in the time of Herod.

Opus sectile is a technique for paving floors and walls in geometric patterns or figurative scenes using meticulously cut and polished polychrome stone tiles. These tiles were crafted and laid with such precision that there was hardly space to insert a knife-blade between them. Opus sectile floors were more prestigious than mosaic ones and were typically used in more important areas of buildings. Along with using frescoed walls, stucco decorations and elegantly carved columns, King Herod the Great (r. 37–4 B.C.) introduced this paving technique to Israel to decorate many of his palaces, including Masada, Jericho, Herodium and Cypros.

The first-century C.E. Jewish historian Flavius Josephus comments about the pavements in Herod’s Palace in Jerusalem this way: “The interior fittings are indescribable—the variety of the stones (for species rare in every other country were here collected in abundance).” Similarly, about the Temple Mount he writes, “The open court [of the Temple Mount] was from end to end variegated with paving of all manner of stones.” Jesus Himself may have stood on these very stones.

“What the Temple Mount Floor Looked Like” was an article published in Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 2016

Frankie Snyder, Gabriel Barkay and Zachi Dvira   •  08/05/2018


Baptize with or immerse in?

I was asked recently where I got the idea that the KJV did not actually translate the Greek word baptizo (and its forms) but merely transliterated it as “baptize/baptism.” The answer is simple: from the KJV itself.

In the KJV Preface, written by one of translators but omitted from most Bibles today, we read the following (in their spelling): “Lastly, wee have on the one side avoided the scrupulositie of the Puritanes, who leave the olde Ecclesticall words, and betake them to other, as when they put washing for Baptisme, and Congregation in stead of Church.” (Preface)

In other words, the terms “baptize” and “baptism” were to replace “washing” (immersion) used by Wycliffe and preferred by the Puritans. This rule which guided the translators had the effect of concealing from the reader what God intended and required for him to do. For example, in Matthew 3:11 (and other places) the Greek bapto/baptizo is retained and merely transliterated, but should read “immersed in water” rather than “baptized with water.”1 This kept the Anglican Church doctrine and practice in concert with the Roman Catholic Church, into which many Anglican leaders had been initiated as babies by sprinkling or pouring. Therefore, the translators chose to leave the word untranslated, which accommodated those who preferred babies to be “baptized” by sprinkling or pouring rather than by immersion after they become believers.

Even though “baptism” is assumed by many to be an English term, in part because of its use in early English Bibles, “it does not carry the sense of the Greek word which it is employed to represent.”2 As Bernard and Aaron noted: “Let it be remembered that we contend for translation, irrespective of our own belief as to the meaning of the word ‘baptize.’ If that word means sprinkle, let it be so translated…make it plain.”3 Curiously, Matthew’s Bible uses “christen” in I Corinthians 1:14, probably reflecting Roman Catholic influence in the rite of baptism. If the KJV translators had put Apostolic doctrine ahead of Roman Catholic or state church tradition, they would have properly rendered the word as immersion.4


1 Wycliffe had “wash” here, but Tyndale switched it to “baptise,” and was followed by Cranmer, Geneva, Rheims and the KJV.
2 Alexander Carson, Baptism: Its Mode and Subjects (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, n.d.), p. 279. Carson—reflecting a contemporary Protestant stance—states: “We do not believe that baptism, [used] as an English word, is synonymous with immersion. As an English term it respects no mode at all, but refers to what is considered the rite, apart from the mode.” (p. 383). That is how the word has come to be used and defined, thanks to Tyndale and the KJV.
3 David Bernard and Samuel Aaron, The Faithful Translation (Philadelphia: Lippencott Publishers, 1842), p. 20.
4 I note that in both John 1:26 and 1:33 the KJV renders the phrase “baptize with water” where the NASB uses “in water.” The KJV’s alternate choice of pronoun leaves open the idea of the use of water in baptism, as in sprinkling or pouring, whereas “in” would denote being in the water when the act is done. At various times the Anglicans have immersed the candidates, even babies, and at other times affusion or aspersion has been the mode. They evidently considered all as having equal validity. Wycliffe had “in water,” as did Rheims 1582. Tyndale, Cranmer, and Geneva split usage of “in” and “with” in those two verses. Either is technically correct, but one’s choice can indicate a doctrinal position or preference.


The new teacher

A boy in Sunday school had been taught by the same teacher for a number of years. She had a way of telling Bible stories that always ended by saying, “and the moral of this story is….”

Eventually, the young man moved up in Sunday school and had a new teacher. After a few weeks, the minister asked the boy how he liked his new SS teacher. He replied, “She is great, but she does not have any morals.”


Hot air trip

A woman in a hot air balloon realizes she is lost. She lowers her altitude and spots a man fishing from a boat below. She shouts to him, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.” The man consults his portable GPS and replies, “You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.”

She rolls her eyes and says, “You must be a Republican!”

“I am,” replies the man. “How did you know?”

“Well,” answers the balloonist, “everything you tell me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’re not much help to me.” The man smiles and responds, “You must be a Democrat.” “I am, replies the balloonist. “How did you know?”

“Well,” says the man, “You don’t know where you are or where you’re going. You’ve risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and now you expect me to solve your problem. You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but, somehow, now it’s my fault.” – Anonymous


Book review

How to Teach Holiness: The Case for Holy Living

by David Huston

318 pages;8 ½” X 11”; 24.95

Brother David Huston has done it again! His first volume titled How to Teach Holiness was chocked full of valuable lessons on how to teach the separated Apostolic lifestyle, yet he has added another book of equal size on the subject that is just as helpful. He makes the case for the principle of a holy heart before he launches into the application of the details. He unabashedly makes the case for a holy face (makeup), a holy wardrobe (modesty in dress), holy hair (to cut or not to cut), holy conversations—even the case for the holy tithe!

Going beyond the normal issues that are usually dealt with in teaching on holiness, Brother Huston deals with boundaries, children, dating, and touching. This pastor has walked confidently where angels fear to tread. He has opened his heart to share with his readers the secrets of a committed Christian life without apology. He leads us through the steps we can take to be proactive in teaching this vital topic. He adds a human touch in the chapter on “Teachable Moments.”

I guarantee that the reader of these this volume will find many helpful pointers and ideas, both biblical and practical, on how to teach others to maintain our Apostolic identity. An index is included, and the author has even added a section of Greek, Hebrew, and Latin and terms relating to the subject. Nice touch.

You can order this new volume directly from the author’s website: RoshPinnah.com. Do it!


Books you may need

Searching the Scriptures: Merging Truth, Texts and Translations

What can be trusted to be the real Bible? How did our English Bibles evolve? Did the translators of the Bible in 1611 have all the biblical manuscripts? Or did they assume that the work of the Catholic monk, Erasmus, was acceptable, along with previous English Bibles, which they mostly copied? Do the contemporary versions purposely “omit” certain words or phrases to water down the Scriptures? What is the real truth about the “omissions”? Dont be afraid of the truth—it will make you free! You can trust the Bible, but not always those who make false claims about particular versions. This book will help you arrive at the truth about the Bible translation issue. By J. R. Ensey; 449 pages; 19.95

Order from advanceministries.org/store. Or call 936-537-0250.

IHML Bible Studies

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No other one-hour Bible study has enjoyed the consistent results of IHML over the years. Often copied but never fully duplicated. It is attractive, well written, and doctrinally sound. Those who are seeking for Availabletruth will see that the new birth is absolutely essential and that Acts 2:38 constitutes that experience. Over 2 million copies sold.

$1.75 ea
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Guide For Living 
IHML_GFL_RevisedA follow-up study for the new convert. This little booklet can be given to the new convert to go through alone and then come back to you with any questions they may have. It covers the new birth—what has happened to them in conversion and goes through what their spiritual responsibilities are now.

$1.75 ea
$1.50 ea
$1.25 ea


IHML Promotional Tracts 
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Hand out these tracts to help you promote the Bible study in your community. Available in English and Spanish. It’s easy to get Bible study opportunities with these tracts.  $9.95 per 100

Order from Advance Ministries or call 936-537-0250.


Whence truth?

And the global warming fairy said:

Famous last words: “Martha, I think a storm is brewing!”

Porky: “You guys can go to market if you want to…I’m outta here!”

Jobs that had to be done NOW:

Just for vegans…


The Last Word

Years ago the famous poet, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, wrote:

“One ship drives East and another drives west

With the self-same winds that blow;

Tis the set of the sails and not the gales,

That tells us the way to go.”

Our nations leadership has set the sails of the ship of state and is driving in a new direction. We were being sucked into a whirlpool of fiscal and cultural ruin that would have ended in the loss of our national identity. Attempts to turn things around are in place, but that wont be easy, so they need the help and prayers of Gods people. Lets provide those and see if God will add HIs blessings to those efforts. PS: Prayer doesn’t mean one approves of any politician’s misdeeds and peccadilloes.



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