JREnsey blog for February, 2019

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for February, 2019.

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The Word for Today

“Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up. We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.

If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ” (II Corinthians 4:1-6 NLT).

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Which nature will win the war?

A young lady in our church recently posted some thoughts online that were forwarded to me. They are worth sharing.

“This has been kicking around in my head for a few days, so I’m going to share it just to get it out of my head. LOL.

Every person has a nature that is hostile to God. Scripture refers to it as ‘flesh’ or a ‘carnal mind.’ We commonly hear phrases like ‘die daily’ and ‘crucify the flesh.’ In fact, those phrases have become so common that we no longer seem to recognize the struggle in them. To crucify the flesh daily is a battle! Yes, God’s strength will come in when we are weak, and the Holy Ghost gives power, but we still have a carnal mind that is literally at war with God. War is hard and ugly.

Which is why when people give into sin or walk away from the church, they may feel better for a while. When you wave the white flag and give in, you stop the battle. It isn’t uncommon that people feel ‘right’ or happy when they backslide because they have stopped fighting.

What is sad is that the wage you earn for that decision is death, but since it isn’t paid immediately, it is easy to ignore. God really does want us to live our best lives. What he wants for us is what is best for us, so if you feel yourself starting to slip, it is definitely worth putting on the armor of God and continuing the fight. And, if you have walked away, it’s not too late to come back (Romans 8:7-8).”

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Spiritually unhealed

An unhealed person can find offense in pretty much anything someone does.

A healed person understands that the actions of others have nothing to do with them.

Each day you get to decide which one you will be.

– Unknown

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Is a creed of any value?

Doubtless some would answer in the negative to that question. However, a famous theologian of another era had some interesting comments on the issue:

“A church with a little creed is a church with a little life. The more divine doctrines a church can agree on, the greater its power, and the wider its usefulness. The fewer its articles of faith, the fewer its bonds of union and compactness.

“The modern cry: ‘Less creed and more liberty,’ is a degeneration from the vertebrate to the jellyfish, and means less unity and less morality, and it means more heresy. Definitive truth does not create heresy—it only exposes and corrects. Shut off the creed and the Christian world would fill up with heresy unsuspected and uncorrected, but nonetheless deadly.

“Very solemnly I would warn the reader against any teaching that decries doctrines, or which would reduce the creed of the church into two or three articles. We are entitled to no liberty in these matters. It is a positive and very hurtful sin to magnify liberty at the expense of doctrine. A creed is what we believe. A confession of faith is a declaration of what we believe. The church must both believe and declare. The longest creed of history is more valuable and less hurtful than the shortest.”

– Benaiah Harvey Carroll, An Interpretation of the English Bible: Colossians, Ephesians, Hebrews,

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Some relevant questions

Should we impeach the President in the face of these following facts? The December Jobs Report:

  • 312,000 jobs added
  • 3.9% unemployment rate
  • 63.1% labor participation rate
  • 3.2% annual wage growth

Should the President have nixed Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Afghanistan or just the return flight? Was she more concerned about the soldiers there or subverting the State of the Union message here?

Can you believe that after only two years in office, Trump has already solved global warming, now called climate change since the coming of a snowy winter?

Can anyone explain how importing hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from all over the world who will plug into our health care and welfare systems will be good for our economy?

Will Christian believers and ordinary American citizens ever find the courage to stand up against the leftist media and cut their pipelines into their homes?

How can caring Christians stand by while the criminalization of their faith is enacted by state legislators without a response? For a scary press release from a pastor’s council, go to: http://www.uspastorcouncil.org/news-events/current-issues.html/article/2019/01/23/texas-pastors-issue-warning-against-unequal-rights-legislation-by-democrats

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Spurgeon, forever relevant

The farther we get from Spurgeon in years, the more some of his views seem to be catching up with us. Try this on for size:

“It is painful to observe how many embrace anything if it be but earnestly brought before them. They swallow the medicine of every spiritual quack who has enough of brazen assurance to appear to be sincere. Be ye not such children in understanding, but test carefully before you accept. . . . Be sure you have the truth and be sure to hold it. Be ready for fresh truth, if it be the truth, but be very chary how you subscribe to the belief that a better light has been found than that of the sun. . . . Our ‘modern thought’ gentry are doing incalculable mischief to the souls of men, and resemble Nero fiddling upon the top of a tower with Rome burning at his feet. Souls are being damned, and yet these men are spinning theories. Hell gapes wide, and with her open mouth swallows up myriads, and those who should spread the tidings of salvation are ‘pursuing fresh lines of thought.’ Highly cultured soul-murderers will find their boasted ‘culture’ to be no excuse in the day of judgment.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students, Series II, pp. 26, 27.

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More evidence of the Bible’s accuracy

As archaeologists continue to dig in the Middle East, they consistently find evidence of biblical characters that history forgot. Some scientists and theologians became convinced that many of the individuals in the Bible were merely contrived to fit a storyline. Not so, says archaeology.

Some time ago the Biblical Archaeological Society published a list of over fifty Old Testament characters that were corroborated by archaeological inscriptions and coins. An example was the seal of King Hezekiah (below, right), which was found near or in the Palace of King David. It reads, “Belonging to Hezekiah, [son of] Ahaz, King of Judah.” Such discoveries brings to life the men and women we read about in the Bible.

Check out this current list of New Testament characters who have turned up in the digs (click on link below). An example is the “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus ossuary box (left). These are just two of a thousand reasons you can trust the Bible.

Agnostics continue to cast doubts on every proof of Bible accuracy, but they only succeed in making fools of themselves. “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God” (Psalm 14:1).

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/people-in-the-bible/new-testament-political-figures-the-evidence/?mqsc=E4020179&utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=BHDDaily%20Newsletter&utm_campaign=ZE9A1IZ42

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Traditional masculinity is “harmful.” Who knew?

Thomas Gallatin

The American Psychological Association recently released its “guidelines” on masculinity and, to put it bluntly, it’s about as insightful as a barrel full of monkeys. Then again, that may be an insult to monkeys, as they instinctively display more intellectual consistency and credibility than does the APA’s condemnation of “traditional masculinity.” At least monkeys don’t dismiss the natural, innate biological differences between the genders as mere “societal constructs.”

In its “first-ever guidelines for practice with men and boys,” the APA asserts, “Traditional masculinity ideology has been shown to limit males’ psychological development, constrain their behavior, result in gender role strain and gender role conflict and negatively influence mental health and physical health.” In fact, “traditional masculinity,” which the APA describes as “stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression,” is “on the whole harmful” to men and boys.

Using leftist buzzwords such as “macroaggression, patriarchy, and cisgender”—the latter referring to a person whose sexual “identity” happens to match their biological gender—the APA concludes that “traditional masculinity” is a societal problem. Clearly, the APA is guided by the leftist theory that gender is a nonbinary social construct rather than a binary reality based upon biology. But even at that, one particular gender is just the worst.

For example, the APA alleges, “Although there are differences in masculinity ideologies, there is a particular constellation of standards that have held sway over large segments of the population, including: anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of weakness, and adventure, risk, and violence. These have been collectively referred to as traditional masculinity ideology.”

After some backlash, however, the APA attempted to “clarify” its assertion with the following statement: “When we report that some aspects of ‘traditional masculinity’ are potentially harmful, we are referring to a belief system held by a few that associates masculinity with extreme behaviors that harm self and others. It is the extreme stereotypical behaviors—not simply being male or a ‘traditional male’ —that may result in negative outcomes.” But extremes were not the basis for the original APA argument; stereotypes were. So this clarification is actually obfuscation.

The fact remains that maleness or masculinity as well as femaleness or femininity share common, easily recognizable expressions in all cultures and societies across the world. In fact, one of the first things noted when an individual from one cultural group enters another are the natural binary expressions of gender. It is a universal reality based upon the reality of human biology.

National Review’s David French notes an obvious contradiction in the culture’s current “diversity” paradigm, writing, “It is interesting that in a world that otherwise teaches boys and girls to ‘be yourself,’ that rule often applies to everyone but the ‘traditional’ male who has traditional male impulses and characteristics. Then, they’re a problem. Then, they’re often deemed toxic. Combine this reality with a new economy that doesn’t naturally favor physical strength and physical courage to the same extent, and it’s easy to see how men struggle.”

The fact is that true masculinity is designed to compliment true femininity. The two are not one and the same, despite the gender-fluid argument the APA now espouses. Nor is “traditional masculinity” harmful to boys. Quite the opposite—they need more of it.

[Thanks to all those quacks over at the APA!]

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Some quotes about the negative impact of psychology and psychoactive drugs you may have missed:

“One hundred years from now, people will read current psychiatric textbooks with the same incredulity we have about blood-letting and snake oil.” – Douglas C. Sith, M.D., Juneau, AK

“Physicians need to start using their critical intelligence and wake up to the massive harm being done to our children under the guise of treatment.” – Eileen Walkenstein, M. D., author of Beyond the Couch

“Children don’t need diagnostic labels and medications; they need us! Drugs cannot substitute for good parenting and teaching.” – Fred Bemak, Ed.D., Ohio State Univ.

“Prior to the beginning of psychotherapy, spouses, lovers, children, close friends, parents and colleagues—not therapists—were the most important people in the client’s life….Psychotherapies that place the therapist in the position of the most important other are potentially pernicious, even unethical.” – Robyn Dawes, Ph.D., author House of

Cards: Psychology and Psychotherapy Built on Myth

“What has become big business is in fact fraud. The evidence does not support the claims of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.” – Garth Wood, Ph.D., author The Myth of Neurosis

“I have personally seen therapists convince their clients that all of their problems come from their mothers, the stars, their biochemical make-up, their diet, their lifestyle, and even the ‘karma’ from their past lives.” – Roger Mills, psychologist, author

“It appears that certain of the most influential pioneers in American psychology found in it an ideal vehicle for renouncing their own Christian upbringing in the name of science.” – Mary Stewart van Leeuwen, psychologist and author The Sorcerers Apprentice

“Those whose ancestors took comfort from the words of God and worshiped at the altars of Christ and Yahweh now take solace from and worship at the altars of Freud, Jung, Carl Rogers…and a host of similar authorities.” – Dr. Bernie Zilbergeld, author The Shrinking of America: Mythos of Psychological Change

“The popular image of Freud as an enlightened, emancipated, irreligious person who, with the aid of psychoanalysis, ‘discovered’ that religion is a mental illness is pure fiction….One of Freud’s most powerful motives was the desire to inflict vengeance on Christianity [and perpetrated] the clever and cynical destruction of the spirituality of man, and its replacement by a positivistic ‘science of mind.”’ – Thomas Szasz, M.D., author of The Myth of Psychotherapy

“[The drugs used] to ‘torture’ Russian political dissidents are exactly the same drugs use to ‘treat’ mental patients throughout the Western world….We are appalled to hear that, but we tolerate the same treatment of those of our citizens who have been labeled mentally ill by the psychiatric establishment.” – Peter R. Breggin, M.D., author Talking Back to Prozac

“We are often asked if we are ‘Christian psychologists’ and find it difficult to answer since we don’t know what the question implies. We are Christians who are psychologists but at the present time there is no acceptable Christian psychology that is markedly different from non-Christian psychology. It is difficult to imply that we function in a manner that is fundamentally distinct from our non-Christian colleagues…as yet there is not an acceptable theory, mode of research or treatment methodology that is distinctly Christian.” – Poelstra Sutherland, Aspects of Integration, Christian Ass’n for Psychological Studies paper

“There is not one iota of evidence that addiction is a brain disease.” – Dr. Thomas Szasz, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, New York University

“The way to sell drugs is to sell psychiatric illness.” – Carl Elliot, Bioethicist, U. of Minn.

“ln the place of traditional theologies, a new ‘scientific’ religion [is] offered, mediated by a new class of priests. Human behavior would be explained without resorting to soul, spirit, God, Satan, angels, demons, sin, or guilt. Paradise would be restored by pointing men to their own inherent goodness and infinite inner potential.” – Dave Hunt, author The Seduction of Christianity

“It is time for psychiatrists to return to being physicians—not seers, priests, gurus, or pill pushers, but real physicians.” – Dr. Sidney Walker III, psychiatrist

“Do not, and I scream, do not trust psychologists, psychiatrists and the current drug-pushing culture of modern education.” – Dr. Julian Whitaker, Whitaker Wellness Institute

The humanistic psychology establishment in America is very strong. A few apostolic voices will probably not affect it much. Our concern is primarily for our own ministers and laypeople. We must make our voices heard in order to blunt its invasion into our ranks. Our purpose is not to impugn the motives of every psychotherapist in America. Many are sincere altruists. However, many are discovering too late the spiritual damage that can be done to solid Christian families is often irreparable.

“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8). That, dear reader, is wisdom from above!

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Clean your ears out with this:

“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed.

If you look within, you’ll be depressed.

But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.

– Corrie Ten Boom

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Churches front and center in the culture war

In Austin, TX churches are fighting against an ordinance that forces them to consider female clergy and LGBTQ persons in hiring decisions. It states that employers cannot refuse to hire people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The city council says this ordinance “reflects our values and culture.” Baloney! It may reflect the council’s values but not the values of most Texans.

Reader alert! Five women now in our state legislature have formed the first LGBTQ Caucus. Can anyone out there see why all this is happening and where it’s going? Ever notice how many photos you see promoting same sex marriage with a woman performing the ceremony? Are our eyes wide open or are they drowsy with apathy?

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Remember the Alamo?

As a Texan, let me remind my friends in other states that 180 of us held off Santa Ana and two thousand soldiers with cannons for 13 days because of a wall!

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A quote from the Catholic Catechism

“The Bible tells us that Christians were baptized into Christ. They belong to Christ. The Acts of the Apostles (2:38; 8:16; 10:48; 19:5) tells us of baptizing ‘in the name (person) of Jesus.’ A better translation would be ‘into the name (person) of Jesus.’ Only in the 4th Century did the formula ‘In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” become customary.’” — (Rev. John C Kersten, S.V.D., Bible Catechism (Catholic Book Publishing Co., N.Y., N.Y., l973), p. 164. (Image of this book and this text are available at http://www.trinitytruth.org/matthew28_19addedtext.html

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by J. R. Ensey

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Letters From A Roman Jail

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Some of the most beautiful and truly meaningful words that flowed from the pen of Paul are found in his letters written while incarcerated in Rome. They graphically display the triumph of the pen over the sword. Nero’s sword took Paul’s head, but Paul’s pen took Nero’s empire! Topical format permits not just word study and exposition, but teaching ideas and application. This is a good book for new converts who enjoy studying the Word. Also good for Bible classes in Christian schools.    $12.95

The Role Of The Shepherdess

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I love this picture of a baptism service in the Brazos River near Houston in c. 1905. That looks like a couple of Texas Rangers astride their mounts on the right.

Thanks for visiting the blog. Feel free to leave your comments. Have a safe and blessed month of revival and ingathering.

JREnsey

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  1. Really enjoy reading your blog each month.


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