JREnsey July mid-month update

Thanks for checking in on our abbreviated mid-month blog update!

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The Word for Today

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (I Timothy 2:1-2 ESV).

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Neglect the news, unless you have a strong stomach

Norm Chomsky once said, “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.”

This philosophy falls in line with Sol Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals, followed closely by the Clintons and Obama, as well as AOC and the other airheads in the House of Representatives today.

The circus act at the border by AOC was nothing more than leftist propaganda. Take a look at her crying act at a fence facing a parking lot (below). You would think she was standing at the fence surrounding the Auschwitz concentration camp. It was a parking lot. According to authorities on site, her lies about women being made to drink from toilets was a complete fabrication. How smart can New Yorkers be who would vote this bartender into the U.S. House of Representatives? If that is the best candidate they have for someone to help run America, than God help lower Manhatten! Perhaps we should sell it back to the Indians for $30 bucks, take the $6 profit and run.

Earth to AOC: It’s not a concentration camp if you can avoid it by walking in the opposite direction!

Enough, already!

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The primary purpose for this mid-month update is to communicate the following information.

A message regarding the KJV vs. modern translations issue

Because I have occasionally put items in my blog concerning the Bible translation controversy, some people have assumed that I am on a crusade to denigrate the King James Version or convert its users to other Bible versions. Not so. I realize some readers may be seeing only one side of the debate; therefore, an explanation is necessary.

While I personally believe there are other versions more accurate and clearer on doctrine and the holiness lifestyle than the KJV, I know that there are many who love the KJV, have memorized its style and cadence, and have no desire to change. I understand that. No suggestions are made to stop using it. My appeal is to those within our constituency who are continuing to spread misinformation about both the KJV and other versions to cease doing so. Since they have refused, I and others have published rebuttals to their false claims. The misrepresentation of the facts on this issue has evoked confusion among both ministers and laymen and is injurious to needed unity.

I recognize there are a few rogue translations in print, the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ New World Translation, for instance, and others that I have written against. However, the major ones in wide usage that are based on the earliest Greek manuscripts are considered to be truer to the original text than the KJV by competent and dedicated conservative scholars. My personal research over the last 30 years agrees with their position. That being said, the renderings in the new versions do not alter any fundamental doctrine set forth in the KJV. They embrace faith, repentance, baptism in the name of Jesus, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, a holy lifestyle, the resurrection of Christ, the deity of Jesus, the absolute oneness of God, heaven, hell, and other major doctrines. Their redeeming value is that they generally state those truths in a clearer and more understandable way than the 418-year old KJV. That version is simply the last in a line of English Bible versions from Europe published in the 16th and 17th centuries. Its translators stated clearly in their Preface that they did not consider it to be the ultimate and final word on Bible versions.

While I am not trying to convince people to discontinue using the KJV, a few very vocal extremists are desperately claiming it is the only translation we should use and all others are “fake Bibles,” published merely to deceive people and make money. They continue to make false assertions in articles, tracts and social media that are deceptive and misleading, amounting to little more than fear-mongering. Some of my readers may not be aware of their efforts. That is the reason for my addressing the Bible translation issue—not to get people to switch versions and use another translation. That decision needs to be based on informed factual research, not unsubstantiated claims.

This position is clearly stated in my book Searching the Scriptures:
Merging Truth, Texts and Translations
. In it I provide what is being published about Greek texts, manuscripts and Bible translations by the KJV extremists. The errors of that movement are clearly delineated and rebutted. Those who are interested in the facts about Bible versions will find this book helpful. I believe it will assist in allaying any concerns associated with this issue. I urge all to take time to do their own objective research on this issue.

The nearly 500-page book Searching the Scriptures: Merging Truth,
Texts and Translations
is available as an eBook for $14.95. Search, cut and paste, read on the screen or print it out. It contains information produced by years of dedicated research. Order HERE: www.advanceministries.org/store

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What…?

Democrats spent two years fighting “foreign involvement in our elections” and then voted 228-197 in favor of allowing illegals to vote. They objected to the cost of an Independence Day parade honoring liberty and those who defend it, but want to use your tax dollars to provide free health care, housing, and other “free stuff” to millions of illegal aliens.

Democrats voted to fine American citizens for not having health insurance, and now they want to give health insurance to illegals for free? One presidential candidate wants to completely eliminate private insurance altogether in favor of a single payer (the government) system. Where will all this insanity stop?

More nonsense: An Arizona Starbucks store asked 6 policemen (customers) to either leave or make themselves invisible to a customer who told the barista that he did not feel “safe” with the policemen around. Corporate management offered a half-hearted apology, but in some ways they have proved themselves to be poor supporters of legal authorities. They are some of the prime movers of the agenda of the LGBTQ community. There is a fairly strong movement that is advocating a boycott of Starbuck’s. Frankly, I much prefer the coffee at McCafé. The $5 cuppa you can keep.

Nike removes American flag from shoes

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The Last Word

All patriots should be motivated by the words of John Adams, our second U.S. president: “You will never know how much it cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”

JREnsey

[Notice: This blog has no connection to any person, organization, corporation, or entity other than the signatory.]

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