JREnsey Mid-month blog September 2021

 

The First Word

“If a ruler hearkens to lies, all his servants are wicked” (Proverbs 29:12).

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A soldier’s dying words

The Gettysburg battlefield was strewn with bodies of the dead and dying. Cannister artillery was exploding everywhere. The moment came for the 6th North Carolina Regiment to charge the Union positions on Cemetery Hill. Colonel Issac E. Avery led the charge up the slope. A Federal artillery shell burst nearby and he fell, mortally wounded. Just before Col. Avery lost consciousness he scrawled a last, jumbled message to his subordinate, Major Samuel Tate—“Major: Tell my father I died with my face to the enemy.”

It was the honorable way to die in battle, if to die in battle he must. It meant he died doing his duty with courage and determination. He was no slacker. He didn’t cut and run. His father was proud of him, no doubt.

It is not how we enter life that counts, but how we exit. Did we fight a good fight? Did we keep the faith? Were we taking the fight to the enemy when we went down? Did we fall in the line of duty?

Perhaps that is why the treacherous prophet Baalam, when remembering the death of Jacob, the old patriarch of the Jews, prayed: “Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!”

Baalam should have remembered that to die the death of the righteous, one must live the life of the righteous; however, he chose to forsake the traditions of the righteous. His ignominious end bespoke both his cowardice and his confusion. One must die with his face to the enemy.

Please permit a personal reference. My best non-family friend in life, Ernest L. Holley, died that way. He had prayed with me at the altar when I received the Holy Spirit at age 16. He became a lifelong mentor. There was not a cowardly bone in his body. He never turned his back to the enemy. He fought bravely for what he saw as absolutes of the faith. Oh, he would yield on debatable matters when convinced. He was big enough to say, “I was wrong.” He could back up and say, “I’m sorry…forgive me.”

He never wavered on the principles of truth, righteousness, and fundamental Christian ethics. Right was right. Wrong was wrong. Socratically, he taught you as if he taught you not. Life itself was his primary pulpit. He didn’t give in, he didn’t give up. He didn’t quit when quitting would have been easy. He faced the enemies of compromise, error and excess with a holy boldness. People weren’t his enemies. His adversaries were the philosophies of the world, vain deceit, and humanistic traditions. He went after them with the sword of the Word, and handled his blade with honesty, integrity, and spiritual wisdom.

A true soldier fell when he went down. He is greatly missed. But write this down: He died with his face to the enemy. His Father was pleased. I am proud to say he was my friend.

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For parents of college students

Portland State University professor Peter Boghossian has resigned in an open letter in which he accuses the administration of fostering an environment hostile to intellectual inquiry and dissent. [No surprise about his findings.]

Boghossian, a philosophy professor and well-known critic of “woke” ideologies, said Wednesday that the university had created a “social justice factory” where students were taught “to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues.”

Professor Boghossian said that liberal college campuses could be a breeding ground for Antifa ideology. It has transformed a bastion of free inquiry into a social justice factory whose only inputs were race, gender, and victimhood and whose only outputs were grievance and division,” he added. “Students at Portland State are not being taught to think. Rather, they are being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues. Faculty and administrators have abdicated the university’s truth-seeking mission and instead drive intolerance of divergent beliefs and opinions. This has created a culture of offense where students are now afraid to speak openly and honestly.”

Parents and pastors: Have you checked with your own students about what is being ingested from leftist professors and forced on them by university administrators?

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An interesting quote

“Distinctions in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth cannot be produced by human institutions. In the full enjoyment of the gifts of Heaven and the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add to these natural and just advantages artificial distinctions to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society—the farmer, mechanics, and laborers—who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their governments.”

President Andrew Jackson; his view: “Equality under the Law but special privileges for none.”

Quoted from Andrew Jackson, by Sean Wilentz, pp. 82-83.

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Thomas Sowell on the real truth about slavery

Note: in his book Black Rednecks and White Liberals (2005), noted [black] economist Dr. Thomas Sowell, included a chapter “The Real History of Slavery” (pp. 111-169) in which he does his usual superb job of debunking the myths and presenting the facts on whatever topic receives his attention.  Some excerpts from the book:

“The ability to score ideological points against American society or Western civilization, or to induce guilt and thereby extract benefits from the white population today, are greatly enhanced by making enslavement appear to be a peculiarly American, or a peculiarly white, crime. (p. 111)

“This explanation is also consistent with the otherwise inexplicable contrast between the fiery rhetoric about past slavery in the United States used by those who pass over in utter silence the traumas of slavery that still exist in Mauritania, the Sudan, and parts of Nigeria and Benin. Why so much more concern for dead people who are now beyond our help than for the living human beings suffering the burdens and humiliations of slavery today? Why does a verbal picture of the abuses of slavery in centuries past arouse far more response than contemporary photographs of present-day slaves in Time magazine, the New York Times or the National Geographic?

“It takes no more research than a trip to almost any public library or college library to show the incredibly lopsided coverage of slavery in the United States or in the Western Hemisphere, as compared to the meager writings on the even larger number of Africans enslaved in the Islamic countries of the Middle East and North Africa, not to mention the vast numbers of Europeans also enslaved in centuries past in the Islamic world and within Europe itself. At least a million Europeans were enslaved by North African pirates alone from 1500 to 1800, and some European slaves were still being sold on the auction block in Egypt, years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed blacks in the United States.  Indeed, the Anglo-Egyptian treaty of August 4, 1877 prohibited the continued sale of white slaves after August 3, 1885, as well as prohibiting the import and export of Sudanese and Abyssinian slaves.

“During the Middle Ages, Slavs were so widely used as slaves in both Europe and the Islamic world that the very word ‘slave’ derived from the word Slav—not only in English, but also in other European languages, as well as in Arabic.  (pp. 111-112)

“Slavery was also an established institution in the Western Hemisphere before Columbus’ ships ever appeared on the horizon.” [emphasis added]. (p. 112)

“While slavery was common to all civilizations, as well as to peoples considered uncivilized, only one civilization developed a moral revulsion-to- against it, very late in its history—Western civilization. . . . Moreover, within Western civilization, the principal impetus for the abolition of slavery came first from very conservative religious activists—people who would today be called ‘the religious right.’ Clearly this story is not ‘politically correct’ in today’s terms. Hence it is ignored, as if it never happened.” (p. 116)

“Contrary to the ‘myths to live by’ created by Alex Haley and others, Africans were by no means the innocents portrayed in Roots, baffled as to why white men were coming in and taking their people away in chains. On the contrary, the region of West Africa from which Kunta Kinte supposedly came was one of the great slave-trading regions of the continent—before, during, and after the white men arrived. It was the Africans who enslaved their fellow Africans, selling some of these slaves to Europeans or to Arabs and keeping others for themselves. Even at the peak of the Atlantic slave trade, Africans retained more slaves for themselves than they sent to the Western Hemisphere.” (p. 120)

“Arabs were the leading slave raiders in East Africa, ranging over an area larger than all of Europe. The total number of slaves exported from East Africa during the nineteenth century has been estimated to be at least two million.”  (p. 121)

“There were thousands of . . . blacks in the antebellum South who were commercial slaveowners, just like their white counterparts. An estimated one-third of the ‘free persons of color’ in New Orleans were slaveowners and thousands of these slaveowners volunteered to fight for the Confederacy during the war.”  (p. 127)

“Despite all this, those with an instrumental view of history have managed to turn things upside down and present slavery as an evil of ‘our society’ or of the white race or of Western civilization. One could as well do the same with murder or cancer, simply by ignoring these evils in other societies and incessantly denouncing their presence in the West. Yet what was peculiar about the West was not that it participated in the worldwide evil of slavery, but that it abolished that evil, not only in Western societies but also in other societies subject to Western control or influence.

“This was possible only because the anti-slavery movement coincided with an era in which Western power and hegemony were at their zenith, so that it was essentially European imperialism which ended slavery. This idea might seem shocking, not because it does not fit the facts, but because it does not fit the prevailing vision of our time.” (pp. 134-135)

Source: As I See It E-Zine, 9/21

Editor’s note: Slavery was and is abominable and can never be justified. In 1808 America, having recently won its independence from England, banned the importation of slaves. Fifty-five year’s later, Abraham Lincoln set all slaves in the U.S. free. Before America was a nation, slavery was practiced in Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East. Sadly, it still is a reality in some nations, although it has assumed new forms. The books pictured above reveal the ugly practice with both a past and a present reality. It was not confined to one skin shade. Those who constantly make it a subject to incite racial guilt, as Sowell points out, should reveal more than one aspect of the matter. Truth and fairness brings reality to light, and with that light we should all be able to see positives in each other a little easier.

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It is not all about health

An ABC news station on Facebook asked for testimonies of unvaccinated people dying. They got the opposite, all about the fully vaccinated dying and becoming sick.

https://thedcpatriot.com/facebook-post-accidentally-reveals-more-people-are-being-killed-by-the-vaccine-than-the-media-is-letting-on/

While we are not telling people not to be vaccinated, I won’t tell them to do it either. It is a personal decision each has to make based on their own conscience, convictions, and researched facts. But CDC confirms a report from Massachusetts showing that 74% of those getting Covid during this new outbreak are fully vaccinated. LINK:   https://www.verywellhealth.com/cdc-report-vaccinated-breakthrough-infections-5195483

medsIn the face of these facts, the President and his administration’s lackeys are calling non-vaccinated persons “murderers” and “killers.” Why choose a risky vaccination if you are apt to get the virus anyway? Vaccinations have traditionally been given to keep people from getting a particular disease. We have all heard stories from among our friends and relatives who did not have Covid until immediately after the shots and then died from it. Each person must make up his or her own mind about the risks and rewards.

Additionally, the CDC has now admitted the vaccinated are just as likely to spread Covid as the unvaccinated. Reckon the President has read that report? Traditionally, vaccines were to prevent getting a disease, and therefore prevent one from passing it around. One can only wonder what really is behind all these mandates.

Rutgers University bars student from attending virtual classes. How could he infect anyone even if he did have Covid?

https://nypost.com/2021/09/07/rutgers-bars-unvaccinated-student-from-attending-virtual-classes/

A doctor in Houston prescribed Ivermectin for Covid patient but the hospital refused to administer it. FDA says Ivermectin is not safe. He died. Family is traumatized.

But the experimental vaccine is safe? One of our church member’s father was vaccinated, became sick, was hospitalized and passed away.

Days or weeks under a ventilator is safe? Where’s the data on that? Many doctors even say masks are not safe. Who are folks to believe? Trust in government agencies is at an all time low. Imagine that.

New study:  “The two main COVID-19 vaccines used in the United States are more likely to land teenage boys in the hospital than COVID-19 itself, a new study has found.”

https://www.theepochtimes.com/teenage-boys-more-likely-to-suffer-heart-inflammation-from-covid-19-vaccine-than-hospitalization-study_3991076.html?utm_source=partner&utm_campaign=imctgm01

It’s not all about health. It is about power and control, and our left-leaning culture is punch-drunk on it.

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Definition of marriage

In 1913, the Webster’s dictionary defined marriage as between a man and a woman for life, even quoting Scripture to support their definition: “legal union of a man and a woman for life, as husband and wife; wedlock; matrimony. Marriage is honorable in all. Heb. xiii. 4.

In my 1939 huge, back-breaking-to-lift edition, it was described as “between two persons of the opposite sex…as man and wife.”157210._UY475_SS475_

However, in the current Webster’s edition it is defined as:

1a : the state of being united as spouses in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law

b : the mutual relation of married persons

c : the institution whereby individuals are joined in a marriage

Soon it may be adjusted to mean a legal association between “two or more beings” or “entities,” which may mean humans or animals, or even involving inanimate objects—dolls, carved deities, or even robots. There is no stopping on the crowded, broad freeway of which Jesus spoke. The only exit is at an altar of sincere repentance. Otherwise, at the end of the road is only divine retributive justice.

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Books

Adorning The Doctrine

by J. R. Ensey

Adorning-in-SpanishAdorning-in-English

This book deals with doctrine and spirituality, doctrine and the Book of Acts, doctrine and “three mentions,” and curbing the influx of false doctrine. For truth seekers only. In both English and Spanish.

AM Price $4.95

To order go to  Advance Ministries.

 

 

The New Cyclopedic Theological Dictionary (eBook)

by J. R. Ensey
The only reference volume we know of based on the biblical, Apostolic viewpoint!
When you need the definition of a theological term, the description of a religious movement, or the meaning of over a thousand words that are found in reference works and the Bible…turn to The New Cyclopedic Theological Dictionary!

Contains:
– Over 1000 entries
– Definitions and descriptions of many Bible words, theological terms, and religious movements
– 486 pages of easy-to-read, easy-to-use information
– The only reference volume of its kind! Written from a conservative, apostolic perspective, this classic work has enhanced the study habits of thousands of ministers and laymen.

“This dictionary is far more than a word study; it is replete with the background and history of many doctrinal positions and teachings. It also serves as a standard for testing the validity of different theories–an invaluable tool!” -Dr. Marvin Treece

AM price $12.95   Order the searchable eBook format from Advance Ministries.

Print version available from Amazon.

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Truth is AWOL in DC

AAAAA Guns USE

AAAAA Making Taliban great USE

In the spirit of 9/11, I would like to say a personal thanks to all the first responders, dead and living, who were serving in NYC and in DC on that fateful day. Many were taken from their families in that event which, like Pearl Harbor, will live in infamy. And a salute also goes to all the veterans who have kept our nation free from 1776 until this day. God bless you…and may God bless America with many more brave individuals like you.

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The Last Word

There is no freedom where there is no truth.

Have a blessed day…keep the faith.

JREnsey

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