JREnsey blog September 2022

Greetings to our new readers and our faithful regulars!

The Word for today

“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors i would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do” (Joshua 1:6-7).

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Satan, do your worst…

…and we will do our best!

It appears, and some pundits and media outlets have confirmed it, that war has been declared against Christianity in ours and many other nations. War is not a pleasant thought, particularly when you recognize that it is waged against you and your religious faith. However, I am encouraged when I am reminded of another war and one of its greatest heroes—Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

His island nation had been under attack from Nazi Germany for over a year. Adolph Hitler had decided to bomb England into surrender and submission by reducing London and other major cities to rubble rather than invading it with an army. Britain’s families spending time in underground bunkers became a virtual way of life. It was as if gigantic Goliath was hurling spears and swinging swords at a David-sized nation across the English Channel.

Time and again Churchill took to the air waves to rally his people to stand fast against the Nazi aggressors. His way with words and his powerful, motivating speeches virtually saved the British people from becoming an extension of Germany. Churchill had chutzpah—guts, nerve, audacity, arrogance, boldness—and it was all contagious. The British people caught it.

He warned Hitler that if they did invade from ships or the skies, “We will fight on the beaches, we will fight on the landing grounds…We shall fight in the streets and in the fields…We shall NEVER surrender!” And he meant it!

On one dark day after the rockets had fallen and the Stuka dive bombers had screamed their death from the sky, Churchill shook his fist at Hitler and the German war machine and cried in a voice that spoke for all his nation: “We will have no truce or parley with you, or the grisly gang who work your wicked will. You do your worst and we will do our best!”

Hitler’s worst couldn’t match England’s best, just as Goliath’s worst couldn’t match David’s best.

I feel like saying to all of our readers—pastors, leaders, and laymen alike—the enemy of our souls may have declared all-out war on Christian believers because he knows his time is limited, but let us rise up with one voice and say to him: “We will fight in our homes, we will fight in our schools, we will fight in our churches…We will fight in our worship, we will fight in our prayer rooms, we will fight in our pews, we will fight in our altars, we will fight on our feet and on our kneesWE will NEVER surrender!”

Satan, you do your worstwe will do our best! And God will give us the ultimate victory!

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Does the NKJV complicate Bible language?

The New King James Bible (NKJV) gets a bad rap from strict KJV advocates because it uses a word in Song of Solomon that is unfamiliar to many Western readers. For instance, they claim the NKJV and others are more difficult to read in part because of the use of “palanquin” in Song of Solomon 3:9. Many of us in the West have never seen one so it was easier to relate to the KJV rendering of the word as “a chariot.”

The KJV translators, who were better at Latin than Hebrew, were apparently unfamiliar with this Hebrew word since it was used only once in the Bible. Appiryon was not a chariot, however, which would have wheels and be drawn by horses. Elsewhere in the OT, “chariot[s]” is usually derived from some form of the noun merkaba.

The publishers of the NKJV, however, were accurately rendering the Hebrew word into English. The word “palanquin” is used by many versions to translate the Hebrew term appiryon in S. of S. 3:9: “King Solomon made himself a palanquin of the wood of Lebanon” (ASV); “King Solomon has made for himself a palanquin From the [cedar] wood of Lebanon” (AMP); “Of the wood of Lebanon Solomon the King made himself a palanquin” (NKJV). Others render it similarly (ASV, NRSV, etc.).

A palanquin is a box-like conveyance for one passenger, usually carried on two horizontal poles by four or six bearers. They were made to transport kings or other important persons so they would not have to walk. These are still used in some places in the East. The Orthodox Jewish Bible renders the verse this way: “HaMelech Sh’lomo made himself an appiryon (palanquin, mobile throne carried on a litter on the shoulders of men) of the wood of the Levanon [sic].” This is the only reference in the Bible to such a conveyance.

The usage of “palanquin” does not represent a complication of the Bible’s language making it more difficult to read. It is just that we Westerners are not accustomed to seeing such devices on our streets or hearing about them. The rendering is incorporated to better express what was actually meant by the original Hebrew term. Other names for the device are “sedan…sedan chair…covered litter” used in some translations.

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Mother of all scams

Back around 1970 we were warned by climate alarmists that a new ice age was coming. When that was not obvious to anyone and did not fit well with the new narrative, they changed to global warming, and then to “climate change,” and today to a “global climate emergency.” All designed, of course, to destroy the capitalist economy of America and bend it toward totalitarianism.

The biggest names in the climate emergency scam has been Al Gore, Barack Obama, and now Joe Biden. In the face of their claims of a dangerous rise in sea level, Obama and Al Gore both bought mansions on the beaches of Massachusetts and California, respectively. Joe Biden’s beach house in Delaware (left) is due for a high security fence costing almost a half million dollars, paid for by you and me. A wall for him, but not for the country.

The shameless hypocrisy of saying one thing then acting and living in a totally different way amounts to nothing less than a political scam. Check out the two websites below. You be the judge.

 

https://www.scienceunderattack.com/blog/2019/9/23/no-evidence-that-climate-change-is-accelerating-sea-level-rise-35

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Isn’t it true…?

…that it’s the parents’ job to ensure that their children grow up to be stable, self-confident, mentally healthy individuals—including building a solid connection between mind and body? Generic pronouns, a pliable identity and sterilizing drugs are total destruction of those things. Also if you have to have a uterus to have an opinion on reproductive rights, then I guess you have to own a gun to have an opinion on gun rights. – Outspoken Sam

…that if inflation was at 0% in July and was under control as the president said, we really didn’t need the “Inflation Reduction Act”?

…that one doesn’t  have to operate with great malice to do great harm? The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient.” – Charles Blow

...that “We all have our time machines, don’t we? Those that take us back are memories…and those that carry us forward, are dreams.” – H. G. Wells

…that if something like the Trump raid on a political opponent would have happened during his administration, the streets would have been full of rioters, police cars would be burning, and mayors would be calling for the National Guard? The differences are so obvious.

…that in an empire of lies, truth is treason? – Patriot Post

…that China is teaching their kids quantum physics and calculus while America’s kids are learning new gender specific pronouns and how to twerk like a drag queen? This cannot turn out well.

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SSRIs and the “chemical imbalance” fraud

For years we have warned those who are “diagnosed” with depression due to a “chemical imbalance” in the brain were being duped by the pharmaceutical industry. Follow the money. We told the story and backed up the contention in our book titled The Couch and the Cross. Many outstanding and well-known psychiatrists whom we quoted were ignored by people who were sure that the other psychiatrists and psychologists who were in the money-receiving chain from big pharma were correct. Millions of people (1 in every six Americans), mostly women, were convinced that their “feelings” were due to “depression” (broadly defined to include nearly everyone who sees a psychologist or counselor) and that Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants were their cure.

The pharmaceutical companies saw this as their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Brand names like Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil and many others became popular overnight. People were told they had to stay on them for months in order to really determine their benefit. Of course, by that time they were virtually hooked, believing that they were being cured or made to “feel” better by their use, most electing to stay on them for fear of a return of their old feelings of “depression.” Never mind the uptick in the suicide rate, the rise in the divorce rate, or mass shootings credited to mind-altering drugs. By that time circumstances that had evoked feelings of depression had often changed, but the pills got at least partial credit for other “feelings.”

But what about those who say they were helped by these drugs? Trials are conducted with the use of placebos (pills without actual medicine in them) and many say they were helped by them also. In other words, they convinced themselves that they received benefit from the worthless pill. They same thing happens when people take these particular drugs. Some convince themselves that they are being “cured.” Some may actually experience temporary personality/behavioral changes. Doctors do not know how these medicines will affect an individual who takes them. It usually takes some time (weeks or months) to determine a result. That is why the labels are forced to include such statements as “may cause thoughts of suicide” and other dangerous outcomes.

Windfall profits sent hundreds of lobbyists to Washington DC to make sure that legislation to protect big pharma was always a priority with lawmakers. The money also could pay handsomely for studies favorable to their theories. They also kept the money flowing to doctors who were willing to prescribe their products without extensive examinations.

Lately, however, more serious studies have surfaced that have shined new light on the truth. I suggest that those who are on SSRIs be objective enough to read one of the latest studies that show that the theory behind them is flawed. Don’t treat this as professional advice to stop taking a drug immediately. Just read. Look before you leap. One study is called “The Serotoniin Theory of Depression.” The website link is https://www.nature.com/articles/s41380-022-01661-0.

The book The Couch and the Cross is still available as an eBook. Order at the advanceministries.org/books website or email raensey@gmail.com, or call 936-537-0250. Only 9.95.

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Mennonites drink the Kool-Aid while Simons spins

The Mennonite Church USA has adopted a policy of “inclusion” that permits their ministers to perform gay marriages, and embraces the LGBTQ+ lifestyle, recognizing their “spiritual gifts,” even apologizing to them for the “harm” done to them in the past by previous policies. While they were at it, they adopted a congregational curriculum that included defunding the police and the promotion of an anti-Israeli agenda. That is what can happen when theological liberals assume leadership in religious bodies.

Let’s see…what or who else might be embraced in a policy of “inclusion.” Adulterers? Murderers? Idolators? Why not? The “Society of Occasional Adulterers” may seek representation. Or “The Association of Holy Assassins,” or even OPABL—”Organization of People Against Biblical Lies.” Apparently those groups need acceptance, welcoming, and understanding.

While the modern trend and emphasis is on “inclusion,” Bible believers might note that God and Paul also embraced a policy of exclusion, which listed homosexual activity right along with murder, witchcraft, idolatry, theft, and extortion. Unrepentant practitioners of such acts would not inherit the kingdom of God (I Corinthians 6:8-10; Galatians 5:19-21). Apostolics who hold the same position didn’t write the Bible. They just teach what it says. But once a local church or religious organization starts down the road of making sure that all diverse segments of the population are accepted and “included” on church rolls, there is no turning back or stopping place. Pastors and Christian leaders have to split with the culture or with the Bible.

Unless I miss my guess, Menno Simons (1496-1561), the Anabaptist founder of the church named for him, is not just turning over in his grave, but is twisting, even spinning.

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For word addicts only:

  1. Of all the inventions of the last 100 years, the dry erase board has to be the most remarkable.
  2. If you’re up at night while the cows are asleep in the field, that means it’s pasture bedtime.
  3. Did you hear about the guy that evaporated? He’ll be mist.
  4. What do you call a cow with a twitch? Beef Jerky.
  5. Did you hear about the truck transporting steaks that got into a wreck? Some car T-Boned it.
  6. Which knight of the round table was the beefiest? Sir Loin.
  7. What happened to the lost beef shipment? Nobody’s herd.
  8. What has five toes but isn’t your foot? My foot.
  9. Accidentally burned dinner on the grill. Mis-steaks were made.
  10. How do you get a farm girl to marry you? First, a tractor.

UGH! How can you word addicts stomach that stuff?

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 Books

The Couch and The Cross eBook

by J. R. Ensey
This book exposes the psychology and pharmaceutical conglomerate’s inroads into Christianity. It answers many of the questions people have about counseling in general and Christian counseling in particular. The Word and Spirit of God are set forth as sufficient to the true healing of the soul. Drugs and other chemicals may affect physical ailments and change moods artificially, but true deliverance and spiritual wholeness always come through Christ and His Word.
AM Price $9.95  To order, click on the title above.

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 Babies have a better way of saying it

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Last Words

Trust the babies. They seem unbiased and wise beyond their years!

God bless!

JREnsey

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