Tuesday, June 30, in the year of our Lord 2015
By Kevin Swanson
More reactions are coming from the recent landmark decision handed down by the Supreme Court of the United States on Friday! First, from heaven, according to Psalm 2, “He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.”
And presidential contender Mike Huckabee told ABC “This Week” that Christians will have to choose between God’s law and the civil law. He urged them to follow the path of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. toward civil disobedience, harkening to the words of Augustine, “An unjust law is no law at all.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that county clerks retain religious freedoms when it comes to the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses. He referred to the legal shift as “lawlessness.”
And, Ted Cruz told “Morning Edition” that this issue would be front and center in his campaign for the 2016 presidential nomination.
Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the minority in the Supreme Court decision, said, “I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.”
The next president will most likely appoint one or two new Supreme Court justices. The National Religious Liberties Conference scheduled for November 6 and 7 will address this major concern, six weeks before the Iowa presidential caucuses. Folks can register at Freedom2015.org.
Dr. Ben Carson was the favorite for conservatives at the Colorado Western Conservative Summit over the weekend. He took 26 percent in the straw poll, and another Washington outside, Carly Fiorina, the former HP executive, landed at 23 percent. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker came in third, and Senator Ted Cruz fourth. Summit Director John Andrews said the major issues concerning conservatives in the 2016 elections will be the economy and the Supreme Court.
“The two top issues that we heard about again and again all weekend at Western Conservative Summit were getting America’s economy going again, getting past the stagnation in wages and living standards for Middle America. A third important issue was put on the agenda by two disappointing Supreme Court decisions just as the summit convened, and that is, what kind of judges will the next president (appoint)?”
The Texas law that would have closed 19 abortion mills in the state is not happening now. The Supreme Court of the United States granted an emergency appeal to keep the clinics open and blocked the new Texas regulations for abortion clinics. Justice Kennedy once again took the side of the liberal majority in this powerful political move.
“I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found” (Psalm 37:35 – 36).
The Supreme Court barely upheld the death penalty in America by a vote of 5-4 in a decision released on Monday. Several of the justices questioned the constitutionality of the death penalty.
If God has anything to say about the civil magistrate, He confirms to us, “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image” (Genesis 9:6).
A young man in Kyrgyzstan, 19 years of age, was brutally beaten by his uncle and father for his conversion to Christianity, according to Open Doors.
Will an economic depression follow the collapse of traditional marriage and the social systems in the West? Banks in Greece will be closed for the next eight days, only allowing for withdrawals up to $67 a day. The European Central Bank will offer no emergency support, and the world is expecting Greece to default on IMF debts today. Stock markets in Europe, Japan and America lost anywhere from 2 to 4 percent of value on Monday.
Korean Christians are trying to hold the line when it comes to the rise of homosexuality in South Korea. Thousands of Christians showed up to peacefully protest at the 16th annual “Homosexual Pride” march on Sunday. Recent surveys from Pew Research found 57 percent of South Koreans still oppose homosexuality, and 18 percent find the behavior acceptable. A similar percentage, 57 percent of Americans opposed homosexuality way back in 2001. What will happen to South Korea in the next 14 years?
A 13-year-old boy was pulled under the water by an alligator in Lake Charlotte near Houston, Texas. By God’s mercy, Kaleb Hurley’s father and grandfather were both present and dove into the water and rescued the boy. Both father and son were hospitalized for wounds sustained in the altercation.
And that is The World View in Five Minutes.
Monday, June 29, in the year of our Lord 2015
By Mark Robinette
“And God said unto Noah, (the rainbow) is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth” (Genesis 9:17).
Unwittingly, President Barack Obama lit up the White House with this symbol of God’s promises between Himself and His people in order to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Blinded by God, scores of people rejoiced, joining all those God has turned over to homosexuality as an act of His holy judgment. But those who love God’s Word mourned the deepening open sins of our country.
In the 5-4 ruling, dissenting justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, warned how this historic ruling will only add fuel to the fiery assaults against the religious values upon which the nation was built. Roberts wrote, “Hard questions arise when people of faith exercise religion in ways that may be seen to conflict with the new right to same-sex marriage — when, for example, a religious college provides married student housing only to opposite-sex married couples, or a religious adoption agency declines to place children with same-sex married couples.” While Justice Anthony Kennedy acknowledged in his majority opinion that religious conservatives have the right to “advocate” and “teach” their views, there was no mention of the freedom to live according to their beliefs. Roberts continued, “The First Amendment guarantees, however, the freedom to ‘exercise’ religion.”
The World View spoke to former federal judge, diplomat and constitutional law professor at Trinity Law School, William Wagner, about the court’s decision. “This opinion is an ominous threat to American democracy especially for people that hold religious views. Religious views under this opinion are no longer protected in this country. The court went out of its way to specifically limit what religious freedom you will have. In the opinion it talks about people that are religious, while they can still advocate and they can still teach their religious views but, in a very, very scary aspect to this decision, it did not say that the American people were any longer allowed to exercise their religious freedom as the first amendment expressly says that we are.”
“If my people, which are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
According to The Blaze, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came out strong after the Supreme Court’s ruling with a call for a constitutional amendment to allow the states to define marriage for themselves. “I believe this Supreme Court decision is a grave mistake,” he said. “Five unelected judges have taken it upon themselves to redefine the institution of marriage, an institution that the author of this decision acknowledges ‘has been with us for millennia.’”
After 22 days, the second of two convicted killers who escaped from prison was shot and captured alive just two miles from the Canadian border. New York state police officer and 21-year-veteran Jay Cook spotted David Sweat Sunday jogging down a road in Constable, New York, and when he could not get him to stop, shot him in the torso before taking him into custody. Sweat’s cellmate, Richard Matt, who escaped with him from the Clinton Correctional Facility, was shot and killed by police Friday.
Thirty-eight people were killed by a black-garbed terrorist with a machine gun as they sat by a pool near a beach at a popular tourist resort in Sousse, Tunisia. The attack lasted 30 minutes as the shooter walked from a hotel pool area to the nearby beach shooting person after person. He reloaded his Kalashnikov four times while several people video-taped him. Thirty of the victims were British Citizens, making it the worst terrorist attack on the people of Great Britain in 10 years, said Prime Minister David Cameron. Police are looking for the 24-year-old man they identified as the mass murderer, Seifeddine Rezgui. Britain must become, Cameron said, “intolerant” of extremist Islam and “be stronger at standing up for our values.” Among the dead was a couple scheduled to meet the Queen of England in just a few days.
North Carolina beachgoers, beware! Six people have been attacked by sharks in the last 30 days, and experts say more attacks are likely under current conditions.
Three Boston high school girls were surprised by what they discovered when they decided to contact an infamous and imprisoned former crime boss as part of a history contest. James “Whitey” Bulger, now 85, serving two life sentences in a federal prison in Florida, sent them a handwritten letter saying, among other things, “crime doesn’t pay. My life was wasted and spent foolishly, brought shame and suffering on my parents and siblings and will end soon. Advice is a cheap commodity some seek it from me about crime — I know only one thing for sure — If you want to make crime pay — ‘Go to Law School.’”
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
And that is The World View in Five Minutes.
Friday, June 26, in the year of our Lord 2015
By Kevin Swanson
Justices John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy joined the liberals to save Obamacare in the latest Supreme Court ruling. The King v. Burwell ruling provided for federal funding on individuals using the federal marketplace, turning more control of medical care over to the federal government. CNN called it a “huge victory” for President Barack Obama. Colin Gunn is producer of the film “Wait Till It’s Free,” and he says that he was not surprised by the ruling. “The Supreme Court is essentially right now a very statist court, and it always … at least usually, falls on the most statist solution to the problem. This was a terrible idea and a big part of Obamacare, so it was an opportunity that was lost to save ourselves from one of the bad decisions within the Obamacare doctrine.”
The New York Times reports that the Roberts Court is the most liberal since the Warren Court of the 1960s.
“Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves. … And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. … So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city” (Genesis 11:4 – 8).
And, Obama won again on Wednesday. The House Republicans helped approve the fast track trade bill. Senate Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell called the fast track bill “an enormous grant of power, obviously, from a Republican Congress to a Democratic president.”
Shoebat.com has released a report including interviews with ISIS members, testifying to widespread homosexuality and AIDS among the “fundamentalist” jihadist Muslim sect. “Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie” (Romans 1:24 – 25).
Fox News also reports that Christian girls are handed out as prizes to ISIS fighters in Koran memorization contests.
Meanwhile, the secular government of Northern Ireland is persecuting Christian pastors for criticizing Islam. Pastor James McConnell faces criminal charges for describing Islam as heathen and “satanic.” The 78-year-old pastor says he is ready to go to jail for his faith.
“But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by (John the Baptist) … for all the evil things that Herod had done, added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison” (Luke 3:19 – 20).
The Muslim population in Uganda is growing, but so are reports of Christian converts among the Muslims in that country. However, Muslim conversions also mean persecution. A Christian mother of 11 was poisoned to death by her Muslim sister-in-law, according to The Christian Post. The Muslims have also threatened the life of their pastor at the New Hope Church in Nabuli.
Asia Bibi enters her sixth year of prison time in Pakistan. The British Pakistani Christian Association has initiated an online petition for Bibi’s freedom on PetitionBuzz.com.
As persecution against Christians increases in Pakistan, Ireland and California, Generations with Vision has organized a Religious Liberties Conference for Des Moines, Iowa, six weeks before the Iowa presidential Caucuses. Will Christians intercede on behalf of the persecuted? Register at Freedom2015.org.
As of Wednesday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. He opposes “homosexual marriage” and abortion and promises to defend religious freedom.
Planned Parenthood is back in court in Illinois. An organization called Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood brought suit when the organization put a massive abortion facility in their neighborhood. They argue that Planned Parenthood has violated the city’s zoning ordinance. An Illinois appellate court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, and the case will be returned to a state circuit court. Illinois Right to Life representative Emily Zender commented on the suit: “Planned Parenthood decided that they wanted to build the largest abortion provider in the country – at that time it was the largest – and they did it under deceit and fraud, lying to the citizens of Aurora, Illinois. And they built an abortion clinic where the zoning said that they were not allowed to have a nonprofit medical facility.”
Planned Parenthood kills more of this nation’s children than ever. Life News points out that the organization is responsible for 33 percent of the nation’s abortions, a ratio that used to be closer to 20 percent. And, 41 percent of their revenue comes from the American taxpayer.
Life News also reports that teen abortions in Minnesota have dropped off by 87 percent since a parental notification law was enacted in 1986.
The Roman Catholic Church will not bend on its position on homosexual marriage nor on the excommunication of remarried divorcees. That is the gist of the working paper for the Synod on the Family scheduled for October.
And that is The World View in Five Minutes.
Thursday, June 25, in the year of our Lord 2015
By Kevin Swanson
Praise God, the Word of God is never bound, and there are no borders for the church of Christ. The International Missions Board announced that they have distributed another 83,000 Bibles in Cuba.
Fox News reports that the United States is offering to sell nuclear equipment to Iran if they promise not to build nuclear weapons. The agreement is called “Civil Nuclear Cooperation.”
“Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who frame injustice by statute? They band together against the life of the righteous and condemn the innocent to death” (Psalm 94:20 – 21).
Child kidnappings are on the rise in the Middle East. ISIS has taken another 1,200 children to use for terrorism and suicide errands.
The pope has released a papal encyclical on the environment, stating that rich countries are destroying poor ones and insisting that the world is getting warmer. Dr. E. Calvin Beisner from the Cornwall Alliance attended the conference at the Vatican. He told The World View that the papal recommendations will only further oppress the poor. “He prescribes, as a measure of preventing dangerous global warming, a turn from the most abundant, affordable, reliable energy sources that we have, which are fossil fuels as well as nuclear, to diffuse unreliable and very expensive energy sources like wind and solar. But no society has ever risen out of poverty without abundant, affordable, reliable energy. And this would trap billions of the world’s poor.”
The New York Times reports that the U.S. Supreme Court is moving left. So far, the Roberts Court has yielded the highest percentage of liberal decisions since the infamous Warren Court in 1969.
Sonia and Rony Morales were told to terminate the pregnancy and kill the child. After all, the fetus was diagnosed with anencephaly and would not live more than a few hours outside of the womb. Angela is still thriving a year after birth, according to Life News. Now, she lifts her head, smiles and rolls over. Her mom told a local newscast, “We’ll take care of her until God decides to take her away, and God has already given her to us for one year.”
The United States has produced a new hostage policy as of Wednesday. There are no concessions, but the government will communicate with the terrorist groups. Also, the government now promises not to prosecute families that choose to pay ransom to terrorists.
An Ohio high school assistant principal is facing charges of battery for committing fornication with a female student. And a female teacher in Pennsylvania faces sexual assault charges for committing sexual sin. However, there is no indication that the nation’s courts will prosecute the other 100 million cases of fornication in a similar manner. “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral” (Heb. 13:4).
Apparently, the Civil War is officially over. Alabama’s governor removed the Confederate flag from the Capitol on Wednesday, and Virginia’s governor plans to take it off the state license plates. Also, evangelist Franklin Graham posted on Facebook about the Confederate flag, paying tribute to both of his great-great-grandfathers, whom he said fought for the South. But now, he is okay with taking the old flag down. As for the cultural tensions, he said, “Jesus Christ can change the human heart and take away the prejudice, racism, and hatred that lies within.” Of course, the root problem is the heart, not a flag, as Jesus Christ tells us, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person” (Matthew 15:19 – 20).
HSLDA reports that Michigan homeschoolers may be facing massive new restrictions with mandatory home visits and physical examinations for the kids. That is the thrust of Senate Bill 284 in the Legislature. On June 9, the State Board of Education supported the legislation by a vote of 5-1.
Can the womb become a tomb? Doctors were stunned to discover a calcified body of a fetus by x-ray in the abdomen of a 91-year-old woman in Chile. According to the news agency EFE, doctors speculate this may have been an ectopic pregnancy from fifty years earlier. Such cases have been reported on occasion in the past.
The Daily Telegraph reports on problems with skinny jeans. In the case of a 35-year-old Australian woman wearing the skintight jeans, they cut off her circulation and put her in the hospital for four days. Reduced blood supply to the muscles results in muscular atrophy. And do not forget one more helpful guideline to keep in mind while shopping at Walmart: “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with decency and propriety” (1 Timothy 2:9).
And that is The World View in Five Minutes.
Wednesday, June 24, in the year of our Lord 2015
By Mark Robinette
A humanitarian time bomb is ticking across the Middle East as millions of refugees forced to leave conflict areas fill neighboring countries. With little to no money, a glutted housing market and even fewer jobs, some fear it is close to the tipping point. Abu Abdullah, a former factory owner originally from Damascus but now a refugee in Jordan, told CNN, “It is very difficult restarting your life from scratch, it’s like moving to a different planet – especially when you have children. You have to work and survive, you cannot surrender.” Michael Abd El-Massih, executive director of Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry, says the crisis has created an opportunity for the gospel to go forth. “You know that created, especially in Lebanon, a huge opportunity to reach the Syrian refugees. The freedom in Lebanon gave the church in Lebanon an opportunity, an open door, to outreach (to) the refugees. They’ve conducted more humanitarian aid, but also sharing Scriptures.”
“Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:37 – 40).
Tuesday marked 1,000 days in prison for Pastor Saeed Abedini. Supporters displayed 1,000 flowers at the U.S. Capitol representing the millions of persecuted Christians around the world. Rev. Patrick Mahoney, pastor of Church on The Hill in the nation’s Capitol, said, “Every five minutes across the globe, a Christian is killed because of … (his) faith. (Pastor Abedini has spent) 1,000 days of being away from his wife and two precious young children; 1,000 days of facing brutal beatings and torture. We are leaving 1,000 flowers at the U.S. Capitol to remind members of Congress that millions of Christians are facing persecution and violence around the world and to demand they work for the immediate release of pastor Saeed and work to end this faith-based genocide.”
“And when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name” (Acts 5:40 – 41).
While the manhunt continues for the two convicted killers who escaped from an upstate New York prison, the husband of the woman accused of helping in the escape spoke about his wife’s alleged plan to kill him. Lyle Mitchell spoke to NBC’s Today show Tuesday. Apparently, his wife told him the men planned to kill him shortly after their escape. According to Mitchell, escapee Richard Matt told his wife, Joyce Mitchell, that he would give her pills that would knock her husband out so she would have no problem leaving their home to come meet him after the escape. Investigators now think it may be possible the two escapees have been staying in a cabin not far from the prison. DNA testing is under way to determine whether or not they have.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Charleston, South Carolina, Friday where Obama plans to deliver the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pickney, slain pastor of Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal church who was killed with eight others last week. The president considered Pickney a friend of his family.
Before he leaves town though, the president faces a showdown in the Senate where he is trying to get enough votes for his trade promotion authority bill, which would allow him to submit free trade agreements to Congress for an up-or-down vote without amendments. Getting Democrats to vote in favor of his legislation seems to be the main obstacle.
In the wake of the church massacre, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the Statehouse. “Today we are here in a moment of unity in our state without ill will to say it is time to remove the flag from our capitol grounds,” said Haley, a Republican and the state’s first non-white governor, while flanked by a diverse group of South Carolina politicians. She added, “This flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state.” The flag can only be removed from its location in front of the state Legislature with the approval of two-thirds of that body. In 2000, the Confederate flag was removed from the top of the state Capitol dome and moved to a memorial to Confederate soldiers just a few hundred feet away. “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:39 and Leviticus 19:15 – 18).
And that is The World View in Five Minutes.
Tuesday, June 23, in the year of our Lord 2015
By Kevin Swanson
Thanks be to God, there is a little more freedom for farmers! The Supreme Court took the side of a Fresno raisin farmer who resisted confiscation of his raisin crop by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Since the 1930s, the USDA has taken up the habit of seizing excess raisin production from private farmers in order to prop up prices. By a vote of 8-1, the court deemed the seizures unconstitutional. “Thou shalt not steal.” And that still applies to the U.S. federal government.
Chinese Pastor Ma Zhao is pressing for justice in China’s courts. Despite persecution, this pastor of a 1,000-member church in Guangzhou has filed a court case to enable his unregistered church to conduct meetings. Recently, his church lost a venue for a major event due to pressures from local authorities. The Open Doors organization commended the singular courage of this pastor in a recent press release.
After he was beaten and imprisoned in Philippi, the Apostle Paul protested, “They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and do they now throw us out secretly? No! Let them come themselves and take us out. … and they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens. So they came and apologized to them” (Acts 16:37 – 39).
Greece may have a shot at averting debt defaults and a collapse of the European economy. The country has suggested new terms including more taxes on businesses and the wealthy. They expect this will release another 7.2 billion euros of loans from the eurozone.
Meanwhile, a heat wave with soaring temperatures above 116 degrees in Pakistan has killed over 140 people. This follows a heat wave in India that killed 2,000, reminding us of God’s fearful and final judgment, where the worm never dies and the fire is not quenched.
It looks like the Confederate flag that represented rebellion for some and racism for others is about to come down off the South Carolina Capitol. Governor Nikki Haley and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham are calling for its removal after the shooting at the church in Charleston. Apparently, the shooter was seen in a picture holding what looked to some to be the Confederate flag.
Tullian Tchividjian, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida and Billy Graham’s grandson, resigned, admitting to a broken marriage and adulterous affairs on both sides. This comes one year after he was asked to leave The Gospel Coalition on doctrinal issues relating to the sanctification debate. Tchividjian was most famous for his condemnation of moralistic preaching, which he said, “is stimulated by a fear of the scandalous freedom that gospel grace promotes.” Mark Jones, author of a recent book on antinomianism, pointed out that Tchividjian’s recent book Jesus + Nothing = Everything, was “one lengthy antinomian diatribe.”
This follows other recent well-publicized resignations, including Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill, C.J. Mahaney and Josh Harris from Sovereign Grace Ministries, Doug Phillips from Vision Forum and Bill Gothard from Institute in Basic Life Principles.
“And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things” (Acts 5:11).
Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron, registered concerns about more Islamic terrorists and suicide bombers issuing from his own country. Speaking at a summit in Slovakia, Cameron pleaded with Muslims to stop radicalizing their youth. The prime minister explained how this radicalization is happening. “How does someone who has had all of the advantages of a British or European schooling, a loving family, the freedom and a quality that allow them to be who they want to be, turn into a tyrannical, murderous, evil regime? I’m clear that one of the reasons is that there are people who hold some of these views who don’t go as far as advocating violence but who do buy in to some of the prejudices.”
Stephen also explained the problem with the radicals who killed him in Acts 7:51 – 58: “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. … Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? … But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him.”
Are cultural killings increasing in America? New York Daily News reports five group cultural killings in 15 years. Ronald Taylor killed several whites in 2000, and Richard Baumhammers killed five people from various cultural backgrounds in 2000. White supremacist Wade Michael Page killed six Indian Americans in 2012, and Frazier Glenn Miller killed three people he thought to be Jews, but turned out to be Christians. The fifth happened over the weekend.
The days of comfortable Christianity are over. That is what Brian Brown from the National Organization for Marriage told the Future Conference at Skyline Church this week. It will be impossible to avoid opposition, controversy and persecution now with the upcoming Supreme Court decision on homosexuality. Conflict will be inevitable. The conference was attended by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Tony Perkins, Frank Gaffney Jr. and Mat Staver from the Liberty Counsel.
And that is The World View in Five Minutes.
Monday, June 22, in the year of our Lord 2015
By Mark Robinette
As many as 4,000 people gathered Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine African-Americans were killed during a church prayer meeting by a 21-year white racist who said, “he had to do it.” Residents and leaders from a variety of faiths and ethnic backgrounds came together for the vigil at the College of Charleston’s TD Arena and then gathered again outside Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Dr. Joel Hunter, pastor of Northland Church of Florida, said, “We know we have a real enemy who was a murderer from the beginning and still whispers lies into people’s hearts. But we also know we are called to be responsible to follow Christ and overcome the damage done.” Various leaders and speakers decried the lingering racism across the country and said Christians should lead the way in putting an end to it. “Our duty at this moment is to lift up, to encourage, and to give hope to the families left behind.” “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God,” (1 Peter 4:17).
According to The Christian Post, the confessed killer, Dylann Roof, told police the people he shot were so kind to him that he “almost didn’t go through with the shootings.” NBC reported Roof was captured by police in Shelby, North Carolina, after a woman called the police. The woman, Debbie Dills, said, “God had his hand in it.” Refusing to be branded a hero she added, “(I was) a willing vessel. He was the One Who made me look at that car. It was God Who made this happen. It don’t have nothing to do with Debbie, it don’t have nothing to do with Todd. It was about Him.”
Roof stood stone-faced, handcuffed in an orange jumpsuit while loved ones of victims tried to speak to him while he was arraigned. Many offered him their forgiveness for his crimes and passionate pleas to turn to God. His bond was set at $1 million and his trial is set for October 23.
Already perverting the beauty of God’s gift of sexuality, homosexual activists have done their best to justify their sin by branding those as “bigots” that hate sin – as God does.
Homosexual activists have not only perverted the beauty of God’s gift of sexuality but have also done their best to justify their sin by branding those who join God in hating it “bigots.” They pretend solidarity with those who are hated because of their ethnicity, while trying to force their views on others. Richard Odgaard and his wife Betty are their latest targets in this fight. The Odgaards, who own the Görtz Haus Gallery in Grimes, Iowa, are being forced to close down their family-owned business now after being sued for discrimination. They were sued when they would not allow a homosexual couple to rent their facility for a so-called wedding two years ago. The Odgaards, who are Mennonites, said their faith has not been shaken and their building, a beautiful 77-year-old stone church, would likely be returned to use as a church.
“Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it” (Isaiah 40:4 – 5).
Obamacare might be doing some good for Republicans after all. World Net Daily reported 13 percent of the users of the nation’s new healthcare, who voted for President Obama, say they will not vote Democrat in the next election. The World View spoke to Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, about the report. She has a new name for the “Affordable Care Act”: “I think people are finding out what it really means and finding out that its promises were false and that it really is the unaffordable care act, that it is forcing people to pay into a system that has a lot of mandates in it and that will take their money to spend on social engineering and politically-correct projects and deny people care at the time that they need it, that it is going to and has been increasing their insurance costs far beyond what it was before.”
Twenty-three were killed in Nigeria when a bomb confiscated from Boko Haram exploded. According to the BBC report, those who took the bomb had been celebrating a successful mission against the terrorist group when the bomb detonated.
Please continue to pray for the more than 200 Assyrian Christians captured by ISIS. The Assyrian International News Agency revealed that 70-year-old Francois Sawa from the village of Tel Shamiram was released earlier this week and is reported to be in good condition, joining dozens of others who have also been sporadically released. At least another 227 Assyrians are being held captive by ISIS after the terror group raided 35 villages on the Khabur River in February.
The jihadists have asked $100,000 for the release of each kidnapped Christian, more money than most in the region are able to pay.
“You have heard that it has been said, You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:43 – 45).
And that is The World View in Five Minutes.