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I’m Adam McManus
1. President Obama’s Net Neutrality plan was approved by the FCC board Thursday on a 3-2 party line vote. Former FCC Chariman, Michael Powell issued a statement, “Today the FCCC took one of the most regulatory steps in its history. It began regulating the Internet, abruptly abandoning a bipartisan national commitment to limited government involvement that has reigned for decades.” Republican Senator John Thune referred to the FCC action as a “Power Grab” and called on Congress to fix the damage. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, said these regulations are intended to “protect consumers.”
And we quote Jesus, “He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you.”
2. A major victory for conservative Episcopal churches in South Carolina that have held to the biblical position on homosexuality! The court ruled in favor of The Protestant Episcopal Diocese, a break-off from the Episcopal communion, that wished to retain ownership of 12 plus properties valued at $500 million dollars.
3. The meek really do inherit the earth. That’s what happened with Bethany Community Church when they converted a former strip club into an evangelistic facility serving breakfast to homeless and drug addicts that frequent the streets of Shoreline in Washington State.
“No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.”
4. According to the Associated Press the number of Syrians Christians abducted by ISIS has risen to 220. One senior official from the Assyrian Democratic Organization was quoted “ISIS raided 33 Assyrian villages, picking up as many as 300 people along the way. It was not possible to reconcile the numbers, and the fate of the hostages remained unclear.” Pray for the Christians in Syria and Iraq.
5. In recent news Obama Tells Faith-based organizations that they must refer pregnant refugee children for abortions. Susan Yoshihara is senior vice president for the Center for the Family and Human Rights, and she is one of many who finds these regulations onerous.
Organizations receiving federal funding must comply with these regulations by June 24th, or risk losing their grants.
6. Last June, the 1.8 million member Presbyterian Church USA, passed a resolution at its assembly to recognize the unnatural use of man and woman in the form of Same-Sex Marriage. This action is pending approval from at least 86 individual presbyteries. Thus far, 61 presbyteries have approved the resolution, and only 23 have voted against it.
7. The marriage charade continues in Houston, Texas, where a woman reportedly married herself . . .in a ceremony conducted by a female pastor. The Houston Chronicle article noted that the event was held at the Houston Museum of African American Culture, which welcomes and invites people of all sexual orientations to enjoy and rent the facility.
“And God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”
8. The Heavens declare the Glory of God. . .Scientists from China’s Peking University and the University of Arizona have proven that maxim once more, with the discovery of a super massive black hole that is 12 billion times larger than our sun. Scientists are stumped. They cannot figure how a black hole grow to this size on its own, in just a billion years or so, (especially given that it took 12.9 billion years for the light to travel to the earth). Here’s an explanation: “And God made the stars also. . . to rule over the night. . .and God saw that it was good. . .and the evening and the morning were the fourth day.” All things were made by Jesus Christ and without Him was not anything made that was made. Worship Him. He is worthy to be praised.
And that’s the Worldview in Five Minutes. I’m Adam McManus
This is The Worldview in Five Minutes. I’m Adam McManus.
By God’s providence, thirty people have been killed in weather related accidents in Tennessee over the last week. Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama Governors have all declared a state of emergency in their states. And northern Georgia residents remain under a winter storm warning through Thursday.
Today, internet freedom will end as we know it. At least that’s what Gordon Crovitz, editorialist for the Wall Street Journal is telling us. This means nobody takes their new websites or apps live without government approval. Critics are referring to the 330 pages of secretive regulations, soon to be issued by the Federal Communications Commission as “Obamacare for the internet.” President Obama’s plan for Net Neutrality is intended to provide equal access and equal speed to websites and consumers. Republican Congressmen have demanded details of the plan, but without success.
Former Iraqi Minister of Imigration and Refugees, Pascale Warda told Breitbart News that quote “a genocide is happening in Iraq.” She claims that the Islamic State is determined to annihilate the Christian presence in the country. Meanwhile, reports of abductions in Syria increase to 150 as ofWednesday. Reaching Unreached Nations ministries rescues Iraqi refugees, and provides basic sustenance for the Christian church in that country. Last month, two ministry workers lost their lives protecting women and children in villages under attack. ISIS kidnapped 75 young girls in these raids. President of the ministry, Eric Watts says the contrast between ISIS and true Christian love represented by Jesus’ followers is pronounced.
Despite the persecution, the Iraqi church is growing stronger, and staying in fellowship with each other.
Ireland’s prime minister, publicly endorsed same-sex “marriage” in the wake of a national referendum tentatively scheduled for May. The country’s health minister also revealed his proclivity towards the sin of homosexuality just last month. He’s the first openly homosexual cabinet minister in Ireland’s history. Ireland is the only nation left in Western Europe to ban same-sex marriage. Nations. . . clouds without water, carried about by winds; trees whose fruit withers, without fruit, twice dead, plucked by the roots.
Great Britain has become the first brave new state to approve three person babies. . . or three-person in vitro fertiization. The House of Lords approved the measure this month by an overwhelming majority. A second woman donor provides a second embryo for the purposes of improving the condition of the mitochondria. However, the child will carry 0.1% of its DNA from the second woman. But it will not be well with the wicked, neither will he prolong his days like a shadow, because he does not fear before God.
Last Friday, a New Mexico bill banning late term abortions passed the Public Affairs Committee by a 4-3 party vote. The bill makes exceptions for babies conceived in rape and incest. No mention amongst committee members was made of God’s true concern. “You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child.”
For those Christians who love children and big families, Good News! The TLC television program, 19 Kids and Counting is setting new ratings records! The Duggar Family’s tenth season premiered last week, as the #1 ranked cable program in prime time with women. And it was the series highest rated season premier ever, at 4.4 million viewers.
The Christian Post points out that Male-only Fraternities are a no-no at Wesleyan University. . . but there are housing options for LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM groups, to include 15 different forms of sexually perverse lifestyles. The university that requires all undergrads to reside on campus has required all fraternities to provide co-ed arrangements. Delta Kappa Epsilon initiated a law suit against the university, founded by the Methodist Episcopal church. What would John Wesley think of Wesleyan University?
“Were they ashamed because of the abomination they have done? They were not even ashamed at all; They did not even know how to blush. . . Thus says the LORD, “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls.”
The State of Georgia has scheduled its first execution of a female prisoner on death row, in 70 years, for next Monday. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, was convicted in a plot to murder her husband 19 years ago in suburban Atlanta. If the State of Georgia pursues this course of justice, Kelly will meet her Maker on Monday. May she be prepared for her final court date, presided over by the Son of God at the end of time.
And that’s the Worldview in Five Minutes. This is Adam McManus.
February 25th, 2015
This is THE WORLDVIEW in 5 Minutes. I’m Adam McManus.
As it turns out, God still controls the weather patterns, and Congress does not! They’re calling it a snow-pocalypse on the East Coast. And they are not calling it global warming. Washington DC broke a 120 year low temp record last weekend. And Boston has cleared 100 inches (or 8 feet) of snow, and is expected to top its all time season record.
Syria reports more kidnappings by Isis. An additional 90 women, children, and elderly have been reported missing in recent days.
Phyllis Sorter, an American Methodist Missionary named Phyllis Sorter was kidnapped Monday from a school in Nigeria. Kidnappers are asking for $300,000 in ransom.
Nigeria is experiencing major unrest, from Boko Haram and other militant Islamic groups. The Church of the Brethren claims over 1200 churches destroyed, 8,000 members killed, and 700,000 members displaced. Dr. Danny McCain teaches at Global Scholars in Jost, in north central Nigeria. . . He tells of the suffering experienced by Christians in the immediate area. 20 sec. . .
The Atlanta fire chief, fired for his views on homosexuality has gained some political support from the Georgia House. Six members have requested reinstatement for Kelvin Cochrane, claiming the city violated fundamental principles of free speech and religious freedom. Cochrane says that it is his faith in God that enabled him to do his job for the Atlanta Fire Department; 20 sec. . .
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven.”
Alaska is the 3rd state to legalize both sales and possession of Marijuana. Alaskans approved the measure in the last election by a narrow margin. . . follow Colorado and Washington State. Washington DC plans to legalize possession.
“The works of the flesh include drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Cyber criminals have found more treasures on earth, where moth and rust corrupt and where thieves break in and steal. Reports indicate computer hackers lifted a record-breaking $1 billion from international banks, mostly in Russia and Eastern Europe in this last spree.
What may be the weakest domino in Europe’s economic system is back seeking debt restructuring. The Eurozone has saved the day for Greece, with a four month extension of aid. The nation’s debt burden remains over 175% of its GDP. The debtor is servant to the lender.
The 21 beheadings last week have touched off a firestorm of evangelism in North Africa. The Bible Society of Egypt reports its largest campaign yet, with 1.65 million tracts distiruted in a single week.
Researchers from Sydney Australia, have found that angry outbursts increase your chance for a heart attack by 8.5 X. No surprise. , “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”
By God’s providence, superbug has killed two people in North Carolina. An additional 18 cases of this anti-biotic resistant bacteria have been identified at UCLA Medical Center.
Isaiah 45:7, “I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the LORD, who does all these things.”
That is THE WORLDVIEW in 5 minutes. I’m Adam McManus Reporting.
TUESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2015
1. A 70 year old florist in Washington state says she will be forced out of business, for her failure to support the unnatural use of man and woman. A state judge ruled last week that Barronnelle Stutzman violated the state’s anti-discrimination laws, when she refused a bouquet for two homosexuals seeking matrimony. Suits were filed against her by the state Attorney General and the American Civil Liberties Union. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys plan an appeal. In the words of Isaiah the prophet, Woe to those who enact evil statutes And to those who constantly record unjust decisions, So as to deprive the needy of justice And rob the poor of My people of their rights, So that widows may be their spoil ,And that they may plunder the orphans.
2. African Americans pray daily and attend church at higher rates than all other groups in this country. That according to a report from the Family Research Council’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute. The report suggested that the black church has what it takes to rebuild these families. The data on the African American family is still not good. Illegitimacy rates have increased from 49% to 72 % over the last generation, and only 10% of teens live with both biological parents.
3. Dr. Dino – Young Earth Creationist Kent Hovind is back in the news. He has served 8 years in a federal prison for charges of “structuring,” (or removing cash amounts of less than $10,000 from his bank account.) New charges were filed against Hovind last summer for filing a court document concerning church property seized by the government. The court date is set for March 2nd.
Peter Reilly from Forbes Magazine is not a fan of Hovind’s ministry. But he has written a series of articles recently arguing Hovind’s case: Reilly says the government’s prosecution is “a bit over the top. Frankly, if I was on the jury, they might have a hard time getting a conviction.” Internet and Media support for Hovind is growing. And the Washington Post’s Radley Balko has called the structuring laws “ridiculous” in a recent editorial.
Nonetheless, Hovind has made good use of his time in prison reaching out to other prisoners with the Gospel. Will more Christians be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law on the basis of technicalities? Pastors and church leaders are asking these questions.
4. Suicide, atheism, and nihilism big themes in this year’s Oscars! Birdman won picture of the year at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. The movie is laced with 110 obscenities and profanities, according to Movieguide.com, and presents a nihilist worldview summed up by one of the actors: “Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Other winners included Whiplash, another film dealing with humanist, nihilist themes, and The Theory of Everything (a winsome, biographical story of the famous Atheist, Stephen Hawking). Best Actress award went to Julianne Moore, for her leading role in Still Alice, a film that toys with suicide as a reasonable alternative for Alzheimers.
In the famous words of Wisdom from Proverbs, “All those who hate me, love death.”
5. In the tradition of the Saracen Janissaries, ISIS is now reviving the old practice of training young children for combat. Typically, Christian boys were taken between 6 and 14 years old to serve in the Muslims armies. A newly released video from ISIS present 70 young boys participating in drills decked out in camo uniforms. Syria Deeply.org reports on families whose children have been forced into these training camps, provided with knives, and instructed on beheading infidels.
6. Another terrorist group based in Somalia, known as Al-Shabaab issued a threat (by Youtube) on the Mall of American in Minneapolis. The same group claimed responsibility for killing 36 Christians in Northern Kenya in December, and 25 people at the Central Hotel in Mogadishu over last Friday. Now the works of the flesh are manifest which are these. . . hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders.
7. Last week, President Obama held a summit countering violent extremism, in which he spoke of Islam “woven into the fabric of our country since its founding.” The president may have been referring to the Islamic Slave Trade or the First Barbary War of 1801, when Thomas Jefferson refused to pay ransom for American ships seized by the Muslim nations of Algiers and Tripoli. These were their “two biggest contributions” according to Historian David Barton in a follow-up interview with the Blaze.
8. DHS Authorities in Arkansas seized seven children from a homeschooling family in January. According to a Christian News.com report, their court hearing has been postponed until March 23rd. The complaint: the children were permitted to walk outside barefoot.
9. Alabama’s Governor Bentley told Politico last week he would stand by federal court rulings on same sex marriage. That despite his pastor’s encouragement to “defy the court ruling and follow God.” Pastor Gil McKee of First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa made that recommendation in his sermon on Sunday, February 8th.
10. In the providence of God, measles outbreaks have surfaced in Los Angeles, Nevada, and Illinois. 150 cases, and no deaths thus far. There were 383 known cases in the United States last year.
That’s THE WORLDVIEW IN FIVE MINUTES.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2015
1. Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore continues to stand by his administrative order to put a stop to same-sex marriage licenses in his state. The order issued to probate judges contravened U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade’s ruling to declare Alabama’s Marriage Protection Act unconstitutional. Chief Justice Moore insists that District Court rulings apply to specific cases, but are not binding statewide. Already this month, over 60% of Alabama’s probate judges have complied with the U.S. District Court and issued the licenses for unnatural use of man and woman.
“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.”
2. The Forty Days for Life Campaign started last week, and extends until March 29th. Volunteers hold a constant vigil around abortion clinics in hundreds of cities across America with their prayers and peaceful presence for forty days straight. Campaign Director, Shawn Carney says this is their biggest campaign ever, with 700,000 participants signed up. Almost 10,000 lives have been saved, since the campaign started in 2007.
3. The National Religious Broadcasters gave their Unashamed Award to Miriam Ibraham this year. Miriam made news last year, when she was tried for her Christian faith, sentenced, and then released from a Sudanese prison. NRB President, Jerry Johnson told reporters, “Miriam is an example of what it means to not be ashamed of Christ.”
4. A $400 million Museum of the Bible is soon to be a reality. Hobby Lobby’s President Steve Green announced the Museum project is breaking ground on a property three blocks from the nation’s capitol. What may be the largest Christian Museum in the world is slated to open in 2017.
5. Christian Headlines reports an Iranian house church pastor is now released from prison! Pastor Rasoul Abdollahi was arrested in 2010, and again in 2013. He served his time in Evin Prison, and more recently, the brutal prison in Karaj. According to recent estimates, 92 Christians are suffering for the Lord Jesus Christ somewhere in this Iranian prison system.
6. The terrorist group, ISIS continues to grow in influence throughout the middle east, expanding its holdings to cities in Libya, Syria, and Iraq. The widely publicized beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya brought Egyptian aerial attacks on ISIS strongholds in the area.
Beshir Kamel lost two brothers, Bishoy and Samuel Kamel in the mass execution . . and reported on Christian SAT 7 Arabic Television, that this violent attack [quote] “only strengthened our faith.” Beshir was thankful to ISIS for including a clear testimony from the Christians, that Jesus is the Christ. Speaking for the Christian church in Sirte, Libya, Beshir said, “We are not in a state of grief, for having so many from our village as martyrs. We are proud of them.” Beshir, further explained to the host of the SAT 7 program, “Since the Roman times, we as Christians have been targeted to be martyred. The Bible tells us to love our enemies and bless them that curse us. However, the airstrikes (from Egypt) were a good response by the government.”
The Christian martyrs last words, clearly heard on the ISIS video recording were, “God have mercy on us!”
“And they overcame by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
Egypt has uncovered ISIS plans to export terror attacks to American soil. Meanwhile the United States announced plans late last week to launch attacks on Mosul in April. It is the largest city now controlled by the terrorist group. Varying reports indicate ISIS consisting of a scattered army of anywhere between 30,000 and 150,000 troops.
7. The State of Utah captured the top spot in the nation for weekly church attendance, beating out the Bible belt states of Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas. The Gallup pole indicated that 50% of the mostly Mormon state attend church on a weekly basis.
8. An atheist organization in Washington D.C. has threatened a school district in Florida because one student used the words, “God bless America,” on the intercom. The student has been duly chastised for his insubordination by the school authorities. In his pride, the wicked does not seek God. God is not in all his thoughts.
9. A total of 469 church congregations participated in Evolution Weekend to celebrate the birthday of Charles Darwin this year. The list of participants included Episcopal, United Methodist, Lutheran, United Church of Christ, and Presbyterian U.S.A. churches.
10. A Wall Street Journal report found that a group of companies donating over $26 million to the Clinton Foundation also lobbied Hillary Clinton’s state department for their commercial interests abroad. The companies included Exxon-Mobile, Boeing, and General Electric.
11. A U.S. district judge has sentenced former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell to prison time for her part in a bribery scheme that sent her husband to prison last year. The couple accepted $165,000 from a company called Star Scientific.
Whether Republican or Democrat, rich or poor, the principle remains the same. “Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent.”
That’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes.
The initial results from the Gen2 Survey are now available here. Below are some pictures from the event this last weekend:
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