Thursday, March 26, in the year of our Lord 2015
By Kevin Swanson
“ … Man does not know his time … so the children of man are snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them” (Ecclesiastes 9:12). 150 passengers and crewmen died in the Germanwings crash in the French Alps Tuesday. Architects, opera singers, students, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters from 18 countries are among the dead (including two Americans). How many of them were ready to go? “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier held in captivity in Afghanistan and traded for five Taliban terrorists, is back in the news. The army is charging him with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. If convicted, he faces life in prison. Home-schooled and raised in a Reformed Presbyterian Church, Bergdahl questioned his parents’ faith in 2003 according to a report in World Magazine.
Bergdahl is not the only Christian millennial questioning his faith. Will the millennials continue in the faith, or will they turn to Islam or atheism? The Gen 2 Survey sponsored by Generations with Vision found 5 percent of home-schooled graduates left the Christian faith entirely and 14 percent support same-sex marriage. The numbers are three times higher for Christian kids attending public schools.
A street preacher was convicted in a British court for using Leviticus 20:13 in reference to homosexuality. Mike Overd was charged with the use of “threatening language” and the judge encouraged him to evangelize using “other verses.” The court fined him 1,200 pounds, after which he returned to preaching outside of the courthouse. Mike Overd told The World View he wants to bring the light of the gospel to a very spiritually dark world in England. “The day after the court case yesterday I was … preaching again, and as soon as I came out of the courthouse in Bristol, I preached outside the courthouse. And so that was a wonderful liberty and freedom to have from the Lord Jesus Christ. And you know He opens up that door, and we as Christians walk on through and we don’t need to fear.”
For the record, Leviticus 20:13 says, “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.”
Can you name the most godless city in America? Well, if you named Portland, Oregon, you’d be right. No surprise there! The city that elected the first openly homosexual mayor of a large U.S. city, and its last two mayors have succumbed to sex scandals with teenaged children. “As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes wickedness’” (1 Samuel 24:13).
According to the Public Religion Research Institute’s survey, 42% of Portland is religiously unaffiliated. Seattle, San Francisco, and Denver rivaled for second place at 33%.
“I also will laugh at your calamity … when distress and anguish cometh upon you, for that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD” (Prov. 1:26-29).
Forget about getting God back into the public schools in Tennessee. This grandfather is trying to get Allah out of it. Pastor Herb Mayz pulled his granddaughter out of a junior high school when he found out they were teaching the Quran. In his interview with WZTV in Nashville, Pastor Mayz said: “We can’t carry the Bible anymore to school. We can’t pray in school. So I’m upset that the seventh-grade social studies class is learning about the Quran.”
Ephesians 6:4 reminds us to “Bring … (your children) up in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord (Jesus Christ).”
A passer-by interrupted a mass murder in process in a Philadelphia barbershop, according to CBS News. It was Sunday midafternoon when a gunman fired a few rounds into the shop. “The good Samaritan” pulled out his own gun and shot the perpetrator dead. Police confirmed the man had a permit for concealed carry, and no charges will be filed.
Lifesite news reports 20 pro-life protesters arrested outside of U.S. Rep. John Boehner’s office. They were protesting the Republican Party’s failure to support the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” for late term abortions. The Rev. Patrick Mahoney called it an “absolute betrayal of America’s children, and a betrayal of the pro-life movement.”
In other pro-life news, La Stampa reports at least 300,000 people showed up in the capital city of Peru to protest all forms of abortion in that country. John Boehner did not show up.
A Catholic high school in Pennsylvania is requiring pre-approval for prom dresses in an effort to prevent “inappropriately revealing” outfits. There was no indication from the school administration whether the young women will be memorizing 1 Timothy 2:9: “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.”
That is the World View in Five Minutes.
Wednesday, March 25, in the year of our Lord 2015
By Mark Robinette
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven,” begins Solomon in Ecclesiastes chapter three. The chapter then ends with this conclusion, “Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?”
The multimillion-dollar Christmas blockbuster “Unbroken,” rejoicing in the life and works of Louie Zamperini, had believers and unbelievers wondering about the power of forgiveness as they left the theaters. Now the son of the Olympic star and World War II hero who survived 47 days afloat in the Pacific and years of brutal treatment in Japanese prison camps says there is much more to his father’s story. Tuesday, a special Legacy of Faith edition of “Unbroken” was released to tell the rest of the story: how Christ was the true hero in it all. “See, a motion picture is a three-act play told in about two hours,” said his son, Luke Zamperini. “But Louie Zamperini’s life was a six-act play.”
World Net Daily reported the film will be sold at Christian bookstores nationwide and will feature interviews from the hero himself, his children, Pastor Greg Laurie and Billy Graham. The World View asked Luke Zamperini if he had witnessed conversions as a result of his father’s story. “Besides just people that come in contact with him, it is Charity Victory Boy’s Camp. He was able to take kids that were in trouble and take them up into the high sierras and teach them survival skills and mountaineering skills, teach them how to accomplish these things that they never even thought were possible before in an attempt to give them a little bit of self-respect.”
The interest in Zamperini’s story brought an interesting reaction, Luke said. “So here was 57 years later the film is finally made and out that is, you know, the film “Unbroken.” The family is very pleased with the film. We feel it was made in such a way that it’s actually a mission field in itself, and hopefully people would want to look a little deeper into it and find a little more about the story and maybe find their way to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.”
Tuesday was a “time to die” for a planeload of travelers trying to cross the French Alps. Fox News reported 150 were killed when Airbus A320, operated by the German airline Lufthansa, fell from the sky into a remote region of the Alps. One official said debris from the crash was spread over an area as large as two football fields. Reminiscent of King Solomon’s words that every man’s fate is to return to the dust he was made from, the official added, “Everything is pulverized.”
But Tuesday was not “the time to die” for pro-life supporters targeted for death in Texas. As the families of the passengers mourn today, Lifesite News reports rejoicing among members of the Central Texas Coalition for Life, who were saved by one of their own. While these prayer warriors were praying outside Planned Parenthood’s Austin, Texas, abortuary Monday, a passerby threw a homemade bomb from her car at the group. Fortunately, one of their own quickly stomped out the fuse of the Molotov cocktail. The would-be assassin was later arrested. The World View spoke to Heather Gardner, one of the members of the group. “One of the volunteers noticed that a car on the Frontage Road, which is a very busy road behind us, behind where we pray – that there was a car that slowed down, and she thought that maybe they were going to try to get them pamphlets and information, so she was going to hand them some information. And instead this woman threw something that was flaming out her window and then sped off.”
Apparently it was not time for one Mifflinburg, Pa., toddler to die. Doctors said that 22-month-old Gardell Martin showed no signs of life for 101 minutes of nonstop CPR only to revive unharmed. The toddler fell into an icy creek while playing with his brothers at their home and was swept downstream before being rescued. “I just gathered the other children and prayed,” said Rose Martin, the boy’s mother as she hugged her three boys.
None will mourn the death of this dreaded plague. Ebola may die out by summer say United Nations health workers. According to the Washington Post, this terrifying monster disease, which caused the nations to quake with reports of a possible multimillion victim pandemic, may be under control. More than 10,000 died since the outbreak, but God has seen fit to conquer the mighty with the truth of medicine and those willing to lay down their lives for others. Thanks be to God!
There is a time for Starbucks and a time to refrain from Starbucks, one Christian watch group says, and now is the time to refrain. This comes after the coffee giant’s CEO recommended Christians dump their shares in the company if they do not like a company promoting promiscuity and anti-biblical views of marriage. According to ChristianNews.net, the latest controversy began last week in Seattle, Washington, at the company’s annual shareholder meeting. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz bragged about the huge returns the company earned last year. “We employ over 200,000 people in this company,” he said, “and we want to embrace diversity — of all kinds.” His words drew both applause and cheers, and he added a caffeinated quip filled with an extra pump of pride. “If you feel … you can get a higher return … it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.”
Be warned, Mr. Schultz. He that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. God resists the proud. Some shareholders have sold off shares, and a number of coffee customers have refused to frequent the franchise. DumpStarbucks.com is one of the websites dedicated to this purpose. Click for more information.
That is the World View in Five Minutes
Tuesday, March 24, in the year of our Lord 2015
By Kevin Swanson
It’s official now! Senator Ted Cruz is in the 2016 race for president of the United States. He announced his candidacy at Liberty University yesterday, promising to defend religious freedoms in this country. Cruz was one of the most outspoken opponents of Obamacare and promises to abolish the Internal Revenue Service, replacing it with a flat tax. He is the first candidate to declare in the race.
Fear tactics are the name of the game for ISIS. The organization has issued a list of the names of 100 U.S. military personnel assigned to assassination for members of the terrorist organization. This should not bother the righteous. “The wicked flees when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1).
Pressures mount against Jews living in Europe. An angry mob attacked a synagogue in London over the weekend, smashing windows and calling out, “Kill the Jews!” This follows recent attacks in Paris and Copenhagen. According to the BBC, incidents of violence and threats have doubled since last year. The Atlantic Magazine is asking, “Is it time for the Jews to leave Europe?” Romans 10:1 says, “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved.” And we would add, safe.
Christian News reports another Christian organization was kicked off a college campus for good behavior. Cal State University at Stanislaus ejected Chi Alpha from the campus last week for refusing to allow non-Christians to hold leadership positions in the group. The organization joins a growing number of Christian clubs ejected from campuses across America. Chi Alpha’s published mission is to “reconcile students to Christ, equipping them through Spirit-filled communities of prayer, worship, fellowship, discipleship, and mission to transform the university, the marketplace and the world.” Heads up! “ … all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).
Government intervention in medical care is squeezing out the little guy. According to The Washington Post, 48 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and 283 are on the brink of closing their doors. Is the centralization of medical care a prelude to more government involvement? We asked that question of Dr. Tom Kendall, president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. “I believe there was an intention from the start to further engage the small cities, the small rural facilities, to a greater dependence upon Washington, a greater dependence upon federal funds, so that in time, the control of these hospitals would fall under the dominion of the central government.” Tom Kendall will be speaking at the Christian Family Medical Care and Eldercare Conference this week in Denver, Colorado.
Bob Jones III has apologized several days after receiving a request for an apology from BJUnity, a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people affected by fundamentalist Christianity. The statement made by the former Bob Jones University president in 1980 referenced the death penalty for murderers and homosexuals: “It would not be a bad idea to bring the swift justice today that was brought in Israel’s day against murder and rape and homosexuality.” Without apology, the Apostle Paul was clear on the matter: “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another … Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die” (Romans 1:26 – 32a).
Ron Reagan, the son of the former president, does not fear God and is “not afraid of burning in hell.” At least that is what he says on a TV ad for the Freedom from Religion Foundation playing on CNN.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them” (Romans 1:18 – 19).
A Christian woman who made news when she wrote an open letter to cancer patient Brittany Maynard, who was intent on taking her own life, passed away over the weekend. Kara Tippet, 38 years of age, succumbed to terminal cancer on Sunday in Colorado Springs. Maynard had taken her own life with more of a national media fanfare on November 1, 2014, at 29 years old. But Kara Tippet’s last blog entry ended with: “I’m going to be with Jesus. There is grace that will seep into all the cracks and pained places when we don’t understand. In the places we don’t understand we get to seek. And how lovely is one seeking truth. Stunning.” By contrast, Brittany Maynard’s last words quoted in People Magazine were full of terror and dread: “Being able to choose to go with dignity is less terrifying.” Less terrifying? In the words of the Apostle Paul: “I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:20 – 21).
A mob of angry Muslim men beat a woman to death in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was mistaken for a Christian convert and falsely accused of burning the Koran. 26 men have been arrested for the killing. According to CNN, the mob killing was instigated by a Muslim mullah from a local mosque.
“ … God gave them over to a reprobate mind … Being filled with all … maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity … backbiters, haters of God” (Romans 1:28 – 30).
A home-schooled team of middle school inventors from Missouri has produced a device to teach Braille to young visually impaired children. Their invention will be considered in a national robotics competition to be held in St. Louis next month.
Seattle will phase in a minimum wage increase to $11 working its way up to $15 beginning April 1. According to Fox News, restaurants are warning of profound impacts including layoffs and closures.
That is the World View in Five Minutes
Monday, March 23, in the Year of our Lord 2015
By Mark Robinette
A 70-year-old Washington state woman is learning the hard way that a new law can force her to violate her conscience or face the consequences. The Baptist Press reported Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers of Richland, was found guilty of violating a gay couple’s civil rights. When Stutzman was asked if she would design floral arrangements for two gay men’s proposed wedding, she simply referred their business to another florist. Stutzman said the men, who she knew were gay, had been customers of hers for several years. She was not sued for discriminating against homosexuals, she said, but for having a different view on marriage. Paul’s epistle to the Romans says not only will homosexuals commit these unnatural sins, deserving death, “but give approval to those who practice them” (Rom. 1:32).
That will not be Barronelle Stutzman, no matter what Washington says.
One day these men will stand before the highest court in heaven for their deeds, but for now, the Alliance Defending Freedom is appealing the case, if need be, to the nation’s highest court.
As legislators cut down freedom in one part of the country, others may be offering godly shelter under Liberty’s shadow.
USA Today reports the passage of a House Bill allowing people of other nations to seek asylum in the U.S. who are being persecuted for homeschooling their children. Mike Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, said, “No one should be forced to flee their homeland in order to homeschool. But that is what … families have had to do in order to escape crushing fines, criminal penalties, and even the seizure of their children in countries like Germany and Sweden.”
In other news, a Super Bowl champion champions the cause of life as he speaks against assisted suicide legislation. As a number of states are considering right-to-die legislation, O.J. Brigance, a retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker who is now battling a debilitating and fatal disease, decried a Maryland physician-assisted suicide bill. Through a machine, the committee found out loud and clear that Brigance still had a voice that could be heard in their halls. As they considered the state’s new “death with dignity” bill, he shared his heart. “Every day, every hour, every minute, every second is God given and valuable,” said the athlete who won a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens in 2000. “Since being diagnosed, I have done greater good for society in eight years than my previous 37 years on earth.”
A California wife and mother of seven children received a last-minute reprieve from hospital officials Friday who said they were pulling her life support despite desperate appeals by her family. Lisa Avila, 37, of Orange County suffered a heart attack in February 2014 from complications of an ectopic pregnancy and has been in a coma ever since.
CBS News reported, with only a short time to go Friday, the hospital decided not to proceed as planned. They have a new plan to pull the plug tomorrow at 12 p.m. (PST). Doctors at Anaheim Regional Medical Center say Avila is brain-dead, but her husband and children disagree. Her husband, Roberto Chavez, has refused to leave his wife’s side. “However long it takes, I’m gonna be here with my wife.”
Reminiscent of the Midianites who turned on one another in Gideon’s day, two militant Islamic factions fill their streets and places of worship with blood. Several suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a, killing more than 130 and wounding 345. Yemeni ISIS supporters wrote on Twitter, “God willing, this operation is only a part of the coming flood.” An eyewitness, Mohammed al-Ansi, told the Associated Press, “The heads, legs, and arms of the dead people were scattered on the floor of the mosque” adding, “blood is running like a river.”
A river of life is flowing from a nationwide prayer campaign. “40 Days for Life,” whose aim is to end abortion, is reporting 279 babies have been saved as they pass the halfway point in their initiative. At the Orlando Women’s clinic where a six-day vigil is held every week lead by stalwart pro-life evangelist John Burros, things there have heated up to a fever pitch of ungodliness. “The Darkness had been Exceedingly Dark the past month but God has shone a Great Light down here.”
“I love these people with great pity because I realize that according to that scripture and according to much other scripture that they are blind and they are trapped: that they can’t even see, and perhaps God will grant them repentance. So I bring the gospel to them.”
On a lighter note, did you know the runner who ran to the city of Marathon was not the first soldier to run the same distance for the same purpose? The Bible tells a nearly identical story in I Samuel 5 with an identical distance, which happened 500 years earlier. As a result, athletes are now running a “Bible Marathon” along the same historic path in Israel.
That’s the World View in Five Minutes.
Friday, March 21, in the Year of our Lord 2015
By Kevin Swanson
Well … spring is here again according to the promise of God Himself! “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease” (Gen. 8:22).
The United States with five other world powers is close to agreement with Iran on easing economic sanctions while allowing for Iran’s nuclear program. The plan would allow for operation of 6,000 nuclear enrichment centrifuges for “peaceful purposes.” Former U.S. Ambassador to Iran, John Bolton, told Fox News, “I wouldn’t trust these people with a spare electron.”
Truly, “the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” (Jer. 17:9).
Meanwhile, the European Center for Law and Justice announced that the U.N. Human Rights Council will take up the case of Saeed Abedini, the American-Iranian pastor held in an Iranian prison for his faith.
It seems an interview with a little Christian girl on SAT-7 Christian television in the Middle East is going viral on the Worldwide Web. After being driven from home, church, and school, this little 10-year-old Myriam tells the world she would not do anything to the terrorists who did this to her family. “I will only ask God to forgive them,” she said. Thus far, she is exceeding the terrorists’ bloody videos for downloads at 500,000 clicks. “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:21).
The battle continues between the public schools and the Christian faith in this country. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Bronx Household of Faith last year in a case involving the church’s interest in renting public school buildings for worship. The Supreme Court is now considering an appeal from Bronx Household of Faith that will determine what churches can do with public school facilities in the future. Pastor Robert Hall from Household of Faith told The World View that this is a battle for religious freedom. The Supreme Court justices are scheduled for conference on this appeal later today.
The Obama administration’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that they have released another 30,000 illegal aliens with criminal records over the last year. These convicts join another 36,000 released in 2013 for the reason of overcrowding. According to the Washington Post, the list of convicts included 193 homicide convictions, 426 sexual assault convictions, and 303 kidnapping convictions. Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu called these “the largest prison breaks in the history of our country” on his Facebook account. He said these criminals were “the worst of the worst.”
We remind our leaders of God’s ordinance. The civil magistrate is “the minister of God” to “execute wrath upon him that does evil.” He is “not a terror to good works, but to the evil” (Rom. 13:2,4).
Parental rights are still fragile in this country! The Christian Post reports that the Arkansas homeschool family who lost their children to social services two months ago will regain partial custody for the time being. An affidavit obtained by political commentator Wilson Kanaday indicated the concerns amounted to spanking and irregularity of visits to “commonly accepted” healthcare providers. Pray for kings and the police in order “that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life” (1 Tim. 2:2).
It is a first time in recent history! The Southern Baptists report that 80,000 Bibles are headed to Cuba directly from the United States on permission from the Cuban government. Much of this shipment was funded by donations from Lifeway customers.
Abortions typically do not get much news coverage. But National News Media has reported on a grisly abortion conducted on a pregnant woman in Longmont, Colorado, against her will. A woman assaulted her and cut the baby out of her womb. District Attorney Stanley Garnett told reporters, “Under Colorado law, essentially, there’s no way murder charges can be brought if it’s not established that the fetus lived as a child outside the body of the mother for some period of time.” Colorado voters turned down the Personhood Amendment, which would have protected the life of the baby, in the November elections just four months ago.
You cannot afford to make a mistake when it comes to bearing arms in New Jersey. Fox News reports on an armored car driver who was recently convicted of a felony for possessing a gun in his private vehicle. He was facing 10 years in prison and now serves probation time. He is seeking a pardon from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland has announced that he is quitting the game due to risks of concussions and long-term effects of head trauma. He walks away from a $3 million contract.
By the order of Jesus Christ, by whom all things consist, a partial solar eclipse will be visible today from parts of Europe and North Africa. The next solar eclipse visible in the United States is scheduled for August 21, 2017.
That’s the World View in Five Minutes.
Thursday, March 19th, in the Year of our Lord 2015
By Kevin Swanson
The election results are in … and Benjamin Netanyahu will serve a third term as prime minister of Israel! Netanyahu has proven himself to be a formidable opponent to the Palestinian state and the Islamic forces that surround Israel. The election was not even close. It is God “who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings …” (Dan. 2:21). White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Wednesday that President Barack Obama still supports a separate Palestinian state.
Navy Chaplain Wes Modder, who was brought up on charges for biblical counseling by a homosexual assistant, is facing discipline. Based on a new decision from his superiors, Modder will now have to choose between his Christian faith and his job. According to Fox News reports, the 19-year veteran is accused of showing a lack of tolerance in private counseling on matters relating to homosexuality. More than 60,000 Americans have signed a Family Research Council petition for Lt. Cmdr. Modder.
The death rate by euthanasia has doubled in the nation of Belgium in just six years! A study conducted by the Universities of Brussels and Ghent found that almost 1 in 20 people die by euthanasia in that country.
And the French lower house of Parliament passed a bill Tuesday enabling euthanasia in that country. Life and death are in the hand of God. “In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind” (Job 12:10).
According to the predetermined counsel of God, at least 15 more Christian martyrs have died for their faith in two bomb attacks on churches in Pakistan over the weekend. They meant it for evil, but God meant it for good (Gen. 50:20). Thousands of Christians were on the streets earlier this week protesting the lack of police protection. Pakistani pastor Eric Sarwar told The World View that the government looks the other way when Christians are martyred. “Actually Christians in Pakistan have been persecuted in Pakistan for the last three decades continually. Why, we are almost completely ignored by the government! The government of Pakistan looks the other way and Muslims enslave or rape or assault and martyr Christians.”
Terrorists killed at least 20 in another attack on a museum in Tunisia, the African nation that lies west of Libya. The nation’s prime minister said there were 17 foreign tourists among the dead from Italy, Germany, Poland, and Spain.
And there were more killings of women and children in Nigeria. Associated Press reports at least 95 dead bodies in the village of Egba.
Based on news reports of worldwide terrorist events, terrorism has increased by a factor of 1000 percent since 2005 and 3000 percent since 1995.
What would Jesus Christ say about that? “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 14:27, 16:33; emphasis added).
The U.S. Senate was criticized for blocking an anti-human trafficking bill on Tuesday because Senate Democrats objected to the inclusion of anti-abortion language. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the filibuster a historic mistake. In McConnell’s words, “If Democrats actually vote to filibuster a bill to help victims of modern-day slavery, I can’t imagine the American people will forget.”
It’s official now! The Presbyterian Church USA is the first mainline denomination in America to approve of marital proceedings for the unnatural relations between men. A total of 86 presbyteries have approved the measure adopted by the General Assembly.
Quoting directly from Christ Himself on the matter, “ … I have this against you that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality … Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, and I will strike her children dead …” (Rev. 2:20-23)
Is all privacy completely disappearing in the information age? Hackers stole personal, financial, and medical data from as many as 11 million customers of Blue Cross and Blue Shield over the weekend. It is the largest medical security breach in history.
Coalition for Life in St. Louis reports another patient taken from a St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic by an emergency response team. Eyewitness Kenneth Capps said, “The woman had blonde hair, appeared to be about in her thirties, was extremely pale and could be heard audibly wailing.” Witnesses have counted 28 such medical emergencies since 2009.
It’s called the Last Great Race on Earth! The Associated Press reports that Dallas Seavey won his third Iditarod in four years with his team of nine champion huskies. Seavey walks away with $70,000 and a new pickup truck. But praise God for the hardworking dogs that He has made! (Let’s give a little credit where credit is due!)
That’s the World View in Five Minutes.
Wednesday, March 18th, in The Year of our Lord 2015
By Mark Robinette
Four-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world Evander Holyfield comes out of retirement for one more fight in Salt Lake City. Fox News is billing the bout as a “title fight for the ages, the contender versus the candidate, the Olympian versus The Man Who Saved the Olympics. Boxing fans and political observers of all ages, get ready: Mitt Romney is going to ‘fight’ Evander Holyfield.”
Mitt Romney? That’s right, the sixty-eight-year old former presidential hopeful and “The Real Deal” will step into the ring at the Rail Event Center May 15 to help raise money for medical supplies for the needy. “It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious,” Romney quipped in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune about the charity exhibition. As the Proverb says, “He that has pity on the poor lends to the Lord . . .” (Proverbs 19:17).
These two celebrities are not the only ones fighting to help those who cannot help themselves.
Pro-lifers continue to fight against the construction of a huge Planned Parenthood facility originally planned to be completed last year. Now, the contractor of the $4.2 million dollar abortuary says he’d be willing to give up the project . . . for a price. LifeNews reported that Melvin and Linda Backes of Absolute Concrete Solutions told a New Orleans area pastor they are building the facility for money and would stop for the same reason.
According to Pastor Bill Shanks, Backes said, “If you give me $20,000, I’ll tear up the contract.” Mrs. Backes added a few less encouraging words. “I’m for Planned Parenthood and I’m for abortion,” she said. “If we let all these little kids live, they’ll just grow up and kill us.”
The love of money is indeed the root of all evil (1 Tim. 6:10).
The facility was expected to open by the end of 2014, but stout opposition slowed its progress. Construction has resumed, but pro-lifers have vowed to continue their fight.
Not to be outdone, the Russians have entered the fray in their homeland by working to implement a plan to use “baby boxes” to save discarded infants from exposure. “Baby boxes” are now becoming popular in the United States since the release of the film, The Drop Box. Indiana is now considering using them to save unwanted children. It appears “baby boxes” are the newest weapon in the war to save children.
LifeSite News reported yesterday from Moscow a group called Cradle of Hope has set their hopes on bringing down the number of infanticides in the Motherland. The report said there were 532 deaths of abandoned babies from 2010 to 2013. Cradle of Hope founder Yelena Kotova told the Moscow Times that her organization saved thirty-one newborns with twenty-one “baby boxes” countrywide. Now, she is asking Moscow officials to allow the baby drop boxes to be installed at hospitals across the city. “We are not here to encourage parents to abandon their newborns,” she told the Times. “We are trying to safeguard two lives: the mother’s and the child’s. We are here to make sure that the mother doesn’t become a criminal and that her child survives.”
In other news, the Christian world rejoices with Iranian pastor Victor Bet Tamrz, his family, and his church. Pastor Victor is a free man today after his release from Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran. He was arrested December 26 at his home along with all those who had gathered there for an extended Christmas celebration. Most of the others were released shortly after the raid, and the last of his guests were released a month ago. He is officially out on bail and will face a trial soon. He asks for your prayers and said he was encouraged to know so many stood by him in prayer.
In Matthew 5:10 Jesus said, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Not surprisingly, Muslim extremists continue to fill the headlines. These so-called warriors, who continue their brave fight against women, children, and unarmed civilians while using schools, playgrounds, and hospitals as shields, have taken their exploits to a new level this week. CNN reported yesterday that members of the Islamic State (IS) kidnapped around twenty foreign medical workers from a Libyan hospital. The workers, mainly from the Philippines with others from the Ukraine, India, and Serbia, were taken from the Ibn Sina Hospital in the city of Sirte during an attack on the building. According to CNN, a group of more than thirty gunmen attacked the hospital to capture the workers to force them to care for their many wounded fighters.
In another report from Iraq by Breaking News, the Iraqi army on Monday arrested twenty male Islamic State members dressed as women trying to flee the battlefield. According to spokesman Ghalib al-Jubouri, as they ran from harm’s way in the northern city of Baquba, the arrested used a number of creative ways to pull off a realistic female disguise.
“The wicked flee when no man pursues but the righteous are as bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1).
Answers in Genesis won’t run from the fight that it says Kentucky has picked with them. AiG filed a federal lawsuit this week after being pushed into a corner by state leaders. According to the creation ministry, Kentucky is denying its new park, The Ark Encounter–featuring a life-sized Noah’s ark–participation in the state’s tax rebate incentive program. Although the program is available to all qualifying tourist attractions seeking to build in the state, AiG’s application was rejected solely because of the religious identity and message of AiG. The lawsuit explains how this action by Kentucky officials, including Gov. Steve Beshear, violates federal and state law and amounts to unlawful viewpoint discrimination. Mike Johnson, Attorney for Answers in Genesis comments that the action taken by the government of Kentucky is unlawful and unconstitutional: “So what they’ve done is they’ve engaged in blantant unconstitutional activity there. It’s called viewpoint discrimination. The courts have for decades reaffirmed over and over that that is unlawful to do for government to infringe upon a religious organization. So we’ve filed a suit to get all that sorted out.”
That’s the World View in Five Minutes.