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The World View in 5 Minutes – 8/3/2015

Black Lives Matter Black FridayMonday, August 3, in the year of our Lord 2015

By Mark Robinette

“Black Lives Matter.” This popular protest mantra is now taking on new meaning. Ohio Senator Bill Patmon, an African-American Democrat from Cleveland, is gaining national attention by the way he is using it. At a State House pro-life rally, crowds cheered when he said, ‘‘You hear a lot of demonstrations across the country now about ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Well, they skipped one place – they should be in front of Planned Parenthood.” Patmon said 17 million of the 56 million unborn killed have been African-American, and 63 percent of the abortions in his district were of black children, while the population is only 30 percent black.

Church members sang and tried to hand out sunflowers, while one local pastor with his adopted six-year-old African-American son told women about the alarming statistics. ‘‘Please don’t hurt your baby,’’ he called out again and again. ‘‘My son was on his way to a place like them when someone pleaded with his mother.’’

God says we must warn them. “When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood” (Ezekiel 33:8).

The hunt for Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, who killed Zimbabwe’s Cecil the lion and who has been on the lamb for a few days, has come to an end. Palmer spoke to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigators, assuring them he had no idea the lion was protected and trusted his guides. The lion, a popular tourist attraction at a nearby park, was killed in a night hunt so its GPS collar could not be seen. Meanwhile, more than 200,000 people have signed a petition for the White House to extradite Palmer. If sent back to Africa, Palmer could face a $20,000 fine and 10 years in prison.

For now and only for now, Christian colleges and universities will not be stripped of their tax-exempt status if they refuse to accommodate same-sex couples on their campuses. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told members of the Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee that as long as he stays in his position, he will commit to making sure the IRS does not punish religious schools. This should be little comfort, though. House Republicans, part of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, are calling on President Obama to oust Koskinen for obstructing their investigation into the tax agency’s targeting of conservative groups.

In Colorado, a public high school has expelled The Cowboy Church from using its facilities. The church, in Crossroads, has been meeting at Florence High School for three and a half years. According to Pastor Randy Pfaff, attendance to all of its functions, which included a daily lunch Bible study called ‘‘Jesus Pizza,’’ has been voluntary, and complaints filed against them by a Jewish teacher are false. The World View spoke to Pastor Pfaff. “There is no doubt there are religious rights that have been violated here because of that Bible and what we stand for. If it was any other club, any other club, nobody would be saying a word. I’ve said this a lot, that ‘as for me and my house’ – and our church – regardless of what it may look like to man, we will serve the Lord.”

The confessed Charleston, South Carolina, church killer Dylann Roof pled “not guilty’’ Friday to 33 federal charges filed against him for killing the nine churchgoers. His attorney said he wanted to plead guilty but would not do so until prosecutors say whether or not they will seek the death penalty.

Genesis 9:6 says, “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.”

A Pryor, Montana, mom, dad and daughter were shot Friday when they stopped to help a young man with car trouble. Tana Shane and Jason Shane Jr. were killed in the shooting. The 18-year-old shooter, Jesus Deniz Mendoza, said he gunned down the family because the daughter, whom he shot in the back as she ran away, ‘‘laughed at him,’’ and he had ‘‘grown tired of waiting around’’ for help.

Three members of the Osama bin Laden family, on vacation in Britain, were killed Saturday when their luxury private jet went off a runway, hit a group of cars, and exploded into a ball of flames. The former Al Qaida leader’s stepmother, sister and brother-in-law were among the dead. Osama’s family had disowned him in 1994, seven years before 9/11. ‘‘It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment’’ (Hebrews 9:27).

And that is The World View in Five Minutes.

 

The World View in 5 Minutes – 7/31/2015

Stem-Express-Heeren-ec1-1024x682-300x199Friday, July 31, in the year of our Lord 2015

By Kevin Swanson

Evangelical Focus editor Joel Forster interacted with an official of the North Korean government by Twitter. When asked about reports of persecution in North Korea, Alejandro Cao dismissed it as “absolutely false.” When asked about the possibility of God’s existence and God’s judgment, the communist responded, “He seems to be arriving late. We have been here for 70 years, and many more to come.” We remind him and the world that the mills of God grind slowly, but very finely. Todd Nettleton from Voice of the Martyrs has the most accurate information on persecution in North Korea. He says the problem is severe: “When you come in with the message of a different God, Jehovah God and his son, Jesus Christ, it’s not just about ‘that’s a different philosophy’ or ‘that’s just a different religion’ or ‘that’s not what we believe here.’ It’s really treason against the North Korean government. It really undermines the voracity of the North Korean government. And that’s why the government responds with such harsh persecution against Christians and against those who share the gospel.”

There is a little more push back from the principalities and powers overseeing the abortion business in this country. A Los Angeles court issued a restraining order against David Daleiden who has released three video segments thus far implicating Planned Parenthood and Stem Express in the business of trafficking baby body parts. A fourth video was released yesterday anyway.

Congresswoman Dana Rohrabacher introduced a bill with some teeth in it, addressing Iranian persecution of Christians. The bill would require that the Obama administration detain Iranian government officials in the United States until Iran releases Pastor Saeed Abedini and three other American citizens detained in Iran.

A Tennessee state House representative has told the county clerks in the state to ignore the Supreme Court’s ruling on homosexual marriage. Rep. Rick Womick sent the letter after the attorney general threatened a lawsuit against any clerk who refused to abide by the SCOTUS opinion. In addition, Republicans in Virginia’s state legislature are considering a proposal to provide religious conscience protection for state employees.

Wheaton College has decided to drop student health insurance coverage after failing in the courts to gain an exemption from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. The website directs students to the marketplace for insurance coverage, but there was no mention of the Christian medical sharing ministries.

Thailand is considering shutting down the surrogate womb business in their country. The controversy began when two homosexuals hired a woman to bear a child by artificial insemination. Upon delivery, the mother refused to hand the child over to the homosexuals, and the Thai government has yet to issue a passport for the baby.

Oklahoma state has failed in its appeal to keep the Ten Commandments monument on the capitol grounds. Meanwhile, 700 people gathered in a warehouse in Detroit for the unveiling of a nine-foot bronze statue of a goat-headed Satan. The secular press laughed, Christians protested, and Satanists celebrated. The World View spoke to Pastor David Bullock of St. Matthew’s Baptist Church, who is protesting the celebration of Satan in Detroit. “We’re not going to let this stand on our watch and be silent about it. I’m happy to report even now that the original location for their party actually cancelled because of our prayers and our phone calls and our organizing efforts, and so they have switched venues.”

“And (Jesus) said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:18 – 19).

A Catholic bishop is alerting the world to a major crisis in the Ukraine. The ongoing civil war has produced millions of refugees. Bishop Jan Sobilo says people are throwing themselves off bridges and out of windows because they have no means of survival. Mission Eurasia is an evangelical organization reaching out to the war-torn areas in the Ukraine. Consider prayerfully helping them at russian-ministries.org.

Fox News reports that Amnesty International is considering a new policy supporting the legalization of sex trafficking. Apparently, Germany legalized prostitution in 2002, resulting in a massive increase in the trade, and Amnesty is more or less on board. Secular organizations and countries are increasingly opting towards regulating the prostitution business only to prevent certain “excesses.”

It was golfer Zach Johnson who won the British Open last week and tweeted, “I thank the Lord for it.” He told the media that he was reading Scripture throughout the tournament.

Israel’s president, Reuvin Rivlin, summarized yesterday’s homosexual pride march in Jerusalem this way,”We came together today for a festive event, but the joy was shattered.” CNN reports that an Orthodox Jew knifed six participants in the parade. The man had done the same thing to three marchers in 2005. And he was just released from prison three days ago.

“What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one. … For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:9 – 10, 23 – 24).

Here is an Utah youth allergic to food. Nineteen-year-old Alex Visker lives on a feeding tube. He has not tasted solid food in four years.

And that is The World View in Five Minutes.

 

The World View in 5 Minutes – 7/30/2015

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By Kevin Swanson

By a vote of 45-12, the executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America has approved homosexual scout mentors for young boys. The Mormons, active participants in the Boy Scouts, issued a statement on the decision. The Mormons are “deeply troubled” and their “century-long association with scouting will need to be examined.” Mormons account for 20 percent of the troops, Methodists for 14 percent and Roman Catholics for 10 percent.

Christian parents should remember what Christ said, “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40).

Britain’s Prince Charles announced today that the world has onlyanother 33 years before there will be a catastrophic climate disaster. Previously, he had placed the deadline in 2017. Interestingly, there has been no increase of the global mean temperature in 18 years, despite a rise in carbon dioxide levels. E. Calvin Beisner from the Cornwall Alliance challenges the “science” used to explain these cause and effect relationships: “The climate models on which he relies for his fears of dangerous, man-made global warming are invalidated by real-world observation. On average, they predict twice as much warming as actually observed.”

The beginning of knowledge is the fear of God. But, there will be absolutely no fear of God anywhere in American public schools, by order of the courts. According to a recent court settlement, one Georgia school district must pay $22,500 to the American Humanist Association. What was the crime? The high school coaches were leading students in prayer. The school district has also agreed to train all administrators in its 36 schools on the new standards to ensure a thoroughly godless and humanist education.

Well, it looks like Christian pharmacists are the next targets on the list. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a Washington state pharmacy to stock Plan B pills, despite the owner’s conscientious objection. Apparently, the state has yet another “legitimate interest” in providing its citizens “safe and timely access to lawful and lawfully prescribed medications,” in the words of Federal Judge Susan Graber.

“You shall not fall in with the many to do evil, nor shall you bear witness in a lawsuit, siding with the many, so as to pervert justice” (Exodus 23:2).

At least 12,000 Americans hit the streets in 65 cities to call for an end to Planned Parenthood funding. World Net Daily reports a rally in Washington that included  Dr. Ben Carson; Sens. Rand Paul and James Lankford; and Reps. Marsha Blackburn, Andy Harris, Tim Huelskamp and Chris Smith. Ex-Planned Parenthood worker and pro-lifer Abby Johnson told The World View that federal funding is deeply entrenched in Washington. “I think currently, you know, with the administration we have in place, the president, and also our Senate, I don’t think they would ever allow the defunding of Planned Parenthood at the federal level, not right now.”

The U.S. Senate will vote on the defund Planned Parenthood bill sometime before the August recess begins on August 10th.

There is no stopping the flow of migrants from Africa into Europe and England. The last few nights, thousands of migrants, mostly from Africa, have attempted to ride trucks through the tunnel across the English Channel from Calais, France. Fox News reports 37,000 attempts in the last six months alone. The French Interior Minister calls this an “exceptional migrant situation.”

An Ohio police officer has been indicted on murder charges for another routine traffic stop that ended in the shooting death of an African-American driver. The car was missing a front license plate.

There will be no more honking for Jesus at this drive-in church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Police have put an end to corporate honking, which was supposed to be a replacement for the congregational “Amen.” The American Mirror reports that this church is for those parishioners uncomfortable in crowds, and it has been in operation since the 1970s.

This only happens once in a blue moon! When the full moon shines on July 31, this month will mark the first blue moon since 2012: the appearance of a full moon twice in one month.

And that is The World View in Five Minutes.

 

The World View in 5 Minutes – 7/29/2015

ETHIOPIA-US-OBAMA-DIPLOMACYWednesday, July 29, in the year of our Lord 2015

By Mark Robinette

Syrian Christians on the run from ISIS, now in Sweden, say Muslim persecution has followed them there. According to the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Muslim refugees are demanding Christians hide their crosses and be confined to their rooms in the asylum homes they share. Open Doors, a Christian persecution watchdog group, said the number of Syrian Christians facing persecution in their own country has reached “biblical proportions.” Mike Gore of Open Doors Australia added, “Christians, not just in (the) hundreds, Christians in (the) tens of thousands (are) fleeing Iraq and Syria with little more than the clothes on their backs. Entire religious communities are being wiped out. In single attacks, Christian villages and centuries of their history (have) been destroyed.’’ Be encouraged, Jesus said, ‘‘the gates of hell shall not prevail against (the church)’’ (Matthew 16:18).

The World View spoke to Todd Daniels, Middle East director of International Christian Concern, about the situation in Syria. “A lot of the data … (of the United Nations Human Development Report) that tracks refugees and the data that they provide … (for) Syria: specifically, there (are) overall about 11, 11.5 million Syrians who are either internally displaced or outside the country as refugees. And about 600,000 of those are Christians, and Christians make up about 5 percent of the population in Syria. So there (are) about 1.4 million Christians who were living in Syria prior to the civil war. About 600,000 of those are believed to be either internally displaced or outside of the country as refugees.”

The United States and Turkey are now working together to create an ‘‘Islamic State free zone’’ in Syria. Making its own bombing raids and allowing U.S. planes to use their bases for sorties, Turkey is beginning to open up after 1.8 million refugees have come from Syria into Turkey fleeing from ISIS.

The potential release of imprisoned Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi announced last week might be the beginning of better things for persecuted Christians in Pakistan. Bibi, who was imprisoned and sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy six years ago, had her sentence temporarily suspended. Wilson Chowdhry, president of the British Pakistani Christian Association, told The Christian Post, “This could be a watershed moment. A successful appeal could provide protection to future Christian victims.’’

On his continuing tour of Africa, President Barack Obama told Ethiopians he thinks he is a ‘‘pretty good president’’ and if he could run for office again he could win. He then explained the U.S. Constitution prohibited a third term so he could not run again, adding ‘‘No one should be president for life.’’ So he has read the Constitution.

Thirty-year Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s term ended suddenly in October of 2011 when opposition forces within his country captured and killed him. Now, his son is facing a death sentence. Saif al-Islam Gadhafi and several other former government officials were sentenced to death by firing squad for their part in the ousted regime. Saif al-Islam, who had been his father’s heir apparent, was not present at his trial in Tripoli. His whereabouts are uncertain.

‘‘The wicked will perish; the enemies of the LORD are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish—like smoke they vanish away’’ (Psalm 37:20).

According to The Blaze, Florida officials are vowing to expedite concealed carry permits for active duty military personnel and veterans, weeks after a gunman opened fire on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing four Marines and one sailor. In the meantime, numerous armed civilians have stood vigil at recruiting centers nationwide.

The New York state woman, suspected of helping two convicted murderers escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility June 6, plead guilty Tuesday. Joyce Mitchell, the 51-year-old woman who worked at the prison tailor shop, admitted Tuesday to smuggling hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to two killers. Under her plea deal, she faces two to seven years in prison. Just make sure that she doesn’t get any frozen hamburger meat.

A West Virginia prostitute saved her life and maybe the lives of future victims when she shot and killed a probable serial killer, with his own gun. According to CNN, who identified the Charleston woman only as ‘‘Heather,’’ evidence found in attacker 45-year-old Neal Falls’ car is the stuff of horror movies. Agencies from several states where Falls lived in the past think he may have been responsible for the deaths of several others. ‘‘To whom much is given … much is required’’ (Luke 12:48). Heather, God has spared your life. What will you do with it?

A pistol-packing Texas pastor shot a man who broke into his church Tuesday. Pastor Benny Holmes of the Church of New Beginnings in Baytown reportedly wounded the man in the shoulder. This is not the first time Holmes used his 45 mm pistol to stop a crime. According to Christian Headlines, last year Holmes took aim at a woman stealing a package from his front yard. Holmes said he did it to make her ‘‘feel the fear of God.’’ After the incident, Holmes prepared a sermon instructing his congregation to arm themselves. He evidently practices what he preaches. Be careful, people of Baytown. Do not come to church too early.

And that is The World View in Five Minutes.

The World View in 5 Minutes – 7/28/2015

sleepout-obamaTuesday, July 28, in the year of our Lord 2015

By Kevin Swanson

President Obama addressed Kenyans this weekend on the subject of homosexuality, while on an official visit to the African nation. Obama equated sexual behavior to ethnic diversity and skin color. The President of Kenya responded calling homosexuality a “non-issue,” although the Kenya high court approved a homosexual organization for the first time in April of this year.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not want the defund Planned Parenthood bill attached to the highway bill over the weekend. The highway bill might have given the president incentive to sign the bill. Instead, the Republican leader wants to fast-track defunding Planned Parenthood on a stand-alone bill, which no doubt will be vetoed by the president. Senator McConnell also voted in favor of lifting the ban on aborted baby tissue donations in 1993. Personhood USA Communications Director Jennifer Mason said defunding Planned Parenthood is a priority, but America needs a heart change more than anything. “Of course they should be defunded. Of course we should not be paying to kill innocent children through Planned Parenthood or any other facility, but I think we also need to recognize that this is just part of the problem in the United States. It’s not just that Planned Parenthood exists and that we’re funding them, but beyond that there’s a huge culture problem here where we have women who are willing to hire Planned Parenthood to kill their unborn children.”

Planned Parenthood has also confirmed that its computer system has been hacked, including information concerning its employees.

Greece is not out of the woods yet, by a long shot. Reuters reports that the Greek banks are in a deep freeze that will last for months, while the economy gets weaker all the time. No cash means no business, and no business means a weaker economy. Negotiators are working on a third bailout plan.

The latest NBC poll puts Donald Trump at the lead in New Hampshire with 21 percent of Republican primary voters. Jeb Bush and Governor Scott Walker come in second and third. In Iowa, Walker leads at 19 percent and Trump comes in a close second.

Archaeologists have found an ancient jar in Israel dating back to 3000 B.C., around the time of King Saul’s reign. NBC News reports that the vase was inscribed with the name Esh-Baal Ben Bede. Esh-Baal is the name assigned to Saul’s fourth son in 1 Chronicles 8:33.

A British member of Parliament is calling for reparations for England’s colonization of India in the 19th century. And India’s prime minister is agreeing with him. MP Shashi Tharoor attacked Britain’s mercantilist policies and repression. Perhaps the MP did not take into account : “The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.”

The Dow Jones industrial average hit a six-month low yesterday, following an eight year record drop in the Chinese markets. “Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” (Proverbs 23:4 – 5).

The sad legacy is over. Three years ago, pop singer Whitney Houston died in a bathtub from drowning and cocaine use.  She was 48 years old. Her only daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown was also a heroin user. The 22-year-old died Monday, several months after being discovered comatose in a bathtub. She never revived from the coma. And, wisdom speaks again. “By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honor, and life” (Proverbs 22:4, emphasis added).

President Barack Obama told the BBC that his greatest frustration as president has been his failure to pass gun control laws. Over the last two decades, right to carry laws have been adopted in six states without restrictions and another 40 states provide for it by permits. And Jesus said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one” (Luke 22:36).

And that is The World View in Five Minutes.

The World View in 5 Minutes – 7/27/2015

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Monday, July 27, in the year of our Lord 2015

By Mark Robinette

Days after Americans celebrated the birth of a free nation, the state of Kentucky made it clear they no longer support freedom of religion. David Wells, a volunteer prison minister, was barred from continuing his work with juvenile offenders when he would not refrain from telling inmates that homosexual behavior is a sin. According to the Liberty Counsel, Kentucky recently began imposing a religious test on pastor-counselors and dismissing those who refuse to bow to their new standard. Keep the faith, Pastor Wells.

2 Timothy 4:3 says, “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”

The U.S. State Department approved all the travel visas of a religious delegation from Iraq except one, the one for Sister Diana, the only Christian in the group, who was coming to the U.S. to give a report on Muslim persecution. Sister Diana was scheduled to visit the U.S. to advocate for persecuted Christians in the Middle East. When the refusal became public, many Americans protested, some writing to their congressmen. In response, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said: ‘‘This is an administration which never seems to find a good enough excuse to help Christians, but always finds an excuse to apologize for terrorists … the person who made this decision ought to be fired.’’ The State Department eventually granted Sister Diana a visa.

Planned Parenthood’s website listing of its corporate donors is shrinking by the day. Xerox, Coca-Cola and Ford Motor Company, who were asked by The Daily Signal, said they had been incorrectly listed as donors by Planned Parenthood. Each said they do not contribute to Planned Parenthood or match employee gifts to the organization. They are now asking to be removed from Planned Parenthood’s donor list. Several other companies, including Fannie Mae, Avon, American Express, Clorox, Levi Strauss, Verizon, Progressive, and the United Way, said the very small amount they do give is part of a program to match gifts from employees.

According to Fox News, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Friday she plans to investigate pro-life activists from the Center for Medical Progress. She is looking for possible wrongdoing in the filming of the bombshell Planned Parenthood videos. No investigation was announced of Planned Parenthood clearly breaking the law selling baby body parts. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil’’ (Isaiah 5:20).

The stock of Internet giant Amazon surged by more than 10 percent Friday, increasing its already colossal worth to $250 billion. CNN Money called it a ‘‘changing of the retail guard,’’ pointing out its worth at $20 billion more than Walmart. Amazon turned 20 this year.

Two people were killed and nine were injured Thursday when a 59-year-old loner named John Russell Houser opened fire inside a dark movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. A quick-thinking teacher, already shot once by Houser, pulled the fire alarm alerting police and possibly saving lives. The shooting comes almost exactly three years from the Aurora, Colorado, theater shooting where 12 lost their lives. Mass murderer James Holmes was found guilty of the killings July 16 and is awaiting a possible death sentence in the coming days. Leviticus 24:17 says, “Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death.’’ After the shootings, Houser tried to run, but police were already on the scene. He ran back into the theater, fired more shots and then took his life.

Early Saturday morning, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad. Three people were killed.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he plans to talk with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about how Iran can help in combating Islamic State militants in Syria. The two plan to meet soon in Qatar.

GOP presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz of Texas got a $30 million boost Saturday. Setting a 2016 GOP donation record, two low-profile Texas billionaire brothers gave the Cruz campaign $15 million each. The brothers, Farris and Dan Wilks, made their fortunes in the West Texas fracking boom.

Barbed wire fences and machine guns are not stopping Voice of the Martyrs from sending Bibles into North Korea. They are floating them in via balloon and using an app to track where they land. There are an estimated 300,000 Christians there, and many would gladly give their lives to own a Bible. What would you give so they could have one? Consider a donation at www.persecution.com. Indeed, God’s Word is ‘‘more to be desired … than gold, yes than much fine gold’’ and it is ‘‘sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb’’ (Psalm 19:10).

And that is The World View in Five Minutes.

 

The World View in 5 Minutes – 7/24/2015

DSC_0273-1024x680Friday, July 24, in the year of our Lord 2015

By Kevin Swanson

Asia Bibi from Pakistan has obtained a reprieve from execution for now. She is accused of blasphemy in that predominantly Islamic country. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court at the Lahore Registry agreed to hear her appeal. Her husband, Ashiq, told International Christian Concern this is a big relief to the family: “The whole family is thankful to God for listening to our prayers.” At least two public Pakistani officials have been killed after publicly defending Asia Bibi’s case.

Two more Christian colleges endorse homosexual marriage. This time it is Mennonite colleges in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Goshen, Indiana. The Mennonite Church as a denomination still rejects same-sex marriage, but does not hold to the sinfulness of homosexual behavior. “Who knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve those who practice them” (Rom. 1:32).

Dick and Betty Odgaard have announced that they are closing their wedding chapel in Grimes, Iowa, in August. Homosexuals have sued the couple, and they could not recover from the financial hit. Presidential candidate Ted Cruz has featured them in a video on religious liberties and promises this to be front and center in his campaign for president. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10).

Jurors in the James Holmes murder trial in Denver have determined that his crimes were heinous enough to warrant the death penalty. Holmes attacked a movie theater in Denver three years ago, killing 12 and wounding 70. The state of Colorado has not employed the death penalty for 18 years, although over 3,700 murders were committed over the same time span.

Churches are having to arm themselves in Denver now. The New York Times covers The Potter’s House, a multiethnic church that uses 25 armed volunteers to patrol the church campus on a Sunday.

What are we to do with the rising Muslim population in America? The government is bringing them in, and you can complain about it. Or you can do what one church in Tennessee decided to do: give them the gospel. Raouf Ghattas, pastor and founder of Arabic Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, told The World View that American Christians do not witness to Muslims mostly because of fear. “That is kind of like the way … the Holy Spirit works with us, to get a hold of our attention, just like at the burning bush experience … Then your prayers next will be, “Dear Lord, if you really want me to work with Arabs … fill my heart to love them.” So this is really the first ingredient – to love them. Because then, everything you will do with them will come out of that love. It will build. It will encourage.”

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

That cyber attack on the White House personnel department this year may turn out to be worse news than originally considered. Fox News offered the counsel of top-level advisers in cyber security, who claim this is the “digital equivalent of Pearl Harbor.” Present and future senior government leaders could be targeted, blackmailed or bribed to hand over sensitive information to foreign governments.

Be sure your sin will find you out. The Ashley Madison website that organizes adulterous affairs was hacked over the last weekend, and information on 37 million clients may be divulged at some point. The hackers released names and addresses of two men who have used the adultery site. “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).

After the sting videos depicting Planned Parenthood officials trafficking aborted baby body parts, the organization may be losing support from some of America’s largest corporations. Representatives from Ford Motor Company, Xerox, and Coca Cola have asked the abortion provider to remove their names from the organization’s corporate sponsor list. The Daily Signal reports that the list of supporters still includes Bath and Body Works, Bank of America, Well’s Fargo Bank, AT&T, Levi Strauss, March of Dimes, Johnson and Johnson, Nike, Starbucks, Macy’s and Microsoft. Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton defended Planned Parenthood at a community college in Greenville, SC yesterday. She said she hoped these developments would not undermine the services Planned Parenthood provides the nation. We assume this includes the sale of the body parts of dead babies.

And that is The World View in Five Minutes.