By Jonathan Clark
The Christians of Eritrea, Africa
Twenty years ago this month, the African nation of Eritrea banned nearly every religion in the country. The only authorized groups were Sunni Islam and the Eritrean Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran Churches.
Since then, officials have closed most churches in the country and targeted Evangelical churches, in particular, as enemies of the state. At least 220 Christians are in prison in Eritrea and are often tortured and held indefinitely.
Dr. Berhane Asmelash is an Eritrean Christian and partner of Release International. Despite the persecution, he said, “Christianity has continued to grow in Eritrea. Christians are the most persecuted group. It is because they won’t stop gathering and won’t stop worshipping. It is beyond the government’s control.”
Open Doors lists Eritrea as the 6th worst nation in the world for Christian persecution.
Hebrews 12:28 says, “Since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”
10,000 Christians March for Jesus in Paris
Last Saturday, over 10,000 people participated in the Jesus March in Paris, France, reports Evangelical Focus.
They were able to hand out 500 Gospels and 500 Bibles in Paris.
The Federation March for Jesus France said its message is “only Jesus can bring salvation to people. Nothing and no one else in the whole world saves us.”
Church of Scotland greenlights homosexual faux marriage
Sadly, the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland voted Monday to authorize ministers to perform ceremonies for people living in vile passions with members of the same sex.
The vote came with opposition. Pastor Phil Gunn of Rosskeen Parish Church asked if the church does not preach against “the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed, what kind of Gospel is that? This overture is not biblical and we see the scriptures, old and new, that point to God’s teaching on marriage and human sexuality.”
Indiana bans men, pretending to be women, from women’s sports
Indiana is the 17th state to pass a measure banning men, who pretend to be women, from participating in women’s sports.
The law goes into effect in July after the Indiana legislature overrode Republican Governor Eric Holcomb’s veto of the bill.
The American Civil Liberties Union responded by filing a lawsuit to block the legislation.
3 Trump-backed Georgia statewide candidates lose
Of all the candidates backed by Trump in the recent primaries, 100 won, six lost, and two are headed to runoffs.
U.S. birth rate increased
The U.S. birth rate in 2021 increased for the first time in seven years.
Mothers gave birth to 3.66 million babies last year, increasing the birthrate by 1%.
Women aged 35-39 contributed the most to the increase in births.
Psalm 127:3 says, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”
Only 36% of pastors have biblical worldview
The Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University released more data in their American Worldview Inventory 2022 report.
The study found only 37% of pastors have a biblical worldview.
Among Evangelical pastors, that percentage only increased to 51%.
Roman Catholic leaders were the least likely to have a biblical worldview at 6%. And non-denominational or independent pastors were the most likely to have a biblical worldview at 57%.
1.2 million students abandon government schools
And finally, the Return 2 Learn Enrollment Tracker reports 1,268,000 students have left the government schools since the pandemic began.
New York saw the worst declines with enrollment falling nearly 6%.
New York City has the largest school district in the country, and it dropped nearly 10%.
California’s public school enrollment fell below six million this year for the first time in 20 years.
As parents pulled their children out of the government schools, many turned to private schools and homeschooling.
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Thursday, May 26th, in the year of our Lord 2022. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldview.com. Or get the Generations app through Google Play or The App Store. I’m Adam McManus (adam@TheWorldview.com). Seize the day for Jesus Christ.