It’s Wednesday, May 25th, A.D. 2022. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus.
By Adam McManus (Adam@TheWorldview.com)
Chinese Communists pressure Christian pastors
Because the goal of the Chinese Communist Party is to stop the growth of the church, it often targets pastors, elders, and deacons with false charges of subversion of state power, fraud, or illegal collection of money, reports International Christian Concern.
The Chinese Communists don’t limit their punishment of Christian leaders to jail or imprisonment.
A Communist agent will request a pastor’s employer not to promote him or to simply terminate him if he does not stop leading the church. Or a Chinese agent will require a pastor’s landlord to pressure him to stop leading the church with the threat of eviction.
19 kids, 2 adults killed in Texas elementary school shooting
Another deadly school shooting. This time in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas where 18-year-old Salvador Ramos killed 19 children and two adults in cold blood. Wearing body armor, he used a handgun, and possibly a rifle, reports the San Antonio Express-News. Before he even entered the school though, he shot his grandmother whose status is unknown.
Ramos ignored the clear commandment found in Exodus 20:13. “You shall not murder.”
The carnage began at 11:32 yesterday morning at Robb Elementary School, just two days before classes were to be released for the summer.
Uvalde, with a population of 16,000, is located 80 miles southwest from San Antonio.
Thankfully, Ramos, a Uvalde High School student, was killed by law enforcement.
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference.
ABBOTT: “What happened in Uvalde is a horrific tragedy that cannot be tolerated. When parents drop their kids off at school, they have every expectation that they’re going to be able to pick their child up when that school day ends. There are families who are in mourning right now. And the state of Texas is in mourning with them.”
According to University Health, four victims were still being treated at University Hospital just before 9 p.m. Tuesday night, including a 66-year-old woman and 10-year-old girl, both in critical condition; a 10-year-old girl in good condition; and a 9-year-old girl in fair condition.
Thus far, no motive has been determined for his sinful behavior.
The Uvalde elementary school shooting yesterday is the second worst since Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.
Bill Gates censorship vs. Elon Musk’s free speech
Billionaire Bill Gates has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to leftist organizations that have urged a massive advertiser boycott of Twitter in the event that billionaire Elon Musk halts the social media platform’s censoring of conservative voices, reports LifeSiteNews.com.
According to Breitbart News, “Bill Gates is funding a veritable NGO (non-governmental organization) army — and it is zeroing in on Elon Musk.”
Southern Baptist leaders vow to release database of sexual abusers
Leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention publicly apologized to victims of sexual abuse within the denomination and vowed to make public a private database of offenders in response to an explosive report detailing allegations of sexual misconduct and cover-up, reports the Christian Post.
On Tuesday, Southern Baptist leaders gathered to discuss an historic investigation report from Guidepost Solutions that found that the denomination’s leadership mishandled widespread sexual abuse allegations, ignored and silenced victims, and engaged in an abusive pattern of intimidation largely to avoid liability.
Released Sunday, the nearly 300-page report covered a period from Jan. 1, 2000, to June 14, 2021. The denomination’s annual meeting is set for Anaheim, California in June. With 13 million members, the Southern Baptists form the largest Protestant body in the United States.
Worldview listeners thank their pastors
And finally, in response to my story on Monday about why 2 in 5 pastors considered quitting full-time vocational ministry and the top 10 reasons why the pastors who did quit are glad they made the decision, I encouraged Worldview listeners to (1) pray for their pastor and (2) send a short note of encouragement to their pastor and bcc: me at Adam@TheWorldview.com.
Rebecca Wahl in St. Louis Park, Minnesota sent an email to Pastor Kurt Weber at Golden Valley Lutheran Church.
She wrote, “I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your weekly work to bring Truth before the church. I appreciate most that you are not afraid to talk about hard things. I continue to pray Titus 1:9 over you, that the Lord grant you and strengthen you to hold firm to the trustworthy Word, as taught, so that you may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine, and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”
She wrote, “Dear Pastor Jon, Just a simple note to encourage you for your biblically sound messages, and your love and practical concern for people shown through phone calls, time spent together, cards, simple gifts, gift baskets, a word fitly spoken, a listening ear, your hospitality to many, and free fishing trips.
“We are praying Colossians 1:9-11 for you. ‘For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.’ We love you and thank God for you.”
And Cole Dymesich, Nancy and Donny’s 16-year-old son, sent a separate hand-written note. He said, “Dear Pastor Jon, I want to thank you for all the hard work you do and for the time you put in preparing sermons and studies. I love going to your Wednesday night Bible study, and learning about real life topics and situations as well as getting together with like-minded people.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Wednesday, May 25th, in the year of our Lord 2022. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus (Adam@TheWorldview.com). Seize the day for Jesus Christ.