By Jonathan Clark
Why India arrested Tennessee pastor imprisoned for 7 months
Pastor Bryan Nerren of House of Prayer Ministries in Shelbyville, Tennessee recently returned to the states after seven months of imprisonment in India. Unbelievably, he was detained because he brought money into the country to pay for the cost of two Christian conferences.
The Worldview spoke to William Stark of International Christian Concern about Nerren’s detainment.
STARK: “When he arrived in New Delhi, he was carrying a significant sum of money, and I believe he did declare, but when customs agents asked him about it, he said, ‘Yes.’ And they asked him if the funds were for Christian purposes, and he was actually going to India to attend two conferences, in which they were training Sunday school teachers, so he also answered that question, ‘Yes.’ When that happened he was actually released from the custody of the customs agents in Delhi, and was actually sent on to his final destination in Bagdogra, which is a bit more rural. It’s much further away from the big cities in India. And when he arrived there he was actually arrested and taken to another city called Siliguri.”
Stark said that Indian officials are opposed to Christian and religious freedom activities in the country.
STARK: “The Indian government does not like people openly coming in to do missionary work in the country or for that matter checking up on the religious freedom scenario in the country either like the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom which is the U.S. body that monitors religious freedom around the world who have actually never been given a visa to monitor the situation. The Indian government flat out denies them every time they try.”
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in India and those seeking to help them.
Jesus said in Matthew 25:40, “Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
Conservative Parliament members to Prime Minister: Open churches
Twenty conservative Members of Parliament signed a joint letter, calling on Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson to support churches reopening for prayer, weddings, and funerals as early as next month.
In the letter, MPs point out that people can go to a busy supermarket for food, but can’t even go to pray in a church building. The country’s current coronavirus lockdown guidelines don’t authorize churches to reopen until July 4.
Costa Rica greenlights faux homosexual marriage
On Tuesday, Costa Rica became the first Central American nation to legalize faux homosexual marriage.
In 2018, Costa Rica’s supreme court ruled that the country’s law against such perverted relationships was unconstitutional. Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly then had 18 months to change the law back to traditional marriage. Since the assembly did nothing, the pro-homosexual law automatically went into effect this week.
Latin America is epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic
Latin America is now the epicenter of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, according to the Pan American Health Organization.
Brazil has the highest number of new reported cases in a seven-day period since the outbreak began. Peru and Chile are also reporting a high number of cases.
A U.S. travel ban on Brazil goes into effect today.
United Nations confronted over ongoing abortion advocacy
Acting Administrator John Barsa for the U.S. Agency for International Development sent a letter last week to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, calling on the U.N. to stop using the coronavirus pandemic to promote the murder of unborn babies.
Barsa said the United Nations should be spending its time and resources on “life-saving interventions” instead of providing abortion access as an “essential service” on par with food-security, healthcare, and sanitation.
Quoting President Donald Trump, Barsa said the United States will “never tire of defending innocent life.”
Proverbs 24:11 says, “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.”
42% of coronavirus deaths from nursing homes, assisted living
Although people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities account for about 0.6 percent of the U.S. population, around 42 percent of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. are in those locations, according to The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.
The state with the highest number of nursing home deaths was Minnesota at 81 percent.
America’s 5th year of fewer births
And finally, a May report by the CDC found that the number of births in the U.S. fell one percent in 2019 compared with 2018, the fifth consecutive year of decreasing births and the lowest number of births since 1985.
The study also found the general fertility rate in the U.S. in 2019 was 58.2 births per 1,000 females aged 15–44, down two percent from the rate in 2018 and the lowest since the CDC began keeping records in 1909.
Psalm 127:3 says, “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Thursday, May 28th in the year of our Lord 2020. 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.