It’s Friday, July 22nd, 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)
Pastor among 10 killed in Papua, Indonesia
The leader of the attack, Egianus Kogoya, and his gang killed 10 passengers in total including a Christian pastor, Eliaser Baner, who was on his way to a church conference. Kogoya is a leader in the West Papuan Liberation Army, and is responsible for several violent attacks in the region.
Although Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua is mainly Christian, violent attacks have been prevalent since its annexation by Indonesia in the 1960s.
Between 2017-2021, 58 violent incidents have led to 69 civilian deaths and 135 injuries.
Indonesia is the 28th most difficult country to be a Christian, according to the Open Doors World Watch list.
Biden got COVID despite multiple COVID shots
Despite the fact that Democrat President Joe Biden is fully vaccinated against COVID and has been twice boosted, the 79-year-old tested positive for COVID on Thursday, reports NBC News.
Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House COVID coordinator, said Biden is tired, has a runny nose, and a dry cough. Jha said Biden felt fine when he went to bed, but didn’t sleep well.
In the week leading up to Biden’s positive COVID test, he had lingered for extended conversations and posed for pictures and gave hugs at the Congressional Picnic on the White House South Lawn. Plus, Biden shook hands — and, controversially, exchanged fist bumps — with leaders in Israel, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia, reports National Public Radio.
GOP New York gubernatorial candidate attacked
Zeldin, one of only two Jewish Republican Congressmen, was campaigning at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Perinton when a man jumped on stage and lunged toward the lawmaker, according to witnesses and video of the incident.
The suspect approached Zeldin wielding an unknown weapon and Joe Chenelly tackled him.
Chenelly said, “Once the man was on stage, he reached into his right pocket and pulled out what appeared to be a knife or a razor blade, maybe a box cutter and lunged at the Congressman.”
Zeldin attempted to block the suspect — who witnesses said was disheveled and possibly intoxicated — and the man lunged at Zeldin once more.
Chenelly said, “I tackled him from behind and wrapped him up and dropped him on the right side on stage.”
47 House Republicans open to polygamy
On Tuesday, following a stunning dereliction of GOP leadership, 47 Republicans in the House of Representatives joined all the Democrats in voting to pass HR 8404, a radical bill to make the redefinition of marriage virtually impossible to untangle, reports LifeSiteNews.com.
Introduced as part of the Democrats’ fear-mongering efforts over the U.S. Supreme Court, the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act” would repeal the longstanding, but unenforced, Defense of Marriage Act, which recognized marriage as a one man-one woman union in federal law and protected states’ rights to do the same.
The bill would force the federal government to recognize any definition of marriage that a state might come up with in the future, sight unseen. So, while the “two individuals” language gives those voting for it in 2022 something to point at to claim the bill isn’t that extreme, the fact remains that if and when a state decides to validate polygamy, the federal government will have to agree.
But instead of encouraging GOP votes against this God-hating foolishness, House Republican leaders Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise gave their members permission to support it … and 47 of 211 House Republicans did just that, including Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Darrell Issa of California, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Nancy Mace of South Carolina, and Elise Stefanik of New York.
Now that this radical redefinition of marriage bill moves to the U.S. Senate, can Democrats get 10 Republicans? So far, at least four have indicated they either definitely or likely will vote yes: Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and Rob Portman of Ohio. Politico.com identifies another six who are noncommittal, but don’t rule out supporting the anti-marriage bill.
Genesis 2:24 could not be more clear. “Therefore, a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.”
God’s design for marriage rejects both two homosexuals as well as three or more people in a polygamous arrangement.
Fatherless kid becomes powerful evangelist
And finally, as I guest host for Kevin Swanson today on Generations Radio, I interview Greg Stier, an evangelist and founder of Dare 2 Share. He grew up in Denver, Colorado in a violent, inner-city family of body builders. He never had a dad and never felt like he measured up because his biceps weren’t big enough! But God transformed his family, one by one, through the power of the Gospel.
Greg has written a new book entitled Unlikely Fighter: The Story of How a Fatherless Street Kid Overcame Violence, Chaos, and Confusion to Become a Radical Christ Follower.
When Greg was 12 years old, his youth group leader challenged him to go to the local Westminster mall on a busy weekend night, sit down on a bench, and watch people for 30 minutes. The youth group director also asked Greg to do something unusual which he cited in my interview.
STIER: “I want you to put an imaginary tag on their forehead that reads ‘Bound for hell.’ I want you to imagine the hell that they’re headed to — literal fire and brimstone. Imagine them there and imagine the hell that they’re going through right now apart from Jesus Christ.
“So it seemed odd to me, but I took the homework assignment. I sat at the mall for 30 minutes, and I put that imaginary tag on people’s foreheads. At first it was awkward. But then as I thought about it, man, I really began to imagine them and the hell they were going through in this life without Christ and then the literal hell they were headed to without Christ. Within 30 minutes, I was bawling my eyes out. You talk about a burden for souls? That gave me the burden for souls.”
Revelation 20:15 says, “If anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
Take a listen to my interview today with Greg Stier at Generations.org/radio.
Plus, you can win a free book if you’re one of the first five people to send the correct subject line from the interview to Adam@TheWorldview.com along with your name and mailing address.
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Friday, July 22nd, 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.