By Jonathan Clark
Chinese Communists fined Christian man $3,000 for online Bible study
Last week, Zhang Wenli, a Chinese Christian man, received notice of administrative punishment from officials in Yunnan province for holding an online Bible study.
The officials fined Wenli nearly $3,000 for engaging in illegal Christian education.
International Christian Concern notes it will be increasingly difficult for Chinese Christians to host online Bible studies as officials in Wuhan, Sichuan, and Yunnan provinces have been disrupting activities of underground churches.
Confucius Institutes on dozens of U.S. college campuses exposed
Beijing funds Confucius Institutes in 142 countries and regions around the world, including 75 operating in the U.S., mostly on university campuses.
The new designation will require more transparency from these institutes.
Romania’s National Day of Awareness of Violence against Christians
Romanian Parliamentarian Daniel Gheorghe, who originated the celebration, said he hoped the day would educate the public, especially young people, on the importance of Christianity in the country’s history and the plight of many believers around the world.
Psalm 78:4 says, “We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.”
Judge: Christian KY photographer won’t be forced to support perverted weddings
Last Friday, a federal district court issued an order, halting the city of Louisville, Kentucky from enforcing a law on Christian blogger and photographer Chelsey Nelson that would force her to support faux homosexual weddings.
Nelson said the freedom of all Americans, especially artists, is at stake.
NELSON: “It’s not just my freedom at stake, it’s everyone’s. When the government can come in and tell you what to do, what to say, what to create, then we do not live in a free America. Artists should be free to choose which messages they promote.”
Family Research Council reveals which 7 states defunded abortion three ways
The Family Research Council released an interactive map this week, showing which states have defunded the abortion industry of three forms of government programs: Medicaid, Title X family planning funds, and state appropriations.
Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, and Mississippi have all defunded abortion providers from the three programs.
Sixteen states have partial defunding of abortion, mostly in the southeast and midwest. Fifteen states have taken no action to defund abortion providers. And 12 states have taken steps to directly fund abortions including California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, and New York.
Last year, America’s biggest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, received over $600 million in government funding.
Transgender mutilation surgeries provide no mental health advantage
The American Journal of Psychiatry published a large study in October of 2019, heralded as scientific evidence that people who pretend to be the opposite sex and undergo so-called “sex-reassignment” surgeries experience improved mental health.
On August 1, the journal published a correction to the study, saying that the results demonstrated no advantage of such surgeries to the individuals’ mental health.
Mark 10:6 says, “From the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’”
Apple surpassed $2 trillion value
Apple surpassed $2 trillion in market value on Wednesday, becoming the first U.S. public company to do so.
This comes just two years after the tech giant became the first U.S. company to reach $1 trillion.
9-year-old’s desire to be adopted prompts 10,000 adoption requests
And finally, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services received over 10,000 adoption requests from all over America for a nine-year-old boy named Jordan who has been in foster care for six years and made a heart-felt plea on the local news.
Jordan told KFOR he’s just hoping for a family to call home after his brother Braison was adopted out of foster care.
REPORTER: “If you could go anywhere, anywhere in the whole wide world, where would it be?”
JORDAN: “To an adoption party, or a home.”
Jordan had only one wish when asked what he would want if he were granted three wishes.
JORDAN: “Family, family—those are the only wishes I have.”
And Jordan explained why he wants to be adopted.
JORDAN: “The reason why it’s important is because, um, so I could have people to talk to any time I need to.”
Psalm 68:6 says, “God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Friday, August 21st, 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.