It’s Wednesday, June 5th, A.D. 2019. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus.
By Adam McManus (adam@TheWorldview.com)
30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre
Thirty years ago yesterday, the Communist Chinese Army fired into crowds of its own people in Tiananmen Square as thousands of student-led protestors called for a more democratic government.
Several hundred to thousands of people died that day. Now, three decades later, the Communist leaders are treating religious minorities with similar contempt. In 2018, 100,000 Christians were arrested and rural underground churches have been forced to close and their members sent to labor camps.
In China’s Xinjiang province, approximately one million Uyghur Muslims are detained in “re-education” prison camps subjected to torture and indoctrination by the Communist party, their organs are harvested for profit, and crematoriums are now being constructed nearby.
President Trump toasts Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace
Queen Elizabeth II and President Donald Trump delivered speeches at the Royal Banquet praising the enduring American-British alliance which was forged over 70 years ago during the Second World War, reports Breitbart.com.
On Monday evening, President Trump offered a toast to the Queen in Buckingham Palace which concluded with these words.
TRUMP: “From the Second World War to today, Her Majesty has … embodied the spirit of dignity, duty, and patriotism that beats proudly in every British heart. On behalf of all Americans, I offer a toast to the eternal friendship of our people, the vitality of our nations, and to the long, cherished, and truly remarkable reign of Her Majesty the Queen.”
(You can watch the video of the formal occasion here as President Trump toasted Queen Elizabeth II in front of 170 guests.)
More Americans okay with pre-marital sex, divorce, homosexuality
Gallup released its annual Values and Beliefs poll last week, which showed that an increasing majority of Americans view divorce, sex outside of marriage, homosexual relationships and birth control as morally acceptable while a majority of Americans continue to view abortion as morally wrong.
When it comes to sex between unmarried men and women, 71 percent of Americans consider the act to be morally acceptable. By contrast, in May 2001, just 53 percent of respondents said that premarital sex was morally acceptable, reports the Christian Post.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 says, “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God.”
Gutsy pastor prays God’s judgment on Illinois legislature
Last Friday, Pastor Cory Musgrave, the 35-year-old pastor at New Beginnings Assembly of God Church in Fairfield, Illinois, prayed in front the Illinois State Legislature in the Capitol. Their recent vote on abortion informed his prayer, reports ChristianNews.
On May 28th, despite thousands of Christian pro-lifers who showed up in Springfield on behalf of the babies, the Illinois House voted 65-40 for a radical abortion bill which prevents the state from interfering in any way with the killing of unborn babies.
The legislation would not only repeal the partial-birth abortion ban, but also repeal abortion mill regulations and conscience protections for medical workers. Astoundingly, non-doctors will now be allowed to do abortions and the bill would require every health insurance plan to cover abortions, including late-term abortions, without any exemptions for people with religious or moral objections.
Pastor Musgrave lamented that “this state has decided to go its own way apart from You.”
MUSGRAVE: “Lord, You have told us those things which You hate, and among them are hands that shed innocent blood. I stand here in this House, in this high place in Illinois, and ask You, O God, creator of Heaven and Earth, if there is any blood more innocent than a baby that is being created in the womb.”
Musgrave quoted from Psalm 139 in noting that the unborn are not hidden from God’s sight.
MUSGRAVE: “God, those unborn children are not hidden from You. The Psalmist David exclaimed, ‘You made all the delicate inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex. Your workmanship is marvelous; how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born.’”
He then lamented that despite those who have pleaded for lawmakers to protect those in the womb — referring to calls for the rejection of the Reproductive Health Act — legislators rather decided to pass the bill.
MUSGRAVE: “So God, we have made our appeals to the leaders of Illinois this week on behalf of those innocent babies who do not yet have a voice. We have been a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves as You have commanded us. Those appeals were denied, but we have one final appeal left and that is to the courts of Heaven.
“God Almighty, I make an appeal to Heaven today, to You the perfect judge, the One who presides over Heaven’s court. I ask You to rise up, O God, and judge Illinois for the sanctioned destruction of the innocent unborn. For when Your judgments are in this state, the inhabitants of Illinois learn righteousness.”
He asked God for mercy in the midst of judgment as he concluded his prayer.
MUSGRAVE: “In this House, I pray for justice to roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty river. In Your judgment, I pray that You would remember mercy, for we know that You, O God, do not want anyone to be destroyed. I ask this in the name of Your Son, the One who died for a sinner like me, the One who was appointed to judge the living and the dead. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.”
You can email an encouraging note to him: PastorCory@nbclife.church
While Pastor Musgrave prayed that prayer, five Democratic legislators walked out in defiance, and another two rudely turned their back on him.
No doubt, the father of five, including two adopted children from China, was further grieved when the Illinois State Senate voted later that day, 34-20, in favor of that extreme abortion bill which Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker has vowed to sign.
Call Governor Pritzker and urge him to veto it at 217-782-6830. That’s 217-782-6830.
Generations is $50,000 in the red. Can you help?
Did you know that Generations, the ministry that makes The Worldview possible, is reaching 80,000 families in 100 countries around the world? That’s 300,000-400,000 folks. And we reach those people with the uncompromising Biblical message for a fraction of what traditional Christian radio ministries do, since we do not have to pay to be on expensive terrestrial radio stations.
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Millennial non-Christians more spiritually open than older unbelievers
Last week, the Barna Group shared that millennial-aged Americans who are not Christians show a greater interest in spirituality than older generations who are unbelievers, reports FaithWire.com.
Specifically, 64% of millennial non-Christians reported having one or more conversations about their beliefs with a Christian, versus 44% for older non-Christians.
Romans 1:20 declares, “For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”