Wednesday, June 27th, in the year of our Lord 2018
By Adam McManus (adam@TheWorldView.com)
Trump’s Travel Ban Passes Supreme Court Muster
In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court handed Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency yesterday, upholding his travel ban targeting the Muslim-majority countries of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, rejecting the argument that it represented unconstitutional religious discrimination, reports Reuters.
In remarks at the White House, Trump rejoiced in the victory.
“What we’re looking for as Republicans I can tell you is strong borders and no crime. What the Democrats are looking at is open borders and tremendous crime. … So I will always be defending the sovereignty, the safety, and the security of the American people. That’s why I was put here.”
Supreme Court Delivers Victory to California Pro-Life Centers
In a second 5-4 decision yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that a bizarre California law which compelled pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortion services is unconstitutional, reports The Christian Post.
In National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, the majority, represented by Justice Clarence Thomas, ruled that the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency Act “unduly burdens protected speech.”
Thomas captured the absurdity of one aspect of the law, noting that by the state of California’s own admission, “a billboard for an unlicensed facility that says ‘Choose Life’ would have to surround that two-word statement with a 29-word statement from the government, in as many as 13 different languages.”
Proverbs 12:15 best summarizes the California Attorney General’s position. “The way of fools seems right to them.”
Congresswoman Maxine Waters: Harass Trump’s Cabinet
Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California addressed a rally in Los Angeles on Saturday and challenged the crowd to treat Trump’s conservative Cabinet appointees as pariahs.
“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them! And you tell them they are not welcome, anymore, anywhere.”
In response, Judicial Watch sent a hand-delivered letter Monday to the chairman of the House Office of Congressional Ethics calling for an investigation into whether Waters violated House ethics rules by encouraging violence against Trump administration Cabinet members.
The letter said, “This is not about Waters’ freedom of speech. … It is about inciting mob violence. The House needs to act quickly to hold her accountable for this dangerous incitement.”
Last week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and members of her family were evicted from The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia. Other Trump administration officials, like White House adviser Stephen Miller, are being targeted with threatening and dangerous “protests” at their homes.
And President Trump’s opponents are posting names and addresses of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents on the Internet, placing their lives and the lives of their families at risk.
Gutsy Arizona Pro-Life Pharmacist
A pro-life Arizona pharmacist at Walgreens named Brian Hreniuc has become front-page news over his refusal on moral grounds to fill an abortifacient prescription for a woman whose doctor reportedly diagnosed her pregnancy as an imminent miscarriage, reports The New American.
The woman, Nicole Arteaga of Peoria, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb, took to Facebook on June 22nd to complain.
The corporate office of Walgreens said the pro-life pharmacist should have passed her prescription to another colleague on duty without moral qualms.
Acts 5:29 says, “We must obey God rather than men.”
Sneak Peek: How God Redeemed Former Homosexual
Want to hear how one survivor from the 2016 Pulse Homosexual Nightclub shooting was converted and how God is using his story to impact people across the nation? Stay tuned for a World View Special Report immediately following today’s newscast.
15-Year-Old Girl Saves the Day on Flight
And finally, a gentleman named Tim, who appeared to be both deaf and blind, and was traveling alone out of Boston’s Logan airport on an Alaska Airlines flight, was understandably having difficulty communicating with the flight attendants.
According to airline passenger Lynette Scribner’s Facebook post which went viral a 15-year-old girl named Clara, who knew sign language, saved the day, reports Good News Network.
Scribner wrote, “For the rest of the flight, [Clara] attended to Tim. … It was fascinating to watch as she signed one letter at a time into his hand. He was able to ‘read’ her signing and they carried on an animated conversation.
“It was a beautiful reminder, in this time of too much awfulness, that there are still good, good people who are willing to look out for each other…We are all starving for good news and this was just what we needed.”
And that’s The World View in 5 Minutes on this Wednesday, June 27th in the year of our Lord 2018. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldView.com. I’m Adam McManus. Seize the day for Jesus Christ.
Special Report: Former Homosexual’s Counsel to the Church
Time now for a World View Special Report by Emily Swanson. I’m Adam McManus.
By Emily Swanson
Former homosexual Luis Ruiz talked to The World View about how the shooting at the Pulse homosexual Night Club on June 12th, 2016 brought him out of darkness and into the light of Jesus.
His testimony is best summarized by 1 Peter 2:9. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
Ruiz shared that his conversion was the seed for starting a ministry to reach out in love to those who want to leave the homosexual lifestyle.
“We actually have been traveling the nation to churches who are unfamiliar with getting out of the former lifestyle of homosexuality and becoming totally free from it. What we do is we equip the churches. We let them know to do it without hate, without pointing fingers, or rejecting. It’s been very, very hard for the church, and a lot of them are just uninformed.”
Ruiz’s ministry is also organizing more Freedom Marches across the country to celebrate freedom in Christ from sin.
“It’s exciting how they have pride month and they get to celebrate their coming out. What we do is kind of the same thing. We pick a day and just want to be thankful for the freedom we have in Jesus. We march and pick a place in every state and just get the body together and overcomers who have been through this and kind of share their stories.”
Ruiz said that he’s amazed by how God has equipped this ministry for “such a time as this” after an experience he had at a recent event.
“Just two days ago, I went to a Charisma conference. Some guy stopped me at the door and he starts crying. And I’m like, ‘What did I do?’ And he’s like, ‘Are you Luiz? And I’m like, ‘Yes.’ And he’s like, ‘I’ve been following your story, following what you guys are doing. And he was just like, ‘I am so thankful. I’ve been crying to God for someone like this. We’ve been praying for such a long time for a voice like this.’”
Ruiz said that when people say that they were “born this way” he agrees, but it’s not what they think.
“When people ask me and say, ‘Well I was born this way,’ I say to them, ‘Yeah, I was born this way too.’ We were all born into sin, but God says that we must be born again. Knowing that Jesus desired a relationship with me, that it wasn’t just religion and legalism. I didn’t have this big old book of rules and I didn’t have to go check them off. And that’s what we’ve taught so much in the churches.”
Romans 8:3-4 says, “For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
Ruiz testified that what drew his heart was the incredible, divine love of Jesus, something he never experienced in the homosexual lifestyle.
“He wanted all of me, not just parts of me. And that’s something that no man, I repeat, no man has done for me. Just promiscuous relationships. To find out that there’s a man Jesus who will never cheat on me, who will never be unfaithful, and, in fact, He desires me more than I want Him. I don’t have to love Him more or love Him less for that to change.”
Ruiz said that our culture sadly is encouraging people to go into that lifestyle of sin, but not encouraging people who want to come out and follow Jesus.
“Someone that’s trying to go into the church and come out of it, for some reason, that’s not allowed. And then we say things like, ‘It’s like your skin color,’ when sexuality is definitely a choice.”
Ruiz said that that there were several big factors that God used to draw him out of that darkness.
“One of the ways I came to Christ, was, one, I’m a pastor’s kid, so the Word was always inside of me, no matter how far I tried to run. So, I’ve always had the fear of the Lord inside of me, no matter what I did. And not just only that, but, like I said, praying parents. And then it just got to the point where I was like, ‘I want more. I need more. It’s just getting from worse to worse to worse.’ I hit rock bottom, and the only way is to go up.”
Ruiz said that the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting was that catalyst that began his conversion.
“In the midst of Pulse’s shooting and finding out I had HIV. Through all of that, because it was my decision. That’s not a lot of people’s stories. Well a lot of people point fingers and say, ‘Well you shouldn’t have been promiscuous.’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, you’re right, but this is my story. This is how I came to Christ.’ And I’m glad that these things happened in a way, because now I’m exposed to a Jesus that loves me. My life has been totally rocked and totally transformed.”
Ruiz said that the way to fight this battle against sin and the bondage that people are in is to get engaged in prayer.
“The only way this is going to happen is if we return back to that secret place with the Lord. A lot of us, we know the Word, and we know the Bible. We hear it at church on Sundays, but until you fix your personal salvation with Christ. Get back in that secret place. Know that the Word of God is power. If we return to that first love that is Jesus, and we get back and we pray things are going to happen. If we live powerless lives it’s because we live a prayerless life.”
Revelations 2:4-5 reminds all followers of Jesus where every battle starts. “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.”
Ruiz said that the prayerful life will be that fountain of life that will be the automatic savor of life to some.
“Automatically, the love of God and the Holy Spirit just bursts off of our life, and people are drawn to that. We’re trying to fight a fight that doesn’t even belong to us. We try to battle and try to draw people to Christ. We try to sweep other people’s porches, and we haven’t even swept our own yet.”
Matthew 7:3 is a sober reminder for all Christians as we reach out with the gospel, that we examine our own lives first. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”
Ruiz ended with some final encouragements for the church of Jesus Christ as it stands up for what God’s Word says about the sin of homosexuality.
“The encouraging words that I want to say is that return back to that first love. Returning back to that first love is going to provoke change, and once you start doing that, automatically your life becomes a culture and a lifestyle Christianity so that when you’re talking to somebody the living and powerful words of Matthew 5, the Beatitudes, you’re walking in the love of God. And sometimes I don’t even have to try so hard. It’s just me being in the Word of God and me being in that secret place, it just comes out and people love that, because I’m following the Word.”
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 says, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?”
To get connected with what God is doing through Luis Ruiz, go to www.uprootedheart.com.
This has been another World View Special Report. I’m Adam McManus.
Russian Government Continues to Harass Protestants
Two African students from a Russian Pentecostal church, Jesus Embassy, have been fined and ordered deported for being in videos of church worship services, reports Forum 18. In addition to punishing the students for their appearance, Russia also punished the church for conducting “illegal missionary activity.”
The students have lived in Russia for six years as students.
English Hospital Euthanized up to 650 Elderly
According to the disturbing revelations of a whistleblower named Pauline Spilker, the nursing staff at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in England euthanized at least 450, and probably more than 650, as a result of being given dangerous amounts of unnecessary opiates, reports Life News.
Only 45% of those administered terminal quantities of diamorphine (which can be appropriate in alleviating severe pain at the very end of life) were said to be in pain.
Writing in The Times, Dominic Lawson points out that “the ones most likely to get the treatment appeared to be not the sickest, but the most ‘difficult’. As the stepson of one of the victims remarked: ‘If a nurse didn’t like you, you were a goner.’”
Trump Warns Harley-Davidson
President Donald Trump threatened yesterday that Harley-Davidson will be “taxed like never before” if the motorcycle maker moves production overseas, reports CNBC.
Trump tweeted, “Their employees and customers are already very angry at them. If they move, watch, it will be the beginning of the end; they surrendered, they quit! A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country–never! The aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!”
Mohler: Message of “Christian” Homosexual Conference Not Biblical
Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, has expressed concern about July 26–28th Revoice Conference in St. Louis, Missouri for homosexuals who claim to be Christians.
In his “The Briefing” podcast, Mohler said his “biggest concern” is the event’s apparent acceptance of the idea that sexual identity “becomes a defining issue that isn’t changed by the Gospel and isn’t transformed by sanctification.”
Outrage After Philippine President’s Remarks About God
Philippine President Duterte has angered his Catholic-majority population with controversial remarks calling God “stupid” and questioning original sin from the creation story last Friday, reports the International Christian Concern.
He asked “Who is this stupid God? You created something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work.”
His comments came at a sensitive time, when three Catholic priests have been murdered in recent months.
Flight Attendants at Dramatically Higher Cancer Risks
Working as a flight attendant significantly increases your risk of a range of cancers compared to the general population, according to a new study which followed more than 5,000 crew, reports the journal Environmental Health.
The risk of breast cancer shoots up by 50 percent, while risks of stomach cancers are skyrocketed by 74 percent.
The authors said increased exposure to ionising radiation from time spent in the thinner upper atmosphere as well as disrupted sleep and meal cycles could be factors.
Samaritan’s Purse to Rebuild 390 Homes, 55 Churches in Puerto Rico
Samaritan’s Purse, founded by Franklin Graham, has launched a multi-year recovery plan to rebuild 390 homes and 55 churches in central and southern Puerto Rico that were severely damaged by Hurricane Maria that struck its shores last September.
Pastor Roberto Santiago told The Christian Post that he was bunkered down inside the 40-foot-by-38-foot church building with his family when part of the roof was torn off. He said, Samaritan Purse “helped us with the roof. They helped us with getting windows. They helped with plumbing, wiring, cement, rebar. Samaritan’s Purse has given [us] everything.”