By Kevin Swanson
Nigerian Muslims kill pastor and two sons
More severe persecution coming against the Nigerian church.
On July 5, Muslim militants shot and killed Pastor Daniel Umaru with the Church of the Brethren, as well as the pastor’s two sons, Kefrey Daniel and Faye Daniel. The murders occurred in northern Adamawa state in the early hours of the morning, reports Morning Star News.
As of 2010, Nigeria, Africa has the second most Protestant Christians in the world, at 60 million, second only to the United States. China came in third with 58 million professing Protestants. Persecution has been on the rise for all three of these countries over the last ten years.
Seven Chinese Christian leaders awaiting trial
Speaking of China, seven leaders from a Chinese house church, called the Golden Lampstand Church in Shanxi, are still awaiting trial, after they were arrested in August of last year, reports International Christian Concern.
Reportedly, one sister in Christ, Yong Rangli, has not received proper meals, her family cannot visit her, and she has been denied treatment for her diabetes.
According to ChinaAid, the church’s refusal to register and join the Chinese state-vetted church has allowed for easy targeting by the government. The church has been under attack since 2009 when officials raided the church and beat Christians inside the church’s Gospel shoe factory. Despite the church’s demolition in 2018 by the Chinese Communists, members continue to gather for worship services.
Here’s an encouragement for all Christians living under persecution. 1 Peter 1:6-7 says, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Only 8 GOP senators took a stand for Biblical marriage
As of this date, only 8 Republican Senators are willing to take a stand on God-ordained marriage of one man and one woman. Thirty-seven are “unresponsive” or “undecided” on the matter. The Family Research Council is following the ill-named “Respect for Marriage Act,” now before the U.S. Senate.
Last Tuesday, the Democrat-controlled U.S. House voted to redefine marriage, in support of the U.S. Supreme Court Obergefell ruling of 2015, with the help of 47 Republicans.
Now, it appears, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer may have the ten Republican votes necessary to pass it through the Senate. So far, he has five — Susan Collins of Maine, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and Rob Portman of Ohio.
For the record, the eight Republican Senators willing to take a stand against the homosexual zeitgeist were Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, John Cornyn of Texas, Ted Cruz of Texas, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Marco Rubio of Florida, and Roger Wicker of Mississippi.
Family Research Council Action is urging that Christians contact their two U.S. Senators, particularly those who may be waffling on the issue. Thus far, 49,524 concerned Christians have taken action. You can do as well through a special link in our transcript at www.TheWorldview.com.
Biden not worried about recession
Listen to what President Biden told the nation Monday, according to Fox Business.
BIDEN: “I don’t think that, God willing, I don’t think we’ll see a recession.”
God is in control of the economy, as well as everything else, and this Thursday we should get the first insight into second quarter Gross Domestic Product results. Historically, two consecutive quarters of negative GDP numbers indicate a recession.
Also, the Federal Reserve Board meets again tomorrow, and expectations are high for another 75 basis-point interest rate hike to counter soaring inflation numbers, reports Bloomberg.
Home buyer competition dropped to lowest level in two years
Redfin reports that home buyer competition has dropped to its lowest level in two years, about where it was in May 2020.
Also, the most significant decrease in home prices are appearing in Boise, Idaho, Denver, Colorado, Salt Lake City, Utah, Tacoma, Washington, Sacramento, California, Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.
The median asking price of newly listed homes dropped 2.8% from an all-time high set on May 22nd, now averaging $397,475.
Biden pushing atheism in Muslim countries
Psalm 14:1 declares that “The fool has said in his heart there is no God.”
So, why has the U.S. President and his staff committed $500,000 of taxpayer money to evangelize for the cause of atheism, primarily in Muslim countries?
According to the Morocco World News, 15 GOP members of Congress have submitted a protest letter to President Biden. Their chief concern is a grant program made out to “organizations committed to the practice and spread of atheism and humanism, namely in South/Central Asia and in the Middle East/North Africa.”
The protest letter was published by JustTheNews.com.
Kentucky judge blocks state abortion ban
And finally, Kentucky Circuit Court Judge Mitch Perry has blocked Kentucky’s abortion ban.
In his 20-page ruling, Perry argued that the position that life begins at conception is a “distinctively Christian and Catholic belief.” He said the legislature may not, in his opinion, “single out and endorse the doctrine of a favored faith.” He makes those references on pages 15 and 16 of the court decision.
A recent survey of 5,577 biologists, conducted for a University of Chicago PhD dissertation, found that 96% affirmed the view that human life begins at conception, reports Quilette.
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Tuesday, July 26th, 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.