It’s Monday, October 12th, A.D. 2020. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus.
By Adam McManus (Adam@TheWorldview.com)
Chinese Communists cracking down on on-line worship
When Early Rain Covenant Church was was about to begin its online worship, a member of the church, Jia Xuewei, had his electricity shut down around the same time, reports International Christian Concern.
When he went out the door to check what happened, he was met by four men and forcibly taken to the police station. He was interrogated about Early Rain Covenant Church’s recent retreat and the worship that was about to take place. He did not return home until 8 pm.
One church member suspected that the Chinese Communists took these measures to prevent the church from having online worship. Another possible reason for the crackdown is that the Global Convention on Christian Faith and World Evangelization had more than 7,000 Chinese Christians registered.
Held between October 1 and October 6, many Chinese pastors criticized the clampdown on Christians by the Chinese Communist Party.
Jesus said, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first.” (John 15:18)
Biden: “You’ll know my opinion on court packing when election is over!”
Last Thursday, Joe Biden refused again to answer whether he planned to add additional Supreme Court justices, or pack the court, if he is elected president, reports LifeSiteNews.com.
BIDEN: “You’ll know my opinion on court packing when the election is over! Now look, I know…it’s a great question, we all, and I don’t blame you for asking. But, you know, the moment I answer that question, the headline in every one of your papers will be about that.”
The term “court packing” traces back to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration. The Judicial Procedures Reform Bill of 1937 attempted to add more justices to the Supreme Court to get New Deal legislation put into place after the Court originally rejected it. (It was the Judiciary Act of 1869 that established the composition of the Supreme Court to include one chief justice and eight associate justices.)
Today, Democrats are especially eager to add additional seats on the Supreme Court to dilute the growing conservative majority – especially if the Senate’s Republican majority confirms Amy Coney Barrett before the election November 3rd.
DiMATTEI: “I’ve got to ask you about packing the court.”
DiMATTEI: “And I know that you said yesterday, you aren’t going to answer the question until after the election. But this is the number one thing that I’ve been asked about from viewers in the past couple of days.”
BIDEN: “Well, you’ve been asked by the viewers who are probably Republicans who don’t want me continuing to talk about what they’re doing to the court right now.”
DiMATTEI: “Well, sir, don’t the voters deserve to know?”
BIDEN: “No, they don’t deserve. … I’m not gonna play his game. He’d love me to talk about, and I’ve already said something on packing the court, he’d love that to be the discussion instead of what he’s doing now.”
In response, Governor Mike Huckabee said this on Fox & Friends.
HUCKABEE: “This is pretty bizarre. This is like going to the car dealership to buy a new car and the car salesman says, ‘Look, I’m going to tell you what this car is going to cost after you sign the papers and take out the loan without an amount on it. I’ll fill that in later.’
“Let me ask you, ‘Is there anybody watching today who would do that?’ No, because nobody is that stupid. So, is anybody stupid enough to vote for a guy who tells you, ‘I’m not going to tell you what I’m going to do till after you vote for me, get me in office, and then good luck with the results?’”
CNN Host Jake Tapper vs. Biden spokeswoman on Constitution
On Saturday, Biden claimed that, “It’s not constitutional what they’re doing” – referring to the Senate Republicans’ interest in confirming President Trump’s nominee Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
TAPPER: “[Biden] said it’s not constitutional, what they’re doing. How is it not constitutional what they’re doing?”
BEDINGFIELD: “His point is that the people have an opportunity to weigh in on this constitutional process through their vote. We are now in the midst of the election. Millions of people have already cast their votes. And you see that the vast majority of people say that they want the person who wins the election on November 3 to nominate the justice to take this seat.”
TAPPER: “That’s a poll. That’s not the Constitution.”
BEDINGFIELD: “So, there’s the constitutional process of advise and consent. The American people get to have their say by voting for president, by voting for senators. We are now 23 days from the election.”
TAPPER: “Right, but it’s not unconstitutional.”
BEDINGFIELD: “Voters are being denied their constitutional right to have a say in this process.”
TAPPER: “They elected the Senate.”
BEDINGFIELD: “Republicans are trying to ram through a nominee [Amy Coney Barrett] who, by the way, is going to change the makeup of the court. And we see time and time again, poll after poll shows that most Americans vehemently disagree with [confirming Barrett prior to the election.] They believe the vote should happen November 3rd.”
TAPPER: “Again, Kate, that’s a poll. That’s not what the word constitutional means. Constitutional doesn’t mean, I like it or I don’t like it. It means it’s according to the U.S. Constitution. There’s nothing unconstitutional about what the U.S. Senate is doing.”
Kudos to Jake Tapper!
Judge cites Bible in ruling against D.C. Mayor
In fact, Judge McFadden even quoted Hebrews 10:25 as he ruled against Washington D.C. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser’s restriction on outdoor church services of more than 100 people. He wrote, “It is for the church, not the District or this court, to define for itself the meaning of ‘not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,’” according to The Washington Times.
The verse says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Monday, October 12th, 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.
New 3-tiered COVID shutdowns coming to England
In response to the coronavirus’ resurgence in England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce a three-tier local lockdown system today, formally known as “Local COVID Alert Levels,” reports the Associated Press.
Under the new system, the country will be placed into “medium,” “high” and “very high” alert levels. Details of what is involved at each level haven’t been confirmed.