Friday, December 28th, in the year of our Lord 2018
By Jonathan Clark
Hong Kong Believers Wear Black, Identify with Chinese Persecution
Hundreds of Christians in Hong Kong dressed in black for church on Sunday to stand with their persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ in China’s mainland.
Officials recently shut down and arrested believers from Beijing’s Zion Church, Sichuan’s Early Rain Covenant Church, and Guangzhou’s Rongguili Church.
Britain Vows to Help Persecuted Christians Globally
Britain has commissioned a review into the persecution of Christians around the world to find practical ways to support them across key countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, reports Reuters.
The commission found 215 million Christians were persecuted last year, with about 250 believers being killed every month for their faith.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said, “So often the persecution of Christians is a telling early warning sign of the persecution of every minority. Today I have asked the Bishop of Truro to look at how the British government can better respond to the plight of persecuted Christians around the world. We can and must do more.”
Jesus said in Matthew 25:40, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
Iraq Declares Christmas a National Holiday?
As God would have it, Iraq declared Christmas a national holiday this week for the entire Muslim-majority nation and not just for Christians as it was previously.
The government announced on Twitter, “Happy Christmas to our Christian citizens, all Iraqis and to all who are celebrating around the world.”
Iraqi Christians were able to celebrate the birth of Christ this week under improved security conditions a year after the government declared victory over the Islamic State.
2017: British, Welsh Pregnant Women Killed 200,000 Babies
The murder of unborn babies in England and Wales reached a 10-year high last year of nearly 200,000 abortions, according to statistics from the Department for Health and Social Care. Nearly one in five pregnancies ended in abortion with 98 percent of the abortions being funded by the National Health Service.
Similarly, recent final statistics from Spain show over 90,000 babies were murdered in the womb last year with one in 10 women having an abortion.
Ohio Senate Fails to Override Kasich’s Veto of Heartbeat Bill
As you’ll recall from yesterday’s newscast, I asked you to make two calls to Ohio legislators, urging them to vote to override Republican Governor John Kasich’s second veto in two years of the Heartbeat Bill which would ban abortions once a heartbeat is detected at the sixth week of pregnancy.
Only 13 World View listeners took the time to make those two calls and email me at Adam@TheWorldView.com.
While the Ohio House voted to override Kasich’s veto 61-28 yesterday, the Ohio Senate was sadly one vote short at 19-13, reports WOSU Radio. They needed 20 votes for the Heartbeat Bill to become law. Five pro-abortion Republican State Senators joined all the Democrats and voted not to override Kasich’s veto.
Ohio Governor-elect Mike DeWine has said he would sign it if it comes up in the next General Assembly. But the whole legislative process has to start from Ground Zero.
Apple Pulls Christian App Calling Homosexuality a Sin
Apple pulled an app by Living Hope Ministries that helps people to walk free from lives of homosexuality by seeking Christ, reports NBC News.
This came after a homosexual group filed a complaint with Apple over the app portraying homosexuality as “sin.”
In 2014, Apple CEO Tim Cook became the first major company leader to announce his commitment to a sexually perverted lifestyle, even blasphemously calling it “God’s greatest gift to me.”
Americans Admire Nurses, Despise Congressmen
A recent Gallup poll surveyed America’s view of the honesty and ethical standards of different professions.
For the 17th consecutive year, nurses scored the highest rating, while members of Congress scored at the bottom yet another time.
The study also found high support for clergy has dropped to the lowest point since Gallup started asking the question in 1977. This comes with recent sexual abuse claims across Protestant and Catholic churches in the U.S., South America, and Europe.
Texas School Bus Driver Sees Job as Ministry
And finally, Texas school bus driver Curtis Jenkins bought Christmas gifts for all 70 children on his route, surprising the students of Lake Highlands Elementary School the last day before winter break.
Jenkins told the Dallas-Fort Worth NBC affiliate, “I’m not at a job, I’m on a mission from God.”
Acts 20:35 says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
And that’s The World View in 5 Minutes on this Friday, December 28th 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.
Partial Government Shutdown Continues into 2019
The U.S. government is a week into a partial shutdown which may continue into the new year over President Donald Trump’s push for $5 billion in border security to be included in the budget. The shutdown affects about 25 percent of the federal government.
Meanwhile, many Democrats are pushing to bring some of the biggest expansions to the federal government through the “Green New Deal” proposed by incoming Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the footsteps of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal of the 1930s. Leftists are also supporting a long-term “Medicare for All” plan to create a single-payer government health care system.
Psalm 146:3 warns, “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.”