By Jonathan Clark
Brother Andrew, God’s Bible smuggler, goes to Heaven
Andrew van der Bijl, better known as Brother Andrew, died on Tuesday at the age of 94 in the Netherlands.
Brother Andrew visited over 125 countries over the course of 60 years in his service to the global church. He is best known for smuggling millions of Bibles into Soviet-bloc countries, an incredible story, told in his book God’s Smuggler. Brother Andrew also founded the Christian persecution watchdog group Open Doors.
Today, Open Doors helps Christians in over 60 countries, distributing hundreds of thousands of Bibles and over a million Christian books daily.
In a video from Open Doors, Brother Andrew urged Christians in the West to live with courage.
ANDREW: “I think we in the West, now this is a personal confession, I think we are cowards. We ought to become people of guts and courage and strong convictions and don’t count our lives dear unto ourselves.”
The Apostle Paul said in Acts 20:24, “Nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
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Dispute over vote for parts of Ukraine to join Russia
Russian-installed officials announced the results of referendums in Eastern Ukrainian regions this week.
Huge majorities allegedly supported joining Russia. However, Ukraine and Western countries denounced the vote as a sham.
Meanwhile, nearly 200,000 Russian nationals have fled to neighboring countries. The mass exodus of men follows President Vladimir Putin’s mobilization of Russian reservists in the war against Ukraine.
Faculty’s attempt to censor Christian from practicing psychology
The Autonomous University of Baja California in Mexico recently dismissed proceedings against a Christian student by a group of professors.
At the top of his psychology class, Christian Cortez Pérez gave the commencement address for his graduation ceremony in June. Pérez shared his views on the importance of the family and the value of unborn human life.
In response, a group of leftist professors called for the school to ban Pérez from practicing psychology.
After the university denied the request, Pérez said, “Academic institutions must respect the free speech rights of all students. This is a great win for fundamental freedoms.”
Ian the Horrible
Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida yesterday with devastating 150 mph winds.
The Category 4 hurricane is expected to cause flooding across a large area of the state as the storm heads across the Florida peninsula.
Last night, Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis made this remark.
DeSANTIS: “It’s now a strong, category three hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. Tornado watches are in effect in central and in South Florida until 5:00am. We have two radar-indicated tornadoes in Kings Point and Palm Beach, as well as possible tornadoes in Hollywood in Broward County.”
As of yesterday, over two million homes and businesses had lost power, reports Fox News.
Florida Power and Light President Eric Silagy said the company expects it will have to completely rebuild sections of its electrical system given Ian’s massive size and powerful winds, reports the Miami Herald.
One Floridian, Brennan Prill, captured some storm surge in a time-lapse video which has been seen by 1.9 million people on Twitter. In some places, the storm surge reached 18-feet high.
Republicans lay out powerful “Commitment to America”
Republicans say they plan to fight inflation, curb wasteful government spending, make America energy independent, move supply chains away from China, secure the border, expand parental choice in education, protect the lives of unborn babies, and uphold religious freedom.
MCCARTHY: “On our very first bill we’re going to repeal 87,000 IRS agents! (applause) Our job is to work for you, not go after you. Our job is to make America stronger.”
5 states have abortion on the ballot
After the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade on June 24th, five states will be considering abortion-related ballot measures.
Kentucky’s Amendment 2 is similar to the amendment that failed in Kansas and would clarify that Kentucky’s constitution does not contain a right to abortion. Montana will be considering an act that would ensure that infants, born alive after a botched abortion, are treated as legal persons.
Meanwhile, the states of Michigan, California, and Vermont will be considering ballot measures to add abortion as a so-called “right” to their state constitutions.
Americans want political leaders who are honest and courageous
And finally, Arizona Christian University released a study revealing that Americans want political leaders who are honest, courageous, and hard-working.
A majority of adults also said they want the government to protect religious liberty for all Americans, strengthen the economy by lowering taxes, prevent big tech companies from censoring free speech, and deport violent criminals who are not U.S. citizens.
2 Samuel 23:3 says, “The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me: ‘He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Thursday, September 29th, 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.