By Kevin Swanson
London Good Friday service shut down
Last week, London police “brutally” shut down a Good Friday service at Christ the King Polish church, imposing a $280 fine for each person in the pew, reports The Christian Post.
Canadian pastor stands up to 6 cops disrupting Easter service
But, another pastor in Calgary, Canada stood up to police disrupting the worship service on Easter Sunday.
Pastor Artur Pawlowski of The Cave of Adullam told six police officers to leave the premises, if they had no warrant to serve.
PAWLOWSKI: “Out! You understand? Nazis are not welcome here. Out! Do not come back without a warrant. Do you understand that? Gestapo is not welcome here. Unbelievable, sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover. The holiest Christian festival in a year and they’re coming to intimidate Christians?”
The video has gone viral with at least 3,000,000 views over the last 24 hours.
In no uncertain terms, Scripture warns us not to miss assembling together in Hebrews 10: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some. … For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.”
Europe’s economic forecast looks grim
Initial economic news from the European Union indicates a bad year so far.
Germany is expecting a 2% slide in the Gross Domestic Product for its first quarter, reports Reuters. This follows a 3% annual retraction for its GDP in 2020. And experts are forecasting a 2-2.5% retraction for the United Kingdom’s GDP in the first quarter, according to the Financial Times.
Asia rebounding well from COVID shutdowns
Meanwhile, Asia is doing much better.
China Daily reports double digit growth for Communist China in the first quarter of 2021. Exports have improved 50%, year over year, for the first two months.
And Vietnam is reporting a rosy 4.5% GDP bump for its first quarter.
COVID Tyranny hurt America’s economic performance
The cause of the weak economic performance in Western nations is attributed to forced lockdowns, something not as common in the East.
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis also offers a helpful “Bounce-Back by State” chart, identifying the states that experienced the best fourth quarter to third quarter results last year.
Leading the pack for bouncing back were South Dakota, Nebraska, Texas, and Tennessee. The states coming up last in economic recovery were Washington State, Oregon, Michigan, Wisconsin, Maine, New Mexico, and Hawaii.
Senator/Pastor Warnock: “We are able to save ourselves.”
A man who styled himself a preacher, and now U.S. Senator, took to Twitter over the weekend announcing the humanist faith and rejecting Christ’s resurrection, reports Mediaite.com.
Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock of Georgia explained that, “The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you are Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves.”
Warnock was elected in January of this year, after receiving support from the Christian rapper, Lecrae, at one of his get-out-the-vote events. The senator deleted the tweet after blowback from Christians.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says it in no uncertain terms: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Texas rolls out Heartbeat Bill
Texas is working on a Heartbeat Bill which would ban abortions in the state where the infant registers a heartbeat. If a heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected.
Republican Texas Senator Bryan Hughes introduced the bill, presently assigned to the Senate State Affairs Committee. And GOP Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has announced the Heartbeat Bill as a top priority for this legislative session.
The bill is innovative in that it is attempting civil remedies in order to ward off pre-enforcement federal court challenges.
Major League Baseball punishes Georgia for election integrity law
And finally, the decision on the part of Major League Baseball to move the All Star game out of Georgia comes as a surprise to the fan base.
The move is purely political, after the Georgia legislature approved a voting law intended to curtail illegal voting somewhat. According to a CNN report, the NBA fan base leans Democrat by 35%, while the Major League Baseball fan base leans Republican by a margin of 4%. The NBA moved its games out of North Carolina in 2017, for the organization’s commitment to transgenderism.
In a letter to Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred issued just yesterday, Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida had some pointed questions. “Will Major League Baseball now end its engagement with nations that do not hold elections at all like China and Cuba? Will you end your lucrative financial relationship with Tencent, a company with deep ties to the Communist Party and actively helps the Chinese Government hunt down and silence political dissidents? Since Major League Baseball now appears eager to use its ‘platform’ to demonstrate ‘unwavering support’ for fundamental human rights, will you cease your relationship with the Chinese Government, which at this very moment is committing genocide against the Uyghurs Muslims?”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Tuesday, April 6th, in the year of our Lord 2021. 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.