By Jonathan Clark
Lynching, murders, and ostracism of Christians in India
During the first half of 2020, the Evangelical Fellowship of India documented 135 cases of persecution against Christians in India there.
The cases include a lynching, multiple murders, community ostracism, and concerted efforts to stop worship and Gospel-sharing. The persecution is driven largely by Hindu extremists.
Testimony about the underground Cuban church
Since the 1950s, the country of Cuba has been dominated by communism, but another power is beginning to sweep the country.
The devastations of Fidel Castro initially drove the church underground, leaving only dedicated believers.
International Christian Concern President Jeff King recently described the revival he has observed in Cuba first-hand.
KING: “In about 1989, the whole country just explodes with a hunger for God. The pastors will tell you, they said, ‘Look, our little house churches . . .’ And house churches, by the way, most of the time it’s a shack. I mean, it’s a shabby little thing in the eyes of the world. But then people were lined up to get into these churches.”
Acts 13:48-49 says, “When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region.”
Global fertility rates fall
The study anticipates the number of children under five to fall from 681 million in 2017 to 401 million in 2100 and the number of 80-year-olds to increase from 141 million to 866 million over the same period.
However, populations in sub-saharan Africa are expected to triple. By 2100, Nigeria will have 790 million, right behind the most populated country of India at that time of one billion.
Judge suppresses religious liberty in New Mexico church
A U.S. District Court Judge ruled against Legacy Church in New Mexico on Monday in their attempt to lighten coronavirus lockdown restrictions on in-person services.
The public health orders require a 25 percent cap on occupancy, social distancing, and wearing masks.
The church of 20,000 members argued that the restrictions were a violation of their First Amendment rights.
States want bailout despite giving millions to Planned Parenthood
Many states are calling for a federal bailout, but a look at their fiscal choices shows years of funding Planned Parenthood with millions of dollars.
New York alone gave $115 million to the murder giant between 2016 and 2019. Washington State, Minnesota, Oregon, Michigan, and Massachusetts also gave millions.
Representatives from states like Florida, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming are not interested in the bailouts though, and their states have offered little to no funding to Planned Parenthood.
U.S. poll: 69% say people are basically good
Sixty-nine percent of American adults believe that people are basically good, and over 60 percent don’t agree that human life is sacred, according to a study by Arizona Christian University.
The survey found a small majority of Americans, 56 percent, believes that human beings are created by God, and made in His image, but are fallen and in need of redemption.
David prays in Psalm 51:5, 7, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. . . . Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
Walmart and Kroger now mandating masks
The big retailers join Costco, Starbucks, Best Buy, Panera Bread, and others in a nationwide requirement for face masks at their locations.
Captain America congratulates boy who sacrificed self for sister
And finally, last week, six-year-old Bridger Walker of Wyoming put his life on the line for his little sister who was being charged by a dog. Bridger took several bites to his face but got his sister to safety. After getting 90 stitches, he’s doing well now thankfully.
Bridger said, “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.”
The story got the attention of Chris Evans, the star of Captain America, who video messaged the brave boy, telling him he’d send him a special gift!
EVANS: “Pal, you’re a hero! What you did was so brave, so selfless. Your sister is so lucky to have you as a big brother. Your parents must be so proud of you. I’m going to track down your address, and I’m going to send you an authentic Captain America shield because, pal, you deserve it. Keep being the man you are. We need people like you.”
John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Friday, July 17th, 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.