It’s Wednesday, December 18th, A.D. 2019. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus.
By Adam McManus (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chinese Communists bar Christian from leaving house
Elder Xu Yonghai, a member of the Divine Love Fellowship of the Beijing Christian House Church, was once again barred from leaving his house during Human Rights Day, reports International Christian Concern.
According to China Aid, in the morning of December 12, Elder Yonghai was suddenly placed under house arrest and could not leave his home. Two days prior, during Human Rights Day, he predicted that there would be guards outside his door to prevent him from attending human rights activities hosted by Western embassies, so he did not head out. To his surprise, he could not leave his home at all on December 12th.
Jesus said, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first.” (John 15:18)
On eve of impeachment, Trump calls it “a disgrace”
On the eve of almost-certain impeachment, President Donald Trump fired off a furious letter yesterday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denouncing the “vicious crusade” against him, while Democrats amassed the votes they needed and Republicans looked ahead, vowing to defend Trump at next month’s Senate trial, reports RealClearPolitics.com.
Trump, who would be just the third U.S. president to be impeached, acknowledged he was powerless to stop today’s vote. His lengthy, accusatory letter to Pelosi seemed intended for the broad audience of citizens — including 2020 voters — watching history unfolding on Capitol Hill.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: “This has been a total sham from the beginning. Everybody knows it. I’ve never seen the Republican Party so united. It’s been going on now for almost three years. And it probably started before I even won the election, based on what we’re finding out. It’s a disgrace.”
McConnell rejects Senator Schumer’s request for new witnesses
Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set a course to quash Democrat Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s attempts to extend the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump by calling new witnesses, as he pushes toward a goal of ending it swiftly in acquittal, reports Bloomberg.
McCONNELL: “The Senate is meant to act as judge and jury to hear a trial, not to re-run the entire fact-finding investigation because angry partisans rushed sloppily through it. The trajectory that the Democratic leader apparently wants to take us down, before he’s even heard opening arguments, could set a nightmare nightmarish precedent for our institution.
Trump’s former campaign manager has cardiac event in prison
President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been hospitalized for a cardiac event while serving his over seven-year sentence for charges related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, reports ABC News.
Christians are dumping Netflix over blasphemous “homosexual Jesus” comedy
Disgust continues to swell over a “Christmas special” called “The First Temptation of Christ” on Netflix, depicting Jesus Christ as a closeted homosexual, with Bishop Joseph Strickland of Texas joining almost two million others in speaking out against it. Some, including the bishop, have gone as far as to cancel their subscriptions to the video streaming service, reports LifeSiteNews.
Produced by Porta dos Fundos, a Brazilian YouTube comedy group, the plot follows Jesus as he returns to Nazareth for his 30th birthday party who is accompanied by an effeminate and flirtatious character named Orlando who implies that he is romantically involved with Jesus. Later, Orlando reveals himself to be Lucifer who seduced Jesus in the desert.
David Closson, Family Research Council’s Director of Christian Ethics and Biblical Worldview, wrote, “the portrayal of God as a sex-obsessed deity is reminiscent of the sordid escapades of Greek gods and goddesses, not the God of biblical Christianity.”
1 Samuel 2:2 says, “There is no one holy like the LORD.”
Third Day frontman Mac Powell’s wife released from hospital
And finally, Aimee Powell, wife of Third Day frontman Mac Powell, was released from the hospital after a ruptured aneurysm in her brain and the singer gave God the glory, reports the Christian Post.
He said, “There’s no doubt in our hearts and minds that God is listening to all of our prayers and healing Aimee. The doctors are amazed at her progress and how well she’s doing.”
Powell’s wife was admitted to the hospital In November after the singer called emergency medical services for his wife who was suffering intense pain described as an unbearable headache. A CT scan found bleeding on Aimee’s brain necessitating a procedure in which doctors put two coils in her brain to help keep the aneurysm from bleeding and possibly rupturing.
Psalm 66:19 says, “But truly God has listened; He has attended to the voice of my prayer.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Wednesday, December 18th in the year of our Lord 2019. 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.