Friday, November 3rd, in the year of our Lord 2017
By Jonathan Clark
Egyptian President Meets with Evangelicals
For the first time, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met with a delegation of U.S. evangelicals on Wednesday for about three hours to discuss issues including Christian persecution in Egypt, reports The Christian Post. Islamic militants continue to carry out church bombings and killings of Christians there.
Participants included Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, religious freedom advocate Johnnie Moore, evangelical writer Joel Rosenberg, Egyptian-born pastor Michael Youssef, and former U.S. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.
Sisi told the delegation, “Christians are being attacked and we are working to fight the very radical Islamist terrorists . . . We are also doing very specific things to help Christians to make them equal Egyptians.”
Officials of District in India Shut Down House Churches
International Christian Concern reports that a district in India’s Tamil Nadu State illegally ordered 10 house churches to be shut down in recent months unless they get permission to operate from the government.
Local church leaders say Hindu extremist groups pressured officials to shut down the churches and plan to do the same to 20 more congregations.
David declares in Psalm 37:12-13, “The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him, but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for He sees that his day is coming.”
Members of Deposed Catalonian Government Put in Jail
A Spanish judge in Madrid jailed eight members of the deposed Catalonian government yesterday on possible charges of sedition, rebellion, and misuse of public funds, reports the BBC.
After the Catalonian parliament declared independence from Spain last month, the country’s prime minister dissolved the regional government and imposed direct rule. Not unusual for the empires of man.
Report Shows Huge Decrease in Extreme Poverty Worldwide
Last Tuesday was the 25th anniversary of the United Nations’ International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The UN Secretary General released a video saying “remarkable progress” has been made.
As Christ continues to rule the nations, currently about 9.6 percent of the world’s population lives in extreme poverty, down from 34.8 percent in 1990 and 94 percent in 1820, according to a report from Our World in Data.
President Trump Criticized for Having New York Terrorist Tried in Civilian Court
Despite Trump’s tough talk about holding 29-year-old Muslim terrorist Sayfullo Saipov accountable for killing eight New Yorkers with his rented Home Depot truck on Tuesday afternoon, the president’s strategy oddly resembles the one Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder made in trying to move the five men accused in the Sept. 11 attacks from Guantanamo to New York for trial in a civilian court, reports Yahoo News.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said yesterday that he was “dumbfounded as to why the Trump administration still follows the Obama playbook when it comes to dealing with terror suspects.” Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona made a similar call for Saipov to be interrogated as an enemy combatant, without some of the protections afforded under the American legal system.
Former DNC Chair Says She Has Proof That Democratic Presidential Primary Was Rigged
Former Democratic National Committee interim chair Donna Brazile declared yesterday that she has proof that the primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was rigged to give Clinton the nomination, reports Politico.
Brazile referenced an agreement between the DNC and Clinton that “in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised.”
Proverbs 17:23 says, “The wicked accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the ways of justice.”
California Judge Rules That Pregnancy Centers Do Not Have to Advertize Abortion
California Judge Gloria C. Trask ruled Monday that pro-life pregnancy centers in the state do not have to advertise the murder of the unborn, reports Life News.
The permanent injunction applies to over 200 private pregnancy centers and halts a bizarre 2015 law that actually required the pro-life facilities to post signage notifying clients of California’s taxpayer-funded abortion and birth control.
Special Report on Millennials’ Attraction to the Occult After the Newscast
Why are millennials gravitating to the occult? Stay tuned for some profound answers in my World View Special Report immediately following today’s newscast.
Police Officer Who Shot Terrorist Sayfullo Saipov Hailed as a Hero
And finally, a New York cop is being hailed as a hero during Tuesday’s terrorist truck attack in Manhattan, reports CBS New York.
Officer Ryan Nash confronted and shot the terrorist who shouted “Allahu Akbar” –- which means “Allah is Greater” — as he emerged from the truck in which he had just killed eight people and injured a dozen others.
Nash simply said he was doing his job.
And that’s The World View in 5 Minutes on this Friday, November 3rd in the year of our Lord 2017. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldView.com. I’m Adam McManus. Seize the day for Jesus Christ.
Special Report: Millennials Turn Away from Powerless Church to Occult
Time now for my World View Special Report.
By Adam McManus
Market Watch reported Monday that the psychic services industry grew 2 percent between the years of 2011 and 2016, an industry now worth approximately $2 billion.
And in recent years, according to Pew, the percentage of people ages 18-29 who “never doubt the existence of God” dropped from 81 percent in 2007 to 67 percent in 2012.
The World View spoke with Pastor Phil Kayser of Dominion Covenant Church in Omaha, Nebraska who explained why millennials – non-Christians and Christians alike – are drawn to the occult.
“They’ve become much more open to spirituality – is the buzz word that people use. That really amounts to anything including non-traditional medicine, occult, meditation, eastern religion, new age, mysticism, you name it. Some people have wondered why Christians are drifting in that direction. Actually the Emergent Church has been drifting in that direction for a long time.
“I think it’s a vacuum in Christian faith. I would say there’s a vacuum of absolutes, a vacuum of any realistic blueprints for real life issues, an absence of theology, and there’s an absence of the Holy Spirit’s power.”
Kayser said that too much of what passes as Christianity today is powerless and irrelevant.
“When Christians claim that Jesus has the answer and their solutions amount to nothing, I think it leads to cynicism. That’s actually one of the reasons not only for a surge of interest in the occult, but for a surge of interest in the charismatic movement because there’s been a lack of substance in the modern church’s worldview.
“1 Thessalonians 1:5 says, ‘For our Gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in much assurance as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.’ So, they’re living out the reality of the Gospel and the biblical blueprints.
“What Romans says is that when Christianity is lived out in power – there’s substance, there’s antithesis, there’s like a flag to repair to. Paul uses the word jealous. It makes the Jews in the future jealous of the Gospel. That’s what I don’t see happening in the church.
“Now I believe in miracles, but I don’t think that that Scripture is talking about miracles. I think it’s really talking about the power of the Holy Spirit sanctifying us, enabling us to mortify our flesh.
“When Christians show no more growth from one year to another, no ability to live in the realm of the impossible. — take the Sermon on the Mount for example — where it calls us to do what natural man cannot do. Love your enemies, bless those who curse you. When people can see that you are able to do that, it makes them want to have what you have.”
Pastor Kayser cited the example of the resilient Christians in Egypt who are unbowed despite deadly persecution at the hands of ISIS – a demonstration of vibrant, life-changing Christianity.
“Recently I read an article on Egypt, the ISIS attacks. You would think that would put a lot of Christian in fear, yet evangelism is happening on a greater scale than ever before there. Despite being persecuted, being killed, the church is growing. Muslims have said over and over that they’re blown away with the fact that these Christians don’t get bitter, they are able to love their enemies, they’re able to reach out to their enemies when their enemies have been trying to kill them.
“These are the types of power that I think that 1 Thessalonians 1:5 is talking about. When a church is transformed by the inward presence of the Spirit, His grace working in us, then I think there is something attractive about that. There’s something about that kind of Christianity – as Paul uses the word — makes them ‘jealous’ of the Gospel.”
May Pastor Kayser’s call for authentic Christianity renew our prayers to God to transform us to be imitators of our Savior like the bold Egyptian believers. Perhaps then the millennials amongst us will be drawn to the indisputable power of Christ instead of the lies of the occult.
This has been a World View Special Report. I’m Adam McManus.