Thursday, December 1st, in the year of our Lord 2016
By Kevin Swanson
Christians in Egyptian Village Attacked by Muslim Mob
A mob of Muslim young men armed with gas canisters, automatic rifles, and machetes attacked Coptic Christians and their property in the Egyptian village of the Sohag Governorate last week, reported International Christian Concern. Four Coptic Christians were injured and over a dozen buildings owned by Christians were destroyed. The attack began after Muslims in the area thought a community structure built by the Christians would become a church. The World View spoke with William Stark of International Christian Concern about the reason behind the actions of the Muslim mob.
“There’s always been, and still is, a lot of regulation on church-building. And this has kind of created almost a trickle-down ideology that if the government is regulating the construction of churches so closely, and frankly they hadn’t been giving approval very often, then it must be that churches don’t belong in Egypt. That’s despite the fact that Christians make up ten percent of the population.”
Stark also commented on how Western Christians should respond to persecution.
“Persecution is something that God who is sovereign over this world has ordained for us to go through and endure. And ultimately God is allowing this to happen to us, so that He can be glorified through that persecution. Here in the Western free church, that’s hard for us to stomach and swallow. But for the church in the world where it’s persecuted, the persecuted church, they, enduring through persecution, and continuing to reflect the love of Christ, especially to those who are persecuting you, that is what brings glory to God.”
Psalm 37:14-15 says, “The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct. Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.”
Christian TV Broadcaster Reaches 21 Million in the Middle East and North Africa
Christian television broadcaster SAT-7 now reaches 21 million people across the Middle East and North Africa, according to The Christian Post. That’s a 76 percent increase over just the last five years. Viewers include those from areas where theological objection to Islam, something the Muslims describe as “blasphemy,” is punishable by death.
Protesters Call for South Korean President to Step Down
Two million protesters in South Korea called for their President, Park Geun-hye, to step down last Saturday. Allegations involve the president’s confidant, Choi Soon-sil, who is the daughter of a Shamanistic cult leader. Choi has allegedly used her influence in the government to amass millions of dollars from donations to her organizations.
Proverbs 16:12 says, “It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, for a throne is established by righteousness.”
Georgia Right to Life Works to Protect Human Life at All Stages
God has a new weapon in the battle to help save the lives of unborn babies and all innocent humans throughout the spectrum of life. Her name is Jessica DuBois and she is the new Legislative Director of Georgia Right to Life (www.grtl.org).
Thanks in part to their prayerful activism, two abortion mills have shut down over the last year – the Alpha Gynecology abortion mill near Marietta, Georgia and the Planned Parenthood abortion mill in Augusta, Georgia.
The World View talked with Ricardo Davis, the president of Georgia Right to Life, about their unique pro-life mission with its emphasis on ‘personhood.’
“The core of ‘personhood’ is the protection of all innocent human life. So whether we’re talking about the child who was conceived because her mother was a victim of incest, whether we’re talking about a young boy who was in a very tragic accident and his caregivers want to starve him to death because he’s seen as medically futile, or whether we’re talking about a grandmother whose children unfortunately don’t want to care for her and will essentially terminate her life against her will – none of those lives should be politically expedient because they are all lives precious in the sight of God. And if the objective of civil government is to protect all innocent human life, then we cannot make compromises in the legislative process, in the regulatory process.
“A classic example would be the rape and incest issue. We will never put forward a bill that would positively claim that persons who were conceived from rape or incest are okay to be killed. We don’t treat some persons as political pawns. We have to protect all innocent human life.”
When the Georgia Legislative session opens on the second week of January 2017, Georgia Right to Life will ensure that they do their best to protect life.
Trump Nominates Producer Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary
President-elect Donald Trump nominated former Goldman Sachs executive and Hollywood producer Steven Mnuchin for Treasury secretary. Mnuchin told the press this week that tax reform was his top priority. Mnuchin is known for his X-Men movies, Avatar, and Mad Max: Fury Road. Trump also picked billionaire and former Democrat supporter, Wilbur Ross, as Commerce secretary.
Congress Approves Defense Bill Without Mandatory Female Draft
Congress has finally approved the 2016 Defense Bill, without the provision for a mandatory female draft. However, a religious freedom provision that would have protected contractors that held to a biblical view of homosexuality was nixed from the final version of the bill.
Tennessee Ravaged by Forest Fires
Terrible forest fires have been raging in Tennessee due to high winds and dry conditions. Many were evacuated from the tourist towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. CNN reports four deaths, 45 injuries, and 250 buildings damaged from the fires.
Homosexuals Target Stars of Reality Show Fixer Upper
Chip and Joanna Gaines, reality stars on HGTV’s Fixer Upper are church-going Christians in Waco, Texas. But now, the homosexual gestapo has targeted them for their reluctance to support homosexuality. Websites like Us Weekly and Highly Cited are greatly offended to discover the pastor of the Gaines’ church, Jimmy Seibert, calls homosexuality “a sin.” The Benham brothers, Jason and David, lost their HGTV show in 2014, under pressure from the homosexual lobby back then.
Tony Davis Praises God for Healing After Near Death from Gangster Shooting
Gospel singer Tony Davis says he experienced God after being shot by gang members in Los Angeles, according to Christian Headlines. Davis received five gunshot wounds and was reportedly dead for 30 minutes. Doctors operating on Davis said he would not be able to sing or walk again, but apparently God had something else in mind. Davis is now talking and singing. . . and jumping . . . on one leg. He gives God the credit for his healing.
“And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.” (Act 3:8)
Populist Movements Rise in Several European Countries
It’s not just Trump who’s riding the populist wave with promises of economic and immigration reform, according to a Fox News report. Similar populists movements are afoot in Italy through Beppe Grillo and his Five Star Movement, in England with its Brexit referendum, as well as Hungary, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Austria.
Attacker at Ohio State University Shot by Police Officer
Abdul Razak Ali Artan, “a soldier of the Islamic State” according to an ISIS news agency, made a brutal attack on Monday at Ohio State University, injuring 11 people. Thanks to the quick response of 28-year-old Ohio State University police officer Alan Horujko, that attack went no further after the officer shot and killed the suspect.
And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.