By Jonathan Clark
Sudanese police arrest four Christians converts from Islam
Authorities released the Christians on bail last week. It’s the second time the group of believers has faced arrest. Police also confiscated their Bibles and a sound system from their church.
Even though the country’s transitional government decriminalized leaving Islam in 2020, many current statutes are based on Islamic law.
Sudan’s Islamic dictatorship under Omar al-Bashir ended in 2019. However, state-sponsored persecution is returning since a military coup last year.
Sudan is ranked 13th on the Open Doors World Watch List of nations where it is most difficult to be a Christian.
World population to hit 8 billion
A report from the United Nations estimates the world’s population will reach 8 billion by November this year.
India is expected to become the most populous country by next year, surpassing China. The world population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050 with most of the growth coming from countries in Asia and Africa.
Church of England doesn’t know what a woman is
A member of the church’s General Synod had asked, “What is the Church of England’s definition of a woman?”
In response, the church’s Bishop in Europe stated the Church of England has “no official definition” and that there are now “complexities associated with gender identity.”
60% of Americans say sex determined at birth
Meanwhile in the U.S., a new Pew Research study found a growing number of Americans believe sex is determined at birth.
Sixty-percent of respondents said sex is biologically determined at birth, up from 54% in 2017.
Protestants were the most likely to say sex is determined at birth while atheists and agnostics were the least likely.
However, anyone who has looked at an ultrasound image of the child in the womb, knows that God has determined the sex of the child long before nine months gestation.
Mark 10:6 says, “From the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’”
Churches and pro-life centers still being targeted
Over the weekend, three churches in Maryland were set on fire or vandalized. The three churches are within miles of each other, and authorities suspect the attacks are connected. Meanwhile, a pro-life office in Ohio was vandalized a second time.
In recent months, pro-abortion activists with Jane’s Revenge and Ruth Sent Us have been calling for the targeting of churches and pro-life centers. Ruth Sent Us is named after the late pro-abortion Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And Jane’s Revenge is named after the Jane’s Collective in Chicago, prior to 1973, who helped mothers kill their babies through abortion.
Biden’s push of abortion
Last week, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to expand abortion access in response to multiple states banning abortions.
And on Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services told hospitals they must perform abortions in so-called emergency situations. The Biden administration claimed federal law superseded state law in “emergency” situations.
Floating abortion mill headed to Gulf of Mexico?
Meanwhile, a California pro-abortion doctor is trying to raise $20 million for a floating abortion mill in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico.
The death ship would perform abortions for women in southern states where abortion bans are going into effect including Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Isaiah 59:7 says, “Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.”
NASA’s full-color pictures of thousands of galaxies
And finally, NASA released the first full-color images from the James Webb Space Telescope yesterday.
The space telescope underwent testing for the last six months and is seen as the successor of the Hubble Space Telescope.
One of the images reveals the deepest and sharpest infrared view of the distant universe to date. The picture covers a sliver of the sky, about the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length. But just in that little patch, the telescope captured thousands of galaxies.
Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Wednesday, July 13th, in the year of our Lord 2022. 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.