It’s Friday, March 10th, in the year of our Lord 2017
By Kevin Swanson
Congressional Committee Approves “Obamacare Lite”
The Republican attempt to tweak Obamacare passed muster on its second congressional committee hearing after 27 hours of debate yesterday.
Conservative Republicans call the bill “Obamacare Lite” as it retains federal subsidies for healthcare, while repealing both the corporate and individual mandates. The AARP and the American Medical Association have both voiced opposition to the Republican-drafted bill.
Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council also issued a report opposing the legislation, claiming that the Republicans have capitulated to the assumption that healthcare is a “government entitlement.”
Fox News Entangled in More Sexual Harassment Scandals
Fox News Channel is still embroiled in a long series of sexual harassment suits that include such personalities as Gretchen Carlson, Megyn Kelly, Andrea Tantaros, and Tamara Holder.
Last September, 21st Century Fox settled on a $20 million award to Carlson, related to allegations of sexual harassment against Roger Ailes. Now, the company has agreed to pay another $2.5 million to Tamara Holder in connection with allegations of sexual harassment against Francisco Cortes, another executive from the Fox News Latino division of the company. Both Cortes and Ailes have left the company, according to a CNN report.
The Word of God reminds us, “Whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)
Oil Prices Drop
Oil prices fell under $50 a barrel, thanks to record stockpiles sitting on U.S. soil.
Non-Profit Executives Rake in the Big Bucks
The Wall Street Journal noted that American non-profit executives are raking in the compensation. Over the last three years, the number of executives receiving 7-figure incomes has increased by 33%.
The article points out that the evangelical end-times writer, Hal Lindsay, and his wife received $4 million out of contributions of $8.1 million of income last year.
Scottish Parliament Tries to Bring Back State Guardian Program
Scotland’s parliament is making new efforts to bring back the State Guardian program in which each child is assigned a social worker from birth.
This despite the fact that 64% of Scots see this as “an unacceptable intrusion” into the family jurisdiction according to a Survation poll taken last year.
Canada Joins in on Funding International Abortions
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is joining other left-leaning nations (like Australia) to compensate for the United States’ reluctance to fund international abortion groups.
Trudeau has pledged $650 million of funding for international abortion providers. Trudeau is a professing Roman Catholic, yet there no indication from the Vatican that the church will submit him to church discipline.
Millennial Attendance in Reformed Churches Increases by 200%
A new study on millennials traces the denominational journeys of the 20 to 40-year-old crowd — identifying those denominations that are gaining and losing millennials. The biggest losers are Methodists, Catholics, liberal Presbyterians, and fundamentalist Baptists — denominations that are losing anywhere from 38 to 52% of the young people who have attended their churches in the past.
The greatest denominational gainers are “unaffiliateds”, atheists and agnostics.
However, the Reformed Presbyterians and Reformed Baptists have actually increased their millennial attendance by 200%, and the Anglicans have increased their millennial interest by 63%. Non-denominational churches increased by 21%.
The study conducted by Generations.org surveyed 10,000 millennials, and found that churches most likely to disciple their members and hold them accountable are generally the most likely to grow.
Pastors Afraid to Speak on Abortion
Last week, Don Wildmon, the founder of the American Family Association, received the 2017 National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame Award at the NRB Convention in Orlando, Florida.
The World View spoke with Don’s son Tim about why so few pastors have the guts to address the sin of abortion from the pulpit.
“Unfortunately, when you have between 50-60 million abortions, you’re going to have a lot of people sitting in your church that probably have experienced it – have had an abortion or a boyfriend of someone they’ve taken to have an abortion. That’s one reason why a lot of pastors are leery of talking on it because it hits home so close. It shouldn’t be that way.
“We know that there is grace and forgiveness for people who have sinned in any way – abortion included. I know we want to be sensitive to people and not condemn them. Jesus didn’t condemn people, but at the same time you have to preach the truth in love and talk about holiness and righteousness.
“We have to hold up a standard, even if we don’t achieve it or attain it. That’s been lacking in a lot of churches I think unfortunately.”
Refugees from Myanmar Escape into China
Twenty thousand refugees have pushed into China to escape fighting in the Kokang district in Myanmar.
And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.