God Has Brought Superbug to America, Methodists vs. Baptists in Mississippi, Donald Trump Wins Nomination on Delegates

Friday, May 27th, in the year of our Lord, 2016.

By Kevin Swanson

A mob of 300 Muslims burned down ​seven​ homes belonging to Christians and beat a 70-year-old Christian woman in Southern Egypt last week. A local Christian cleric told the news that the police did not take measures to protect the Christians in the attack.

​​In north Central Vietnam, two Christians were killed by a large truck with military plates while they were praying on the roadside in a city. ​While Pastor Dang Ba Nham and three others were praying, the pickup truck veered across a street and drove directly into the small group, according to Morning Star News. The pastor and a new believer died in the violent attack, and recovery for the other two is uncertain.

“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies” (2 Corinthians 4).

Pastors in the state of Mississippi are at odds with each other over the Religious Freedom bill. A group of Methodist pastors published a letter decrying the bill that would protect pastors and business that did not want to participate in homosexual weddings. Then another group of Baptist pastors published another letter in local newspapers that expressed support ​for the religious freedom bill.

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians​ 5:11).

The day has come. A superbug has arrived in the United States. The Center for Disease Control revealed yesterday that a woman in Pennsylvania checked positive for a rare form of E. coli, a bacteria untreatable by human ingenuity. It is entirely resistant to last-resort antibiotics, and survival rates are 50%. CDC Director Tom Frieden said this is the first case, but we should expect many more cases in the near future.

“If you are not careful to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, the Lord your God, then the Lord will bring on you and your offspring extraordinary afflictions, afflictions severe and lasting, and sicknesses grievous and lasting” (Deuteronomy 28:58-59).

Donald Trump will be the 2016 Republican nominee for President of the United States. He has reached the 1,237 delegates necessary to clinch the nomination. Trump celebrated the achievement at a news conference yesterday, pointing out that Hillary Clinton has yet to “close the deal” on her nomination.

The United Methodists have repealed their official support for a “constitutional” right to abortion by a vote of 445 to 310. The denomination has also severed affiliation with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family​,​ attributes this vote to the largely pro-life contingency of African Methodists.

South Carolina Governor ​Nikki Haley signed a ​pro-life bill last week that would protect children in the last trimester. Pro-lifers hope that this will save 90 babies out of the 6,000 abortions conducted in South Carolina each year. The law will exempt cases where the mother’s life is in jeopardy. Holly Gatling, executive director of Carolina Citizens for Life told The World View that she hopes the Republicans will strengthen their position on the pro-life issue: “One thing that the GOP can stand on is their platform that acknowledges life begins from conception, and the GOP just needs to stay with what they have—a pro-life platform—and be true to that.”

The National Health Survey is out, and to no surprise, obesity rates are still on the rise. About a third of Americans are obese, and that’s up from 19% in 1997. Joyce Woodrow,​ president of Fit for Life Ministries,​ told ​The World View that Americans have an idolatry problem: “I know that our bodies are—we need nourishment to keep them going. The Bible says that we’re not supposed to indulge in a lot, and that we’re just to have enough to continue our energy level. But I know that over-indulgence is a sin, in anything that you do, and I think that when you can continue to look at your body as a temple, and what you’re putting into it, and are you glorifying God through that. I just feel that sometimes we don’t think about that, and that’s what causes us to overeat.”

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