By Kevin Swanson
Grace Community Church gives John MacArthur standing ovation
MacARTHUR: “Good morning everyone. I’m so happy to welcome you to the Grace Community Church peaceful protest.”
(applauding, cheering, and standing ovation)
That’s how Pastor John MacArthur started the morning service on Sunday, after his Southern California church resisted state orders and convened Sunday Services for the third week in a row. The congregation gave him a standing ovation, reports Pulpit and Pen.
Apparently, not all officials are equally supportive of the state requirements. Los Angeles Police Department Chaplain Martin Morehouse was called upon to open the service with prayer at Grace Community Church. The City of Los Angeles is threatening the church with a $1,000 daily fine.
Global Gross Domestic Product expected to shrink by 4%
In a Reuter’s survey of 500 economists in 49 countries, the prognostication for a recovery of the world economy is turning more negative — especially for Canada, South America, India, Indonesia, Spain, France, Italy, and Turkey.
The Global Gross Domestic Product is expected to shrink by 4% — another downgrade from June’s estimate of 3.7%.
100 arrests, 13 police injured Sunday night in Portland, Oregon
In Portland, Oregon, unrest and rioting resulted in 100 arrests and 13 police officers injured in the line of duty Sunday night, reports CBS News. And the city is experiencing its tenth straight week of violence in the streets.
Anarchists set fire to the police union building, and several police officers were wounded by mortars set off by the crowd Saturday night.
(Watch this video at the 25-second mark.)
Sixteen suspects were arrested in the melee.
Deeply concerned about the anarchy going on in Oregon, President Trump announced by Twitter yesterday, “Portland, which is out of control, should finally, after almost 3 months, bring in the National Guard. The Mayor and the Governor are putting people’s lives at risk. They will be held responsible.”
Concerning political rule, Proverbs 28:12 instructs “When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, people groan.”
63% of Americans: Faith in something is only thing that matters
Arizona Christian University’s Cultural Research Center released a poll in which they found 63% of Americans are pluralistic, holding to the proposition that it doesn’t matter what faith you hold to, as long as you have faith — in something.
The same study found that 48% of U.S. adults believe that “a person who is generally good, or does enough good things for others, will earn a place in heaven.” And, only 33% of Americans affirm the statement, “when you die you will go to heaven only because you have confessed your sins and have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior.”
A full 54% of Americans believe they are going to heaven when they die.
The Scriptures remind us that “all the world is guilty before God. . . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance, God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:19,23-26)
33 Nigerians Christians killed by Fulani Muslims
Another 33 Christians were killed by the Muslim Fulani extremists in Northern Nigeria, Africa over the weekend, reports Christian Solidarity Worldwide.
No attempt was made to stop the destruction on the part of the government, run by Muslim President Muhammadu Buhari. The President had declared a 24-hour curfew, which provided ample opportunity for Christians to be openly slaughtered by the Muslim extremists in the north of the country.
Trump’s Executive Orders provide COVID-hobbled economy relief
Over the weekend, President Trump announced a number of Executive Orders intended as relief and stimulus in a lagging economy, reports Cnet.com.
Included in the orders, will be a $400 additional weekly federal subsidy for the unemployed which will run through December. Also, renters in federal government-secured mortgaged property are protected from eviction, and may continue to occupy properties without paying rent.
In addition, federal student loan payments are also suspended until the end of the year.
COVID death rate has dropped 56% from April peak
And finally, the seven-day rolling average on daily deaths due to COVID-19 in the U.S. has dropped to 1,036, a 10% drop from 10 days ago, and a 56% drop from the April peak.
The seven-day rolling average for new cases has also dropped 13% from a peak hit three weeks ago.
The total deaths in the U.S. by the end of July, according to CDC data, stands at 1,852,000. That’s roughly 10% above the average, or about 170,500 extra deaths. That’s 0.05% of the U.S. population. To compare, the 1918 Influenza pandemic killed about 0.7% of the U.S. population.
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Tuesday, August 11th, in the year of our Lord 2020. 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.