It’s Tuesday, August 13th, A.D. 2019. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus.
By Kevin Swanson
Hong Kong protests shut down world’s busy cargo port
Hong Kong protests have moved to the city airport, shutting down the world’s busy cargo port yesterday.
Hundreds of thousands of protestors have crowded into the airport over the last four days, and Reuters reports that crowds are filling up police stations, singing hymns. The riots surround controversy concerning an “extradition” bill which would allow local authorities to extradite Hong Kong residents to face charges in Communist courts in mainland China or Taiwan.
As many as a million people at a time have crowded the streets of Hong Kong protesting the bill in February of this year. The protestors are demanding the complete retraction of the bill and the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam.
Hong Kong’s Christians make up 11% of the population, compared to mainland China’s 2.5%. Also Hong Kong is registered as the most free nation in the world by the Heritage Foundation’s 2018 Freedom Index.
How did sexual criminal Jeff Epstein die? Suicide or murder?
Accusations are flying furiously, and suspicions have surfaced upon the news of the alleged suicide of sexual criminal Jeffrey Epstein who was facing charges of pedophilia, and was being held in a New York City federal prison.
President Donald Trump noted Epstein’s connections with Bill Clinton, in a retweet he sent out on Sunday saying, “Documents were unsealed yesterday revealing that top Democrats, including Bill Clinton, took private trips to Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘pedophilia island.’”
And Donald Trump Jr. directed people’s attention to the “Clinton Body Count,” suggesting that the former president may have been involved in the death of Mr. Epstein.
CNBC reported on July 22nd that Epstein’s “Black Book” contained the names of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, Britain’s Prince Andrew, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, comedian Bill Cosby, former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and John Kerry, and media mogul Rupert Murdock.
Clinton’s office acknowledged that the president had been on Epstein’s plane on four separate occasions, although Fox News confirmed 26 trips in the Boeing 727, according to FAA required flight manifests.
Hebrews 13:4 declares, “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.”
Hillsong songwriter renounces Christ
The Hillsong lyricist responsible for writing the lyrics for “All I Need is You” and hundreds of other numbers has announced he is leaving the faith, and Christianity is “just another religion”, reports the Christian Post.
On Instagram, Marty Sampson said, “I’m genuinely losing my faith, and it doesn’t bother me at all. . . I am so happy now, so at peace with the world.”
But James 4:4 warns us, “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
John Mason, founder of the God First, Life Second movement, tweeted, “When sound biblical theology is neglected for an American, spiritualized, cultural friendly replacement, exposure to that theology will naturally turn away a mind, heart & soul that has never submitted to that eternal truth. In other words, the falling away is the right response.”
VP Pence: Spend more time on your knees, than the internet
Alliance Defending Freedom President Michael Farris recently interviewed Vice President Mike Pence on the status of pro-family and religious freedom issues.
The Vice President noted that his tie-breaking vote for a bill allowing the states defunding Planned Parenthood was a significant accomplishment.
He told Farris that he prays for his enemies, and works on forgiving them. He also recommended spending more time on your knees, than on the internet.
Pence said, “The greatest day of my life is when I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior in 1978.”
Why 4-year-old Texas boy was unjustly taken from parents
As of June 20th, a 4-year-old Texas boy with special needs named Drake Pardo was removed from his home on accusations of “medical child abuse.” The doctor who initiated the investigation based his concerns on what he later said was an “incomplete review” of Drake’s medical records.
Tim Lambert, president of the Texas Homeschool Coalition, explained more on what precipitated this child confiscation, in an interview with The Worldview.
LAMBERT: “His family had been taking him to Dallas Children’s Hospital for years. They had a bad experience with a physician. In a situation where the child aspirated, they put him in the hospital, so he was there for four days, and the doctor never came to see him. So the family changed doctors at the same hospital. They filed a complaint with the doctor. And the doctor they filed a complaint with went to the hospital and asked them to investigate the family for medical child abuse.”
Lambert said that this kind of thing happens quite often in Texas:
LAMBERT: “I wish I could say this was really unusual, but CPS is a broken agency in Texas. This problem is systemic, and in this case there was a hearing on Friday, and CPS is trying to get the courts to adopt a family plan, and they acknowledged on the stand they had violated state and federal law in adopting that family plan. They didn’t include the family in that plan at all. They also violated state and federal law in the investigation.”
Watch a YouTube video of Lambert on the case.
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe favorite UK book
C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” topped a recent survey for the UK’s favorite book.
Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code came in second, and “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” came in third. 33% of adults surveyed mentioned the C.S. Lewis book.
Six out of the top ten favorite books on the list were Harry Potter novels.
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Tuesday, August 13th in the year of our Lord 2019. 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.
Trump tweaks Endangered Species Act
The Trump administration is finalizing new procedures for handling the Endangered Species Act, reports the Environmental Protection Agency.
Federal regulators will be allowed to consider the economic cost of protecting a certain species, and allow the agencies to ignore pseudo-scientific “climate change” predictions.
Norway exonerates U.S. family but retains 3 kids in custody!
The American family who lost their three children to the Norwegian child protection agency has been exonerated of criminal charges. However, their children are still in the custody of the agency.
Natalya Shutaklova told Christian Coalition World, “They never had any evidence, so I praise the Lord for His mighty hand. Now we will continue our battle for the return of the children from Barnevernet [Norway’s Child Protection Agency] captivity. Victory is coming. God is with us!”