Tuesday, May 23rd, in the year of our Lord, 2016.
By Kevin Swanson
Three Christians in the Satna district of India have been arrested on charges of sedition. Pastor V.A. Anthony and two others are accused of engaging in forced conversions. According to Persecution.com, the arrests are tied to a Christian wedding that was interrupted by Muslim radicals last month. The couple had converted to the Christian faith three years earlier on their own accord.
Jesus gave his followers the heads-up: “They will seize you and persecute you . . . you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. And so you will bear testimony to me . . . Stand firm, and you will win life” (Luke 21:12-14).
ISIS has claimed responsibility for two terrorist attacks in Syria on Monday. The Islamic cult murdered another 80 innocent citizens in cold blood and wounded another 200.
The Church of Scotland voted to allow clergy to participate in homosexual faux marriage, by a vote of 339 to 215. With the new policy, individual church congregations in the communion will be allowed to opt out of the orthodox biblical view on sexuality.
After 111 clergy members publicly professed their homosexuality last week, the United Methodist denomination decided to delay any action on the issue until 2018 or 2019. There will be no discipline recommended for homosexual behavior among the clergy, at least for now.
As Paul addressed sexual sin in the church of Corinth, he told them, “When you are assembled . . . and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:5).
The Obama administration has declared the use of the words “Oriental” and “Negro” to be off-limits for all government documents. The word “Oriental” has been in use since the 14th century.
Terrible riots erupted in Baltimore last year when an African-American suspect died in a police van on the way to the station. Now Officer Edward Nero has been completely absolved of the charges against him in connection with the arrest of Freddie Gray. Five more trials are still to come for the other police officers involved.
The Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision on a capital murder trial, based on evidence that race discrimination was used in the jury selection. Justice Clarence Thomas, an African-American, was the only dissent in the case. According to court records, Timothy Tyrone Foster, a convicted murderer, had confessed to the 1986 torture murder of a 79-year-old widow from Rome, Georgia.
“You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it” (Numbers 35:33).
Thirty-five mountain climbers have been killed on Mount Everest in the last two years. Another four climbers have died in the last four days on the formidable peak. That’s one percent of the climbers who have attempted to summit the mountain this year.
Back in 2013, a 16-year-old girl was attacked in a Target store in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As she was repeatedly stabbed, a heroic young man grabbed a baseball bat and intervened on her behalf. The girl’s father, Glen Meadows, told reporters that he is “really grateful God spared his daughter’s life.” He says he’s also thankful for the men who stepped in: “I actually got to see both the wounds today when the doctor took the dressing off, and again I’m just grateful to these guys that jumped in, and these wounds are what they are as opposed to what they could be.” But now the Target department store is suing the man who saved this girl’s life, according to the latest report from World Net Daily.
Nearly 1,200,000 Christians have signed a petition to boycott Target over its decision to allow men to go to women’s restrooms and vice versa. Target’s stock prices have dropped 18% over the last three weeks. That’s a $7 billion loss in value.
Starting school early could be bad for your child. That’s the long and short of a new study promoted by Stanford’s graduate school of education. Professor Thomas Dee said that they “found that delaying kindergarten for one year reduced inattention and hyperactivity by 73 percent for an average child at age 11, and it virtually eliminated the probability that an average child at that age would have an ‘abnormal’ or higher-than-normal rating for the inattentive-hyperactive behavioral measure.” Well, maybe five-year-olds aren’t meant for institutionalized classroom settings. Imagine that!
A coalition of the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Armenian Orthodox churches have initiated a project to restore the tomb in which some believe Jesus Christ was buried before He rose from the dead. The project is estimated to cost $3.4 million.
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