It’s Monday, May 8th, in the year of our Lord 2017.
By Jonathan Clark
China Continues the War Against Christians
As China continues their attempt to stamp out Christianity, officials in the country have been imposing fines and imprisonment on those who participate in Christian activities, reports Christian Headlines.
Just last month, a court in Xinjiang sentenced five Protestants who attended a Bible study to prison for up to five years. Around Easter, the government disrupted a Christian concert, arresting those present and ordering them not to organize meetings with more than 10 people. Earlier this year, the government arrested and fined over 80 Christians involved in house churches in Xinjiang.
King David reminds us, “Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; For the future of that man is peace. But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; The future of the wicked shall be cut off.” (Psalm 37:37-38)
Fewer than 500,000 Christians In Iraq – Pray For Their Protection!
Around 1.5 million Christians have fled Iraq since the rise of ISIS, according to an Iraqi Member of Parliament. Now, there are as few as 500,000 Christians left in the country. Please pray for these brothers and sisters in Christ to remain steadfast in their faith.
83 Chibok School Girls Girls Released by Boko Haram.
On Saturday, officials from Nigeria, Africa, said 83 more of the remaining 195 Chibok schoolgirls, mostly Christian, have been released from their captivity to Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram.
Despite opposition from President Muhammadu Buhari, the Islamic militants continue to carry out strikes in Northern Nigeria, having killed more than 20,000 people and displaced 2.6 million from their homes.
Honduran Congress Pushes Back A Pro-Abortion Bill
Last month, the Honduran Congress soundly defeated a bill that would have legalized the murder of the unborn in cases of rape, life of the mother, and if the baby is thought to be fatally impaired, reports Life News.
Despite strong pressure from the United Nations and abortion activists, the country stood by their 1983 criminal prohibition on abortion. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández stated, “Only God has the right to take one’s life.”
Actor Stephen Fry Investigated Over Blasphemy
Irish police are now investigating actor Stephen Fry over whether he broke the country’s blasphemy laws when he called God “capricious, mean-minded and stupid” during a TV interview in 2015, according to Christian Today.
Ireland’s Defamation Act of 2009 says that someone who publishes or speaks blasphemous material “shall be guilty of an offence” with a fine up to 25,000 euros.
Exodus 20:7 says, “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”
Fox News Report Republicans’ ‘Defeat’ in Short Term Budget Plan
Charles Krauthammer trashed President Trump and Congressional Republicans for the short-term budget they managed to pass to avoid a government shutdown on the Fox News show Special Report with Brett Baier.
BRET BAIER: “We always say, we are always one election from changing things. [Republicans] controlled the House, the Senate, and the White House.”
KRAUTHAMMER: “Trump got rolled. The Republicans got rolled. They ended up with nothing, really. It is sort of embarrassing. I understand the strategic idea, we’re halfway through the year, only a few months left. You save your fire for September when you do next year. That’s what they say every time they save their fire, and they don’t use it the next time.
“Now, Trump has been wonderful, I think, in sort of throwing out a lot of ideas. Starting with the gas tax… but there is no denying the fact that this was not a win. He was not the winner he said he was or negotiator. This is a total loss.”
Young Evangelicals More Likely to Accept Homosexuality
A recent Pew Research study found young evangelicals are generally moving in a more liberal direction than their parents, particularly on the subject of homosexuality.
The survey states, “Evangelical Protestants who are Millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) are considerably more likely than older evangelical Protestants to support same-sex marriage and to say homosexuality should be accepted by society.”
However, the study also found these millennials to say that “abortion should be illegal in most or all cases” about as a much as the older generation.
Baby Born With ⅕ of a Brain Is Now 2 Years Old by God’s Grace.
Little Jaxon Buell was born with a brain… one-fifth the size it should have been.
His parents, Brandon and Brittany, were repeatedly advised before birth to murder him in the womb. Praise God they didn’t!
Now, Jaxon is just over two years old, according to Life News. Jaxon’s mom said, “God loves those who bear His image, even the smallest and most helpless among us, and His purposes are often hidden from earthly eyes.”
And that’s The World View in 5 Minutes.