Thursday, June 30th, in the year of our Lord 2016
By Kevin Swanson
Christians across Russia called for a day of prayer and fasting yesterday. The upper house of the Russian Parliament approved a piece of legislation last week that may curtail evangelism, Christian literature distribution, and some church meetings. The legislation is supposedly aimed at fighting terrorism, but really suppresses churches other than the Russian Orthodox Church. Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to sign the legislation into law on July 5th. Please pray with the many Russian Christians that this legislation would not become law.
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is not over yet. Sadly. Radical Muslims have chosen this month to bring terror to Orlando, Florida; Jordan, Lebanon; and now Turkey. Thus far, four separate attacks have resulted in over 140 deaths. The 27th day of Ramadan, known as the “night of power,” may represent the highest risks for attacks. That’s July 2nd, this coming Saturday.
Colorado Springs pastor Lawson Perdue is fighting to continue his Jesus ads displayed on benches for public transportation, according to Christian Headlines. After a customer complaint to Mountain Metro Transit, the city of Colorado Springs is evaluating whether Pastor Perdue will be able to renew his license to display the Jesus ads. He has been showing the ads for the past three years, but his license expires on July 10. The World View spoke to Pastor Perdue about the Jesus ads. “Yesterday I went to the city council, and the city council told me that they voted one hundred percent for me, and the mayor also was for me, and so they are working with the city attorney to get the advertising policy changed, so I can continue to run those ads, but we have not heard yet back, so we’re still waiting to hear back from them.”
“Whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32)
Grace Christian Life, a Christian student group, filed a lawsuit through Alliance Defending Freedom against North Carolina State University back in April. The litigation addresses the university’s policy that requires students to obtain permits before speaking about Jesus. Tyson Langhofer, Senior Counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, gave The World View this update on the case: “We’re waiting for the university to file their answer to our complaint, and then we’ll move forward with that, but we’re hopeful that before we have to go through the whole litigation, that we can reach an agreement with the university, where they will agree to just modify the policy so that all students have the right to speak freely on campus.”
After years of investigations, abortionist Carlos Morín was sentenced to 18 months in prison for performing late-term abortions, according to Christian Headlines. Morin operated his illegal facility in Spain, marketing mainly to British women and charging enormous amounts of money. May the Lord judge all those who perpetrate the murder of the unborn.
Democratic primary voters in Colorado and Utah chose the first transgender Congressional candidates from a main-line party on Tuesday. Both candidates are named “Misty.” They face heavily conservative districts in the general election.
Proverbs 28:28 says, “When the wicked rise, people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.”
The First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania voted to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) this past Sunday. The mega church took issue with the PCUSA’s liberal positions in favor of homosexuality. This issue has lead many other churches to leave the mainstream denomination. Membership in the PCUSA has dropped by nearly 30 percent over the last ten years.
A new Gallup poll revealed 69 percent of Americans think euthanasia should be legal. And 51 percent said they would consider ending their own life if they had an incurable disease. Scripture says, all those who hate wisdom, all those who hate Christ, “love death.” (Proverbs 8:36)
In recent presidential polling, Hillary Clinton has picked up a six-point lead over Donald Trump. A little more than half of Republicans would prefer someone other than Trump.
Toyota is recalling 1.4 million cars due to problems with exploding airbags. No deaths or injuries have been reported in relation to the recall.
Tensions rise in Venezuela as food supplies fall. People are ransacking supermarkets and looting food trucks. The situation has escalated to a point where police and military are stationed at food depots. Low gasoline prices have really hurt the country’s economy which has the world’s largest oil reserves. As their economy fails, crime increases, and food runs short. Pray that the nation would turn to the only true Savior, Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 33:22 says, “The Lord is our judge; the Lord is our lawgiver; the Lord is our king; he will save us.”
And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.