Tuesday, December 6th, in the year of our Lord 2016
By Jonathan Clark and Emily Swanson
Ohio Considers Bill Protecting Pastors Who Support Biblical Marriage
The state of Ohio is considering a bill that would allow pastors to refuse to officiate weddings that are unbiblical. The bill would also allow pastors to restrict the use of their church buildings to God–glorifying marriages. The ‘Pastor Protection Act’ passed the House Committee. The World View spoke to Pastor Mark Robinette of Foundation Fellowship Church in Ohio about the bill. He said the pastors are waiting with bated breath on the outcome.
“I know for sure that Ohio Pastors are greatly concerned about this issue, and the thought that our lawmakers could protect us from this is very, very encouraging.”
Pastor Robinette said this is a very relevant issue at regular pastor meetings.
“When I read about this house bill I was very excited, because ministers in our area; every time we get together, this subject comes up, and we’re wondering. ‘Which of us may have to do some jail time to do what is right before the eyes of the Lord?’”
Two Artists May Face Jail Time for Not Making Homosexual Wedding Invitations
Two Arizona Christian artists, Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, may face six months in jail and a $2,500 fine for standing on their Biblical beliefs in refusing to create invitations for a homosexual wedding, according to The Blaze. The Christian artists have been accused of violating a Phoenix ordinance forbidding discrimination against homosexuals.
Bible Translators in Multiple Countries Face Danger of Persecution
Wycliffe Associates reports that Bible translators in other countries are more in danger of persecution than ever before. Bruce Smith, the CEO of the ministry, testified that the spiritual opposition is on the upswing in many countries that oppose Christianity. Some of the areas in which persecution is increasing are Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Mark 13:13 says, “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”
Pray for our brothers and sisters, that they would stand fast.
Over 30,000 People Support ‘Fixer Upper’ Stars
Chip and Joanna Gaines from the HGTV show ‘Fixer Upper’ have been supported by 31,000 people after their pastor, Jimmy Seibert, was attacked for preaching about biblical marriage. The Family Research Council petition says, “I stand with Pastor Seibert in his conviction about the biblical view of marriage and commend him for his courage in speaking the truth, even when it’s controversial.”
Sign the petition: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?c=CHECKOUT&dmy=D1D57AEF-C6C3-5400-140197020D7C895C&srcItem=PT16L01&fromItem=AL16L01&x=0&CFID=77436065&CFTOKEN=c0578e6f7fb40934-D1D40514-DB25-0AF2-327923D4D7D7F8A3
Pastor Seibert testified that this has actually been a blessing for the church. He said that the page views for the church website have drastically increased which means that more people are seeking the truth.
Trump Says Organizations Not Hiring Gays Won’t Lose Federal Contracts
Congressman Steve Russell, a Republican from Oklahoma, stated he has received confirmation that President-elect Donald Trump will ensure religious-based organizations and charities do not lose federal contracts if their hiring policies exclude homosexuals, according to The Christian Post.
Trump Nominates Dr. Ben Carson for HUD Secretary
Dr. Ben Carson has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump as the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Pro-lifers are grateful because Dr. Carson is a staunch pro-life advocate. His nomination follows that of pro-life South Carolina governor Nikki Haley as Trump’s U.N. Ambassador.
Prime Minister of Italy Steps Down
After his resolution to amend Italy’s constitution from 315 members in the upper chamber to 100 was soundly defeated, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has officially stepped down from his post.
Atheist Group Recommends Skipping Church on Christmas
The group American Atheists is encouraging people to “skip church” on Christmas with a new billboard that says: “Atheist Christmas, The More. The Merrier.” Sadly, it isn’t new that men and women, by nature, do not love the name of Jesus Christ.
John 1:11 says of Jesus’ own people, “He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him.”
But don’t forget the next two verses.
“But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Video of Children Telling Christmas Story Goes Viral
Last Christmas season, Southland Christian Church in Kentucky shared a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suowe2czxcA) of children telling the Christmas story. The creative video, told from the perspective of kids, was obviously captivating. The video went viral, receiving 24 million views, according to Christian Headlines. The church has received positive feedback from people around the world who’ve watched it.
And we’ve got it linked in our World View newscast transcript. Check it out.
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