It’s Friday, November 8th, A.D. 2019. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus.
By Jonathan Clark
Algeria, Africa challenged to stop closing churches
Last week, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom expressed its deep concern over forcible closure of at least 12 Evangelical Protestant churches by the government of Algeria, Africa.
The campaign to shut down churches in Algeria began about two years ago. But just in the last seven weeks, eight churches have been shut down, including Algeria’s two largest Protestant congregations.
USCIRF Vice Chair Gayle Manchin said, “We call on the government of Algeria to immediately re-open all of the closed churches and cease this campaign of harassment against the Christian community.”
Transition time after al-Bashir brutalized Sudanese Christians
Sudan’s Minister of Religious Affairs, Nasr al-Din Mufreh, acknowledged on Sunday that Christians suffered persecution and very bad practices under the previous brutal regime of Omar al-Bashir.
Mufreh also said that property confiscated from Christians during that era would be returned and that Christians were free to practice their faith.
The army ousted Bashir’s regime back in April, and a new government was sworn in on September 8 to lead this next transition period of 39 months.
Daniel 2:21 says the Lord “changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”
U.S./China agree to roll back of tariffs
The U.S. collected a record $7 billion in tariffs in September as a result of the Trump administration’s trade war with China.
However, officials from the U.S. and China announced Thursday that they would be rolling back tariffs on each others’ goods as part of phase one of a trade deal.
Colorado Commission now targets Christian web designer
The Colorado Civil Rights Commission, known for its attacks on Christian Colorado baker Jack Phillips that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, is now going after Christian web designer Lorie Smith over her stand for Biblical marriage.
Smith added wedding websites to her design portfolio, but the state commission will punish her if she does not support faux homosexual marriages.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing Smith filed an appeal last week against orders that violate her religious liberty. The appeal will be heard before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver.
Maker of Nazi concentration camp gas also made abortion pill
Live Action released a video last week, showing how the abortion pill was made under the same company that produced the gas used to kill people during the Holocaust.
In 1980, French pharmaceutical company Roussel-Uclaf created RU-486, the pill now used to kill unborn babies chemically. Roussel-Uclaf is a subsidiary of Hoechst AG, the company that made the gas used in the concentration camps.
And in 1994, Roussel-Uclaf donated their U.S. patent rights for the deadly pill to the Population Council, Inc. which went on to market it in the U.S. The FDA approved RU-486 in 2000.
In 2017, 339,640 babies were killed with the abortion pill, accounting for 39 percent of reported abortions that year in the U.S.
Wisdom says in Proverbs 8:36, “All those who hate me love death.”
Trump’s 150 judicial appointees
President Donald Trump celebrated the appointment of his 150th federal judge on Wednesday, announcing he hoped to appoint 182 federal judges under his administration.
One hundred and twelve of these judges have been confirmed to district courts, 43 to circuit courts, and two on the Supreme Court.
Many of Trump’s nominees have filled spots held by Republicans, but he has notably been reshaping the historically liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals with six appointees.
Kanye’s Jesus is King album prompts Google searches about Jesus
And finally, Kanye West’s new album Jesus is King debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
This also coincided with increased Google searches about Jesus and Christianity, prompting the American Bible Society to announce that they will send up to 1,000 free Bibles to Kanye fans who are interested in Christianity.
John Farquhar Plake, director of ministry intelligence at American Bible Society, said, “Our goal with this campaign is to give Americans – and, yes, Kanye fans – the opportunity to look for answers to their most pertinent questions at the source.”
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Friday, November 8th 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.