It’s Thursday, March 11th, A.D. 2021. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus.
By Adam McManus (Adam@TheWorldview.com)
Alarming rise in blasphemy accusations against Pakistan’s Christians
In the last three months, International Christian Concern has documented an alarming rise in blasphemy accusations against Pakistan’s Christian community.
At least nine Christians, including two women and seven men, have been accused of committing blasphemy against Islam, its false holy book the Koran, its false prophet Mohammed, or its so-called sacred personages between December 2020 and February 2021.
Since 1987, at least 1,855 people have been charged under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. The 200 accusations in 2020 show a significant acceleration in blasphemy accusations compared to the 19 ones registered in 1987.
The Open Doors World Watch List places Pakistan as the fifth worst country in the world for the persecution of Christians. Please pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ.
U.S. taxes, spending, and deficit hit record level
Federal taxes, federal spending, and the federal deficit all set records in the first five months of fiscal 2021 – between October and February, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released yesterday.
Federal taxes hit a record $1,436,334,000,000 for the October-through-February period; and federal spending hit a record $2,482,988,000,000. That resulted in a record deficit of $1,046,654,000,000, reports CNSNews.com.
This is the first time that the federal deficit has ever exceeded a trillion dollars in the first five months of the fiscal year.
Conservative homosexual Milo Yiannopoulos says he is “ex-gay”
Milo Yiannopoulos, a well-known homosexual, who also championed many conservative causes like lower taxes and protecting babies from abortion, is now describing himself as “Ex-Gay” and Catholic, reports LifeSiteNews.com.
Two years ago, when Catholic podcaster Michael Voris famously challenged Yiannopoulos to live a chaste life, Yiannopoulos was not defensive. Instead, he acquiesced, and humbly admitted his human weakness.
Yesterday, Yiannopoulos said, “In the last 250 days, I’ve only slipped once, which is a lot better than I predicted I would do. The more love and the less lust in us, the more we cease to obscure Christ and instead reveal Him, in whose image we are made. … But I am coming to realize, however slowly, that lust — per Augustine — is disordered desire for all sorts of things.”
He also cited Ronald Knox, a Catholic priest, who said there are “three ways we can carry our cross. With bitterness, like the unrepentant thief; with grim resignation, like the repentant thief who said it was what he deserved; or with love, like the Lord, who never minimized suffering but said it would, in God’s time, redeem us.”
When asked why Yiannopoulos consecrated his life to the so-called “St. Joseph,” he said, “St. Joseph is the spiritual father figure of the Holy Family. In this time of gender madness, devoting myself to the male protector of the infant Jesus is an act of faith in God’s Holy Patriarch, and a rejection of the Terror of transsexuals. Trannies are demonic.”
He also said, “I hope people will support and pray for me, if for no other reason than they share my delight at the prospect of Milo Yiannopoulos furiously and indignantly railing against homosexuals for sins of the flesh. Over the next decade, I would like to help rehabilitate what the media calls ‘conversion therapy.’ It does work, albeit not for everybody.”
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 asks, “Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men … will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
Pro-life director regrets abortions of two former girlfriends
And finally, Nick Loeb is the 45-year-old director of the brand new pro-life film ‘Roe v. Wade’ which debuts on April 2nd. In addition to directing, he stars as Dr. Bernard Nathanson, the former abortionist who repented of having killed 75,000 unborn babies and became pro-life later in life.
In his appearance on The Jonathon Van Maren Show, Loeb confessed he was not always personally pro-life.
LOEB: “I grew up pro-choice. I was taught when a woman gets pregnant, there’s just a bunch of cells and there really was no baby there. I was involved with two girls who had abortions in my 20s, which, as I grew older, would haunt me. I would have dreams of my child at the age they would be now which I continue to do every year. That was something that always bothered me.”
Loeb became increasingly convinced that abortion was morally wrong.
LOEB: “And then, as I got older, and the internet became more widespread, more things are online and you can hear baby’s heartbeat in the first couple of weeks. You can see in the first month, there’s arms, hands. And you can see it’s not a clump of cells or a gob of goo. It’s a life and it’s a human being that we’re killing.”
Before he became an advocate of ending abortion, Loeb had a middle-of-the-road position over which he was intellectually challenged.
LOEB: “‘I’m personally pro-life, but if a woman wants to have an abortion, she should be able to have an abortion.’ I went through that phase and then somebody came up to me like, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s great, Nick. So, do you rob liquor stores?’ I’m like, ‘No!’
“‘But it’s okay for other people to rob liquor stores?’”
“And I was like, ‘Well, you got a point there.’”
Today, actor and director Nick Loeb is 100% pro-life.
LOEB: “Now and purely a lot of it is based on science for me today that, you know, life begins at conception as a human being and it’s an innocent baby.”
Prior to making the film, Loeb told Van Maren that he read over 40 books on abortion as well as the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling itself.
Psalm 139:13-14, 16 says, “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. … Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Thursday, March 11th, in the year of our Lord 2021. 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.
Dems Plan to Make Monthly Payments for Children Permanent
House Democrat leaders on Tuesday celebrated the anticipated passage on Wednesday of their $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, only a fraction of which is related to COVID relief.
And those Democrats already are planning to make some of the provisions permanent, including the expanded child tax credit, which will send government checks to millions of families every month, but only for the 2021 tax year.
The legislation provides a child tax credit of $3,000 per child, up from the current $2,000; the amount is $3,600 for children under age 6. The full expanded credit will be available to individuals making up to $75,000 and married couples making up to $150,000.
In a new twist, families won’t have to wait until they file their taxes to get the child allowance. The payments, around $300 a month, would start going out in July, but only through December 2021.