Friday, November 4th, in the year of our Lord 2016
By Kevin Swanson
Franklin Graham Finishes Decision America Tour
Evangelist Franklin Graham has finished his 50 state tour to every capital in the nation. . . in what he called the “Decision America Tour.” His final video message encourages Christians to pray, vote, and consider running for office. Graham has told audiences recently that he is considering running for political office himself.
Clinton Significantly Ahead of Trump in Electoral Votes
The Fox News Electoral Scorecard for the Presidential election still puts Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump by a significant margin — 283 to 192 with 63 electoral votes in flux. The victor needs 270 electoral votes.
Mormon Leader Says It’s Okay to Be Gay
Now the Mormon cult has joined the trend set by Christian mainline denominations that are accepting homosexuality. According to an announcement made in a new video, LDS leader L. Whitney Clayton said the church welcomes “members who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual.” The new web site, “Gay and Mormon,” states that it’s okay to be come out and identify as a “gay mormon. . .” just try to remain celibate.
But Jesus said, “If the Son will make you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
Ammon and Ryan Bundy Declared Not Guilty in Oregon
A jury has decided the case for several high profile leaders who occupied an Oregon Wildlife refuge earlier this year. Not Guilty for Ammon and Ryan Bundy who were charged with conspiracy possession of firearms in a federal facility. The two brothers are awaiting trial in Nevada for charges related to a similar standoff with federal agents on their father’s ranch.
Country Music Association Celebrates Gay Pride
Ironies never end. The Country Music Association Awards ceremonies celebrated gay pride Wednesday, while Tim McGraw performed his song of the year, “Humble and Kind.” McGraw encouraged everybody to “sleep with somebody you love,” in a song he has used to promote Hinduism, Buddhism, and various animist religions.
“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. . .He does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)
Jack Chick Passes Away at 92
Christian tract publisher Jack Chick passed away last week at 92 years of age. Over the years, his small operation distributed 500 million copies of his tracts, that would address with subjects like hell, the end times, evolution, Roman Catholicism, and the occult. Before he died, Jack Chick said he prayed for, “a greater burden to reach the dying world, and to remember we will give an account at the Judgment Seat of Christ for what we did down here.”
Persecuted Christians in North Korea Pray for Western Christians
North Korean Christians are persecuted more than any other Christians in the world. . . but they are praying for Western Christians. Reverend Eric Foley of the Seoul branch of Voice of the Martyrs said that they pray for Americans who put their faith in money and freedom. One Christian defector told Foley that, “In North Korea we have neither money nor freedom, but we have Christ and we’ve found He’s sufficient.”
Kristin Wright, Advocacy Director for Open Doors U.S.A told The World View that it is critical to share the stories of North Korean Christians.
“It’s possible that anywhere from 50 to 70 thousand of them, really hard to know for sure, are suffering from torture in North Korean labor camps, or modern-day concentration camps. We’ve seen the systematic, violent persecution of Christians at the hands of the regime, and this is something that has continued into recent days.”
The World View asked Kristin why Christians are so despised in North Korea.
“So if you look at that ideology, there is, sort of built into it, a concept that Christians must be done away with, and that Christians aren’t compatible with the Korean society. But beyond that, Christianity is also seen as deeply Western, and really despicable, within North Korea.”
Kristin also shared the one thing that keeps North Korean Christians pressing on despite opposition.
“What I find when I speak to persecuted Christians, is that there are certain things that keep them moving forward. Knowing that their brothers and sisters around the world have not forgotten them, that they are being remembered in prayer, that their stories are known, and that they are being told throughout the world, and this kind of thing, I think, really uplifts the persecuted church, and the church that is living out their faith under intense circumstances.”
ACLJ Asks Obama Administration to Prove that It Helped Christians in the Middle East
The ACLJ is requesting that the Obama administration prove that it has indeed aided Christians who have faced persecution and genocide in the Middle East. U.S. government statistics reveal that 56 of the 11,000 refugees in America are in the Christian minority. That would be about 0.1% out of the 10% of Christian refugees from Syria.
Church in Town Liberated from ISIS Comes Back Together After Two Years
It’s been two years since one church in Qaraqosh, Iraq had its last service. . . and now the Christians are back together. The town was liberated from the control of ISIS in October.
British High Court Wants Parliamentary Vote on Brexit
Apparently, the discussion isn’t over yet for Brexit. A British high court has ruled that Britain cannot leave the European Union without a parliamentary vote. The case will be referred to the Supreme Court of Britain.
Chicago Cubs Win World Series
There IS joy in Mudville, or rather. . . Chicago today! The Chicago Cubs won the World Series in Game 7 Wednesday night. It’s the first pennant for the team in 108 years.
Christian Woman Held at Gunpoint for an Hour at Walgreens
A Christian woman was captured in a Dallas, TX Walgreens store this week. The suspect, Jose Torres, allegedly held Carrie Coy at gunpoint for an hour. Coy says that she was never afraid the whole time, and she told Jose, ‘You know, God still loves you.”
Jesus said, “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”(Luke 6:28)
More than 80 Ballots Delivered to a Single Address in California
Well, there may have been a mistake when a California man, Jerry Mosna, discovered 80+ ballots stacked in his mailbox this week. There were different names on each ballot, but it appeared that they all lived at that one address. The case is being investigated for voter fraud.
Two US Soldiers Die in Fight with Taliban Forces in Afghanistan
Two U.S. soldiers died in Afghanistan on Thursday, after a clash with Taliban forces. 30 Afghans were killed and four more U.S. servicemen were injured in the exchange of fire.
And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.