It’s Friday, June 4th, 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)
Another church attacked in war-torn eastern Myanmar
During the evening of May 26th, the Burmese military shot up St. Joseph’s Church in the town of Demoso, Myanmar, breaking windows and putting holes in the church walls, reports UCANews.com. Thankfully, no one was inside at the time.
However, just five days prior, the Burmese military attacked the Sacred Heart Church, also in Kayah state. That attack killed four and wounded eight refugees who were sheltering in the church.
Fighting between the military and local resistance groups continues to rage in the eastern part of the country since the February 1 coup. According to Open Doors World Watch List, Myanmar is the 18th worst nation in the world for the persecution of Christians,
Nanny of disgraced Hillsong pastor alleges sexual abuse
On May 31st, Leona Kimes, a former nanny for disgraced former Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz, wrote an article in which she accused Lentz of “bullying, abuse of power and sexual abuse,” reports MyChristianDaily.com.
During the seven years of her employment, Kimes said the inappropriate behavior started with a lot of flirting, escalated to giving him foot rubs at his request, and later turned to “being touched inappropriately. I froze. Every time, I froze.”
When it came out that Lentz had had an affair with a different woman, Hillsong fired him on November 4, 2020. At the time, the mistress was unaware he was even a pastor.
MISTRESS: “He keeps saying, I managed celebrities and I travel with them. He didn’t want to say what he does.”
Appearing on NBC’s Today Show with Savannah Guthrie, Hillsong’s founding Pastor Brian Houston addressed what went wrong.
GUTHRIE: “People described Carl Lentz as somewhat aloof and removed from the actual ministry. They say he would come in a chauffeured car, wait in the green room, come do a sermon, and depart. Does that bother you?”
HOUSTON: “It does, to a degree, for sure. Look, Carl is Carl. He’s a unique character. There is a lot of things I miss about Carl. But, having said that, there were leadership issues that I believe included lying, included what I would call narcissistic behavior.”
GUTHRIE: “Should you have known earlier? Should you have done something earlier about the leadership of Hillsong?”
HOUSTON: “There were a lot of things I should’ve know earlier. And hopefully, moving forward, we’ll make sure we have better systems in place and better accountability.”
In a statement that Houston released about the nanny allegations, he said, “Hearing Leona Kimes’ experience was very disturbing. … We made this commitment to update our suite of infrastructure services including increased HR training and the requirement of our policies to be standardized across our network of churches and we hope to improve accountability and communication even further.”
Painfully absent from the Hillsong statement was any Scripture. Like 1 Timothy 3:2-5 which describes the Biblical requirements for a pastor. “Therefore, a pastor must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, … not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?”
Wisconsin bills prohibit boys from playing on girls’ teams
Two Wisconsin bills would prohibit males, pretending to be females, from competing on female athletic teams in high school and college.
Today, as I guest host for Kevin Swanson on Generations Radio, I interview Brad Dacus, President of the Pacific Justice Institute, about why the Christian legal rights group has urged passed of the anti-transgender bills.
Listen to this soundbite.
McMANUS: “Even our six-year-old children recognize, at first blush, that a boy running against a girl, even though they might be of the same age, is not fair because the boy has a physiological advantage over the girl. The fact that the adults can’t understand that or that their leftist agenda trumps common sense reveals where we are today.”
DACUS: “It’s nonsensical; it’s delusional! Our children understand it from a very young age. You know, at 18 months, a child understands his or her gender identity. It’s very clear. Do they look like Mommy or do they look like Daddy? And yet our adults are trying to confuse things and, in so doing, trouncing on rights and equality of opportunity.”
To urge Wisconsin Democrat Governor Tony Evers to support the prohibition of males from playing on female athletic teams, call 608-266-1212.
And to hear my entire 14-minute interview, go to Generations.org/radio.
7-year-old boy swims 1 mile to shore to save father and sister
And finally, a 7-year-old Jacksonville, Florida boy is being hailed a hero for saving his family in a boating accident over Memorial Day Weekend, according to SunnySkyz.com.
Chase Poust and his 4-year-old sister, Abigail, were swimming alongside their father’s anchored boat on the St. Johns River on Friday night, reports CBS Miami. But as the two children enjoyed their time in the water, Abigail lost hold of the boat when they were caught in a strong current.
Chase explained what happened.
CHASE: “The current was so strong that my sister, she usually hangs out at the back of the boat, she let go. So, I let go the boat and I grabbed her. And then I was stuck.”
Steven Proust, their father, jumped into the water to save them, but they got overpowered by the strong current.
STEVEN: “I told them both I loved them, because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. And I tried to stick with her as long as I could and both of them, really. I wore myself out. And she drifted away from me.”
Steven told his son Chase to swim to shore. That’s when the 7-year-old began the long, 1-mile swim back to land, switching between floating on his back and doggie paddling.
Once he reached shore, an hour later, Chase ran to the nearest home he could find. Florida Fish and Wildlife eventually spotted Steven and Abigail after an additional hour-long search.
A grateful father said, “We’re here. By the grace of God, we’re here. Little man … made it to shore and got help, and that’s what saved our lives.”
7-year-old Chase exemplifies Joshua 1:9 which says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Friday, June 4th, 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.