Ohio Leads in Opioid Deaths, North Korea Ratchets Up Rhetoric Against America, South Carolina Conservative Anglican Churches Lose Property

Tuesday, August 8th, in the year of our Lord 2017

By Kevin Swanson

Violence Increases Against Christians in Nigeria 

Another 11 Christians were killed at a church in Ozubulu, Nigeria, Africa over the weekend, mostly elderly people and children. At least 18 others were injured.

The increased violence against Christians in Nigeria is coming from the Boko Haram Muslim terrorist group in the north, as well as from the Fulani Muslim herdsmen.

The World View spoke to Nathan Johnson of International Christian Concern about the rising violence against Christian in Nigeria.

“What’s been happening is that they’ve been raiding villages and taking away land from these Christian farmers who have been there for centuries. Their families have passed land on to their descendants, but the foreigners are coming in and taking this land as they move further and further south.”

Johnson talked about a recent attack that has devastated the Christian families in one community.

“There was a village that was attacked. 26 people were killed. Several dozens more were injured. And hundreds of homes were burnt — burnt to the ground, their land taken. They now have to then rebuild and try and restart their lives which is really hard.”

Position of South African President Becomes Increasingly Tenuous

South African president Jacob Zuma is facing a ninth no-confidence vote in the parliament this week.

Despite support from the ANC Party, Zuma is finding his position at the top of South African politics increasingly tenuous. He is a polygamist with at least six wives.

North Korea Threatens Revenge for Trade Sanctions

After the United Nations Security Council approved a package of trade sanctions against North Korea, the communist nation is responding with vitriol, promising “thousands” fold revenge.

However, China is compensating for the sanctions and the reduction of world trade with the hermit kingdom. China’s share of trade with North Korea has increased from 21% to 92% since 2000, according to a study performed by the Korea-Pacific Studies at the University of California-San Diego.

The United States has been pushing for heightened sanctions since North Korea launched two ballistic missiles this year that could reach our country.

Conservative Anglican Churches in South Carolina Lose Their Properties

The decision on the part of 29 South Carolina churches to break away from the pro-homosexual Episcopal communion will be expensive.

The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that these conservative churches CAN NOT keep their properties, valued around $500 million. The churches have joined the Anglican Church in North America, a new denomination made up of 1,000 churches that supports the ordination of women, but opposes homosexuality.

Three Tornadoes Hit Tulsa, Oklahoma 

God’s almighty, sovereign power was seen in Tulsa, Oklahoma over the weekend when three twisters dropped down over the city, injuring at least 30 people.

Arizona Woman Sentenced to Death for Murdering Her Cousin

A 29-year-old woman, Sammantha Allen, was sentenced to death by an Arizona jury yesterday for the murder of her 10-year-old cousin. The child suffocated to death locked up in a storage container in triple-digit heat. 

God instituted the just death penalty for murder in Genesis 9:6: “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”

3,000 People per Year Die of Drug Overdoses in Ohio

The State of Ohio is seeing almost 3,000 Opioid-related deaths per year — and that’s double from ten years ago. 

And 60-70% of the bodies in the Montgomery County morgue are due to a drug overdose. But CNN did not offer any hope in Christ to the hopeless.

The White House’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has requested that the president call the opioid epidemic a national health emergency. 

“1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 says, “I would not have you to be ignorant, brothers, that you sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.”

Ten Percent of American Churches Report Embezzlement

One out of ten American churches reports embezzlement of church funds, according to a recent study conducted by Lifeway Research. 

The Church of Christ was more likely to see fraudulent use of funds (at 16%), and the Presbyterian Reformed least likely (at 6%). As far as cash reserves go, Presbyterian Reformed and Lutherans report the highest, and Pentecostal and Holiness churches the least.

And that’s The World View in Five Minutes.

What kind of worldview do your children get? The vast majority of teens from Christian families are abandoning a biblical worldview, according to the Barna Group. Sadly, many parents do not realize that the curriculum they have chosen for their children actually conveys the wrong worldview of history, science, life’s purpose, and truth. Pass on the faith to your children with a distinctively Christian education.

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