By Kevin Swanson
Chinese pastor and parents missing for 2 months
International Christian Concern reports that a pastor in China’s Yunnan province, and his parents, have been missing for two months.
Pray for Pastor Wang Hai, and his wife who cares for two sons.
California pastor fined $220,000 for holding in-person services
In other Christian persecution news, a Silicon Valley, California pastor faces $220,000 in fines for holding in-person services at Calvary Chapel San Jose, reports the Epoch Times.
Pray for Pastor Mike McClure.
Church of England attendance dropped to 1.5% of population
Church of England weekly attendance dropped to 854,000 people last year — that’s only 1.5% of the population. This number also represents a 5% decrease from 2017. An additional 980,000 people attend evangelical churches.
That’s a total of 3% of England’s population in church on a Sunday. That rate would have been 40% at the turn of the 20th century.
Independent restaurants lost 30% revenue, local retail hurt as well
The Street is estimating that independently-owned restaurants will lose 30% this year compared to last year, while the big chain restaurants will only slip about 18%. Sadly, thousands of independent restaurants are expected to go out of business.
And the same thing is happening with independent retail stores. Walmart and Target are posting stronger sales, while the smaller mom-and-pop retail outlets are staying negative this year.
Trump on Rush: “I would like to see a bigger stimulus package.”
The Democrats are proposing another $2.2 trillion pandemic relief package.
TRUMP: “I would like to see a bigger stimulus package, frankly, than either the Democrats or the Republicans are offering.”
The White House has recently countered with a $1.8 trillion proposal for the new relief bill, reports the Wall Street Journal.
2020 Federal deficit is 15% of GDP
The Congressional Budget Office has issued an official number for the 2020 federal deficit. It’s now $3.1 trillion or 15.2% of the Gross Domestic Product.
That’s the largest deficit as a percentage of the G.D.P. since World War II. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis records the federal debt per G.D.P. at 135%, up from 64% in 2008, and 30% in 1980.
Judge Amy Barrett: “Courts are not designed to solve every problem.”
Senate Judiciary hearings opened Monday for Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the high bench.
Barrett summarized her judicial philosophy in a few words.
BARRETT: “Courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life. The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to the People. The public should not expect courts to do so, and courts should not try.”
Representing the Democrats in the Senate, Senator Diane Feinstein of California focused primarily on Obamacare, concerned that the socialist healthcare program might lose ground if Barrett is confirmed.
Oreos company endorses homosexuality
The manufacturer of Oreo cookies has joined the homosexual bandwagon, issuing limited-edition rainbow colored-cookies.
On “National Coming Out Day” yesterday, the Oreos promotional materials included depictions of lesbian activity, and encouragements to “support the LGBT” community.
Romans 1 explains these actions this way: “Even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, . . .who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same, but also approve of those who practice them.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Tuesday, October 13th, in the year of our Lord 2020. 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.