Monday, April 17th, in the year of our Lord 2017.
By Jonathan Clark
Filipino Roman Catholics Carry Out ‘Mock’ Crucifixions
The Filipino Roman Catholics carry out an annual tradition of mock crucifixion and beatings as a way of penance during the celebration of Easter.
But Peter says in 1 Peter 3:18 that Jesus already paid this price: “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.”
Though this blind tradition is prevalent in the Philippines, a missionary there, Timothy Swanson, Kevin’s brother, told The World View in a previous interview that there is a spiritual thirst for the real gospel of God’s grace in Jesus Christ, especially among the poorest.
“When I say a lot of people I mean there are so many pastors all around the Philippines who are working really hard to reach everybody and they still can’t reach everybody, and they still can’t reach everybody who wants to learn about the Lord. They say that the Philippines is a Christian nation, a ‘Christianized’ nation. It has a huge percentage of Catholic Christians here, but there are still a lot of people who want to learn about the Lord. It’s been kind of exciting.”
Pakistani Military Prevents Possible Terrorist Attack
The Pakistani military prevented a “major terrorist attack” on Easter Sunday against Christians, reported Fox News. Pakistani soldiers killed a militant on Saturday and apprehended his associate in the city of Lahore.
North Korea Missile Launch Fails
A missile launch attempt by North Korea failed yesterday, according to South Korean defense officials.
The U.S. Pacific Command stated that the projectile “blew up almost immediately.” This comes after North Korea put their intercontinental ballistic missiles on display during a military parade on Saturday.
Vice President Mike Pence Visits South Korea
Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Seoul, South Korea yesterday morning where he visited U.S. troops for an Easter service.
“On behalf of my wife Karen and our two daughters, Happy Easter in South Korea. It’s a joy to be with you all.
“I bring greetings this morning from your Commander-in-Chief, President Donald Trump. I spoke to the president earlier today and I spoke to him on the way over, and he asked me to be here. And he told me in no uncertain terms to make sure I told all of you: We’re proud of you, and we are grateful for your service to the United States of America on this Frontier of Freedom that is South Korea.”
The vice president directly addressed North Korea’s failed missile launch.
“This morning’s provocation from the North is just the latest reminder of the risks each one of you face in the defense of the freedom of the people of South Korea, and the defense of America in this part of the world. Your willingness to step forward, to serve, and to stand firm without fear inspires our nation and inspires the world.”
This is the start of a 10-day trip to Asia for Vice President Pence. Next, he will head to Japan, Indonesia, and Australia before returning to Hawaii.
Christian Athletes Passing Out Bibles To Fellow Students
Members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes passed out Bibles to their fellow students at Stone County High School in Mississippi last week. School officials had previously prohibited the distribution of Bibles until receiving a letter from Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver, defending the Christian group’s right to do so.
Former L.A. District Attorneys Defending David Daleiden
Former Los Angeles County District Attorneys, Steve Cooley and Brent Ferreira, have joined the defense team for David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress, reports Christian News.
The attorneys spoke on a conference call on Wednesday entitled “Help David Defeat Goliath,” stating that the California Attorney General had wrongly applied the law in charging Daleiden with 15 felonies for his undercover pro-life exposure of Planned Parenthood.
Montana House Passes 20 Week Abortion Ban
The Montana House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act last Wednesday in a 60-40 vote. The bill bans abortions after 20 weeks gestation. A final vote on the new law is scheduled for Thursday, reports Life News.
Today is Tax Day.
Today is official Tax Day since April 15th fell on Easter weekend.
The federal government still runs a $500 billion deficit despite having collected a record amount of individual income taxes and payroll taxes the first six months of fiscal 2017, according to CNS News.
Thirteen people were arrested on Saturday as thousands of protesters gathered for tax marches across the country, demanding that President Trump release his tax returns.
Why The Resurrection Is Important For Christ Followers!
In a letter to the Times, Gavin Ashenden, the former chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II, stated recently, “Those people who neither believe in the resurrection nor go anywhere near a church cannot be ‘Christians.’”
This comment comes after a study by a UK polling firm called ComRes which found one in four British people who identify as Christian do not believe the resurrection actually happened.
Despite this, Christians have been celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ for nearly 2,000 years, the greatest event of all history.
The Apostle Paul writes, “I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you … that Christ died for our sins … that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
And that’s The World View in 5 Minutes.