Pence declared Joe Biden President-elect, 42 million pre-born babies murdered worldwide in 2020, Communist China arrested 53 pro-democracy Hong Kong activists

It’s Friday, January 8th, A.D. 2021. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at I’m Adam McManus.  (

By Jonathan Clark

Communist China arrested 53 pro-democracy Hong Kong activists

Last year, Communist China began to extend control over the once autonomous region of Hong Kong.

On Wednesday, Hong Kong police arrested 53 pro-democracy activists in keeping with China’s crackdown on opposition groups.

The crackdown is also affecting Christians. A Hong Kong pastor, his wife, and his church had their bank accounts frozen last month for supporting democratic elections.

As China’s control grows, Christians in Hong Kong told International Christian Concern they are preparing for persecution and arrest. And former Bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, told Reuters there is no freedom of expression anymore in the region.

2 Timothy 3:12 says, “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”

Sudan looking to normalize relations with Israel

Sudan signed The Abraham Accords with the U.S. on Wednesday in a move to normalize relations with Israel.

Other Arab nations that have signed the accords include Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

Before these accords, the last country to sign a peace treaty with Israel was Jordan in 1994.

England and Scotland’s lockdowns

England and Scotland ordered more lockdowns that will last into February in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

England’s rules allow churches to continue meeting with some restrictions; however, Scotland’s rules order churches to close.

Scotland’s Roman Catholic Bishops denounced the order: “No evidence has been forthcoming to justify the inclusion of places of worship as sources of infection. . . . These restrictions will appear . . . to be arbitrary and unfair. Moreover, a significant number of other sectors . . . have now been left free to continue in operation.”

42 million pre-born babies murdered worldwide in 2020

Worldometers reports over 42 million babies were murdered in the womb worldwide in 2020.

Abortion far outpaces any other leading cause of death. The second leading cause of death is communicable diseases at over 13 million deaths last year.

By comparison, 1.8 million people died in 2020 from COVID-19.

Vice President Pence declared Joe Biden President-elect

Following civil unrest at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Congress reconvened and certified Joe Biden as the next U.S. president early Thursday morning.

Listen to Vice President Mike Pence.

PENCE: “The whole number of electors appointed to vote for President of the United States is 538. Within that whole number, a majority is 270. The votes for President of the United States are as follows. Joseph R. Biden, Jr. of the state of Delaware has received 306 votes. Donald J. Trump of the state of Florida has received 232 votes.

“The announcement of the state of the vote by the President of the Senate shall be deemed a sufficient declaration of the persons elected President and Vice President of the United States, each for the term beginning on the 20th day of January 2021.”

Representatives challenged the results in Arizona and Pennsylvania. The Senate voted 93-6 against the Arizona challenge, while the House voted 303-121. Similarly, the Senate voted 92-7 against the Pennsylvania challenge, while the House voted 282-138.

In response, President Donald Trump said there would be an orderly transition on January 20.

Democrats, with VP-elect Kamal Harris, have control of the Senate

Democrat candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock won their Georgia runoff races this week for the U.S. Senate.

The elections give Democrats a narrow majority in the U.S. Senate. The party now controls both chambers of Congress for the first time in a decade.

Psalm 2:10-12 tells rulers, “Be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.”

Gallup: Americans have dramatic mistrust of mass media

A Gallup poll found Americans registered their highest level of distrust for the mass media last year.

A record 33 percent of Americans said they have no trust in the media to report news fully, accurately, and fairly. Sixty percent of Americans have little or no trust in the media. Republicans and independents were much more likely to distrust the media, while Democrats were much more likely to trust the media.

Court: 9 Ohio Christian schools can reopen

And finally, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of nine Ohio Christian schools being able to reopen.

The ruling said Lucas County’s coronavirus restrictions on the schools violated their free exercise of religion.

An important part of the ruling was that the schools did not compartmentalize their faith when it came to education. Instead the schools said their faith pervaded each day of in-person instruction.

Deuteronomy 6:7 says of God’s words, “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”


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Christian businessman needs pardon from President Trump

And finally, Phillip Zodhiates, a Christian father and businessman, who helped a mother and her daughter escape the U.S. back in 2009, has been imprisoned on misguided kidnapping charges.

Zodhiates was helping the mother, who became a Christian out of a lesbian lifestyle, escape from her previous lesbian partner.

The Zodhiates Family has asked believers to pray for a pardon from President Trump.

You can watch a 12-minute-long video and send an email to the White House through special links in our transcript today at

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