It’s Monday, May 11th, A.D. 2020. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus.
By Adam McManus (Adam@TheWorldview.com)
Are COVID-19 deaths being padded?
The Centers for Disease Control said, “In cases where a definite diagnosis of COVID cannot be made, but is suspected or likely — like the circumstances are compelling with a reasonable degree of certainty — it is acceptable to report COVID-19 on a death certificate as probable or presumed.” In other words, it appears that the 80,000 American death number is artificially inflated.
Appearing on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News Channel show, Dr. Scott Jensen, who also happens to be a Republican state senator in Minnesota, shook his head with outrage over the CDC reporting methodology.
JENSEN: “Well, in short, it’s ridiculous. I spent some time earlier today, just going through the CDC’s manual on how to complete death certificates. And the parts that were specifically written for physicians. … The determination of the cause of death is a big deal. … The idea that we’re going to allow people to massage and sort of ‘game the numbers’ is a real issue.
“Anytime healthcare intersects with dollars, it gets awkward. Right now, Medicare’s determine that if you have a COVID-19 admission to the hospital, you’ll get paid $13,000. If that COVID-19 patient goes on a ventilator, you get $39,000. Three times as much. Nobody can tell me, after 35 years in the world of medicine, that sometimes those kinds of things impact on what we do.”
Dr. Scott Jensen explained how ridiculous COVID-death reporting has become.
JENSEN: “Let’s just take someone getting hit by a bus. … Blood work comes back, the COVID test comes back positive, and they die 20 minutes later because of their collapsed lung. We’re gonna put that down as COVID-19? That doesn’t make any sense.”
66% of New York’s new infections come from people at home
Tucker Carlson of Fox News Channel explained the reason why we have all been quarantined in our homes which has crushed the economy.
CARLSON: “Well, the reason 30 million people are out of work, the reason we’re sending small business owners to jail is that supposedly it is essential to saving an enormous number of lives.”
New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo was unambiguous, claiming that the “stay-at-home” orders were designed to save lives.
CUOMO: “Stay at home. When I issued the stay-at-home order, it wasn’t – ‘It would be nice if you did.’ It is a mandate. ‘Stay at home.’ If you’re a non-essential worker, stay at home. If you leave the house, you’re exposing yourself to danger.”
However, the majority of coronavirus cases in New York are coming from those who did stay at home, reports the Washington Times. Listen to the Governor’s candid admission.
CUOMO: “This is a surprise. Overwhelmingly, the people were at home. 18% of the people came from nursing homes, less than 1% came from jail or prison, 2% came from the homeless population, 2% from other congregate facilities. But 66% of the people were at home which is shocking to us.”
NY Gov. Cuomo to Samaritan’s Purse: Pay taxes
To top it off, Governor Cuomo is asking Samaritan’s Purse to pay state taxes after the Christian humanitarian organization discharged its last patient this week — one of the over 300 COVID-19 patients it treated for free at a temporary hospital in New York City’s Central Park while facing a backlash due to its statement of faith, reports the Christian Post.
Rev. Franklin Graham, who heads Samaritan’s Purse, explained that Mount Sinai Hospital invited them in, telling Faithwire, “We didn’t call them; they called us. And we have not charged them one penny. All of our services have been paid by God’s people.”
Little Richard, who dabbled in homosexuality, died
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Driven by his simple, pumping piano, gospel-influenced vocal exclamations, Little Richard, a founding father of rock & roll whose fervent shrieks, flamboyant garb, and gender-bending persona embodied the spirit and sound of that new art form, died Saturday of bone cancer at the age of 87, reports Rolling Stone Magazine.
Born Richard Wayne Penniman on December 5th, 1932, in Macon, Georgia, he was one of 12 children and grew up around uncles who were preachers. Although he sang in a nearby church, his father Bud wasn’t supportive of his son’s music and accused him of being homosexual, resulting in Penniman leaving home at 13 and moving in with a white family.
In a 1987 The Guardian interview, filmmaker John Waters quoted Little Richard as saying, “I believe I was the founder of gay. … You got to remember my dad put me out of the house because of that. … I was wearing makeup and eyelashes when no men were wearing that. … If you let anybody know you was gay, you was in trouble; so when I came out I didn’t care what nobody thought.”
But during an interview with the Christian-tied Three Angels Broadcasting Group in 2017, Little Richard suddenly denounced homosexual and trans lifestyles, saying, “God, Jesus — He made men, men. He made women, women, you know? And you’ve got to live the way God wants you to live. So much unnatural affection. So much of people just doing everything and don’t think about God.”
Leviticus 18:22 warns, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”
Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias’ grim bone cancer update
Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias has been battling a rare form of bone cancer since March and was recently informed by doctors that his cancer has spread and there’s nothing more they can do medically, reports the Christian Post.
The announcement comes just a day after Zacharias shared a picture of him and his wife on Instagram to celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary. Captioning the photo, “In sickness and in health,” he cited “the abiding faithfulness of our great God.”
Remember the counsel of Hebrews 4:16. “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Watch stage production of “Jesus” on TBN this Wed, May 13
And finally, after nearly three million people tuned in Easter weekend for its worldwide debut, Sight & Sound Theatres stage production of’ “Jesus” is once again returning to TBN for an encore presentation on Wednesday, May 13, reports the Christian Post. So, make sure to mark your calendars and watch it as a family.
Plus, this Friday, May 15th, the production of “Jesus” will be available on DVD and to rent or buy the digital version.
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Monday, May 11th 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.
Chinese Communists continue raids, cross removals
Across China, the Communists continue their crackdown against Christianity, with ongoing raids, cross removal, and disbandment activities, reports International Christian Concern.
The Chinese Christian Fellowship of Righteousness shared that a house church in Shangrao city in Jiangxi province has been damaged and was scheduled to be demolished. In a photo shared by a member of the church, the church’s interior is impaired and ceiling tiles lay everywhere on the floor.
Judge: CA Gov had right to shut down churches
Last Tuesday, U.S. District Judge John Mendez ruled that California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom had the right to ban churches from assembling during the coronavirus pandemic in the interest of public health after Cross Culture Christian Center in Lodi sought a temporary restraining order against the move, reports the Christian Post.
Pastor Jonathan Duncan and his church filed a complaint against the City of Lodi, its police chief and several State and County officials alleging that the stay-at-home orders enacted to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus “impermissibly infringe upon their constitutional and statutory rights to speak, assemble, and practice religion as they choose.”
Oregon College vs. student pro-life group
Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a lawsuit against Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, on behalf of a pro-life student group for restricting speech to less than 2% of the campus and requiring two weeks advanced notice, reports the Christian Post.
ADF Legal Counsel Michael Ross said, “The only permission slip students need in order to speak on public college campuses is the First Amendment.”
Roy of “Siegfried and Roy” died of COVID complications
Legendary illusionist Roy Ludwig Horn died in Las Vegas on Friday from complications related to COVID-19, Horn, who was 75, was best known for his part in the magic duo Siegfried and Roy, which became known around the world for incorporating white tigers into their on-stage illusions, reports Yahoo News.
Horn’s last — and most notable — performance was October 3, 2003 when one white tiger knocked him down with his leg and pinned him to the floor, bit into Horn’s neck and carried him offstage. The attack severed Horn’s spine, drained his blood, and severely injured other parts of his body, permanently impairing his motor and verbal abilities. He also had a stroke either before or after Montecore dragged him offstage.