Russia wiped out 400 Ukrainian Baptist churches, R-rated film sales dropped 26%, Ugandan Muslims cut off recent Christian convert’s hand

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By Jonathan Clark

Ugandan Muslims cut off recent Christian convert’s hand

Morning Star News reports Muslim extremists in Uganda recently attacked a man who left Islam for Christianity. 

Musa John Kasadah, his wife, and six children came to Christ at an open-air event back in June. 

Last month, Kasadah and his family fled for safety after Muslims sent a threatening message to their pastor. But the extremists ambushed the family last month. They beat him and even cut off his hand, intending to kill him. Thankfully, the arrival of sugarcane workers interrupted the attack, and Kasadah was taken to the hospital.  

The attack is one of many recent instances of persecution against Christians in Uganda.

Russia wiped out 400 Ukrainian Baptist churches

The Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary reports they have lost about 400 churches since Russia invaded the country six months ago.

And the All-Ukrainian Union of Churches of Evangelical Christian Baptists reports that dozens of pastors from the 2300 Baptist congregations in Ukraine have been forced to leave places destroyed by the war.

Ukrainian pastors say their challenge is not just rebuilding structures but rebuilding leadership capacity that was lost.

Pastor Yaroslav Pyzh with the baptist seminary said, “The real challenge is similar to Nehemiah’s challenge. It’s not only rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. It’s rebuilding the nation of Israel, of worshiping God. . . . That’s the same thing here in Ukraine.”
Evangelical Lutherans pass the Biblical test

Last Thursday, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America  voted to potentially revise their social statement on human sexuality, reports the Christian Post. 

The 2009 statement said the denomination did not have a consensus on people living in vile passions with the same sex. The statement did recognize that “on the basis of conscience-bound belief, some are convinced that same-gender sexual behavior is sinful and contrary to biblical teaching.” 

The statement is now up for revision as the denomination’s leaders welcome people living sexually perverted lifestyles without calling them to repentance.

Romans 2:4 says, “Do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?”

Biden opens 80 million acres of Gulf of Mexico to oil drilling

The U.S. Department of the Interior must increase fossil fuel production on federal lands and waters as part of the Inflation Reduction Act signed by President Joe Biden on Tuesday.

The Act reinstates Lease Sale 257, the largest oil and gas lease sale in U.S. history. It covers over 80 million acres across the Gulf of Mexico.

Frank Macchiarola with the American Petroleum Institute told FOX Business, “While reinstating Lease Sale 257 is a positive step forward for American energy leadership, the legislation, as a whole, falls well short of addressing America’s long-term energy needs.”

Louisiana allows abortion ban to stand

Last Friday, the Louisiana Supreme Court denied appeals by plaintiffs attempting to block the state’s abortion ban.

Louisiana’s abortion ban was triggered by the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Now, the last three abortion mills in the state are closing and relocating to other states.

R-rated film sales dropped 26%

Box office revenue from R-rated films is at a 25-year low.

R-rated moves accounted for 14% of theater sales this year, down from 40% in the 1990s. Such films are being pushed to at-home streaming instead.

In 2021, every movie that grossed over $100 million at the box office was rated PG-13. This year, the same is true with a few exceptions.

Archaeological evidence for Second Temple discovered

And finally, the experts at Israel Antiquities Authority announced last Sunday that they’ve discovered evidence of the destruction of the Second Temple by Roman general Titus in A.D. 70.

The antiquity experts uncovered a 2,000-year-old battleground in Jerusalem’s Russian Compound, one of the city’s oldest districts.

Archaeologists found stones they believe were used as projectiles to break down the walls of Jerusalem by the Roman army. The Roman arsenal included hundreds of ballista stones as well as catapult machines capable of launching projectiles hundreds of meters.

Eli Eskosido, Director of the Israel Antiquities Authority, said, “The physical evidence of the huge resources employed by the Roman army in Jerusalem, reflect the extremely harsh battles that eventually led to the destruction of the Second Temple.”

Matthew 24:1-2 says, “Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, ‘Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.’”

And now you know the rest of the story!


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