Sudan Releases Christian Pastor, Southern Baptists Lost 77,000 Members, UK Cuts Sex Education Programs

Wednesday, June 14th, in the year of our Lord 2017

By Adam McManus

Sudanese Pastor Hassan Abduraheem Has Been Released!

God has answered our prayers!

The Sudanese Christian Pastor Hassan Abduraheem, who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison for his Christian faith, has been freed.

Just days after the American Center for Law and Justice sent a critical legal letter to the United Nations exposing his imprisonment as a major human rights abuse, Abduraheem received a presidential pardon.

Family Members of Egyptian Christians Murdered Two Years Ago Comfort Families of New Victims

Two years have passed since 21 Egyptian Christians were brutally beheaded by ISIS on a beach in Libya. And now their unflinching family members have comforted the families of new victims whose lives were taken in four major terror attacks in the last six months throughout the land of Pharaoh.

Focus on the Family has been supporting the families of those murdered by ISIS since the February 2015 atrocities took place.

1 Corinthians 1:3-5 says, “The God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”

College Student Arrested in North Korea Released but in a Coma

Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old college student who was arrested, tried, and imprisoned for more than a year in North Korea for trying to swipe a souvenir from a hotel, has been released at the behest of President Trump, but is in a coma, according to Fox News. 

His parents said they were told that Otto had gotten botulism soon after his trial and had been given a sleeping pill, from which he never woke up.

Southern Baptist Convention Loses Tens of Thousands of Members  

It comes as no surprise that liberal denominations like the Presbyterian Church USA and the Episcopal Church have seen a dramatic drop in attendance as they have abandoned the Word of God as their plumb line.

But why did the Southern Baptist Convention, which is meeting in Phoenix this week, lose 77,000 members in 2016? More perplexingly, reports that this is part of a decade-long decline with a total loss of 1 million Baptists. It’s the “lowest number of baptisms since 1946, the lowest membership since 1990 and the lowest worship attendance since 1996.” 

The report speculates that fewer Baptists are sharing the Gospel message with their neighbors and co-workers.

Pro-Life Ministry Brings the Hope of Jesus to Women on Their Worst Day

Andrew Wood with the Hope Resource Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, told The World View that the pro-life calling is comparable to rescuing the drowning.

“What we really need to be doing is getting off the shore and really getting after people who are drowning around us. And so loving people that much is difficult. And it’s hard. And it’s messy. And there is going to be hurt involved in that. But if we are to love our neighbor like Scripture tells us to, loving them means walking with them through some of these very difficult situations that they find themselves in.”  

Wood underscored the importance of sharing Christ with those who have had an abortion.

“The cross is for us on our worst day. And for many people that have gone through abortions that was their worst day. As we’re talking about sin, we also need to point to the cross and Jesus Christ and the beautiful picture of grace and mercy that Christ has for us.” 

England Sees Drop in Teen Pregnancies After Cutting Sex Ed Funding

To the surprise of sex education advocates, teen pregnancies in England fell dramatically after cuts to sex education program funding, according to a new study, reports World Magazine

Little wonder that passing out free condoms and giving access to the “morning after pill” might actually encourage hormone-overloaded teens to fornicate. 

Since the sex-pushing courses were cut by 70 percent in 2008, England saw a nearly 50 percent drop in the under-18 conception rate between 2007 and 2015. That’s the lowest level since 1969.

Dr. James Dobson Receives Award at Faith & Freedom Coalition Convention

Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and Family Talk, was presented with the Winston Churchill Lifetime Achievement Award at the Faith & Freedom Coalition convention on Saturday.

Ralph Reed said, “There is no one in this country who has done more to promote the values that Faith & Freedom stands for, and no one more deserving of this honor than Dr. Dobson.”

Encouraging Feedback from World View Listeners

Diana Shugar, a World View listener from Houston, Texas, wrote, “Your broadcast is the one consistent news source I go to. You feature so many stories that I don’t hear anywhere else including Christian broadcasting networks. I have learned about courageous people, including politicians, trying to fight the good fight of faith. 

And, I love, love, LOVE the biblical references in many of the stories. They help me in my ongoing studies during my prayer time in the mornings.

“For example, the Scripture you selected to accompany the story about comedian Kathy Griffin who posed with a severed head of President Trump complete with fake blood was perfect. Proverbs 11:22 said it all. ‘Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.’

“Thank you for giving me an opportunity to let you know how important you are to my daily walk with our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Diana, we’re delighted that you enjoy the Bible verses we select to accompany some of the stories. It’s the most important thing we do in the newscast.

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President Trump Accuses Former Attorney General of Illegal Behavior

President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused former Attorney General Loretta Lynch of “illegal” behavior in her handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s secret email server, alleging the ex-top cop provided “protection” for the Democratic presidential nominee, reports Fox News.

The president drew attention to Lynch ahead of a Senate hearing where his own Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to testify on the Russia investigation.

Trump’s tweeted, “A.G. Lynch made law enforcement decisions for political purposes…gave Hillary Clinton a free pass and protection. Totally illegal!”

Virginia Governor Considers Running for President

Now that he faces term limits, Virginia Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe appears to be flirting with a presidential run.

McAuliffe still talks to Bill Clinton every day, sometimes several times a day. They’ve talked in passing about a White House run. The former president has said he’s supportive of whatever his friend does.

Pictures of Young Woman Helping Blind Man Hail a Cab Go Viral

Casey Spelman, of Indianapolis, was visiting friends in Chicago and spotted a blind man having trouble hailing a cab. Without a word, she walked over to the man and tapped him on the shoulder, reports

“Do you want some help getting a cab?” Spelman asked.

“Yeah, you sound pretty, so cabs will probably stop for you before me,” he said.

The 26-year-old didn’t think anything of her act of kindness, but Ryan Hamilton, who was watching from the rooftop of a restaurant, was so touched by the kind gesture he posted pictures of the pair on Facebook, praising the woman for lending a helping hand.

Since Hamilton’s post has gone viral, Spelman said, “I think if you treat someone with respect it will always be appreciated.”

Matthew 7:12 says, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

Two Men Climb to Second Story Window to Rescue Elderly Woman from Burning Duplex

Two good Samaritans in Lorain, Ohio risked their own lives to save an elderly woman who was trapped inside her burning duplex, reports Fox 8 Cleveland.

Providentially, Joshua Ellis and Ben Hogan were driving past her home on Monday morning around 11:50 am when they noticed the upper level was engulfed in flames.

Forming a human ladder, climbing up to the second level by way of a shaky overhang, Ellis and Hogan broke a window to pull 77-year-old Ramona Otero to safety. She had been hanging out of a front window calling for help.

Hogan said, “When it’s done and over with and reality sets in, it’s extremely humbling. I’m grateful I was able help.”

Richard Dawkins Says Islam Is Evil While Also Criticizing Trump’s Anti-Terror Rhetoric

Evolutionist author Richard Dawkins talked out of both sides of his mouth at this year’s Science Festival in Gloucestershire, England.

On the one hand, he told an audience last week that Islam is the “most evil” religion in the world. On the other hand, Dawkins scolded President Trump for his anti-terror rhetoric.

While the atheist evolutionist is no fan of Christianity, he admitted that it would be a mistake to create a moral equivalence between religions.

Iraqi Christians in Michigan Arrested in Deportation Roundups

United States immigration officials arrested dozens of Iraqi Christians in southeastern Michigan on Sunday during a series of deportation roundups, reports the Christian Post.

“My dad is Christian and Donald Trump is sending him back to a place that is not safe whatsoever,” said 18-year-old Cynthia Barash, speaking up for her 47-year-old father Moayad who has lived in America for 35 years. While she acknowledged that he committed a crime 30 years ago, Cynthia expressed concern that his deportation was a virtual death sentence.

ICE explained that the people it is arresting have all been convicted of crimes and had received full and fair immigration proceedings.

And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.