It’s Monday, March 20th, in the year of our Lord A.D. 2017.
by Jonathan Clark
Thousands of Christians in Myanmar Flee Unrest
Over 100,000 Christians in Myanmar have been fleeing the country for Malaysia recently due to increased violence and religious persecution, according to TRT World.
One Christian refugee stated, “Myanmar isn’t safe for us. They killed people, sent people to jail because of religion.”
The Gospel Goes Forth In Might and Power in Kenya
Important work for the Gospel is happening in Kilifi, a Muslim majority region in Kenya, reports The Christian Post.
Michael, a former Muslim turned Christian evangelist, came to Christ through a Scripture outreach program in Kilifi. Michael now shares the Word of God with his Muslim acquaintances, leading them to the Lord as they are convicted.
Truly, “The Gospel is the power of God for salvation to those who believe.” (Romans 1:16)
Open Doors Speaks to The World View About Christian Persecution in China
The World View spoke with Emily Fuentes of Open Doors about where Christians are being targeted for their faith in China today among the 1.3 billion people who live there.
“In general, China’s increased persecution is in pockets of the country. Specifically, in the Northwestern area which is a highly Muslim population where there are Islamic extremist attacks and then in the Tibetan region and then some throughout the South too where there have been attacks against churches.”
Gulnur, a Muslim-background believer, is a part of the Uyghur ethnic group in Western China, which experiences the worst persecution in the country. Her husband, Alimijan, was imprisoned for his faith in 2009; she’s now left to raise their two boys.
She shares how she gets through such trials:
“We have joy, real joy. The joy in this difficult situation is real joy. It must be joy from the Lord! Otherwise, how could we endure the hardship?”
Terrorist Shot At Paris Airport
A man shouting “I am here to die for Allah, there will be deaths” was shot dead on Saturday in the Paris Orly Airport after assaulting Air Force soldiers patrolling the area.
Two hours before, Ziyed Ben Belgacem, the suspected terrorist, shot a police officer in northern Paris. France remains in a state of emergency as attacks over the last two years have amounted to 235 deaths.
Alabama Has A Plan For Protecting the Lives of the Unborn
In the case of Roe v. Wade being overturned, Alabama has a plan: the state would automatically become a “right to life” state according to a new bill.
Life News reports the Alabama House passed a constitutional amendment bill last Thursday to protect unborn babies’ right to life if Roe was rescinded. (The bill still has to pass the Alabama State Senate as well as voter approval on the 2018 ballot.
Supreme Court Justice Warns Of Increasing Persecution Against Christians in the U.S.
Speaking at a lawyer’s event last Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito referenced his dissent from the Obergefell decision and noted “a wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs.”
The political landscape involves many battles, he said, with the most important one being over “the issue of religious freedom.”
Number of Teenagers Claiming Homosexuality Grows
Just in the last decade, the number of teenagers claiming to be homosexual has increased by 85 percent.
A 25-year study by the Centers for Disease Control indicates there’s an extra one million out of America’s 16 million high-school students who are claiming homosexuality or moving in that direction.
Meanwhile, violence, drugs, and suicide have only increased among professed homosexuals.
The Psalmist warns, “The wicked walk on every side, when vileness is exalted among the sons of men.” (Psalm 12:8)
New York State Board Eliminates a ‘Literacy Skills’ Test for Teachers
The New York State Board of Regents plans to drop the Academic Literacy Skills Test for prospective teachers. The test analyzes whether a teacher can “understand and analyze reading material” and “write competently.”
Critics of the test complain that teacher diversity is not high enough as too many blacks and hispanics were failing the literacy exam.
290 Years Since Death of Sir Isaac Newton, a Man Who Feared God and Gave God Glory!
Today marks 290 years since the death of renowned scientist Sir Isaac Newton. He is remembered for inventing the field of calculus, formulating his famous three laws of motion, and making seminal contributions to the study of light and optics.
Newton was also a serious student of the Bible and gave God the glory for His creation: “The wisest of beings required of us to be celebrated. . . for His actions, the creating, preserving, and governing of all things according to His good will and pleasure.”
And that’s The World View in 5 Minutes.