Texas Passes Election Integrity Bill, Grace Community Church Wins Legal Battle, New Zealand Faces Strict Lockdowns

It’s Thursday, September 2nd, A.D. 2021 and this is the World View in 5 minutes, written by Jonathan Clark and heard at  www.TheWorldView.com. Filling in for Adam McManus, I’m Thomas Lamar.

By Jonathan Clark

36 Christians killed in Kaduna State, Nigeria

Last month, Muslim militants in Nigeria killed 36 Christians in Kaduna State alone.

Anglican bishop Jacob Kwashi said during a funeral for 17 of the slain Christians, “We have never seen an evil government in this country like the one of today. The government is fully in support of the bloodshed in Nigeria. We are being killed just because we are not Muslims.”

Militants also killed 50 Christians recently in the city of Jos in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region. Such attacks are common. One eyewitness told International Christian Concern, “It is sad we continue to bury Christians without any effort from the government to stop the violence against us.”

New Zealand Faces Strict Lockdowns

New Zealanders have been facing a strict lockdown over the Delta variant of COVID-19. Those who try to protest against the lockdown face arrest. The lockdown measures have presented a challenge for Christians in New Zealand who do not want to forsake the assembling of themselves together.

The World View spoke to one New Zealander about the challenges they are facing.

New Zealander: “I guess the challenge for us is as we’re seeing the cases and seeing what’s being reported there is just one media stream in New Zealand that many people focus on; there is really only one narrative, and it is definitely not PC to challenge that narrative. As Christians, we are grappling with the fact that we don’t all consider the severity of this virus as such that the healthy people should be quarantined, should be kept from meeting and gathering as our faith is so important to us. We are beginning to see the effects of lockdown, the negative effects, and particularly among Christians, with being out of fellowship, with all the pastoral care issues that are happening at different churches and among different people.”

Hebrews 10:23-25 says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another.”

The State of California to Pay Grace Community Church in Legal Settlement

The state of California and the city of Los Angeles will pay $800,000 in a legal settlement with Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church over COVID-19 restrictions.

Grace Community Church initially complied with the state’s lockdown orders last year, but returned to in-person services before the state lifted the lockdown. Last August, the church sued the state over the restrictions.

The church has finally won their case after continuing to meet in the face of jail time and fines.

Texas Passes Election Integrity Bill

On Tuesday, the Texas legislature passed an election integrity bill.

The bill establishes new ID requirements for mail-in voting and makes it a felony for election officials to proactively send out applications for mail-in ballots. The bill also bans drive-thru voting and 24-hour voting and provides protections for partisan poll watchers.

Democrats tried to stop the bill from passing through walk-outs and even leaving the state.

The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott who said he will sign it.

United Nations: Weather Disasters More Likely to Occur

The United Nations weather agency reports weather disasters are four to five times more likely to happen and seven times more damaging now than in the 1970s.

However, weather disasters are killing less people now. Through the 1970s and 1980s, such disasters killed an average of 170 people per day around the world. In the 2010s, 40 people died per day in weather disasters.

Isaiah 45:5, 7 says, “I am the LORD, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me. . . . I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the LORD, do all these things.”

Abortions in Britain Dropped During the Pandemic

A British-based abortion group reports they did significantly fewer abortions last year during the coronavirus pandemic.

MSI Reproductive Choice, formerly known as Marie Stopes International, operates in 37 countries.

The murder giant said they did 1.8 million fewer abortions and post-abortion operations last year compared with 2019.

9% of Professed Christians in US Hold to a Biblical Worldview

Research by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University found 69% of Americans say they are Christians.

However, what many of these people believe is “built on disturbingly shaky theological foundations.” Professed Christians hold many Christian beliefs alongside beliefs opposed to the Bible. Only 9% of professed Christians actually hold to a Biblical worldview.


And that’s The World View in 5 Minutes on this Thursday, September 2nd, in the year of our Lord 2021. 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. For Adam McManus (adam@TheWorldView.com), I’m Thomas Lamar, reminding you to seize the day for Jesus Christ.