It’s Tuesday, October 8th, A.D. 2019. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus.
By Kevin Swanson
Myanmar holds teacher from Christian school on dubious charges
International Christian Concern has learned that a Christian Bible School in the Kachin State of Myanmar was raided by the military and police, and a teacher was held on dubious charges.
The hidden motive for the raid appears to be the Christian opposition to the drug trade.
Chinese Communists arrest 300 members of Early Rain Covenant
The Early Rain Covenant Church in China still faces persecution.
Pastor Wang Yi is still facing trial. Plus, the officials are threatening to take the children from their parents.
Not only do the police regularly threaten the members, but property management has shut off their water and electricity. Some have been forced to move three or four times. In addition, the police have arrested 300 members of the church since last November.
However, they are thankful that God has protected more than a dozen pregnant mothers with their unborn children in the congregation.
170 Iranian Muslims convert to Christ
We’ve received reports from Iran that 170 believers, most of whom are converts from Islam, were baptized in September.
Elam Ministries is now printing 400,000 Persian Bibles, and hopes to distribute 1,000 Bibles right away.
Iran’s Christian church is the fastest growing church on Earth according to Operation World although 99% of these local churches are underground with 8-12 members in each.
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Ecuadoran mobs destroy 12 ambulances
Mobs in Ecuador are angry because the government is pulling back on subsidies for fuel and reducing government jobs leading vandals to destroy 12 ambulances in their anger.
This was part of a $4.2 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund that was tied to requirements for a little belt-tightening for the socialist country.
Reuters reports that police have made 477 arrests in the riots.
Trump announces withdrawal of U.S. troops from North Syria
President Trump announced a withdrawal of about 1,000 US troops from Syria, creating a stir, reports the Associated Press.
This represented about 0.5% of the 200,000 US troops stationed around the world. Turkey appears ready to invade Syria, to include the Kurdish rebels who, up to now, were allied with the US.
On Capitol Hill, Republican Senator Graham of South Carolina, a Trump ally, tweeted, “This decision to abandon our Kurdish allies and turn Syria over to Russia, Iran, and Turkey will put every radical Islamist on steroids. Shot in the arm to the bad guys. Devastating for the good guys.”
Some Teen Challenge groups are state licensed, limiting evangelism
World Magazine reports that over the last 25 years certain Teen Challenge organizations across the country have invited state licensure and funding. This resulted in a limitation on those organizations for presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the power behind the group since David Wilkerson founded it in 1959.
However, the national Teen Challenge organization will be requiring any group seeking state-licensing to do so under other names beginning on January 1, 2020.
David’s brother, Don Wilkerson, has been most vocal in his opposition to state licensing and funding. Don said, “[Those entering the program] need to be surrounded 24/7 in a spiritual atmosphere that addresses those issues.”
There are 200 Teen Challenge centers in America, and 100 more in other nations around the world today.
50 most miserable American cities
Business Insider has crunched data on things like crime, drug addiction, commute times, household income, natural disasters and identified the most miserable cities in America.
Most of them are in California, New Jersey, and Florida. Topping the list, Miami County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, and Essex County in New Jersey.
The very worst places in America remain Gary, Indiana (outside of Chicago), Port Arthur, Texas (outside of Houston), and Detroit, Michigan.
Practically all of the 50 worst cities in America vote Democrat. They are predominately Catholic areas or largely unchurched. These cities need Jesus, badly.
Paul spoke of the pagan city of Ephesus: “At that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now, in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:12-13).
Fox fires Todd Starnes over claim Democrats worship pagan god
Todd Starnes, America’s foremost Christian conservative commentator, is no longer with Fox News.
Last week, Starnes stirred up a little controversy when he questioned whether the Democrats pray to the real God in a conversation with Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas on Fox Radio.
STARNES: “You know, we just assume they’re praying to God. I’m not quite sure. I don’t know Dr. Jeffress. I mean, they booed God, tried to vote Him out of the party platform. I mean.”
JEFFRESS: “Well, at least the god they worship is the pagan god of the Old Testament, Molech, who allowed for child sacrifice. I mean, the God of the Bible doesn’t sanction the killing of millions and millions of children in the womb. I think the god they are worshipping is the god of their own imagination.”
According to the Wrap, Starnes’ three hour news radio program, as well as his Fox Nation program, were axed from the Fox line-up.
John 3:21 is a good reminder. “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”
Cleanliness Tips: Close toilet lid when flush, change sponge every week
And finally, scientists have identified some of the common means by which germs are spread. Flushing the toilet with the lid up will spread microbes six feet in diameter, reaching tooth brushes, towels, and other items in the bathroom. Oh my!
However, the “germiest” place in the house remains the kitchen sink and that sponge, famous for retaining hundreds of varieties of microbes. Researchers recommend replacing sponges once a week. Also, among the most contaminated germy places in the kitchen: the water reservoir for the coffee maker.
And one more thing, keep those pet toys away from the mouth of your 2-year-old.
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Tuesday, October 8th in the year of our Lord 2019. 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.