It’s Thursday, March 26th, A.D. 2020. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus.
By Jonathan Clark
Iran released 7 Christians from prison over coronavirus
In Iran’s attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the country has released 85,000 prisoners. Among them are seven Christians.
One freed Christian, Ramiel Bet Tamraz, was jailed along with family members for their involvement in house churches. Thankfully, Tamraz will not have to serve the rest of his four-month sentence.
Praise God for these releases. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Iran during this volatile time.
Psalm 142:7 says, “Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name; the righteous shall surround me, for You shall deal bountifully with me.”
Coronavirus combines with worsening persecution of Christians in China & Iran
Last week, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom warned that the coronavirus pandemic is being attended by worsening persecution in countries like Communist China and the Muslim regime of Iran.
In the U.S., church services have been disrupted by state bans on large gatherings. Pacific Justice Institute President Brad Dacus met with 500 pastors and religious leaders last Thursday to discuss the religious liberty ramifications of these bans. Many churches are willing to move their services online.
Some states though, like Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, have exempted religious gatherings from their stay-at-home orders.
1.5 billion people worldwide ordered to stay home
As of Monday, about 1.5 billion people around the world have been ordered to stay home in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Orders to stay home among U.S. states have affected 101 million Americans.
Britain became the latest European country to go into lockdown, banning gatherings of over two people and even closing down places of worship.
As of yesterday, COVID-19 cases had surpassed 470,000 with over 21,000 deaths worldwide.
In America, 68,000 people have the virus, leading to 1,031 deaths.
Trump and Pence thanked pastors for prayers
Last Friday, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence joined 700 pastors in a prayer call organized by the Family Research Council for America during this time.
President Trump thanked the pastors for their prayers.
TRUMP: “I want to thank you for praying for our country and for those who are sick. You do such an incredible job. You’re very inspirational people. And I’m with you all the way.”
Vice President Pence recognized how important it was to Trump to be there.
PENCE: “As the president said when I told him that I was going to be speaking to all of you in the midst of what you can imagine is an extraordinarily busy day, he looked at me and said: ‘I have to find time. I need to find time.’ I know how much the prayers of all the people on this call mean to him, how much them mean to my little family.”
Paul instructs us in Romans 12:12 to be “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.”
Trump and Senate agree on $2 trillion bailout for economy
It’s being called the biggest rescue package in American history. The bill includes $377 billion in aid to small businesses, $100 billion to hospitals, and $150 billion for state and local governments.
Texas joins Ohio in closing abortion mills over COVID-19
Learn how you can urge your Governor and Attorney General to close your state’s abortion mills through a special link in our transcript today at www.TheWorldview.com.
Many anxious unbelievers turning to God and the Bible
And finally, Global Media Outreach, a ministry in online evangelism, reports a great increase in conversions as well as inquiries about God and the Bible at this time.
Global Media Outreach Founder and Chairman Walt Wilson told The Christian Post, “Fear is a natural response to [the coronavirus outbreak] that none of us have encountered before. What we’re seeing is millions of people open to talking about faith in the face of fear, and we’re ramping up to be available for them.”
Global Media Outreach has gone from reaching 350,000 people per day to over 500,000 per day around the world in recent weeks.
Hebrews 2:15 says Jesus came to “release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Thursday, March 26th in the year of our Lord 2020. 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.