Trump Takes New York by Storm, Baptists Ordain First Transgendered Minister, Ecuador Quake Death Toll Exceeds 400

Wednesday, April 20th, in the year of our Lord, 2016.

By Mark Robinette

New York State Republicans apparently value Donald Trump over John Ka​​sich and Ted Cruz. The ​​​controversial real estate mogul convincingly won his home state as Cruz, coming in third, learned the hard way not to insult New York values.​ Trump secured 61% of the vote, Ohio Governor John Kasich got 25%, and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas received just 15%.​ Hillary Clinton soundly beat Bernie Sanders 59% to 41%​ in the state that both contestants claim as their home state.

Shaun Gillilland, chairman of the Essex County Republican Committee, spoke to The World View: “Cruz and Trump will not fare well against Hillary, so my feeling is that it’s not a good decision for Republicans to choose either of those two.”

The World View also spoke to Roger Sachar, chairman of public relations for the New York Young Republicans​ Club​,​ who also had hard words about Trump: “If he is the nominee, he’s going to face a number of liabilities. These are going to range from his past treatment of women to questions of his moral character, questions of his business ethics, questions of his personal ethics—things like Trump University. We certainly have not heard the last of that—hiring illegal workers, the whole gamut. I can’t imagine a Republican candidate who faces more potential questions than Donald Trump.”

Daniel 2:21 says that, no matter the outcome, God will have all His Holy will, for “he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings.”

U.​S.​ military rescue planes came to the aid of ​the Japanese in ​a remote part of southern Japan, which was hit by two earthquakes that struck on Thursday and Saturday, killing nearly 50​ people​ and stranded more than 1​,​000.

At least five are dead and thousands missing after a storm carrying 16 inches of rain hit Houston, Texas. Television footage featured swimming horses with life-jacketed rescuers riding them, children in trashcans and totes floated by parents in waist-deep water, and others using refrigerators and freezers as boats to escape the unexpected flooding.

The Taliban is taking credit for a pair of deadly explosions at a national security station in Kabel, Iraq, which killed 28. The explosions came as Secretary of Defense Ash Carter made his third visit to Iraq. ​ ​Ash announced the addition of more than 200 U.S. military person​ne​l, as well as new equipment in the form of Apache ​attack helicopters. This ​came ​just in time, as combined forces are set to try to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, from ISIS.

The death toll quickly continues to rise above 400 ​people ​following a deadly 7.8 earthquake near Quito, ​Ecuador. One American and two Canadians were confirmed among the dead, but the news of three people, who were rescued from the rubble of a mall after being trapped for 32 hours, gave hope for those whose loved ones were still unaccounted for.

Jonah prayed after his deliverance, “At the roots of the mountains, I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.”

According to Charisma, the Alliance of Baptists has ordained its first openly transgendered minister. Allyson Dylan Robinson, anatomically a man and ordained as one, was re-ordained after he reapplied for ordination as a woman.

Actress Doris Roberts, who played Marie Barone, the nosy and overbearing mother to Ray Romano’s character on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, died on ​Monday. She was 90.

Writer and ​director Pat Necerato is bringing a new controversial film to theaters in the fall. Voiceless will take direct aim at the pro-life vs. pro-​abortion​ debate with conviction and compassion in an effort to engage the church. The story is about a leader who risks his life to stand against an abortion mill​ that set up shop across the street from his church. Necerato, also know for his work on The Passion of the ​Christ, Bella, and The End of the Spear, told The World View that his goal with the movie was not to “body-slam” those who disagree with us or alienate them before we’ve had the chance to talk with them: “We want the church to get involved, but for the non-Christian households and even the pro-choice households, I guess you could say, one of the things we’d like to do is to spark—first of all, this movie doesn’t alienate that group of people. Yet, we didn’t compromise, as you’ll see how we take a very hard stand against abortion. So I would love for this to be a way for pro-choice people to look at our side.”

“For he that will save his life will lose it, but he who loses his life for M​y sake shall save it” (Luke 17:33).

And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.