Trump to Governors: Let churches open now! Pastor wins “The Voice” with “I Can Only Imagine”, Mississippi church burned down over hope of in-person services

It’s Monday, May 25th, A.D. 2020. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at I’m Adam McManus.

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Int’l Christian Concern blessed 1,300 Christian families with food

As COVID-19 spread across the world, International Christian Concern launched an initiative to serve the Christians being persecuted.

Since then, the group implemented relief projects in some of the hardest-hit countries such as Nigeria, Iraq, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar. The recipients ranged from widows and Muslim Background Believers to pastors who lost their support systems and Christians denied aid.

Nearly 1,300 individuals and families received a month’s worth of food so far.

Major fire on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

A four-alarm fire, which could be seen for miles, erupted on San Francisco’s iconic Fisherman’s Wharf early Saturday morning. The blaze started at a warehouse that contained a large fish processing operation on Pier 45, reports CBS News.

More than 100 firefighters responded to towering flames around 4 a.m. local time.

Mississippi church burned down over hope of in-person services

The burning of First Pentecostal Church in northern Mississippi is being investigated as arson because of a spray-painted message at the scene that seemed to criticize the church’s defiance of coronavirus restrictions, reports the New York Times.

The church had sued the city of Holly Springs, Mississippi, which is about an hour southeast of Memphis, arguing that its stay-at-home order had violated the church’s right to free speech and interfered with its members’ ability to worship.

After firefighters put out the blaze early Wednesday, the police found a message which said “Bet you stay home now you hypokrits,” spray-painted on the ground near the church’s doors.

A photograph of the graffiti also appears to show an atomic symbol with an “A” in the center, which is sometimes used as a logo for atheist groups.  No suspects have been identified.

Republican Governor Tate Reeves of Mississippi tweeted, “I am heartbroken and furious. In Mississippi, a church was just burned to the ground. They had been trying to open services.”

Furthermore, Governor Reeves asked this question.

REEVES: “What is this pandemic doing to us? We need prayer for this country.

“Government cannot shut down churches. Government cannot go against our constitutional rights. Freedom of religion is real and freedom of religion is important. It is important to a free society.”

Citing a Scripture during a broadcast from the Governor’s mansion, he made these remarks.

REEVES: “I believe that more and more and more of our churches are going to reopen. And I think it’s right that that is the case.

“But I want to remind everyone that we, as Christians, believe what is said in Ephesians, the second chapter, verses 19 and 20. ‘So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone.’

“We, as Christians, believe it is Christ Jesus through which we get to heaven.”

Chicago Mayor orders police to tow cars of Christians at church

Enforcing Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker’s overreaching executive COVID orders, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot dispatched police officers to shut down parking lots and tow the cars of Christians attending Sunday services at Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church.

Liberty Counsel said, “The church has leased the parking lot of a bank across the street for 18 years. Mayor Lightfoot had the police block the lot so churchgoers couldn’t park there.

“In the land of the free, these Romanian pastors and church members should never have to fear arrest or sanction for attending worship services in church as they once experienced in a Communist country.”

Trump to Governors: Let churches open now!

President Trump wants churches to be deemed essential and open now, reports the Christian Post.

TRUMP: “At my direction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is issuing guidance for communities of faith. Today, I’m identifying houses of worship — churches, synagogues, and mosques — as essential places that provide essential services.

“Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out churches and other houses of worship. It’s not right!  So, I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential. I call upon Governors to allow our churches in places of worship to open right now!”

Hebrews 10:25 says, “Do not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Congressman Allen West in motorcycle crash

Lt. Col. Allen West, a former Florida congressman, was injured in a motorcycle crash just outside Waco, Texas when two motorcycles collided, reports Fox News.

He was transported by helicopter to the hospital where he is currently in stable condition and undergoing assessment.

Homosexual U.S. Ambassador resigns

Ric Grenell, the homosexual U.S. ambassador to Germany, confirmed in a tweet on Sunday that he plans to step down.

Grenell’s longtime homosexual partner is Matt Lashey.

Pastor wins “The Voice” with “I Can Only Imagine”

And finally, last Tuesday night, Todd Tilghman, the 41-year-old worship pastor from Mississippi who has eight children, was crowned winner of “The Voice”, reports the Christian Post.

Coached by country star Blake Shelton, Tilghman sang MercyMe’s crossover hit “I Can Only Imagine” in his final performance.


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