By Jonathan Clark
China restricts Christians online
China’s new “Administrative Measures for Internet Religious Information Services” went into full effect earlier this month.
Over the past six months, China has been rolling out the new restrictions to limit individuals and institutions from sharing religious information online.
For months now, house churches have had their WeChat accounts destroyed and their websites taken down.
China sees Christianity as a threat and has been trying to sinicize the church by injecting Chinese nationalism and socialism into its teaching.
Under the new laws, only organizations with a “Internet Religious Information Service License” can share online preaching and religious content.
In Acts 5, the high priest asked the apostles, “‘Did we not strictly command you not to teach in [Jesus’] name?’ … But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men.’”
50 million slaves worldwide
The new Global Estimates of Modern Slavery report found about 50 million people worldwide were living in modern slavery last year.
Twenty-eight million people were in forced labor and 22 million in forced marriages.
That’s 10 million more people in modern slavery now than in 2016. Women and children are still the most vulnerable.
Asia and the Pacific is the region with the most people living in forced labor or forced marriages. However, as a proportion of the population, the Arab States have the most people living in modern slavery.
Poll: Upcoming election a referendum on Biden
A recent Rasmussen poll found voters view the upcoming midterm elections as a referendum on President Joe Biden instead of being about individual candidates and issues.
Forty-six percent of likely voters view the midterms as a referendum on Biden; 40% are more concerned with individual candidates and issues; and 14% are undecided. The “undecideds” must be living in a cave.
Republicans were more likely than Democrats or Independents to view the election as a referendum on Biden’s agenda.
Americans spend more on taxes than food, clothing, & medical care
New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found Americans spent more on taxes last year than they did on food, clothing, and health care combined.
In 2021, the average household spent $15,495.28 on food, clothing, and health care while spending $16,729.73 in taxes to federal, state and local governments.
U.S. abortion terrorists have attacked 63 pro-life groups
A new report by the Religious Freedom Institute found pro-abortion activists in the U.S. attacked at least 63 pro-life organizations across 26 states since the leak of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Perpetrators have also attacked over 30 churches since the Supreme Court leak.
The attacks have included firebombing, vandalism, and deadly threats.
Nathaniel Hurd, senior fellow for public policy at Religious Freedom Institute, told CBN News the government has been silent in response to these attacks.
HURD: “In terms of headquarters-level, the leadership from the FBI and the Department of Justice and from the Department of Homeland Security, for the most part, has been silence.”
West Virginia legislature protects babies from conception
Now that the West Virginia legislature passed an abortion ban, the only abortion mill in West Virginia has stopped killing babies, reports LifeNews.com. Republican Governor Jim Justice is expected to sign it soon.
The West Virginia legislature has passed a bill to ban abortions, protecting babies starting at conception. West Virginia will become the 16th state to ban abortions.
Alliance Defending Freedom’s letter to 50 U.S. Senators
On Tuesday, Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter to all 50 U.S. Senators on behalf of over 2,000 churches and ministries.
The letter calls on Senators to oppose the deceptively titled “Respect for Marriage Act.”
The act would not only enshrine faux same-sex marriage into federal law but would also threaten the religious liberty of Americans who hold Biblical views on marriage.
The letter states, “Our view of the distinct nature of men and women, the union of a husband and wife, and the blessing of any children born into a marriage, should not be erased from or punished under our laws.”
U.S. Christians to fall below 50% by 2070
And finally, a new study from Pew Research estimates the number of self-identified Christians in the U.S. could fall below 50% by 2070 if recent trends continue.
In the 1970s, about 90% of Americans identified as Christian. Since the 1990s, many Americans have been switching their religious identity to atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular.”
In 2020, 64% of Americans identified as Christian; 30% identified as religiously unaffiliated; and 6% identified with another religion.
Romans 11:4-5 reminds us, “But what does the divine response say to him? ‘I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.’ Even so then, at this present time, there is a remnant according to the election of grace.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Thursday, September 15th, in the year of our Lord 2022. 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.