Wednesday, December 6th, in the year of our Lord 2017
By Adam McManus
Police Foil Plot to Assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May
A terror plot to assassinate English Prime Minister Theresa May has been foiled, reports Sky News.
It came to a head last week with the arrest of two men, by armed police, who were charged with preparing acts of terrorism.
Girl Guides Advise Against Thanking God at Meals
Members of the Girl Guides, a female scouting group in the UK, are being urged not to say grace before meals to avoid offending Muslims or atheists, reports Charisma News.
New guidance aimed at boosting so-called “inclusivity” asks Girlguiding groups to “think of a statement that doesn’t make reference to any particular god or faith.”
The guidance suggests that girls use this politically correct terminology. “Let’s all take a moment to show gratitude for this food and to remember how fortunate we are to have this meal.” No clue as to Whom they are grateful to!
In 2013, the group stated that Guides would no longer promise to serve God but pledge to be “true to myself and develop my beliefs.”
Psalm 14:1 notes that “the fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”
Ravi Zacharias Addresses Involvement With Woman Who Sent Unsolicited Nude Photos
Ravi Zacharias built his career defending the Christian faith. Now the famous apologist is defending his own reputation, reports Christianity Today.
Zacharias addressed a personal lawsuit involving a married woman who sent him unsolicited nude photos. In Zacharias’s telling, the wife kept crossing boundaries in their communication after the couple first met him at a 2014 conference, even after he asked her to stop and blocked her messages. Then the Canadian couple sought a cool $5 million to buy their silence.
Zacharias said on Sunday, “Let me state categorically that I never met this woman alone, publicly or privately. The question is not whether I solicited or sent any illicit photos or messages to another woman—I did not, and there is no evidence to the contrary—but rather, whether I should have been a willing participant in any extended communication with a woman not my wife. The answer, I can unequivocally say, is no, and I fully accept responsibility.”
The couple requested mediation instead of going to trial, and the parties reached a private settlement.
Zacharias paid for his own legal expenses and no ministry funds were used.
Salvation Army Worker in Cleveland Shot Dead While Sharing the Gospel
A 21-year-old Salvation Army worker in Cleveland, Ohio, was shot dead in the head Saturday morning in full uniform with his Bible in hand, while preaching the Gospel.
A member of The Salvation Army Temple Corps, Jared Plesec died as he lived, sharing God’s love. He was leaving home on his day off to volunteer at The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle, the Salvation Army told WKYC.com.
Police have arrested 27-year-old William Jones in connection with the murder.
Major Daniel Alverio of the Salvation Army told Fox 8 News that Jared lived to “teach people who God was.”
Focus on the Family Warns Against Pagan Themes in New Pixar Movie “Coco”
Despite this film’s eye-popping beauty and its heartwarming moments, Pixar’s latest still packages a pagan worldview that’s in sharp conflict with Christian beliefs.
Day of the Dead, known as Dia de Muertos in Mexico, is a cultural and religious tradition that’s celebrated on Nov. 1–2, where families honor their deceased ancestors at cemeteries with gifts, pictures and food. They believe that the dead are awakened during that time and are part of the community to share in the celebrations with their loves ones.
Plus, Pixar taps into the Aztec belief system that teaches the worship of the dead.
Sadly, “Coco” was the number 1 film Thanksgiving weekend raking in $71.2 million at the box office. It became the fourth best all-time Thanksgiving opener.
Isaiah 8:19 says: “Should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?”
Congressman John Conyers Announces His Resignation
After more women have come forward with detailed sexual harassment claims against Democrat Congressman John Conyers of Michigan, he announced yesterday that he is retiring immediately and has endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to run for his seat, reports CBS News.
Oddly enough, Conyers said this on a local Michigan radio station yesterday morning. “My legacy can’t be compromised or diminished in any way by what we’re going through now.”
Perhaps he should have considered his precious legacy before ignoring his marital vows.
Special Report on Christians Standing Up for the Unborn After the Newscast
Something remarkable is happening in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tens of thousands of Christians are taking to the streets to stand up for unborn babies. Stay tuned for Emily Swanson’s World View Special Report immediately following today’s newscast.
Homeless Man Rescues Children from Burning House
And finally, when a house went up in flames on Friday in Las Vegas, a homeless man risked his own life to rescue two children trapped inside, reports KSNV-TV.
Anival Angulo heard a 3-year-old girl and 10-month-old boy yelling for help from behind the door of their home. Something had caught fire on the kitchen stove, and smoke was starting to pour out of the house.
Even though the children’s grandfather had been babysitting the two youngsters, he had gone into a back room and forgotten about the food in the kitchen. When it caught fire, the senior was unable to make it through the fire to rescue the kids.
Angulo, however, was able to jump the fence, tear open the deadlocked screen door, and pull the children to safety.
The homeless man said, “I wrapped up the babies and pulled them out. I knew I had to get them out.”
Meanwhile, the neighbors ran to the rescue of the grandfather and managed to pull him out from a window in the back of the home.
John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
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Special Report: Christians in Charlotte Activate to Fight for Unborn Babies
Time now for a World View Special Report. I’m Adam McManus.
By Emily Swanson
At the culmination of 40 weeks of walking for life in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, 1,500 people gathered. But there is a bigger story behind Love Life Charlotte.
The World View spoke to Justin Reeder, the founder of Love Life Charlotte, about the rally and how God has used the initiative in their city.
He explained why the rally on Saturday was so significant.
“This one on Saturday was week 40 for us meaning that this was the culmination the last 40 weeks we’ve been out at the abortion clinic doing prayer walks calling all of our participating churches that have been with us throughout the 40 weeks, calling them all together, as we celebrate all that God has been doing in our city.
“We’ve had now over 23,000 people that have prayer walked with us at the abortion clinic over the last 2 years. We’ve have had over 100 churches that have partnered all across denominational lines. But the greatest number, that we’re really celebrating, is that over 800 families have chosen life.”
The World View asked Reeder how the prayer walks have set Christians on fire for loving and preserving life.
“Before we started two years ago; prior to that, there was very little activation that was happening within the church as far as at the abortion clinics or really, life in general. There was a small remnant in the city that was faithfully engaging people and offering them hope and offering them life resources, but for the most part, the church was absent.
“So it’s been an incredible thing to see God awakening the body of Christ and bringing them together week after week after week across denominational lines to stand for life. It’s really John 17 being played out in our city, not for a one-time event. And they’re not coming together for a headline speaker or a headline band. They’re coming to the dark place in our city to cry out in prayer.”
John 17:23 says, “I in them, and thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved Me.”
Reeder said that before this most churches in Charlotte weren’t aware of how abortion was the number one cause of death in their city.
“Most of these churches, like myself; I was unaware of what was happening prior to us all getting engaged in the past couple years. We were unaware of abortion being the leading cause of death in our city. We were unaware that we had the largest abortion clinic in the Southeast right here in our backyards.”
He said that it’s important to equip the church to engage their people about what’s happening.
“But once we began educating the church and letting them know that this was what’s happening and giving them a path, a very clear path, and a way to engage their people, not just to give their people a great pro-life message, but which we need; we need pastors talking about this from the pulpit but giving their people a way to engage beyond that. Speak about life. Educate about life, and then say, ‘Let’s move. Let’s activate.’”
Reeder outlined the plan about how they get Christian churches engaged in the battle.
“We do that through what we call adoption where the church speaks about it on a Sunday, and then they call their entire congregation during that Wednesday on that adoption week to pray and to fast on that Wednesday. And that’s really the backbone of our campaign. And then on Saturday they go out to the abortion clinic for our prayer walks.”
Reeder said that the most crucial part of this battle is the unification of the body of Christ behind this, not legislation or politics.
“Our mission is to unite and mobilize the church, to create a culture of love and life that will bring an end to abortion and the orphan crisis. We believe that God’s called the church to shape the culture. Politicians, legislation will follow the culture. We’re creating a culture where families stop running to the local abortion clinic for the answer and begin running to the local church. We don’t believe change will come through a politician or legislation, but it’s going to come through the church of Jesus Christ.
“We believe Matthew 16:18, that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church.”
Reeder said that they are so encouraged after this last week’s rally.
“We’re incredibly excited with what we’re seeing the Lord do. Just 2 years ago, for the week 1 prayer walk, we started with just 20 people gathering on a little piece of grass down there at the abortion clinic. Now we’ve had over 23,000 people mobilize for our prayer walks in just 2 short years.
“The unity that’s happening within the church. The buy-in that is happening. This next year we’re going to take more ground. This next year, we’re launching in the triad and the triangle. We will be covering most of North Carolina. In these 3 areas, we will be covering where 85% of the abortions take place in our state.”
He shared an incredible story about how the prayer warriors at the abortion clinic have affected even the abortion workers.
“We’ve had over 15 abortion clinic workers that have quit this clinic, many giving their hearts to the Lord, and even joining us at our prayer walks. We had two of them just this last Saturday. And we have reports from with inside of workers that are now beginning to point people to the church. They are encouraging people that are coming for abortions and saying, ‘Hey, you need to think about those people outside. They really will help you. They will walk you.’ Because they have actually seen it with their own eyes.
“One of the workers in there came to one of the baby showers for one of the moms that chose life, and they’ve seen the church walk with these moms.”
The World View asked Reeder how he would encourage those who have been in the pro-life battle for a long time.
“God sees your faithfulness. For those who are out at sidewalks, offering hope, offering life resources for families. If you’re working at a pregnancy care center keep going. There was a remnant here in our city before we launched that was really paving the ground for this movement to happen. Encourage people to come out with you.”
Reeder said that someone encouraging him to come out was what launched him into the Love Life Charlotte campaign. He also said that if people need encouragement or ideas, they can contact Love Life Charlotte through their website at www.lovelifecharlotte.com.
Reeder shared why prayer is the most important part of the battle for life.
“This is a spiritual battle, and you have to recognize that. Our battle is not with protesters. It’s not with abortion clinic owners or workers. That’s not who our battle’s with. It’s not with flesh and blood. We use spiritual weapons to fight this battle. Our battle is with Satan. It’s with the adversary. When we pray, one of the biggest things it does; it changes our hearts. It aligns our heart with the Father’s heart.
“There’s something very powerful about prayer and fasting. Jesus began His earthly ministry with 40 days of prayer and fasting in the desert. And the Scripture says that the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert. And He was led with power out of the desert. Something happened in that desert.
“As we pray, as we fast, it turns down the noise of this world, and it turns up the volume of heaven. And if we can all really capture the heart of the Father on this thing, then we will all be set ablaze for it. Prayer and fasting has always been the backbone of our campaign, and it will continue to be. There’s a lot of power in prayer. We believe that we’ve got to win it in the spirit realm first and then it will manifest in the natural realm.”
Ephesians 6:16-18 ends the passage on spiritual warfare with these words, “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
To watch a recap of Saturday’s massive unification of Christ followers at this event, go to Love Life’s Facebook page (linked in our transcript).
This has been a World View Special Report. I’m Adam McManus.
Chinese Government Imposes New Regulations to Restrict Christian Activity
The Chinese government has announced it will implement new regulations in February 2018 targeting Christian groups and schools, as well as restricting religious activities and meeting places, reports World Magazine.
According to sociology professor Fenggang Yang, who directs Purdue University’s Center on Religion and Chinese Society, “The restrictions make the penalty for renting spaces to house churches very heavy.”
Yang indicated that the space for religious liberties in China continue to shrink.
He said, “The authorities’ intention is clear: Tighten up control, restrict the de facto freedom house churches have enjoyed. I’m not sure they can still do that: too many Christians, too many churches. Some house church leaders I spoke with said they are prepared to break down into small groups—they already have Bible studies and fellowship groups, so they would simply stop gathering as a congregation.”
UN Says Myanmar’s Attack on Rohingya Muslims Is Genocide
Myanmar’s security forces may be guilty of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority, reports Reuters.
Yesterday, Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said it was a “textbook case of ethnic cleansing”, describing reports of “acts of appalling barbarity committed against the Rohingya, including deliberately burning people to death inside their homes, murders of children and adults; indiscriminate shooting of fleeing civilians; widespread rapes of women and girls, and the burning and destruction of houses, schools, markets and mosques”.
ISIS Supporters in Egypt Post on Telegram Calling Muslims to Attack Christians
On December 4, 2017, a Telegram channel of Egyptian Islamic State supporters posted a call for Egyptian Muslims to attack Christians in their country, reports International Christian Concern.
It said, in part, “By Allah, if you do not rise up [against them], Allah will increase your humility. So go forth, oh worshippers of Allah, blow up their churches and monasteries, kill their priests and monks, do not show mercy toward any Christian for they are all belligerent toward Allah’s religion.”
30,000 Pro-Lifers in Ireland Gather to Pray for the Future of the Country
Reacting to the pro-abortion agenda being pushed on Ireland, 30,000 pro-life advocates gathered Sunday, Nov. 26 to pray for the future of the pro-life country, reports Life News.
Ireland’s Eighth Amendment protects unborn babies’ right to life. However, abortion activists and some of the world’s richest men have been pushing the pro-life country to repeal the amendment and legalize abortion on demand.
Polls indicate Irish voters do not want abortion on demand. A recent poll by the Irish Times found that just 24 percent of voters said they would support a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment and legalize abortion for any reason up to 22 weeks of pregnancy.
Legislator in Australia Petitions for Investigation into Deaths of Babies Born Alive After Abortion
A Western Australian legislator is trying to find answers about why 27 babies were born alive after abortions and left to die, in violation of the law.
Nick Goiran, a Liberal MP from Western Australia, recently presented a petition with 7,000 signatures to parliament calling for an investigation of the babies’ deaths, Eternity News reports.
Hundreds of Protesters Gather at Jack Phillips’ Supreme Court Hearing
Christian baker Jack Phillips finally got his day in court yesterday.
Hundreds of protesters on both sides of the issue swarmed the sidewalks around the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday demanding justice, as lawyers presented arguments over whether a baker violated the civil rights of a homosexual couple by refusing to bake a “gay” wedding cake for them.
One man, who did not identify himself, told WorldNetDaily.com he came from New Jersey to hold a rainbow polka-dotted umbrella, and he compared conservative American Christians to ISIS, the Islamist terror organization that has killed tens of thousands across the Middle East in recent years.
He said, “The only difference between right-wing Christians in America and ISIS is the religion that they pervert. Christians in this country for the most part are not violent – yet.”
Mike Huckabee Furious at Spending Taxpayer Money to Cover Up Sexual Scandals in Congress
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has said that he is furious, “fed up and fired up” over reports that close to $17 million of taxpayer money has been used to settle sexual misconduct allegations in Congress between 1997 to 2017.
He said, “It’s not enough that they have gotten away with sexual harassment and perhaps assault. It’s that they used YOUR money — not theirs — to pay the victims settlements so they would stay quiet and go away.”
Woman Sues Former Lesbian Partner for Parental Rights
The Mississippi Supreme Court on Nov. 29 heard the case of a woman suing her former lesbian partner for parental rights, reports World Magazine.
After Christina Strickland and Kimberly Day were legally married in 2009, Day gave birth to a son conceived by an anonymous sperm donor in 2010. But the two split in 2013, and a lower court judge last year gave Day full legal custody of the now-6-year-old boy during divorce proceedings, ruling that the sperm donor, not the former lesbian lover, had parental rights.
A steady stream of homosexual custody battles is working its way through the courts in the wake of the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court Obergefell decision legalizing faux homosexual marriage. These couples are using donor eggs and sperm, surrogacy, and in vitro fertilization to conceive children, but most state laws regarding parental rights and assisted reproductive technology are based on biological assumptions—granting full parental rights to a married husband and wife, but not to a wife and wife or husband and husband.
Tinkering with God’s created order is never a good idea.
Airlines See Increasing Incidents of Drunk and Violent Passengers
Air rage is getting uglier.
As the number of serious incidents involving drunk and violent travelers increases, airlines are being forced to physically restrain an increasing number of disorderly passengers, reports Bloomberg.
There has been a 50 percent rise last year to 169 passengers who were forcibly confined for behavior ranging from verbal and physical abuse to life-threatening actions — the most serious of which involved attempts to enter the cockpit.
About a third of all incidents, involving 3,288 passengers, were related to intoxication.
Massive Fire Consumes 50,000 Acres North of Los Angeles
More than 27,000 people were evacuated last night after a massive wildfire stoked by high winds and feeding on tinder-dry conditions roared through a Southern California county just north of Los Angeles, reports NBC News.
No fatalities were reported from the blaze which has devoured around 50,000 acres and damaged or destroyed more than 150 structures in Ventura County.
21st Century Fox May Sell Large Portion of Its Properties to Disney
Disney and 21st Century Fox are closing in on a $60 billion deal which could be announced next week reports CNBC.
The deal contemplates the sale of Fox’s National Geographic, Star, regional sports networks, movie studios and stakes in Sky and Hulu, among other properties. What would remain at Fox includes its news and business news divisions, broadcast network and Fox sports.