Wednesday, July 13th, in the year of our Lord 2016
By Adam McManus
Putin Outlaws All Evangelism Outside of Churches
Under the guise of fighting terrorism, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law last week a measure punishing any kind of religious evangelization outside of churches. Sources from Russia have told The World View this is one of the most restrictive moves in “post-Soviet history.”
Pakistani Christian Hunted by Police After Accusations of Blaspheming Islam
A Christian Pakistani man who has been accused by a Muslim friend of sending a poem that allegedly blasphemed Islam has fled his home and is being hunted by police, reports the Associated Press. Pakistan ranks as one of the world’s worst countries for persecution of Christians, according to Open Doors’ World Watch List.
More Fighting in South Sudan
Heavy fighting erupted again in South Sudan’s capital on Monday, a day after the UN Security Council urged warring factions to immediately end days of violence that have left hundreds dead, according to Christian Today. A Catholic Church leader in Juba told his congregation the nation is being ruled by devils and criminals, in a recent sermon reported on Radio Tamazuj.
22 People Die in Train Wreck in Italy
In God’s providence, two Italian commuter trains collided yesterday in the southern region of Puglia, killing 22 people and injuring 43, as rescue crews search through wreckage for those who may be trapped. The two trains, each with four cars, collided head-on on a line with just a single track, according to Fox News.
Canadian Anglican Church Approves Blessing on Homosexual Marriage
CBS News reports that the Canadian Anglican church approved a resolution yesterday enabling clergy to bless homosexual marriages for the first time. It was a narrow victory for the pro-homosexual faction, only passing after a careful recount. The two largest Protestant denominations in Canada now approve of the sin of homosexuality, and the modern secular assault on God’s ordinance of marriage.
“The priests did not say, ‘Where is the LORD?’ Those who handle the law did not know me; the shepherds transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal and went after things that do not profit.” (Jer. 2:8)
Donald Trump Expected to Name His Running Mate on Friday
As anticipation builds for Donald Trump to name his vice presidential pick, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appear to be the front-runners. Conservatives prefer either one to moderate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or the more liberal General Michael Flynn.
On Monday, Flynn revealed his pro-abortion stance on Fox News. “These are difficult issues, but I think women have to be able to choose, what they… you know, that’s sort of the right of choice, but I think that that’s a difficult legal decision, that uh… and I think that women are so important, in that decision-making process.”
Trump will likely make the announcement on Friday ahead of next week’s Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
Republican Party Platform Will Call Out Pornography as National Health Crisis
The 2016 Republican National Party platform will call out pornography as a national health crisis. Dr. Heath Lambert, the Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, says he agrees in principle, but politics will not offer the real solution.
“As Christians committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ, committed to ministry in the local church, we can’t be content with the Republican Party having this as part of their platform, because they might rightly understand some of the problem, but they can’t understand the fullness of the problem, and they can’t understand the solution, which is found, really exclusively, in the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Democratic National Committee Staffer Fatally Shot
Seth Rich, a 27-year-old Democratic National Committee staffer, was fatally shot early Sunday morning in his Washington, D.C. neighborhood, according to Fox News. Police said they have no suspects or possible motives.
Bill Nye Hopes the Ark Encounter Closes Soon
Evolutionist Bill Nye, the Science Guy, says he hopes the new Ark Encounter theme park built by Answers in Genesis closes soon, according to Christian Today. Located near Cincinnati, the full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark has already drawn more than 30,000 visitors since it opened on July 7.
I don’t think it’ll be closing any time soon.
New Record Dow
The Dow jumped 121 points to 18,348 yesterday, surpassing the previous record set in May 2015.
New Dwarf Planet Discovered
Using a telescope at the top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, scientists have discovered a new dwarf planet in our solar system, a body about 435 miles across that lacks a name, reports Fox News. The new dwarf planet has such a huge, highly elliptical orbit that it takes an astonishing 700 Earth years to complete one trip around the sun, and it ventures over 120 times further away from the sun than our planet does.
Romans 1:20 declares, “For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
International Tribunal Rules in Favor of the Philippines in Maritime Dispute with China
CNN reports that an international tribunal in The Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines in a maritime dispute yesterday, concluding China has no legal basis to claim historic rights to the bulk of the South China Sea which sees $5 trillion worth of shipborne trade pass through each year.
Five People Arrested for Shooting at Police Officers
Police arrested five people for shooting at police officers in Washington, D.C., just after midnight yesterday. No injuries were reported. The group allegedly fired at police to avoid arrest, not as part of a targeted attack on cops, a police official told The Washington Post.
And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.