Friday, January 5th, in the year of our Lord 2018
By Jonathan Clark
Sudanese Court Denies Appeal by Pastors Evicted from Their Homes
Two Sudanese pastors and their families were evicted from their homes in August of 2017. On December 3rd of last month, their appeal of the eviction was denied.
The World View checked in with Nathan Johnson, the Regional Manager for Africa with International Christian Concern, about the family’s case. He said that it’s difficult for their church to support the family, since the Sudanese church is very poor.
“The church is trying to support these pastors, but you’ve got to remember. This is the Sudanese church; one of the most persecuted countries in the world. They ranked number five on Open Doors’ World Watch list last year for persecution of Christians. This community is not wealthy; they are not really able to support as much as they want to. So these families are right now, living on the streets. We have a contact who’s been able to speak to each of the pastors. From what they’re saying, they have no real support or way to survive at this time.”
Johnson said that they are working on ways for brothers and sisters outside of Sudan to support them.
“Right now I’m actually working very closely with a couple different people to try and find a way to get into the country. Again, it’s a very closed-off country for Christians, so getting it is not easy, but we found a couple of ways we may able to do that.”
Johnson reminded Christians that the most important thing they can do is pray, and where two or three are gathered together in Jesus’ name, powerful things begin to happen.
Numerous Attacks Reported on Christians in India and Africa over the Holidays
Christmas and New Years saw a number of attacks on Christians in Africa and Asia.
International Christian Concern noted 23 attacks on believers in India over the Christmas period, leaving a number hospitalized and imprisoned.
After a New Year’s Day service, a gunman in southern Nigeria, Africa shot down 16 Christians attending.
And in Egypt, two Coptic Christians were shot to death in Giza just days after 11 died in a shooting at a Coptic church in Cairo.
Pastor Andrew Brunson Has 50th Birthday While Imprisoned in Turkey
Tuesday marked the 50th birthday of American Pastor Andrew Brunson, imprisoned in Turkey on false charges since October of 2016 for his faith.
Brunson’s wife recently released a letter from him, stating one of his greatest fears is being forgotten in prison. Brunson wrote, “It is a great encouragement to know there are people praying for me – it reminds me that I am not alone, and that I need to stand firm, with my face pointed in God’s direction always.”
UN Funds Reconstruction of Pagan Syrian Idol
The United Nations is funding a pagan reproduction for the third time, reports WorldNetDaily.com. After reconstructing the Roman triumphal arch leading to the Temple of Baal and a statue of the Greek goddess Athena, now the UN is behind the re-creation of the Lion of al-Lat from a Syrian temple thought to be the continuation of a goddess of extra-marital relations.
Psalm 115 declares, “Their idols are . . . the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; eyes they have, but they do not see. . . Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Rolls Back Policy Limiting Federal Intervention in Marijuana Trade
California joined seven other states this year to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.
And U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced yesterday that the Justice Department would roll back an Obama policy which limited federal officials from intervening in marijuana trade in states where it is legal.
The move leaves open the extent to which attorneys may enforce federal laws on marijuana sales.
Louisiana Attorney General Says Public School Students Are Free to Practice Their Faith
After a Louisiana mother filed suit against the Webster Parish School District back in December, claiming the district was unconstitutionally advocating Christianity, the state Attorney General Jeff Landry released a guide on religious freedom in public schools.
The report decried the view of schools as “religion-free” zones, saying students were free to pray, talk about their faith, read the Bible, and invite others to religious activities.
Teachers were also allowed to lead Bible studies and prayer groups, but only outside of “instructional times.”
Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Planned Parenthood Looks into Providing Transgender Hormone Services
In recent years, the murder giant Planned Parenthood has been closing more locations and doing fewer abortions.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said the company would be expanding into “research on self-injectable birth control” and “offering new services for our transgender patients,” reports the Washington Times.
The hormone services are intended to widen Planned Parenthood’s customer base to those who pretend to be a different gender than God created them.
Pioneering Doctor in Sex-Change Surgery Now Warns Against the Procedure
The doctor responsible for running one of the nation’s first sex-change surgery centers at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1960’s shut down the operations in 1979 and has come out in recent years to warn against so-called gender reassignment.
Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Paul R. McHugh has stated, “Transgendered men do not become women, nor do transgendered women become men. . . I concluded that Hopkins was fundamentally cooperating with a mental illness. . . But gird your loins if you would confront this matter. Hell hath no fury like a vested interest masquerading as a moral principle.”
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:20, “Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?”
Winter Storm Hits East Coast with Hurricane-Force Winds
The National Guard has been activated across nine states in the East Coast as a massive winter storm hit the coast yesterday.
With hurricane-force winds and flooding, forecasters anticipate as much as 18 inches of snow and wind chills as low as 40 degrees below 0 this weekend.
Texas Man Describes the Love Between Him and His Wife Through Her Dementia
And finally, a heart-warming story from SunnySkyz News. A Texas man named Paul shared his story recently after his wife passed away who suffered from dementia.
He wrote, “We kind of grew up together because our families went to the same church. . . It was 57 years, last December. I came to sit with her every day and wave at the cars passing by. We’ve had a lot of adventures together — and she loved me through it all.”
And that’s The World View in 5 Minutes on this Friday, January 5th in the year of our Lord 2018. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldView.com. I’m Adam McManus. Seize the day for Jesus Christ.