It’s Wednesday, August 28th, A.D. 2019. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus.
By Adam McManus (Adam@TheWorldview.com)
Tropical Storm Dorian passed Barbados, headed to Puerto Rico
Tropical Storm Dorian has held its own, working its way into the eastern Caribbean after passing near Barbados and over St. Lucia.
Dorian is likely to move across Puerto Rico as a tropical storm this afternoon and evening. Longer-range models point toward a track that could angle across The Bahamas and westward into Florida this weekend.
Ralph Reed: Jesus Christ was not “a Birkenstock-wearing socialist”
At the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting last Friday, Rev. William Barber had a message for conservative Christians.
BARBER: “We must then compel them to acknowledge that the Bible must then promote socialism because Jesus offered free health care to everyone, and he never charged a leper a co-pay. (Applause) It’s time for us to say that if you want to have a moral debate, then bring it on baby.”
Appearing on Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle”, Ralph Reed, president of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, rejected Pastor Barber’s premise.
REED: “They’re sort of emerging from the shock and the awe and the fog of 2016, where they lost the evangelical vote by 65 points. They lost the Catholic vote by 10 points. They lost faithful, frequently-mass-attending Catholics by 24 points. And they’ve kind of belatedly realized that if their party kicks voters of faith in the teeth and calls them ‘irredeemable’ and essentially says they’re ‘deplorables’, than those people might not be drawn to them.
“So now they’re struggling for this religious language and this religious connection. What we get is this portrayal of Jesus Christ as a Birkenstock-wearing socialist, and we’re told that the Bible is sort of a religious ‘Communist Manifesto’.
Christians in America know their Bible, and they know that the Bible teaches that ‘he who does not work shall not eat.”
A reference there to 2 Thessalonians 3:10.
Beto O’Rourke tells voter to face: Okay if mother aborted you
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke told a voter to his face Monday that he would be okay with his mother aborting him the day before his birth.
O’Rourke, a former congressman from Texas, touted his radical pro-abortion platform during a campaign stop at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, according to Breitbart.
QUESTIONER: “Someone asked you specifically about third trimester abortions, and you said that it’s a decision left up to the mother. So, my question is this: I was born Sept. 8, 1989, and I want to know if you think on Sept. 7, 1989, my life had no value.”
O’ROURKE: “Of course I don’t think that. And of course I’m glad that you’re here. But you referenced my answer in Ohio, and it remains the same. This is a decision that neither you, nor I, nor the United States government should be making. That’s a decision for the woman to make. (Cheering) We want t her to have the best possible access to care and medical provider. … I don’t question the decisions that a woman makes. Only a woman knows what she knows, and I want to trust her with that.”
Micaiah Bilher of LifeNews.com wrote, “O’Rourke tried to have it both ways with his response: first by confirming that the man’s life is valuable and then by arguing that his mother should have been allowed to abort him up until the day before his birth. But the answer cannot be both. Either a human being’s life is valuable and deserving of protection or it is not.”
Yale professor: Darwinism full of contradictions & flaws
A prominent Yale professor has openly rejected the theory of evolution, insisting that it contains many contradictions and flaws, reports FaithWire.com.
Professor David Gelernter bravely stepped forward to take a shot at the popular theory and urged his fellow academics not to sweep over critical thought on the subject out of an anti-religious bias.
In a paper titled, “Giving Up Darwin,” one of the central issues he raises against Darwinism is that it is nearly impossible to create a stable and functioning protein.
“Immense is so big, and tiny is so small, that neo-Darwinian evolution is — so far — a dead loss. Try to mutate your way from 150 links of gibberish to a working, useful protein and you are guaranteed to fail. Try it with ten mutations, a thousand, a million — you fail. The odds bury you. It can’t be done.”
In contrast to the strong skepticism he holds towards Darwinian theory, Professor Gelernter argued that intelligent design is now the “first, and obviously most intuitive [theory] that comes to mind.”
Court: Idahoans must pay for pricey gender reassignment surgery
Idaho’s Republican Governor Brad Little vowed Friday that his state would not pay for the gender reassignment surgery of a convicted male sex offender after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the state was responsible for providing the $30,000 procedure, reports FoxNews.com.
Adree Edmo is serving a 10-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy at the age of 22. He would be the first transgender inmate in the country to receive gender reassignment surgery.
Because the male inmate has tried to castrate himself twice in prison, the 3-judge panel said that “responsible prison officials were deliberately indifferent to Edmo’s gender dysphoria, in violation of the Eighth Amendment”, claiming that it was cruel and unusual punishment not to provide Edmo with the life-altering surgery.
Ironically, the sexual predator’s prison doctor rejected his request for surgery, saying that it was unnecessary in Edmo’s case.
Remarkable in-utero blood transfusions save baby
And finally, a remarkable, cutting-edge medical intervention has given joy to a family and life to their baby boy who was threatened by a rare illness in the womb, reports LifeNews.com.
Baby Teddy developed anaemia while inside the womb. In response, Doctor Amarnath Bhide used an ultrasound sensor to insert a needle through the uterus and into the umbilical cord which injected Teddy with donated blood.
Teddy received five blood transfusions before he was born, making them the earliest in-utero interventions to ever be performed.
Currently, in-utero surgery, can treat a number of fetal health conditions including Spina Bifida, fetal tumors, Cerebral Palsy, and fetal cardiac conditions.
Psalm 139:14 declares, “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful.”
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Nigerian kidnappings, ransoms, and murder of pastors
So far this month, there have been at least four reported cases of abduction of clergy in Kaduna State, Nigeria, reports International Christian Concern.
The first took place on August 4th when gunmen ambushed a pastor, Jeremiah Omolewa of Living Faith Church, and his wife while they were driving. The gunmen killed the pastor and then abducted his wife.
It was not until the church paid over $8,000 that they released her on August 8th. While she was being held captive, she did not even know that her husband had died.
Then, the same day that Pastor Omolewa’s wife was released, another group of gunmen stormed a church in Kasuwan Magani, Nigeria where they killed a security guard and attempted to capture the priest of that church, Rev Joseph Kwassau who was able to escape.
On August 14th, gunmen raided the home of Pastor Elisha Noma and kidnapped him and his son. They then released his son a few days later and told him to raise over $50,000 in ransom money. While they’ve been able to reduce the amount demanded by the kidnappers, Pastor Noma is still being held as negotiations continue.
According to Rev Joseph Hayap, chairman of the Kaduna State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, more than 500 Christians have been abducted in Kaduna state over the past four years. The local churches have had to raise and pay over $800,000 in ransoms.
Please pray for Christians in Nigeria to remain safe and for their abductors to see the error of their ways and turn to Christ.
Sutherland Springs, Texas pastor to run for State House Rep
The pastor of First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs, Frank Pomeroy, has announced that he will be running for a seat in the Texas State legislature next year, reports the Texas Tribune.
Pastor Pomeroy lost his teenage daughter, Annabelle, in a mass shooting that claimed the lives of some 26 of the church’s congregants. Now almost two years on from the tragedy, Pomeroy is hoping to bring some wisdom to the plethora of debates that continue to divide the nation: namely, gun control.
Seeking to win a Republican seat in District 21 — a seat currently held by Democrat Judith Zaffirini — Pomeroy insisted that tightening restrictions on the ownership of guns is not the way forward to creating a safer America. He believes that there are a plethora of issues at the root of many of these devastating mass shootings, including the scourge of mental illness.
PA House of Reps: Guest chaplains welcome, atheists prohibited
An appeals court upheld the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ invocation policy that allows guest chaplains to give prayers and prohibits atheists from participating, reports the Christian Post.
A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled last Friday that the invocation policy was constitutional, overturning a lower court decision.