Monthly News Roundup (04.29.21)

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This is the last episode for the month of April. I plan to use the last episode of the month to highlight and briefly comment on some of the news stories from the last month that we haven’t discussed yet here. In this episode, we’ll be talking about the number of churchgoers who abstain from alcohol, Chinese mobile brainwashing facilities targeting Christians, and a wave of new pro-life laws across the country.

STORY #1 – Most Protestant Churchgoers Still Abstain When It Comes to Alcohol

“Most churchgoers say the Bible teaches against drunkenness. But that doesn’t stop about 4 in 10 from taking a drink now and then.

“While 41 percent of Protestant churchgoers say they consume alcohol, 59 percent say they do not. That’s a slight shift from 10 years ago, according to a new study by Nashville-based Lifeway Research.

“In a 2007 phone survey by Lifeway Research 39 percent of Protestant churchgoers said yes they consumed alcohol while 61 percent said no.

“Gallup surveys over the last 75 years have typically shown that two-thirds of all American adults have occasion to drink alcoholic beverages including 63 percent in 2018.” (Lifeway Research)

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STORY #2 – China Reportedly Imprisoning Christians in Mobile Torture and Brainwashing Facilities

“Chinese Christians said they were imprisoned and routinely beaten by Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials in ‘transformation’ centers designed to make them renounce Christianity, according to a Radio Free Asia (RFA) report…

“‘It was a mobile facility, that could just set up in some basement somewhere,’ said one house church member…”

“Christianity is legal in China under the CCP’s Chinese Catholic Church, and the so-called ‘Protestant’ alternative Patriotic Three-Self Church, also run by the CCP. Many Christians reject both and instead participate in ‘house churches,’ which are often raided by CCP officials.

“Li said he was confined in a windowless room for ‘eight or nine months.’ During that time, he was beaten, verbally abused, and ‘mentally tortured’ by staff.” (Disrn)

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STORY #3 – Four States Sign Pro-Life Bills to Protect the Unborn

“A surge of pro-life legislation aimed at protecting unborn babies is making its way across the country as two more governors approved new abortion restrictions Tuesday.” (CBN News)

Also: Arkansas Gov Asa Hutchison Signs Pro-Life Bill to Save More Babies From Abortion (Life News)

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