News Of The Day – September 28th
Pastor Jessie Duplantis Claims Jesus Hasn’t Returned Due to Lack of Christian Giving
Long criticized for his teaching of a prosperity gospel, evangelical pastor, Jessie Duplantis, claims Jesus hasn’t returned to Earth because people aren’t donating enough cash to their churches. Speaking at a four day fundraiser, Duplantis said, “I honestly believe the reason why Jesus hasn’t come is because people are not giving the way God told them to give.” Duplantis then urged people to pick up their phones and call the number on screen where they could donate cash. Read more about his claim here.
Scientists Say Sodom Destroyed By Meteor
A fireball exploded over the northern shore of the Dead Sea around 1650 BC, according to the findings of a team of 21 scientists. The explosion laid waste to the entire lower Jordan River Valley, ruining agriculture for several hundred years. The findings help solve the mystery of why one of the most productive agricultural regions suddenly died and remained barren for several hundred years. It also possibly offers a source to the biblical account of the destruction of the city of Sodom that was described in Genesis 19. Read more about the findings here.
Boy Scouts Bankruptcy Leaves Churches Liable For Abuse Suits
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), sought bankruptcy protection in February 2020 in an effort to halt individual lawsuits and create a huge compensation fund for thousands of men who say they were molested as youngsters by scoutmasters or other leaders. Now there is worsening friction between the BSA and the major religious groups that help it run thousands of scout units. At issue are the churches’ fears that an eventual settlement, while protecting the BSA from future sex-abuse lawsuits, could leave many churches unprotected. Read more about the churches concerns here.
Dutch Diplomat Was Punished For saving Jews In The Holocaust
A new book tells the story of Jan Zwartendijk, honorary counsel of the Netherlands in Lithuanian who rescued perhaps 10,000 Jews from annihilation during the Holocaust by helping them get out of Europe. Zwartendijk gave fleeing Jews destination visas to Curacao, then a Caribbean island colony of the Netherlands. Some of those rescued by Zwartendijk nicknamed him “the angel of Curacao.” He was helped by Japanese envoy, Chiune Sugihara. Read more about these brave men here.