Faith News in Focus: ISIS Slaughters Christian Missionaries, Oklahoma Removes 10 Commandments Monument, and More

By Julie Roys
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This week’s Faith News in Focus includes more reports of atrocities against Christians. In Syria, ISIS slaughtered 11 Christian workers, including a 12-year-old boy who had his fingertips cut off. As we read these accounts, let’s remember to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world. There’s also plenty to remember in prayer at home, including the evil activities of Planned Parenthood — and the removal of Christian symbols from government grounds. Stay informed by reading all of this week’s edition.  

ISIS Crucified, Beheaded 11 Christian Missionaries

Eleven indigenous Christian workers from Aleppo, Syria were brutally murdered by ISIS because they refused to renounce their Christianity. Three — including a 12-year-old-boy who had his fingertips cut off — were crucified for not renouncing Christ. Eight others, including two women who were publicly raped, were beheaded. According to the leader of their ministry team, “They kept on praying loudly and sharing Jesus until their last breath. They did this in front of the villagers as a testimony for others.” 

Planned Parenthood to Stop Selling Tissue from Aborted Babies

After being exposed by a series of undercover videos, Planned Parenthood announced that it will no longer sell body parts, donating them instead. Pro-life leaders say Planned Parenthood’s move is an admission of guilt.  

Clearly, the abortion industry is feeling the pressure generated by the pro life movement. Don’t stop now! Let’s make sure this Planned Parenthood doctor doesn’t get her Lamborghini after all.

More Americans Have Negative View of Planned Parenthood

A Gallup poll found that more Americans than ever before have a negative view of Planned Parenthood. Overall, 37 percent have an unfavorable view of the abortion provider — up from just 13 percent in 1993. Although 59 percent still have a favorable view of the morally-bankrupt organization, that number has dropped from 81 percent in 1993. 

Oklahoma Removes 10 Commandments 

A Ten Commandments monument was removed from the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol last week. The state’s Supreme Court ruled in June that the monument violated a state constitutional prohibition on supporting “any sect, church, denomination or system of religion.” Now that the monument is removed, a group that had fought to place a Satanic monument next to the 10 Commandments monument is looking for another home—perhaps the Arkansas state capitol grounds.

Earliest Draft of King James Bible Discovered

An American professor discovered the earliest-known draft of the King James Bible in a notebook belonging to a Cambridge University library. The notebook belonged to Samuel Ward, a 17th-century scholar and biblical translator,and dates to as early as 1604. The King James Bible was published in 1611. 





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