And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)
Protests intensified in Iran on Wednesday night, six weeks on from the death of Mahsa Amini. Unrest has rocked the country since the 22-year-old died in police custody after allegedly wearing her Islamic headscarf “improperly”. Human rights group Nationwide estimates that more than 13,000 people have been arrested and that at least 250 have been killed in the demonstrations. It is unclear where these protests are heading, but they pose a direct challenge to Iran’s Islamic laws.
Dr. Vansen Wong worked for decades as an OB-GYN who, in addition to delivering babies, also performed hundreds of first-trimester abortions early on in his career. But Wong eventually went through a spiritual transformation leading him to faith and also pro-life activism, including opposition to California’s Proposition 1, which would add abortion rights to the state’s constitution. Speaking of his past work as an abortion doctor, Wong told CBN’s Faithwire it was primarily a financial decision, as he performed abortions at evening clinics in Sacramento. “I viewed it as providing a service,” he said. “I said to myself, ‘Well, abortion’s legal in this country, by law, our healthcare company has to provide abortion services and it’s gotta be somebody in our specialty. And if I don’t help out in this cause, then it’s just going to fall on a couple of people.'” Wong said he simply believed he was providing a service to women and felt he would be compassionate in how he delivered that care. But after finding Jesus, he said he discovered how horrific abortion truly is — and now he’s speaking out.
Social media influencer Oli London has gained millions of followers over the last few years on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube, but he shocked the world last week after announcing that he would no longer be living his life as a transgender woman, but instead would embrace his God-given identity as a man. Oli told CBN News his decision to detransition all began with finding God. “I actually started going to church three months ago and I go several times a week now,” he told CBN News. “I’ve been reading the Bible, I’ve been learning online, and watching YouTube videos about the teaching of Jesus and that has really helped me in my detransition. It made me realize that God made me the way He did (and) I should just stick with who I am, be who I am, and just find happiness.”