Christian World News – August 31, 2018


>>THIS WEEK ON “CHRISTIAN
WORLD NEWS,” IS A WAVE OF REVIVAL ABOUT TO HIT THE
GLOBE? THESE MINISTERS THINK SO.
SEE WHY THEY SAY IT IS TIME TO PREPARE FOR A
MAJOR SOUL HARVEST.>>PLUS…PRESIDENT TRUMP
HONORS TOP EVANGELICAL FAITH LEADERS AT THE WHITE
HOUSE. THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF
EXPLAINS THE IMPORTANCE OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND HOW
HE PLANS TO PROTECT IT.>>AND A SEXUAL ABUSE
SCANDAL ROCKS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND CASTS A SHADOW
ON THE VATICAN. MEET THE PEOPLE WHO WILL
STOP AT NOTHING UNTIL EVERYONE INVOLVED IS HELD
ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR SINS.
*>>HELLO, EVERYONE.
EVERYONE, WELCOME TO THIS WEEK’S
EDITION OF “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.”
I’M GEORGE THOMAS.>>AND I’M WENDY GRIFFITH.
MANY CHRISTIAN LEADERS ARE PREDICTING THE GREATEST
HARVEST OF SOULS IS JUST ABOUT TO BE ON US.
THEY BELIEVE IT WILL WASH ACROSS THE ENTIRE GLOBE.
>>AMONG THEM IS TORONTO REVIVAL PASTOR JOHN
ARNOTT, WHO SAW A VISION OF A WAVE SO BIG HE CALLED
IT A TSUNAMI.>>Reporter: IF A
MASSIVE HARVEST IS ON THE WAY, HOW CAN BELIEVERS GET
READY TO DO THEIR PART. SOME WELL-KNOWN
CHARISMATIC LEADERS WERE ANSWERING SO QUESTIONS AT
THE TORONTO BLESSING. QUESTIONS SUCH AS: WHAT
SHOULD CHRISTIANS EXPECT? SOME SAY THIS NEXT REVIVAL
WILL BE LIKE A HUGE WAVE THAT WASHES OVER THE WHOLE
WORLD. HEIDI BAKER HAS HELPED
START THOUSANDS OF CHURCHES IN MOZAMBIQUE AND
AROUND THE WORLD. AND SHE SAYS IT IS A GLORY
WAVE.>>I SAW THE WAVE AND IT
IS FULL OF FACES. AND I THOUGHT, LORD, WHAT
IS THAT? ARE THOSE COMING HOME OR
THE ONES GOING OUT. AND I SAW THEY WERE THE
FACES OF THESE RADICAL LOVERS OF GOD.
EVERY TRIBE, TONGUE, AND NATION, WHO ARE GOING TO
GO TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH CARRYING THE GLORY.
>>Reporter: JOHN ARNOTT, TOO, HAS A VISION
OF A REVIVAL WAVE SO BIG, HE CALLED IT A TSUNAMI.
>>ALL OF THE LITTLE BOATS ON THE TOP OF THIS WAVE
CRESTED AND CAME CRASHING TO SHORE.
AND IT WAS JUST A SUDDEN WONDERFUL OUTPOURING OF
GOD THAT WAS JUST SWEEPING ACROSS.
>>Reporter: SOME MAY FEEL THAT SUCH A REVIVAL
IS IMPOSSIBLE IN THIS DARK AND IMMORAL AGE.
BUT PROFESSOR MICHAEL BROWN SAID HE STUDIED
HISTORY, WHERE THE MOST LEARNED MEN THOUGHT
CHRISTIANITY WAS DYING OUT IN THE LAND.
>>EVERYBODY COUNTED THE CHURCH OUT, COUNTED GOD
OUT, AND THEN AN AWAKENING CAME.
AS MUCH AS MY MIND SAYS IT IS IMPOSSIBLE, I TRULY
BELIEVE THE GREATEST REVIVAL FOR AMERICA AND
OUTPOURING FOR THE WORLD IS YET AHEAD.
>>Reporter: BROWN HAS OFTEN ENCOUNTERED
CONTROVERSY FOR INSISTING ON BIBLICAL TRUTHS, LIKE
ON GAY MARRIAGE. BUT HE INSISTS CHRISTIANS
CAN STAND FOR SUCH TRUTH AND STILL WIN OVER THE
WORLDLY WHO MAY DESPISE THE TRUTH.
>>WE NEED A FRESH BAPTISM OF LOVE FOR A SINFUL WORD,
AND JESUS IN US, SO WE CAN REALLY BE LIKE HIM TO THIS
WORLD. IF WE REALLY CARE, THE
RIGHT WORDS WILL FOLLOW. BUT WE ALSO HAVE TO
RECOGNIZE THAT THE DARKNESS ALWAYS HATES THE
LIGHT. WE HAVE TO QUIT TRYING TO
PLEASE PEOPLE AND BE ACCEPTED.
WE MUST SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE.
IT IS NOT EITHER/OR. IT IS BOTH.
>>Reporter: REVIVALS ARE KNOWN FOR BURNING
BRIGHTLY, AND THEN BURNING OUT.
BUT THERE ARE THOSE WHO SAY IF YOU PUT JESUS IN
THE MIDDLE, IT NEVER HAS TO DIE.
>>WE CAN REPRIORITIZE HOW WE SPEND OUR DAY AND OUR
MONEY. HE HAS TO BE NUMBER ONE.
>>WE WANT TO LIFT HIM UP AND LIFT HIM UP AND LIFT
HIM UP, AS HE BE LIFTED UP, ALL MEN WILL BE DRAWN
TO HIM.>>Reporter: JERI HILL
IS THE WIDOW OF GENE HILL.>>AT ONE POINT HE WAS
GOING TO BE PUT ON “TIME MAGAZINE.” AND HE SAID,
YOU KNOW WHAT? I THINK YOU NEED TO PUT
THE PICTURE OF GOD ON. GET A PICTURE OF GOD.
I AM ONLY A VESSEL THAT HE FIXED.
AND WHEN STEVE AND I WOULD GO OUT, WE WOULD TALK TO
PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS IN THE SUPERMARKET, IN AN ANTIQUE
STORE, IN A RESTAURANT. YOU TAKE IT OUT.
>>WELL, YOU KEEP YOUR HEART RIGHT.
YOU KEEP SHORT ACCOUNTS WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE
OFFENDED YOU OR HURT YOU OR WHATEVER.
AND YOU JUST GET ROOTED AND GROUNDED IN THE LOVE
OF GOD AND GET READY FOR MORE.
>>HAVE LITTLE GATHERINGS AT YOUR SCHOOL — JUST
COME TOGETHER AND LOVE JESUS, AND THEN SHINE.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO SHARE YOUR TESTIMONY.
>>Reporter: PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS,
REPORTING FROM THE “LIGHT THE FIRE AGAIN” CONFERENCE
IN TORONTO.>>PRESIDENT TRUMP HOSTED
EVANGELICAL LEADERS AT THE WHITE HOUSE THIS WEEK.
HE SPOKE ABOUT HIS EFFORTS TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS
LIBERTY AND THE NEED TO RALLY VOTERS TO THE POLLS
THIS NOVEMBER. CBN’S WHITE HOUSE
CORRESPONDENT BEN KENNEDY HAS THE DETAILS FROM THE
NORTH LAWN.>>IT WAS NOTHING SHORT OF
A STATE DINNER HERE AT THE WHITE HOUSE, ONLY THE
PRESIDENT WASN’T HONORING A FOREIGN HEAD OF STATE,
BUT EVANGELICAL LEADERS.>>President Trump:
AMERICA IS A NATION OF BELIEVERS, AND TONIGHT WER
JOINED BY FAITH LEADERS.>>Reporter: FAITH
LEADERS LIKE REVEREND FRANKLIN GRAHAM AND PASTOR
PAULA WHITE. AND HE EXPRESSED
CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF JOHN McCAIN.
>>President Trump: OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS GO TO
THE FAMILY OF SENATOR McCAIN.
WE VERY MUCH APPRECIATE EVERYTHING SENATOR
McCAIN HAS DONE FOR OUR COUNTRY.
>>>IN RECENT YEARS THE GOVERNMENT TRIED TO
UNDERMINE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.
BUT THE ATTACKS ON COMMUNITIES OF FAITH ARE
OVER. WE’VE ENDED IT.
>>Reporter: THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF DRUMMED
UP APPLAUSE, HIGHLIGHTING EFFORTS TO COMBAT
RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION.>>President Trump: WE
BROUGHT HOME HOSTAGES FROM NORTH KOREA, INCLUDING AN
AMERICAN PASTOR, AND WER WE’RE FIGHTING TO RELEASE PASTOR
BRUNSON FROM TURKEY.>>Reporter: TRUMP TOLD
THE EVANGELICAL LEADERS IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT PEOPLE
OF FAITH VOTE IN THE MID-TERMS SO PROGRESS CAN
CONTINUE.>>THEY’RE FACING THE
POSSIBILITY OF A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS, THAT
IF THEY TAKE CONTROL OF THE LEGISLATURE, ARE GOING
TO EITHER IMPEACH THIS PRESIDENT FROM OFFICE, OR
AT LEAST PARALYZE HIM WHILE HE IS IN OFFICE.
AND I THINK THEY RIGHTLY KNOW EVANGELICALS DON’T
WANT EITHER ONE OF THOSE THINGS TO HAPPEN.
>>Reporter: CHRISTIANS HELPED PROPEL TRUMP INTO
OFFICE IN 2016, AND THIS WAS ONE WAY OF SHOWING HIS
APPRECIATION FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO AMERICAN
SOCIETY, AND ALSO PLEDGING TO PROTECT THEIR RIGHTS SO
THAT WORK CAN CONTINUE.>>THE PRESIDENT JUST
WANTED TO CELEBRATE WHAT OUR CHURCHES AND HOUSES OF
WORSHIP DO EVERY DAY TO PROVIDE SPIRITUAL
DIRECTION TO THE LOSS, TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED, TO
SAVE MARRIAGES AND LIVES. THAT GOES ON EVERY DAY IN
AMERICA.>>President Trump: THE
SUPPORT YOU HAVE GIVEN ME AS BEEN INCREDIBLE, BUT I
REALLY DON’T FEEL GUILTY BECAUSE I HAVE GIVEN YOU A
LOT BACK.>>Reporter: FAITH
LEADERS TOLD CBN NEWS THAT THE DINNER WAS THE
PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY’S IDEA.
YES, IT WAS A TIME TO SAY THANK YOU, BUT ALSO THAT
THE WORK IS NOT DONE. BEN KENNEDY, CBN NEWS, THE
WHITE HOUSE.>>THANK YOU, BEN.
FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF SENATOR JOHN McCAIN
CELEBRATED HIS LIFE AT HIS HOME CHURCH IN PHOENIX.
AS JENNIFER WISHON SHOWS US, HIS COURAGE AND
SERVICE HAS STRUCK A CHORD WITH OUR NATION.
>>Reporter: ONE LAST TRIP TO THE CITY WHERE
SENATOR JOHN McCAIN MADE SUCH AN IMPACT.
HE WAS GREETED BY A MILITARY HONOR GUARD.
FRIDAY HE LIES IN STATE IN THE U.S. CAPITOL RETUN DA ROTUNDA,
BEFORE HIS FINAL SERVICE. * AMAZING GRACE
>>Reporter: THE SENATOR’S DEATH AND
REFLECTIONS ON HIS LIFE HAVE CAPTURED THE NATION.
IN ARIZONA, THOUSANDS LINED THE STREETS, SOME
HOLDING CAMPAIGN SIGNS, TO PAY LAST RESPECTS TO THEIR
SENATOR OF MORE THAN 30 YEARS.
>>HE WAS AMERICA’S HERO.>>Reporter: AT HIS HOME
CHURCH, HIS FORMER CHIEF-OF-STAFF EXPLAINED
HOW McCAIN’S CHRISTIAN FAITH SUSTAINED HIM DURING
THE YEARS HE SPENT AS A P.O.W. AT THE HANOI
HILTON.>>HE SAID, YOU KNOW, ON
CHRISTMAS EVE WE CELEBRATED.
AND WE GOT TOGETHER UNDER THIS BARE LIGHTBULB AND WE
SANG CHRISTMAS CAROLS, AND WE QUOTED BIBLE VERSES
THAT WE COULD REMEMBER, AND WE TOLD THE GOSPEL
STORY TO EACH OTHER.>>Reporter: AND FORMER
VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, McCAIN’S FRIEND FOR
DECADES, DELIVERED A HEART-FELT EULOGY.
>>I ALWAYS THOUGHT OF JOHN AS A BROTHER.
>>Reporter: McCAIN’S CODE OF CONDUCT, HE SAYS,
WAS TIMELESS.>>IT WASN’T ABOUT
POLITICS WITH JOHN. HE COULD DISAGREE ON
SUBSTANCE. BUT THE UNDERLYING VALUES
THAT ANIMATED EVERYTHING JOHN DID, EVERYTHING HE
WAS — HE WOULD COME TO A DIFFERENT CONCLUSION.
BUT WHERE HE WOULD PART COMPANY WITH YOU IS IF YOU
LACK THE BASIC VALUES OF DECENCY, RESPECT.
>>Reporter: AND WITH McCAIN’S CHRISTIAN
FAITH, THE PROMISE OF ETERNITY TO CONSOLE HIS
GRIEVING FAMILY.>>WE WILL MOURN FATHER,
BUT WE WILL DO SO WITH A DIFFERENT HOPE BECAUSE OF
THE FAITH HE HAS PLACED IN JESUS CHRIST, THAT WE CAN,
WITH CONFIDENCE, GRIEVE WITH THE HOPE, TO KNOW AT
THIS VERY MOMENT HE IS SPENDING ETERNITY WITH
JESUS CHRIST, HIS LORD AND SAVIOR.
>>Reporter: ON SATURDAY, ANOTHER DISPLAY
OF BIPARTISAN, FORMER PRESIDENTS GEORGE W. BUSH
AND BARACK OBAMA WILL SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT
THE SENATOR’S LIFE AND LEGACY.
ON SUNDAY, McCAIN WILL BE LAID TO REST AT THE
NAVAL ACADEMY. JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS,
WASHINGTON.>>THANKS, JENNIFER.
>>>COMING UP, SEXUAL ABUSE ROCKS THE CATHOLIC
CHURCH, BUT OTHERS ARE WORKING TO MAKE SURE THESE
CRIMES NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.>>WELCOME BACK TO
“CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.” SEXUAL ABUSE SCANDALS
ROCKING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ARE GROWING.
THE LATEST IN PENNSYLVANIA, WHERE THE
ATTORNEY-GENERAL SAYS THE CHURCH HID EVIDENCE FROM
POLICE AND PARISHIONERS.>>ACCUSATIONS OF
COVER-UPS REACH ALL THE WAY TO THE VATICAN.
NOW RANK-AND-FILE CATHOLICS ANGRY OVER THE
ABUSE WANT THE CHURCH TO CLEAN HOUSE.
CHARLENE AARON HAS THIS STORY.
>>Reporter: A STATEMENT SIGNED BY MORE THAN 3,000
DIVERSE CATHOLICS CALLS FOR CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF
THE UNITED STATES TO CONSIDER SUBMITTING THEIR
COLLECTIVE RESIGNATION AS A PUBLIC ACT OF REPENTANCE
BEFORE GOD AND GOD’S PEOPLE.
THE OPEN LETTER COMES ON THE HILLS OF LAST WEEK’S
BOMBSHELL GRAND JURY REPORT THAT SENT
SHOCKWAVES REACHING TO THE TOPMENT.
>TOP.>>THEY FOUND THERE WAS
NOT ONLY WIDESPREAD SEXUAL ABUSE, RAPE OF CHILDREN,
BUT THEY FOUND THERE WAS A SYSTEMATIC COVER-UP, THAT
WENT ALL THE WAY TO THE VATICAN.
>>Reporter: THE PENNSYLVANIA CASE INVOLVES
THOUSANDS OF VICTIMS AND HUNDREDS OF PRIESTS.
THE A.G.ACCUSES OF CHURCH OF PURPOSELY HIDING
EVIDENCE FROM PARISHIONERS AND POLICE.
ONE FATHER SAYS HE IS GRATEFUL THE CRIMES ARE
COMING TO LIFE AND BRINGING CHANGE.
>>I’M HAPPY THAT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT IS STEPPING UP
TO THE PLATE. THAT HAS TO HAPPEN.
AND WE JUST HAVE TO CONTINUE CALLING FOR,
WORKING FOR, AND PRAYING FOR AUTHENTIC REFORM.
>>Reporter: THE VATICAN RESPONDED TO THE
ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S CLAIMS, TELLING CNN, QUOTE, “IF
THE PROSECUTOR IS REFERING TO SOMETHING OUTSIDE THE
REPORT, WE’LL WAIT TO SEE THAT BEFORE COMMENTING.”
ARCHBISHOP CARLO VIGANO PUBLISHED AN 11-PAGE
LETTER, CALLING ON POPE FRANCIS TO RESIGN.
VIGANO CLAIMS HE WARNED FRANCIS ABOUT DISGRACED
FORMER WASHINGTON ARCHBISHOP THEODORE
MTHEODOREMcCARRICK.>>BEFORE YOU COME TO A
DECISION ON THAT QUESTION, YOU MIGHT NEED TO KNOW
WHAT IS GOING ON. EVERYONE IS ASKING IN
THEIR MINDS THE SAME QUESTIONS: WHO KNEW WHAT
AND WHEN? WHAT DID THEY DO OR NOT
DO? AND WHY?
>>Reporter: SOME HAVE QUESTIONED VIGANO’S
MOTIVES, NOTING HE IS A CRITIC OF THE POPE.
>>IN THIS RECENT TRIP TO IRELAND, POPE FRANCIS
APOLOGIZED FOR THE SEX ABUSES THAT HAVE ROCKED
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. BUT THE FAITHFUL MAY BE
MAKING THEIR OWN STATEMENT.
THE POPE’S OUTDOOR MASS WAS EXPECTED TO BRING HALF
A MILLION PEOPLE. BUT ONLY 130,000 SHOWED
UP. CHARLENE AARON, CBN NEWS.
>>THANKS, CHARLENE. IRAN’S HARD-LINE
GOVERNMENT HAS SENTENCED FOUR CHRISTIANS TO HARSH
PRISON TERMS FOR BELIEVING IN JESUS CHRIST.
THE FOUR WERE SENTENCED TO A COMBINED 40 YEARS IN
PRISON FOR ALLEGEDLY CONDUCTING ILLEGAL CHURCH
ACTIVITIES AND SPREADING PROPAGANDA WHICH
REPORTEDLY WOULD THREATEN NATIONAL SECURITY.
>>THE NUMBER OF IRANIAN CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN
SENTENCED RECENTLY TO A COMBINED TOTAL OF 45 YEARS
IN PRISON. SOLELY FOR PRACTICING
THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH, INCLUDING ATTENDING
CHRISTMAS GATHERINGS. NOW, IF THEY ARE
IMPRISONED, THEY WILL BE PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE.
SO IT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.
AND WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THE IRANIAN
CHRISTIANS THAT ARE HIGHLY PERS
>>AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL IS APPEALING TO IRAN’S
GOVERNMENT TO DROP THE SENTENCES.
THE FOUR CHRISTIANS WHO ARE CURRENTLY FREE ON BAIL
ARE WAITING FOR THE VERDICT OF THEIR APPEAL IN
COURT.>>MORE THAN 100 YEARS
AFTER THE KU KLUX KLAN HELD A MAJOR RALLY AT THE
TOP OF GEORGIA’S STONE MOUNTAIN, HUNDREDS OF
CHRISTIANS FROM ACROSS RACES AND DENOMINATIONS
GATHERED THERE TO DENOUNCE RACISM.
MAKING THE CLIMB TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN,
PARTICIPANTS IN THE EVENT DUBBED “ONE RACE,” TOOK
PART IN A DAY OF RECONCILIATION, PRAYER,
AND WORSHIP. THE ATTENDEES SAY THE
EXPERIENCE WAS A STEP TOWARDS FULFILLING THE
WILL OF JESUS.>>JESUS DID SAY THIS,
THAT THE WORLD WILL KNOW WE’RE DISCIPLES WHEN WE
LOVE EACH OTHER AND WE ARE ONE.
THIS IS GOD’S HEART, HIS DESIRE FOR US TO BE ONE
RACE.>>PASTORS AT THE EVENT
SIGNED THE COVENANT, VOWING TO STAND AGAINST
RACISM AND CHRISTIAN DISMUNITY.
>>UP NEXT, AUTHOR AND MINISTER MAX LUCADO SHOWS
HOW YOU CAN FIND HOPE IN A HOPELESS WORLD.
IT’S ALL IN HIS NEW BOOK, WHEN WE COME BACK.
>>SOME SAD NEWS TO REPORT, INLAND HILLS
CHURCH IN CALIFORNIA LOST ITS LEAD PASTOR, ANDREW
STOKELINE AFTER HE TOOK HIS OWN LIFE ON SATURDAY.
HIS WIFE SAID HER HUSBAND STRUGGLED WITH DEPRESSION
AND ANXIETY. HIS SUICIDE IS BRINGING
ATTENTION TO ALL OF THE PRESSURE ON MEN AND WOMEN
IN THE MINISTRY.>>PASTORS HAVE A REAL
CHALLENGE IN THE SENSE THAT PASTORS GIVE SO MUCH
TO SO MANY PEOPLE. AND MANY TIMES THE
STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOR AND CONDUCT FOR PASTORS IS SO
MUCH HIGHER, THAT THEY FEEL ISOLATED.
>>PASTOR ANDREW LEFT BEHIND HIS WIFE AND THEIR
THREE YOUNG CHILDREN. THE FAMILY ASKS FOR
PRAYERS DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
>>MORE AND MORE IT SEEMS THE WORLD IS BECOMING A
HOPELESS PLACE. THAT’S WHY PASTOR AND
AUTHOR MAX LUCADO WROTE THIS LATEST BOOK ON A
TOPIC HE BELIEVES THE WORLD NEEDS TO HEAR NOW
MORE THAN EVER. HE SAT DOWN WITH CBN’S
JENNIFER WISHON TO TALK ABOUT THE POWER OF HOPE.
>>Reporter: FAMED AUTHOR MAX LUCADO HAS
WRITTEN SO MANY BOOKS, HE FINDS IT DIFFICULT TO NAME
EVERY TITLE FROM MEMORY. HIS LATEST IS CALLED
“UNSHAKEABLE HOPE.”>>WHY DID YOU FEEL LED TO
WRITE THIS 40th BOOK ABOUT HOPE?
>>IN THIS CASE, TWO THINGS HAPPENED.
ONE WAS JUST A SENSE OF DISPAIR AMONG PEOPLE IN
OUR CONGREGATION, PEOPLE FACING CHALLENGE AFTER
CHALLENGE, ISSUE AFTER ISSUE.
GENERALLY WITH THE TONE OF SAYING, IS THIS EVER GOING
TO STOP. AND THEN ABOUT THE SAME
TIME, COMING ACROSS A STATISTIC THAT SAID THAT
THE NUMBERS OF SUICIDES IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE
INCREASED 24% SINCE 1999. AND I JUST WAS STUNNED BY
THAT. YOU KNOW, IF A PARTICULAR
DISEASE INCREASED 24%, WE WOULD CALL IT AN EPIDEMIC.
>>Reporter: AND YOU WRITE THAT GOD IS
INCAPABLE OF BREAKING HIS PROMISES.
>>YEAH. THE PROMISES ONLY HAVE
VALUE IF GOD IS FAITHFUL, RIGHT?
EVERY TIME IN SCRIPTURE THAT GOD SPEAKS, WHAT HE
SAYS HAPPENS. WE FOUND THAT IN THE
CREATION STORY. AND GOD SAID AND GOD SAID
AND GOD SAID. AND IT WAS AND IT WAS AND
IT WAS. WHEN GOD SAYS SOMETHING,
IT HAPPENS. HE CANNOT LIE, THE BIBLE
SAYS.>>Reporter: AS A
PASTOR, YOU SAID THAT YOU TEND TO WRITE ABOUT THINGS
THAT ARE ON YOUR HEART AND THINGS THAT YOU’RE SEEING
IN YOUR CONGREGATION AND IN SOCIETY.
I WONDER WHY RIGHT NOW WE’RE SEEING PEOPLE
FEELING ANXIOUS. WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE
WORLD THAT IS CREATING THIS ENVIRONMENT?
>>HUNCH O MY HUNCH ON THIS IS THAT WE ARE SEEING THE
FRUIT OF A SECULAR SOCIETY.
WHEN WE RAISE UP A GENERATION OF PEOPLE AND
TELL THEM THAT ALL OF LIFE IS JUST WHAT THEY CAN SEE,
WHAT THEY CAN TOUCH, AND WHAT THEY CAN HEAR — IN
OTHER WORDS, THERE IS NO TRANSCENDING POWER, THERE
IS NO GOOD GOD OVERSEEING THE AFFAIRS OF MANKIND —
WHEN YOU REMOVE THAT FROM SOCIETY, MY FEELING IS
THAT THAT CREATES A DISCOURAGED SOCIETY.
IF THERE IS NO HOPE BEYOND WHAT I CAN CREATE, NO
STRENGTH BEYOND WHAT I CAN MUSTER, NO SOLUTION BEYOND
WHAT WE CAN COME UP WITH, WE LOOK AROUND AND SAY,
WELL, THIS ISN’T VERY GOOD.
AND I JUST AS SOON GET OUT OF IT THAN STAY IN IT.
I DO NOT WANT TO OVER-SIMPLIFY THE WHOLE
ISSUE OF SUICIDE. I KNOW IT IS A VERY
COMPLEX ISSUE. AND I WOULD NEVER WANT TO,
YOU KNOW, MAKE IT SOUND LIKE THERE IS A ONE-STEP
SOLUTION. BUT YOU’VE GOT TO THINK
THAT A GENERATION THAT DOES NOT BELIEVE IN GOD,
THAT IS CHOOSING TO TURN ITS BACK ON GOD — YOU’VE
GOT TO THINK THAT WE WOULD SOON BEAR THE FRUITS OF
THAT. SECULARISM SUCKS HOPE OUT
OF A SOCIETY.>>Reporter: JENNIFER
WISJENNIFERWISHON, CBN NEWS.>>HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS
OF PEOPLE IN THE FLOOD-BATTERED INDIAN
STATE OF KERALA ARE REBUILDING THEIR LIVES
AFTER DEVASTATING FLOODS THERE.
>>CBN’S “OPERATION BLESSING” IS ON THE
GROUND, HELPING VICTIMS. KERALA IS SLOWLY LIMPING
BACK TO LIFE. THEY GOT HAMMERED WITH
CATASTROPHIC FLOODING, NOT SEEN IN THESE PARTS IN
OVER 100 YEARS.>>Through Translator:
I’VE LIVED HERE FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS, AND THIS IS
THE FIRST TIME SUCH AN EVENT HAS EVER HAPPENED.
>>ALL 14 DISTRICTS IN THE STATE GOT AFFECTED,
CAUSING WIDESPREAD DAMAGE. SO MANY FAMILIES HAD NO
TIME TO SAVE ANY OF THEIR POSSESSIONS, AS
FLOODWATERS SWEPT THROUGH THEIR HOMES AND
BUSINESSES. 445 PEOPLE LOST THEIR
LIVES. MORE THAN 100,000
BUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED. THE GOVERNMENT SAID SOME
7,000 MILES OF ROADS HAVE BEEN DESTROYED OUR
DAMAGED. FARMERS HAVE LOST MILLIONS
OF ACRES OF CROPS.>>THE WATER HER WAS TO
THE LEVEL OF THE HOUSES. THAT TANK WHICH YOU SEE
BEHIND ME WAS COMPLETELY SUBMERGED.
NOW THE WATER IS RECEDING, AND PEOPLE ARE COMING BACK
FROM THE RELIEF CAMPS.>>CBN’S “OPERATION
BLESSING” TEAMS ARE THERE TO MEET THEM.
DOCTORS, NURSES, AND AID WORKERS ARE DEPLOYED TO
SOME OF THE HARDEST HIT AREAS OF KE KERALA.
>>THE PATIENTS HAVE COMPLAINTS RELATED MAINLY
TO FUNGAL PROBLEMS AND WATER-BORNE DISEASES.
>>MANY FOUND SHELTER IN THOUSANDS OF RELIEF CAMPS
ACROSS THE STATE. “OPERATION BLESSING” CREWS
ARE HELPING SOME 300 FAMILIES AS THEY WADE
THROUGH MUCK AND MUD, TO CLEAN HOUSES AND STREETS
THAT WERE SUBMERGED FOR DAYS, SO THEY CAN RETURN
TO THEIR HOMES AND REBUILD THEIR LIVES.
“OPERATION BLESSING” IN INDIA AND AROUND THE
WORLD, DOING GOOD WORK.>>AND IT IS KERALA.
YOU HAVE CONNECTIONS THERE.
>>THAT’S RIGHT. FOLKS, THANKS FOR JOINING
US. UNTIL NEXT WEEK, GOOD-BYE
AND…>>GOD BLESS YOU.

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