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Robert Porter: When Hate Turns to Love

Robert Porter was a hate-filled man, but one night The 700 Club got his attention and helped him transition into a vessel of God's love. Read Transcript


TO BE CALLED A NIGGER, IT

STARTS A LOT OF RAGE IN

YOU.

I'VE BEEN CALLED NIGGER SO

MANY TIMES, THERE IS AN

ANGER INSIDE YOU.

Reporter: ROBERT PORTER

GREW UP IN THE '50s IN

WATTS, LAS VEGAS.

HE REMEMBERED HOW THE MURDER

OF A FRIEND AFFECTED HIM.

HE WAS JUST NINE YEARS OLD.

THEY CASTRATED HIM AND

LYNCHED HIM AND THROWED HIS

BODY IN THE RIVER.

AND THEY SAID THEY WANT TO

HAVE AN OPEN CASKET.

THAT TURNED ME WHEN I WAS

YOUNG.

Reporter: ROBERT'S

MOTHER INSTILLED IN HIM A

SENSE OF SELF-WORTH IN THE

EFFECT OF RACIST AROUND

HIM.

SHE SAID YOU'RE GOING TO

MAKE IT.

YOU'RE BETTER THAN THAT.

Reporter: ROBERT PORTER

EXPERIENCED AND SAW MANY

SOCIAL IN JUSTICES THAT

PROPELLED HIM INTO INTENSE

HATRED FOR THE NEXT 30 YEARS

OF HIS LIFE.

WHEN ROBERT WAS 14, HE AND

HIS FAMILY MOVED TO LONG

BEACH.

DURING THE '60s, THE

RACISM HE SAW ONLY

INTENSIFIED.

ONE INJUSTICE WAS THE

INCIDENT THAT INSIGHTED THE

1961966 WATTS RIGHTS THAT

LEFT 34 DEBT.

YOU START THROWING

BOTTLES, AND NEXT THING YOU

KNOW, YOU HAVE A RIOT.

Reporter: THEN AT 17,

ROBERT AND HIS FRIENDS WERE

HARASSED BY WHITE OFFICERS

WHEN THEY WERE CAUGHT OUT

AFTER CURFEW.

HE TOOK ME TO THE PLACE

WHERE IT HAPPENED.

WE GOT TO THE CORNER, AND

THE POLICE ROLLED UP, AND

THEY SAID, GET AGAINST THE

WALL.

HANDS ON THE WALL.

YES, SIR.

I WAS ON MY WAY HOME.

THIS IS THE VERY WALL.

WE HAD A LINE-UP LIKE THIS.

Reporter: DID YOU THINK

YOU WERE GOING TO LOSE YOUR

LIFE?

THEY HAD THE GUNS ON US.

YOU COULD HAVE LOST YOUR

LIFE.

Reporter: ROBERT BECAME

A RADICAL FOLLOWER OF

MALCOLMALCOLM X.

NOT ONLY ARE WE AS GOOD

AS THE WHITE MAN, BUT BETTER

THAN THE WHITE MAN.

THEY SAID WE HAVE A RIGHT

TO BE MAD.

THAT'S WHAT IT BLACK

PANTHERS ARE ABOUT.

SAY IT LOUD, "I'M BLACK AND

I'M PROUD."

AND SAY WE'RE NOT GOING TO

TAKE THIS.

Reporter: WHEN HE WAS

17, HE WAS DRAFTED INTO THE

ARMY.

AFTER A YEAR AND A HALF,

ROBERT WAS HONORABLY

DISCHARGED DUE TO POOR

EYESIGHT.

WHEN HE WASN'T WORKING,

ROBERT THREW HIMSELF INTO

PARTYING AND FIGHTING.

I'M THE TRY OF PERSON,

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO

INTIMIDATE ME.

Reporter: DID YOU EVER

HAVE ANY RELEASE FROM YOUR

HATRED?

IT WAS HARD.

THERE WAS SO MUCH STUFF

GOING DOWN.

I JUST DIDN'T LIKE WHITE

PEOPLE.

I LIKE THE LIBERALS, THE

JANE FONDAS, THE KENNEDYS,

PEOPLE WHO WERE FOR BLACKS.

Reporter: WHILE ROBERT

WAS FIGHTING AN OUTWARD WAR,

HE WAS ALSO FACING SERIOUS

HEALTH CHALLENGES.

HIS DOCTOR DIAGNOSED HIM

WITH PROSTATE CANCER.

ONE WEEK LATER, ROBERT WAS

IN EXCRUCIATING PAIN, BARELY

ABLE TO MOVE.

HE WAS WATCHING "THE 700

CLUB," WHEN THE HOST GAVE

INVITATION FOR SALVATION.

HE CAN NEVER REJECT YOU

BECAUSE HE HAS ALREADY GIVEN

UP JESUS CHRIST TO DIE FOR

YOU.

AND THEN THE MAN SAID

THERE IS NO SIN THAT GOD

WON'T FORGIVE YOU AND GOD

CAN HEAL YOU.

IF YOU HAVE FAITH, BELIEVE.

GET UP AND DIAL THIS

NUMBER.

AND SO I WAS HURTING SO BAD,

EXCRUCIATING PAIN, SO I GOT

OFF THAT FLOOR AND DIALED

THAT NUMBER.

AND THEN THE MAN PRAYED FOR

ME.

I SAID THE SINNER'S PRAYER.

AND HE SAID, YOU JUST GOT

SAVED.

Reporter: THEN ROBERT

ASKED A MEMBER OF THE PRAYER

TEAM TO PRAY THAT GOD WOULD

HEAL HIM FROM PROSTATE

CANCER.

AND HE SAID, DO YOU

BELIEVE THE LORD CAN HEAL

YOU.

AND I SAID, YES, I DO.

HE PRAYED FOR HEALING.

WE WERE ON THE PHONE, I FELL

BACK AND I SAW JESUS ON THE

CROSS, AND THEN I FELT A

PEACE OVER ME.

LORD, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

BECAUSE THE PAIN WAS GONE.

Reporter: ROBERT KNEW

HE WAS HEALED.

HE WENT BACK TO THE DOCTOR

TO CONFIRM IT.

HE SAID, WE CAN'T FIND

NOTHING.

Reporter: OVER A PERIOD

OF TIME, GOD ALSO HEALED

ROBERT'S HEART FROM 30 YEARS

OF HATRED.

ALL OF A SUDDEN IT WASN'T

ABOUT THE RADICAL STUFF.

I HAD GOT INTO THE WORD OF

GOD.

JESUS DIED -- NOT JUST FOR

THE AFRICAN-AMERICANS, HE

DIED FOR EVERYBODY.

THE HATRED GOT TOOK OUT OF

MY HEART.

I LOOK AT PEOPLE AS PEOPLE.

Reporter: HE EVEN

LEARNED TO FORGIVE THOSE WHO

ABUSED THEM IN THE PAST.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE CHRIST

IN YOUR LIFE, IT IS ALMOST

IMPOSSIBLE AND UNNATURAL TO

FORGIVE.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A SUPER

NATURAL POWER, WHICH IS

JESUS CHRIST.

Reporter: TODAY ROBERT

IS CANCER-FREE AND HAS A

MESSAGE FOR OTHERS WHO ARE

VICTIMS OF RACISM OR

HATRED.

HATRED WILL CAUSE YOU TO

HAVE CANCER OR ARTHRITIS.

YOU NEED TO FORGIVE.

BECAUSE JESUS FORGAVE US.

FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD,

HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON.

SO I HAVE LOVE IN MY HEART

NOW.

IT IS MORE BETTER TO BE

LOVING THAN TO HAVE HATE AND

ANGER AND MALICE AND

BITTERNESS -- IT WILL KILL

YOU.

HE HEALED ME AND BLESSED ME,

AND HE TURNED MY WHOLE LIFE

AROUND.

A COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION.

IF YOU DON'T KNOW JESUS, YOU

NEED TO.

YOU NEED TO KNOW JESUS.

BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING

BETTER THAN THE JOY YOU CAN HAVE.

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