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Christian World News: September 7, 2012

On this week’s Christian World News: A Russian church demolished by the government, the DNC causes a political earthquake with its platform, a former Muslim’s forgiveness after being burned with acid, and more. Read Transcript


TODAY ON "CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS" POLITICAL EARTHQUAKE.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY NOMINATES

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA BUT

UPROAR OVER THE PLATFORM.

ARE CHRISTIANS OR GOD WELCOME IN

THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY?

PLUS AN AFRICAN CHRISTIAN

PASTOR BURNED WITH ACID BECAUSE

OF HIS FAITH IN CHRIST.

NOW HE IS GETTING LIFE SAVING

TREATMENT AT AN ISRAELI

HOSPITAL.

MEET A MISSIONER, HE SAYS HIS

REAL GOAL IS TO CREATE MORE

SMILES.

GOD AND THE DEMOCRATS, RELIGIOUS

CONTROVERSY SHAKES PRESIDENT

OBAMA'S POLITICAL PARTY.

HELLO EVERYONE I AM GEORGE

THOMAS.

AND I AM WENDY GRIFFITH.

DAVID BRODY BROKE THE NEWS THIS

THE DEMOCRATS DROPS REFERENCES

TO GOD IN THEIR PARTY PLATFORM.

IN 2008, WE NEED TO GIVE

EVERYONE THE MOST OF THEIR

GOT-GIVEN PLATFORM.

THIS YEAR WE GATHER TO RECLAIM

EACH ONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO GO AS

FAR AND TALENT TAKES US.

ALSO DROPPING A PARAGRAPH

AFFIRMING JERUSALEM AS THE

CAPITOL OF ISRAEL.

IT LED TO AN OUTCRY OF TAKING

THE UNUSUAL STEP OF AMENDING THE

PLATFORM FROM THE FLOOR.

IT SET OFF A WHOLE NEW

CONTROVERSY.

HERE IS GENERAL.

REPORTER: IT CAME AS A

SURPRISE, DELEGATES SETTLING IN

FOR ANOTHER NIGHT OF SPEECHES.

MANY YET TO ARRIVE WHEN A

CONVENTION CHAIRMAN TOOK THE

STAGE.

THE PLATFORM COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

HAD AN AMENDMENT.

AS AN ORDAINED METHODIST

MINISTER, I AM HERE TO AFFIRM

OUR FAITH AND BELIEF IN GOD

INFORMS THE VALUES WE EXPRESSED

IN OUR PARTY'S PLATFORM.

IN ADDITION, PRESIDENT OBAMA

RECOGNIZES JERUSALEM AS THE

CAPITOL OF ISRAEL AND OUR

PARTY'S PLATFORM SHOULD AS WELL.

A VOICE VOTE CALLED.

CONVENTION CHAIRMAN COULDN'T

DECIDE IF IT PASSED OR NOT.

HE CALLED FOR A SECOND VOTE.

ALL OF THOSE DELEGATES IN FAVOR

SAY AYE.

AYE.

ALL THOSE DELEGATES OPPOSED

SAY NO.

NO!

I UM -- I GUESS -- YOU HAVE TO

RULE AND LET THEM DO WHAT THEY

ARE GOING TO DO. I'LL DO

THAT ONE MORE TIME. THEN

THEY DECLARED THE AMENDMENT OF A

SUCCESS.

MORE CHAOS ERUPTED.

MOTION ADOPTED.

AMENDMENT RETURNS THE DEMOCRATIC

PLATFORM TO THE 2008 WE NEED A

GOVERNMENT THAT STANDS UP FOR

THE HOPES, VALUES AND INTEREST

AND EVERYONE WILLING TO WORK

HARD THE MOST OF THEIR GOD-GIVEN

POTENTIAL.

AND REINSTATES LANGUAGE THAT

JERUSALEM IS AND WILL REMAIN THE

CAPITOL OF JERUSALEM.

THE PARTY PUBLICALLY CRITICIZED

THOSE CRITICAL OF THE MOVE.

TO CAST THE ASPERSION TO SOME

HOW MEAN GOD IS EXCISED FROM OUR

WORK IS JUST UNCONSCIONABLE.

DELEGATES BLIND SIDED BY THE

DECISION.

NO DISCUSSION OF THE AMENDMENT.

SOME DELEGATES QUESTIONED IF

THERE WAS A QUORUM PRESENT.

MY COLLEAGUE JOHN JESSUP HAS

MORE ON THAT.

REPORTER: THANKS, JENNIFER

THIS WHOLE PLATFORM ISSUE HAS

BEEN A DISTRACTION THE DNC

DIDN'T WANT.

I SPOKE WITH SEVERAL DEMOCRATS,

SOME DELEGATES.

DO YOU THINK IT WAS RIGHT TO

REINSTATE GOD BACK INTO THE

PLATFORM?

I CONSIDER IT A NON ISSUE.

IT IS FINE WITH ME.

INVOKING GOD AND THE SPIRIT

WAS THE MOST APPROPRIATE GIVEN

THE ODDS AND CHALLENGES WE ALL

FACE.

I THOUGHT IT WAS A VERY HOPEFUL

THING. GOD IS A PART OF IN

GOD WE TRUST.

PART OF THE DEMOCRACY, IT HAS

BEEN EMBEDDED AND ALWAYS BE

EMBEDDED.

NO MATTER WHAT FOLKS WANT TO DO,

YOU CAN'T GET AROUND IT.

DEMOCRATS HOPE THEY CAN MOVE

BEYOND THIS ISSUE, JOHN JESSUP,

CBN NEWS, REPORTING FROM THE DNC

IN CHARLOTTE.

ALSO DEALING WITH ABORTION,

PRO-LIFE GROUPS SAY THE PLATFORM

SUPPORTS TAX PAYOR FUNDED

ABORTIONS.

THE PARTY SUPPORTS A WOMAN'S

RIGHT TO AN ABORTION QUOTE

REGARDLESS OF ABILITY TO PAY.

HIDE AMENDMENT PROHIBITS USING

TAX PAYOR FUNDS TO PAY FOR

ABORTIONS.

MOST AMERICANS ARE AGAINST

PUBLIC FUNDED ABORTIONS.

DNC ALSO DENIED A

CHARLOTTE-BASED CHRISTIAN GROUP

A CHANCE TO WELCOME DELEGATES TO

THE QUEEN CITY.

THEY WANTED TO SEND WELCOME

BASKE

BASKETS.

DEMOCRATS DENIED THE GROUP

BECAUSE OF THEIR PRO-LIFE

STANCE.

MAYOR'S OFFICE ASKED THAT YOU

NOT SEND THE LETTERS AND NOT

ENGAGE ADOPT A DELEGATION, YOUR

VIEWS ON WOMEN IS CONTRARY.

IT SANCTIONED AN ISLAMIC

EVENT JUST LAST WEEK. IF YOU

DO SOMETHING FOR ONE RELIGIOUS

GROUP, YOU NEED TO ALLOW FOR

ANOTHER RELIGIOUS GROUP.

YOU OPEN THE DOOR FOR ONE GROUP,

YOU HAVE TO OPEN IT FOR OTHER

OTHERWISE YOU ARE PLAYING

FAVORITE.

SEVERAL HUNDRED MUSLIMS TOOK

PART IN A PRAYER RALLY THE

FRIDAY BEFORE THE CONVENTION.

DESPITE THE SNUB, CHARLOTTE

14TH ORGANIZERS DECIDED TO PRAY

FOR THE CHURCH AND THOSE IN

AMERICA.

JOHN JESSUP BACK WITH THAT

STORY.

REPORTER: BEFORE THE OFFICIAL

DNC KICKOFF.

THIS COMMUNITY OF CHARLOTTE

CHRISTIANS JOINED TOGETHER TO

REPENT AND ASKED GOD TO HELP.

IT IS A DIRECT RESULT OF A

LIFE HIDING UNDER THE BUSHEL AND

THE SALT IN THE SALT SHAKERS.

A 40-DAY FAST AND MOSTLY FOR

THE CITIES NATION AND CHURCHES.

SEE WHAT IT IS IN US THAT

NEEDS TO BE CHANGED.

CHARLOTTE HAS BEEN TERMED THE

QUEEN CITY.

ONCE AGAIN THAT THE QUEEN CITY

WOULD REMARRY HER KING WITH

VIOLENT LOVE AND COVENANT.

LOCAL PASTORS PARTNERED TO

PROCLAIM SALVATION AND HEALING

THROUGH CHRIST, NOT POLITICAL

CANDIDATES.

WE BELIEVE GETTING THE WHITE

HOUSE RIGHT WILL NOT FIX

AMERICA.

WE MUST FIRST GET THE CHURCH

HOUSE RIGHT.

THEY SAY WHILE IT IS WRONG TO

PUT JESUS IN A BOX, THAT DOESN'T

MEAN CHRISTIANS SHOULD STAY OUT

OF THE PROCESS.

AS CHRISTIANS IN WHAT WAY

DOES MY VOTE HONOR THE SCRIPTURE

THE MOST.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE WILL

DEVELOP?

SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENING.

WE NEED IT IN OUR COUNTRY AND

CHURCHES, MORE AND MORE PEOPLE

WILL COME TO KNOW CHRIST.

ESTIMATES 4-6,000 PEOPLE IN

AND AROUND THE CHARLOTTE AREA.

PRAYER GATHERING SIMULCAST AND

ORGANIZERS HOPE TO REPLICATE IT.

JOHN JESSUP, CBN NEWS, AT THE

VERIZON AMPHITHEATER.

A TACKED ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

A PASTOR GETS LIFE SAVING

TREATMENT IN ISRAEL.

A NIGHTTIME DEMOLITION CREW

DESTROYED A PENTECOSTAL CHURCH.

THIS VIDEO IN YOUTUBE.

[ FOREIGN SPEAKING ].

THE LAST SERVICE HELD LAST

NIGHT.

THEY BROKEN INTO THE CHURCH AND

STARTED TO DEMOLISH THE

BUILDING.

THERE WAS A COURT DECISION WE

CAN'T USE THE BUILDING ANYMORE.

AND IT DOES NOT BELONG TO US ANY

LONGER.

HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS SAY THE HOLY

TRINITY PENTECOSTAL CONGREGATION

-- SOME CHRISTIAN LEADERS FEEL

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS FADING IN

RUSSIA.

A JUDGE IN PAKISTAN GRANTED

BAIL FOR THE CHRISTIAN GIRL FOR

BLASPHEMY.

SHE IS ONLY 14 AND MENTALLY

CHALLENGED.

SHE IS ACCUSED OF RIPPING PAGES

OUT OF THE KORAN.

HER FAMILY WILL NEED OUTSIDE

HELP.

THE GIRL'S ATTORNEY HOPED -- AN

ATTEMPT TO STIR UP VIOLENCE

AGAINST CHRISTIANS.

SAD STORY ON CHRISTMAS EVE

LAST YEAR, MUSLIM RADICALS

ATTACKED AND TRIED TO KILL A

UGANDAN PASTOR.

AS CHRIS MITCHELL REPORTS,

PASTOR MADE IT TO ISRAEL FOR

CRITICAL MEDICAL CARE. WE

MET PASTOR IN TEL AVIV WHERE HE

TALKED ABOUT HIS LIFE.

HE WEARS A SPECIAL MEDICAL MASK

TO HELP PREVENT SCARRING ON HIS

FACE.

THE ATTACKERS POURED A BUCKET

OVER HIS HEAD. I HAD FIRE

FROM THE HEAD DOWN.

WHEN THEY FINISHED, THEY SHOUTED

A LOT.

AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE

PICTURES, THE ACID ATTACK

RAVAGED HIS FACE.

HE DIDN'T TRUST THE MUSLIM

DOCTORS.

HE CONVERTED FROM ISLAM TO FAITH

IN JESUS CHRIST.

WHICH DID NOT PLEASE MY

PEOPLE.

IN ISLAM, CONVERSION IS NOT

ALLOWED.

WHEN YOU CONVERT, YOU BECOME A

TRAITOR OF THE FAFT FAITH.

HE LED MEETINGS AND THE CHURCH

GREW TO MORE THAN 1,000 MEMBERS,

MANY FORMER MUSLIMS.

MY CONVERSION DIDN'T STOP

THERE.

THE LORD GAVE ME A MESSAGE.

HE BELIEVES HIS SUCCESS LEADING

MUSLIMS TO THE LORD WAS ONE

REASON FOR THE ATTACK.

THE ENEMIES OF THE BIBLE.

THE ENEMIES OF ISRAEL, THEY

CHOSE TO DO THIS TO ME. HE

GREW UP BEING TAUGHT TO HATE

ISRAEL.

WHEN I BECAME A CHRISTIAN, I

FOUND GOD OF ISRAEL, GOD OF

ISRAEL.

BECAUSE OF THAT I LOVED THE

JEWS, BEGAN TO LEARN MORE ABOUT

ISRAEL AND BRING PASTORS TO

ISRAEL.

WE BEGIN TO LOVE ISRAEL.

AFTER THE ATTACK, ISRAEL

PROVIDED REFUGE AND

STATE-OF-THE-ART MEDICAL CARE IN

ONE OF THE BEST HOSPITALS.

TO REPAIR THE WAR.

BENEDICTION TO HELP OTHERS NO

MATTER WHO THEY ARE.

DR. JOSEPH HYATT TREATS

MOLINDY.

I THINK EVERYONE THAT KNOWS

HIM SEES WHY HE IS SO UNIQUE,

CHARACTER, CHARISMA HE HAS.

MUST BE A GOOD PASTOR.

HE HAS FORGIVEN HIS

ATTACKSERS AND EVENTUALLY PLANS

TO SHARE THE LESSONS HE LEARNED

WITH THE BELIEVERS.

WE SUPPORT THOSE PEOPLE.

CHRISTIANS ARE NOT SURE THEY

REACH THE MUSLIMS ANDS BRING

THEM TO SALVATION.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS, TEL

AV

AVIV.

THIS MAN IS GIVING CHILDREN

SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT AND

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THOUSANDS

OF LIVES.

20 YEARS AGO A BRITISH

MISSIONARY HAD A PLAN, TRAVEL TO

ROMANIA, HAND OUT MEDICINE,

SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND HEAD BACK

HOME.

ONCE HE GOT THERE HE FOUND HE

COULDN'T LEAVE.

EFREM GRAHAM HAS HIS REMARKABLE

STORY.

WITH A CRY TO GOD,

ROMAINEIANS ROSE UP IN DECEMBER

1989 AND DEFEATED THE COMMUNIST

REGIME.

A BRITISH ACCOUNTANT AND TALENT

MANAGER MADE THE SHORT TRIP TO

HELP THOSE IN THE NEWLY FREED

COUNTRY.

I HAD BEEN TO MANY DESPERATE

PLACES.

HERE IN ROMANIA, CHILDREN DIDN'T

SMILE.

I COME TO REALIZE, THEY DIDN'T

KNOW HOW TO SMILE.

SEEING CHILDREN WHO WOULDN'T

SMILE FOR THE CAMERA BROKE

KEVIN'S HEART.

WHILE THE REVOLUTION ENDED

COMMUNISM, IT DIDN'T ERASE THE

POVERTY AND ITS PAIN.

THIS LED TO ONE SIMPLE GOAL,

GIVE CHILDREN SOMETHING TO SMILE

ABOUT.

OUR FUNDAMENTAL MISSION WAS

AS SIMPLE AS THAT.

AND THE MISSION, SMILES

FOUNDATION CONTINUES TO EXPAND.

ADRIANA, ABANDONED BY HUSBAND,

HER AND HER TWO CHILDREN SHARE

ONE ROOM IN A HOUSING PROJECT.

87 CHILDREN LIVE IN THIS

PLACE.

ADRIANA'S ONE-ROOM APARTMENT

USED TO BE THE BUILDING'S

LAUNDRY ROOM BEFORE SHE MOVED IN

THERE.

HER SEVEN-YEAR-OLD SON HAD

NIGHTMARES.

IN THIS VISIT, COUNSELORS HAVE

BEEN ABLE TO MAKE HIM SMILE.

I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH

HOMELESS PEOPLE.

I TESTIFIED PEOPLE NOT SMILING.

AFTER 20 YEARS THE SMILES

FOUNDATION INCLUDES TEAMS.

A WHEELCHAIR TENNIS TEAM AND A

FARM TO FEED PEOPLE IN NEED AND

FUND THE MINISTRY.

71-YEAR-OLD LADY ANNA SMILES AS

SHE WATCHES HER GRANDCHILDREN

PLAY.

OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, CRIME

HAS DROPPED 50 PERCENT.

THOSE STATISTICS AND BE IGNORED

AS CHANCE.

SMILES BEGAN WORKING IN THE

VILLAGE 10 YEAR AGO.

THE 10 YEAR OLD WAS BEGGING ON

THE STREETS SO KEVIN INCIVITED HIM

TO DINNER.

HE TOOK US BACK TO VISIT HIS

FAMI

FAMILY.

WE WERE SHOCKED.

I ASKED MY CHILD, WHO ARE THESE

PEOPLE.

HE SAID THEY ARE MY FRIENDS.

VICTOR LIVES WITH HIS OWN

DAUGHTER AND HELPS TO PROVIDE

THE VILLAGE WITH RUNNING WATER,

NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH AND A

SCHOOL.

THROUGH EDUCATION, THEY

LEARNED ABOUT A GOD THAT LOVES

HIM AND A PLAN AND PURPOSE FOR

EACH OF THEIR LIVES AND A PART

OF SHARING THAT TRUTH.

THAT TRUTH TRUMPS YEARS OF

NEGATIVE HEADLINES AND RACISM

MANY GYPSIES STILL EXPERIENCE

TODAY.

PEOPLE THAT USED TO BE

HOPELESS AND TERRIFIED FOR THEIR

LIFE AND NOT HAVING A FUTURE IN

FRONT OF THEM TURNING AND

ACTUALLY EVEN BECOMING PEOPLE

THAT WILL BE ABLE TO HELP OTHERS

IN THE COMMUNITY.

CHILDREN FROM THE GYPSY

VILLAGE ARE SPREADING THE

MESSAGE.

THEY FORMED A QUIRE TRAVELING

THROUGHOUT EUROPE AND AMERICA

HELPING TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE

FOUNDATIONS WORK.

QUIRE OF A PRIME EXAMPLE

GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY, THEY HAVE

TRULY EXCELLED BEYOND THEIR

WILDEST DREAMS.

I REMEMBER ASKING WHAT THEIR

DREAMS WERE.

THEY ASKED ME WHAT IS A DREAM?

IF LAUGHTER DO GO LIKE

MEDICINE, A SMILE IS THE PERFECT

PLACE TO START.

EFREM GRAHAM, ROMANIA.

FINALLY TODAY A MOVIE ABOUT

AN UNUSUAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN

A CHRISTIAN PASTOR AND FEISTY

NIGHTCLUB OWNER.

IT IS CALLED 'THE HOLY ROLLER'.

YES, IT WAS SHOT IN NEW

ZEALAND AND COMES TO AMERICA

THIS MONTH ON DVD.

NEW ZEALAND PARTNER SHINE TV.

THE 'THE HOLY ROLLER' IS

ABOUT A STRUGGLING PASTOR LUKE

WHO VENTURES INTO THE CITY, BIG

CITY OF CHRIST CHURCH WHO WANTS

TO CHANGE WORLD.

HE WANTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

WHEN WE GETS THERE, HE COMES

UNDER A LOT OF OBSTACLES, GETS

MUGGED.

THIS IS ALL YOU GOD?

MAYBE IF YOU MUG ME NEXT

WEEK. THEN HE MEETS A

NIGHTCLUB OWNER WHO OWNS A LOT

OF MONEY.

HE IS CLOSE TO AN OD EXPERIENCE.

PASTOR LUKE PRAYS FOR HIM AND A

MIRACLE HAPPENS.

HE GETS AN IDEA AFTER SEE THING

EVANGELIST ON TV HOW HE RAISED

MONEY.

HE SAYS I'LL USE THIS PREACH

PREACH, WE'LL TURN THIS

NIGHTCLUB INTO A CHURCH.

NOW THE BOSS IS NOT HAPPY

THAT ALL THE DRUG TRADING CRIME

HAS DROPPED OFF, THAT PUTS

PASTOR LUKE IN A PRECARIOUS

SITUATION. I AM A BIT OF A

CELEBRATION. THE MOVIE IS

BASED ON A LOT OF TRUE STORIES

BUT WANTED TO KEEP IT LIFE.

I HAD A LOT OF FRIENDS THAT

MADE A LOT OF BAD CHOICES.

I MADE THE CHOICE TO FOLLOW THE

LORD.

FRIENDS THAT GOT INTO THE

NIGHTCLUB SCENE.

THEY WOULD GET THEMSELVES INTO

MESSES AND THEY WOULD ASK FOR MY

HELP. HE THINKS GOD MADE THE

FILMING PROCESS EASIER THAN IT

SHOULD HAVE BEEN.

CERTAIN DOORS WOULD SHUT AND

IT WOULD OPEN.

THANK GOD THAT DOOR SHUT, IF IT

WENT DOWN THERE, IT WOULD HAVE

BEEN DISASTROUS. THE MAIN

MESSAGE WAS GOD IS WHERE YOU ARE

AT.

THE PERSON IS DISGRUNTLED IN THE

CHURCH, I HOPE THEY REALIZE GOD

IS RIGHT THERE.

WHEREVER THEY ARE, HE IS RIGHT

THERE.

WE ARE HERE TO SLAM EVIL.

LET'S ROCK 'N' ROLL.

I LAUGHED SO HARD.

THE MOVIE TRAILERS ARE

HILARIOUS.

IT LOOKS GOOD.

IT OPENED IN NEW ZEALAND,

AUSTRALIA.

YOU CAN PICK IT UP LATER THIS

MONTH OR VISIT THE WEBSITE.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK GOOD-BYE AND

GOD BLESS YOU.

THANK YOU.

YOU ARE WELCOME.

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