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700 Club Interactive: Case for Christ - May 1, 2014

He came face to face with death. See what brought him back to life. Read Transcript


Gordon: A YOGA TEACHER

LEARNS A LESSON OF A

LIFETIME.

GOD LED HIM TO THE VERY

SPOT WHERE I WAS

HITCHHIKING.

WHEN HE PULLED OVER, I

OPENED THE DOOR TO THE VAN,

AND MY HEART STARTED RACING,

AND I KNEW THIS WAS IT.

Gordon: HOW HE HAD A

CHANGE OF HEART AND FAITH,

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY

FOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORE

TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

WELL, GOOD MORNING, AND

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

IF YOU'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR

INNER PEACE, MANY RELIGIONS

SAY THEY HAVE THE ANSWER.

HINDUS, BUDDHISTS, THEY ALL

SAY THEY HAVE THE WAY TO

TRUE ENLIGHTENNESS.

Terry: THAT'S WHAT MIKE

WAS LOOKING FOR.

HE READ BOOK ON YOGA, AND

CHANTED, BUT MIKE NEVER

FOUND HIM.

UNTIL ONE DAY, PEACE FOUND

HIM ON THE SIDE OF THE

ROAD.

I WAS IN CONVULSIONS.

I FELT LIKE MY SOUL WAS

LEAVING MY BODY AND GOING

INTO THIS TERRIBLE, DARK

VOID.

I CAME RIGHT UP TO THE EDGE

OF DEATH AND SOMEHOW CAME

BACK AGAIN.

IT CHANGED MY PERSPECTIVE IN

LIFE.

I WAS RAISED AS A ROMAN

CATHOLIC AND WAS VERY

DEVOTED, BUT I NEVER HAD AN

ENCOUNTER WITH GOD.

WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER, I

BECAME A ROCK MUSICIAN, AND

THE LIFESTYLE THAT WENT

ALONG WITH THAT LED ME INTO

DRUG USE.

I MOVED AWAY FROM RELIGION

ALL TOGETHER.

AT THE AGE OF 19, I HAD A

TERRIBLE DRUG OVERDOSE

EXPERIENCE.

I THOUGHT I WAS DYING.

I DECIDED, I'VE GOT TO FIND

OUT WHAT IS ON THE OTHER

SIDE OF THIS EXPERIENCE

CALLED DEATH.

I MET AN INDIAN GURU, AND I

DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL IN

ORDER TO STUDY YOGA ALL

DAY.

I WOULD START AT 3:30 EVERY

MORNING WITH MEDITATION, AND

I WOULD SPEND HOURS AND

HOURS READING ABOUT THE GIDA

AND THE BIBLE, AND ANY BOOK

THAT WAS SACRED AND

INSPIRED.

AND THEN AT NIGHT I WAS

TEACHING AT FOUR

UNIVERSITIES.

ONE OF THE PRIMARY BELIEFS

OF THAT VIE WORLD VIEW IS

THAT ALL RELIGIONS LEAD TO

THE PATH TO GOD.

THAT A HINDU CAN GET THERE

THROUGH HIS PRACTICES AND

ACHIEVE SAMATI, OR A

CHRISTIAN CAN BE BORN

AGAIN.

SO IT BLENDS ALL OF THEM

TOGETHER AS IF ALL OF THE

EXPERIENCE ARE ONE IN THE

SAME.

THE TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER DID A

BIG HALF-PAGE ARTICLE ON

ME.

I HAD NO IDEA THAT IT WOULD

ALERT THIS PRAYER GROUP IN

TOWN TO START PRAYING FOR ME

ON A CONSISTENT BASIS.

THEY HAD A 24-HOUR PRAYER

CHAIN AND HA THEY ASSIGNED

SOMEBODY TO BE PRAYING AND

FASTING FOR ME EVERY HOUR OF

EVERY DAY.

AN OLD FRIEND FROM COLLEGE

WROTE ME A LETTER.

LARRY AND I BOTH DROPPED OUT

OF SCHOOL IN ORDER TO STUDY

UNDER DIFFERENT GURUS.

I GET THIS SURPRISING LETTER

FROM LARRY, WHERE HE SAID HE

MADE JESUS THE SAVIOR OF HIS

LIFE AND THE LORD OF HIS

LIFE.

AND THAT WAS TOO HEAVY FOR

ME TO HANDLE AT FIRST.

FINALLY ONE DAY I DECIDED,

MAYBE THERE IS SOMETHING

ABOUT JESUS THAT I HAVE

MISINTERPRETED.

SO I THOUGHT, IF I'M GOING

TO BE A TRUE SEEKER AND BE

OPEN-MINDED, I NEED TO AT

LEAST DEDICATE ONE DAY TO

JESUS.

THAT MORNING, INSTEAD OF

DOING MANTRA YO YOGA, I

STARTED READING THE BIBLE

AND PRAYING.

AND I PRAYED SIMPLE PRAYERS,

LIKE, JESUS, IF YOU REALLY

DIED ON THE CROSS FOR

HUMANITY, IF YOU REALLY ROSE

FROM THE DEATH, IF YOU'RE

THE ONLY SAVIOR, GIVE ME A

SUPER NATURAL SIGN TODAY.

I KEPT CONVERSING WITH THE

LORD, EXPECTING I WOULD HAVE

A VISION OR HEAR A VOICE.

THAT AFTERNOON I HAD TO GO

TEACH A YOGA CLASS, AND I

HAD TO HITCH HIKE THERE.

ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE

PRAYER GROUP WAS A FORMER

YOGA STUDENT WHO HAD BECOME

A CHRISTIAN, AND GOD LED HIM

TO THE VERY SPOT WHERE I WAS

HITCHHIKING.

I WAS STILL PRAYING, JESUS,

IF YOU'RE THE ANSWER, GIVE

ME A SIGN.

WHEN HE PULLED OVER, I

OPENED THE DOOR TO THE VAN

AND MY HEART STARTED RACING

BECAUSE ON THE CEILING OF

THIS VAN, HE TAPED A PICTURE

OF THE LORD JESUS.

AND I KNEW, THIS IS IT.

A FEW MINUTES DOWN THE ROAD,

HE BROKE THE SILENCE AND

SAID, FRIEND, CAN I ASK YOU

A QUESTION?

HAVE YOU EVER EXPERIENCED

JESUS CHRIST COMING INTO

YOUR HEART.

SO HE PULLED OVER TO THE

SIDE OF THE ROAD AND WE

DISCUSSED A FEW BIBLICAL

THINGS FOR A FEW MINUTES,

AND JUST PRAYED A SIMPLE

PRAYER.

I HAD THAT ENCOUNTER I HAD

BEEN SEEKING FOR MY ENTIRE

LIFE, FROM MY EARLY YEARS IN

CATHOLICISM, AND ALL OF THE

YEARS I SPENT IN NEW-AGE

SPIRITUALITY, I FINALLY

REACHED WHAT I WAS SEARCHING

FOR WHEN I FOUND THE LORD

JESUS CHRIST.

THAT WEEK I WENT BACK TO ALL

OF MY YOGA CLASSES AND TOLD

THEM ALL THAT I FOUND THE

LORD AND I WOULD NO LONGER

BE TEACHING YOGA.

SOME WERE VERY CONFUSED, AND

MOST OF MY MAIN STUDENTS

BECAME CHRISTIANS, ALSO.

I CAN SEE HOW GOD USED THE

TIME I SPENT IN EASTERN

RELIGIONS FOR A POSITIVE

PERSON.

I WITNESS TO EVERY HINDU

PERSON I COME ACROSS.

I HAVE A CONNECTION WITH

THEM.

I KNOW HOW TO TALK TO THEM

AND SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH

THEM IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT

IS NOT OFFENSIVE.

GOD CAN TAKE YOUR PAST AND

REDEEM IT AND MAKE IT USEFUL

TO HIS PURPOSES.

IF YOU EVER COME OUT OF ANY

KIND OF DARKNESS, YOU EARN

THE RIGHT TO REACH BACK AND

DRAW SOMEBODY ELSE OUT OF

THE SAME DILEMMA.

Gordon: JESUS IS THE

WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE

LIFE.

A LOT OF PEOPLE LOOK AT THAT

AND GO, BOY, THAT'S

EXCLUSIONARY BECAUSE IT

SEEMS TO BE POPULAR TODAY TO

SAY ALL RELIGIONS ARE EQUAL,

AND ALL PATHS LEAD TO THE

TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN.

BUT THE REALITY IS THAT

DOESN'T HAPPEN.

WHEN YOU TALK TO A BUDDHIST,

WHEN YOU TALK TO A HINDU,

WHEN YOU TALK TO A MUSLIM,

AND YOU ASK THEM, ARE YOU

ASSURED OF SALVATION?

DO YOU KNOW?

THEY'LL TELL YOU NO.

A BUDDHIST WILL SAY, NO, I

HAVEN'T ACHIEVED NIRVANA.

A HINDU, NO, I DON'T HAVE

MOKSHA.

IN ISLAM, EVEN MOHAMMED

DIDN'T KNOW HE WAS GOING TO

HEAVEN.

THERE IS NO ASSURANCE

BECAUSE THEY'RE ALL BASED ON

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO MAKE

YOURSELF GOOD ENOUGH THAT

GOD WOULD OPEN THE DOOR FOR

YOU.

CHRISTIANITY IS THE OTHER

WAY AROUND.

JESUS SAYS, I'LL TAKE CARE

OF THAT.

AND IF YOU'LL OPEN THE DOOR

FOR ME -- "BEHOLD I STAND AT

THE DOOR.

IF ANYONE HEAR MY VOICE AND

OPEN THE DOOR, I'LL COME

IN."

THAT'S HIS PROMISE.

WHERE HE MEETS YOU WHERE YOU

ARE TO RESTORE YOU, TO

REDEEM YOU, TO SAVE YOU, TO

FORGIVE YOU.

AND HE HAS DONE IT ALL.

WE DON'T HAVE TO.

WE JUST HAVE TO ACCEPT.

WE JUST HAVE TO BELIEVE.

NOW, HERE IT IS FROM THE

BIBLE.

IT'S FROM JOHN 14: 6: "I AM

THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE

LIFE.

NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER

EXCEPT THROUGH ME."

THAT'S EXCLUSIONARY.

HE IS THE DOOR.

HE IS THE KEY, IF YOU WILL.

TO SALVATION.

WHY IS THAT?

BECAUSE YOU CAN'T PRAY

ENOUGH.

YOU CAN'T DO ENOUGH GOOD

THINGS TO MAKE UP FOR THE

THINGS THAT YOU'VE DONE

WRONG.

YOU CAN'T FAST ENOUGH.

YOU CAN'T GIVE ENOUGH.

IT'S IMPOSSIBLE.

AND BECAUSE OF THAT, GOD

TAKES CARE OF ALL OF IT

BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU.

AND THAT'S THE GOSPEL.

GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD --

THAT INCLUDES YOU -- THAT HE

GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON

THAT WHO SO FAR WOULD

BELIEVE ON HIM WOULD NOT

PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING

LIFE.

NOW, HERE IS ANOTHER GREAT

PART OF THAT NEWS, IS THAT

JESUS WANTS TO SHOW UP FOR

YOU.

AND IF YOU PRAY THE SAME

PRAYER THAT MIKE PRAYED,

JESUS, IF YOU'RE REAL, IF

YOU'RE THERE, IF YOU CAME

FOR ME, IF YOU'RE THE

SAVIOR, IF YOU'RE THE

MESSIAH, COULD YOU SHOW ME?

COULD YOU SHOW UP FOR ME?

AND HERE IS THE PROMISE THAT

YOU GET.

IT'S FROM THE SAME GOSPEL,

THE SAME CHAPTER, JOHN 14:

21: "WHO HAS MY COMMANDMENTS

AND KEEPS THEM, IS HE WHO

LOVES ME."

WHAT ARE THOSE

COMMANDMENTS?

THEY'RE REAL SIMPLE.

LOVE GOD; LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

THOSE ARE THE COMMANDMENTS.

IF YOU KEEP THAT, YOU LOVE

JESUS.

"AND HE WHO LOVES ME WILL BE

LOVED BY MY FATHER, AND I

WILL MANIFEST."

"I WILL LOVE HIM AND I WILL

MANIFEST MYSELF TO HIM."

HE'LL SHOW UP FOR YOU.

WHEN YOU SEEK HIM WITH ALL

OF YOUR HEART, THEN YOU'LL

FIND HIM.

HE WANTS TO SHOW YOU HE IS

REAL.

AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

ASK HIM.

IF YOU WANT HELP WITH THAT,

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

AND IT IS JUST A PHONE CALL

AWAY.

THE NUMBER IS ON THE

SCREEN.

1-888-777-1999.

JUST SAY, I WANT TO KNOW

JESUS.

I WANT TO MEET HIM TODAY.

COULD YOU HELP ME WITH

THAT?

COULD YOU PRAY WITH ME.

AND IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE

ABOUT OTHER RELIGIONS, I'VE

PUT TOGETHER A WONDERFUL

D.V.D.

I WANT YOU TO HAVE IT.

IT'S CALLED "THE QUEST FOR

GOD."

IN HERE ARE EXPLANATIONS OF

BUDDHISM, HINDUISM, ISLAM,

AND OTHER RELIGIONS OF THE

WORLD.

DONE BY THE PEOPLE WHO ARE

PRACTICING THEM.

I WANTED THIS TO BE IF A

MUSLIM SAW IT, HE WOULD

AGREE WITH IT.

IF A HINDU SAW IT, HE WOULD

AGREE WITH IT.

AND IF A BUDDHIST SAW IT, HE

WOULD AGREE WITH IT.

AND IN ALL OF THEM, THERE IS

NO DEFINITIVE ANSWER.

ARE YOU SAVED?

YOU DON'T KNOW.

YOU DON'T FIND NIRVANA.

YOU DON'T FIND MOKSHA, AND

YOU DON'T FIND SALVATION

BECAUSE THERE IS NOT ENOUGH

GOOD THINGS YOU CAN DO.

IF YOU WANT THIS, THERE IS A

SPECIAL PAGE WHERE YOU CAN

WATCH THOSE VIDEOS FREE

ONLINE OR YOU CAN GET THE

"QUEST FOR GOD" D.V.D.

IT IS AVAILABLE.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO TO

OUR WEBSITE, cbn.com, AND

IT'S AVAILABLE ON

AMAZON.COM.

IF YOU WANT OTHER

INFORMATION ABOUT OTHER

RELIGIONS AND HOW THEY DON'T

ARRIVE AT THE TOP OF THE

MOUNTAIN, GO TO CBN.COM.

STILL AHEAD, TERRY AND I

WILL ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS,

AND YOU'LL GET TO MEET A

GURU WHO DIDN'T HAVE A

CLUE.

AND I HAD TRIED

EVERYTHING BEFORE THAT TO

GET RID OF THIS BURDEN, THIS

FEAR, THIS ANXIOUSNESS.

EVERY NEW-AGE PROCESS JUST

DIDN'T WORK.

Gordon: SEE HOW HE

FOUND WHAT HE WAS LOOKING

FOR WHEN WE COME BACK.

Terry: FOR YEARS JOHN

GORDON THRIVED ON ENERGY AND

POSITIVE THINKING.

HE WAS A SOUGHT-AFTER

MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER.

AND THEN ONE DAY WHILE

DRIVING, JOHN HEARD A VOICE

THAT CHANGED HIS LIFE.

I BELIEVE EVERY ONE OF US

HAS A CHOICE BETWEEN TWO

ROADS: THE POSITIVE ROAD AND

THE NEGATIVE ROAD.

AND THE POSITIVE ROAD LEADS

TO JOY, SUCCESS, AND

FULFILLMENT.

AND THE NEGATIVE ROAD LEADS

TO FAILURE, NEGATIVITY, AND

DISPAIR.

Reporter: JOHN GORDON

HAS BEEN DOWN BOTH ROADS.

TODAY HE IS A MOTIVATIONAL

SPEAKER WHO COACHES HUGE

ORGANIZATIONS AND SPORTS

TEAMS.

BUT A WHILE BACK, NOTHING

BUT NEGATIVITY FILLED HIS

MIND.

HE WAS ALMOST BANKRUPT AND

ALMOST LOST HIS MARRIAGE.

I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO DEAL

WITH MY STRESS.

DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH

MY FEAR.

DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH

BEING A YOUNG FATHER WITH A

WIFE AND TWO KIDS TO

SUPPORT.

WHEN I WAS IN MY 20s,

PEOPLE SAID, WOW, YOU HAVE

THE WHOLE WORLD AHEAD OF

YOU.

I WAS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE

UP-AND-COMERS IN ATLANTA,

SOMEONE WHO WAS REALLY

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE

COMMUNITY.

AND EVERYTHING WAS ABOUT

ALWAYS ACCOMPLISHING

SOMETHING, AND NOW I WASN'T

ACCOMPLISHING ANYTHING.

I BLAMED MY PARENTS, MY

BIOLOGICAL FATHER, WHO LEFT

WHEN I WAS ONE.

I BLAMED MY WIFE.

IT WAS EVERYONE ELSE'S FAULT

BUT MINE.

IT WAS ALWAYS NITPICKING,

ALWAYS SOMETHING HE WAS

NOTICING THAT WE WEREN'T

DOING RIGHT.

AND I TOLD HIM, I WOULD

RATHER LIVE ALONE AND

STRUGGLE AND TRY TO MAKE

ENDS MEET THAN TO LEAVE WITH

YOU AND DEAL WITH THIS KIND

OF NEGATIVITY.

SO I PRETTY MUCH SAID I WAS

GOING TO DIVORCE HIM.

Reporter: THAT GOT

JOHN'S ATTENTION.

A COUPLE OF DAYS LATER, I

GOT THIS THIS SORT OF EUREKA

MOMENT, AND WRITING AND

SPEAKING JUST CAME TO ME.

I STARTED JUST TO RESEARCH

FOR MYSELF POSITIVE WAYS TO

CHANGE MY OWN LIFE.

Reporter: JOHN PUT WHAT

HE WAS LEARNING INTO

PRACTICE, STARTING AT HOME.

SO KATHRYN DECIDED TO STAY

IN THE MARRIAGE.

THEN HE BEGAN WRITING AND

SPEAKING ABOUT POSITIVE

ENERGY.

JOHN'S TEACHINGS CAME FROM A

COLLECTION OF RELIGIONS AND

BELIEFS.

MY BELIEF WAS ALL PATHS

LED TO GOD.

AND JESUS WAS JUST ONE

PATH.

THAT THROUGH BUDDHISM, YOU

CAN GET THERE AS WELL, AND

THROUGH HINDUISM, YOU CAN

GET THERE.

AND IF YOU WERE JUST HAVING

A SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP

WITH THE FATHER GOD, YOU CAN

CONNECT.

Reporter: JOHN HAS

BECAME KNOWN AS THE ENERGY

GUY.

HE EVEN APPEARED ON

"THE "TODATHE "TODAY

THE "TODAY SHOW," AND THEN

HIS SUCCESS CAME TO A STOP.

THE SPEAKING JUST DRIED

UP.

BUT IT WAS DURING THIS

PROCESS THAT GOD STARTED TO

CHANGE ME.

Reporter: JOHN GREW UP

IN A JEWISH FAMILY.

APART FROM BEING

BARMITZVAHED, HE NEVER WENT

TO CHURCH.

IT WAS A LOT OF HYPOCRISY

TO ME.

Reporter: THEN A GOOD

FRIEND GAVE JOHN SOME GOOD

SERMONS ON C.D. TO JOHN.

I NEVER THOUGHT I NEEDED

SAVING.

BUT NOW I WAS INTRODUCED TO

THE IDEA THAT GOD CAME HERE

TO SAVE YOU.

IT WAS AFTER LISTENING TO

THOSE C.D.s THAT ON MY

WALK OF PRAYER AND THE

MORNING, I SAID, GOD, IF

THERE IS SOMETHING TO THIS

JESUS, IF HE IS WHO THEY SAY

HE IS, JUST SHOW ME THE

SIGNS.

I'M OPEN TO THEM.

JUST, I'M OPEN.

I'M DRIVING DOWN TO ORLANDO

TO SPEAK, I'M ON I-95 SOUTH,

AND I'M LOOKING TO THE LEFT,

AND I HEARD THIS VOICE TO

SAY LOOK.

I TURN AND I LOOK AND I SEE

THIS SIGN THAT SAYS, "JESUS

IS THE ANSWER."

AND IN THAT MOMENT, I KNEW

IT WAS A SIGN FROM GOD.

IT WAS MEANT FOR ME.

Reporter: WHILE JOHN

WAS MEDITATING, HE STARTED

SEEING GLOWING CROSSES.

HE TOLD A BUDDHIST ENERGY

HEALER ABOUT ALL OF THESE

THINGS HE WAS SEEING, AND HE

WAS SURPRISED AT THE THE

BUDDHIST'S RESPONSE.

HE SAID CHRISTIANITY IS

LIKE SPIRITUAL CHEATING, YOU

JUST BELIEVE AND YOU

RECEIVE.

AND I HAD TRIED EVERYTHING

BEFORE THAT TO GET RID OF

THIS BURDEN, TO GET RID OF

THIS KNOT I HAD IN MY

STOMACH, HIS CONSTANT

ANXIETY, THIS FEAR, THIS

ANXIOUSNESS THAT WAS IN ME

AT ALL TIMES.

EVERY TECHNIQUE, EVERY

NEW-AGE PROCESS JUST DIDN'T

WORK.

I JUST SAID, JESUS, I MAKE

YOU MY LORD AND SAVIOR.

PLEASE SAVE ME.

TAKE MY BURDEN.

TAKE MY PAIN.

I CAN'T DO IT ALONE.

HE STARTED TO CHANGE ME IN A

LOT OF WAYS.

I WAS A BETTER FATHER.

A BETTER HUSBAND.

I STARTED TO JUDGE OTHERS A

LOT LESS.

AND, ALSO, I WAS VERY

CONTROLLING, AND I STARTED

TO SURRENDER A LOT MORE.

AND I ALSO STARTED TO

REALIZE MY OWN

IMPERFECTIONS.

I USED TO TRY TO COVER UP MY

IMPERFECTIONS WITH PRIDE AND

BEATING THE CHEST WITH HOW

GREAT I AM.

BUT, ACTUALLY, GOD STARTED

SHOWING ME HOW IMPERFECT I

WAS AND HOW MUCH I ACTUALLY

NEEDED HIM.

Reporter: JOHN WAS

BAPTIZED ON PALM SUNDAY,

2007, AND SO EASTER IS A

VERY SPECIAL TIME FOR HIM.

THROUGH THE RESURRECTION,

IT CEMENTS EVERYTHING I

BELIEVE AS A CHRISTIAN, THAT

JESUS CAME HERE.

HE CAME TO TEACH US.

HE CAME TO DIE FOR US.

AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, HE

CAME TO GIVE US LIFE.

GOD JUST LOVES ME FOR ME.

I DON'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING

TO GET HIS LOVE.

Terry: THAT'S BECAUSE

IT IS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

AND THAT'S SO FOREIGN TO

MOST OF US.

IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT

ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS BELIEVE

AND RECEIVE.

THERE IS HARDLY ANYWHERE IN

LIFE THAT THAT HAPPENS TO

US, BUT IT DOES WITH OUR

GOD.

WE ARE "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," AND WE HAVE

SOME QUESTIONS FROM YOU, OUR

LISTENERS, OUR VIEWERS.

SO LET'S GO OVER TO JESSICA

TO SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING

ONLINE.

DON WRITES IN, "I

RECENTLY DISCOVERED THE

UNTARIAN CHURCH.

I DON'T HAVE THE PRESSURE OF

HAVING TO PRAY, BUT CAN

SIMPLY MEDITATE, AND THAT

BRINGS ME PEACE.

MY CHRISTIAN FRIENDS AND

ANGRY AND TELL ME I SHOULD

REPENT SINCE JESUS IS THE

ONLY WAY.

SINCE MY NEW CHURCH

INCORPORATES ALL BELIEFS, AM

I NOT SAVED?"

Gordon: LET ME ANSWER

THE QUESTION, ARE YOU SAVED

FIRST.

THE BIBLE IS VERY CLEAR ON

THIS.

IF YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART

THAT JESUS IS THE MESSIAH,

THAT HE CAME AND HE LIVED A

SINLESS LIFE, THAT HE DIED

ON THE CROSS FOR YOUR SINS

AND HE ROSE AGAIN FROM THE

GRAVE, IF YOU BELIEVE THAT

IN YOUR HEART AND CONFESS IT

WITH YOUR MOUTH, YOU SHALL

BE SAVED.

THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS.

SO IT'S NOT BASED ON WHAT

CHURCH YOU GO TO.

NOW, IN TERMS OF UNTARIAN

BELIEFS.

I DON'T SHARE THEM.

I DON'T BELIEVE ALL ROADS

LEAD TO THE TOP OF THE

MOUNTAIN.

I DON'T THINK ALL RELIGIONS

ARE EQUAL.

I THINK THERE IS ONE, AND

HIS NAME IS JESUS.

AND IT'S A RELATIONSHIP.

AND YOU CAN HAVE IT.

AND WHEN YOU HAVE IT, YOU

NEVER WANT TO GIVE IT UP

BECAUSE IT IS THE MOST

PRECIOUS THING THERE IS.

SO WHY WOULD YOU BE WITH A

GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT

BELIEVES THAT WAY?

NOW, MEDITATION, I LIKE TO

MEDITATE ON THE SCRIPTURES.

I LIKE TO JUST BE WITH GOD.

BE STILL AND KNOW THAT HE IS

GOD.

SO IF YOU'RE FINDING PEACE

FROM THAT, BY ALL MEANS DO

IT.

THE BIBLE ENCOURAGES IT.

SO GO FOR THAT.

BUT STAYING WITHIN THE

UNITARIAN CHURCH, I WOULDN'T

DO THAT.

DON'T FORSAKE THE FELLOWSHIP

OF BELIEVERS.

IF THEY BELIEVE IN BUDDHA OR

MOHAMMED, THEY'RE NOT

BELIEVERS WITH YOU, THAT

JESUS IS THE WAY.

LET'S GO OVER TO JESSICA FOR

ONE MORE QUESTION.

GORDON, LEE SAYS, "I AM

THE ONLY CHRISTIAN IN MY

FAMILY, AND RECENTLY MY MOM

BEGAN TO FOLLOW A NEW-AGE

PSYCHIC.

SHE SAYS THAT THE PSYCHIC

READS THE BIBLE AND IS

THEREFORE A CHRISTIAN.

I TRY TO REASON WITH HER,

BUT SHE ALWAYS FINDS A WAY

TO SILENCE ME.

HOW CAN I EXPLAIN TO HER

THAT WHAT SHE BELIEVERS IN

IS A LIE?"

Terry: LEE, IT SEEMS

LIKE THERE IS SOMETHING IN

ALL OF US THAT WANTS TO KNOW

THE FUTURE, AND TO NOT BE

SURPRISED BY LIFE.

SO WE LOOK FOR PEOPLE WHO

CAN TELL US THAT.

WE LOOK FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN

GIVE US A HEADS-UP, MAYBE TO

FIND SOMETHING WORR WE'RE

WANTING OR NEEDING IN OUR

LIVES.

I WOULD SAY THIS TO YOU, YOU

KNOW, MOST OF THE TIME

PEOPLE RECOGNIZE SOMETHING

DIFFERENT IN US WHEN WE ARE

LIVING FOR AND WITH JESUS.

WHEN HE IS SO MUCH A PART OF

OUR LIVES THAT IT SHOWS.

WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE, AS THE

BIBLE SAYS, THE CITY ON A

HILL.

YOU SAY YOU'RE THE ONLY

CHRISTIAN IN YOUR FAMILY.

I WOULD SAY DON'T ARGUE WITH

YOUR MOM ABOUT THIS.

SHE IS NOT OPEN TO HEARING

WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY.

LOVE HER.

LIVE IT OUT BEFORE HER.

BE JESUS WITH SKIN UNTO HER,

AND DON'T MAKE THIS THE

THING THAT DIVIDES YOU.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT SHE

IS STRUGGLING WITH AND NOT

SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE.

UNTIL SHE IS READY TO SEE

SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN YOU

AND WANT TO KNOW WHAT

CHANGED YOUR LIFE, WHY ARE

YOU ABLE TO HAVE JOY, TO BE

STRONG IN THE MIDST OF

DIFFICULTY, SHE'LL SEE IT IN

YOU, AND SHE'LL ASK.

WOULD YOU AGREE WITH THAT?

Gordon: I WOULD.

SHE MAY BE THE ONLY VERSION

OF JESUS THAT YOU EVER SEE.

AND WHEN YOU START THINKING

THAT WAY, IT REALLY CHANGES

YOUR HEART AND CHANGES YOUR

BEHAVIOR.

IF SOMEONE IS LOST AND BLIND

TO IT, SHOW THEM THE BETTER

WAY.

SHOW THEM THE MORE EXCELLENT

WAY AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

STILL AHEAD, HEAR HOW A TV

SHOW STOPPED A GANG OF

THIEVES.

THAT'S UP NEXT.

SAL

Terry: TAMMY WAS RAISED

A MUSLIM, BUT AS AN ADULT,

SHE REALIZED SHE HAD NO

PEACE OR JOY.

TAMMY LONGED FOR MORE, AND

SHE FINALLY FOUND WHAT SHE

WAS LOOKING FOR IN THE MOST

UNUSUAL WAY.

I HAD NO PEACE OF MIND,

NO JOY.

Reporter: TAMMY WAS

SEARCHING FOR MEANING IN HIS

LIFE.

SHE WAS BORN A MUSLIM AND

LIVED ACCORDING TO THE

TENENTS OF ISLAM, BUT SHE

SAID SHE LONGED FOR

SOMETHING MORE.

I WENT TO WITCH DOCTORS,

AND THEY DEMANDED CHICKEN

AND ALSO A SACRIFICE, JUST

TO CONSULT THE SPIRITS FOR

ME.

Reporter: SIBRIAN, A

CHRISTIAN LIVING IN HIR

VILLAGE, TRIED TO TELL HER

ABOUT JESUS, BUT SHE

WOULDN'T LISTEN.

I DECIDED TO GIVE HER

TIPS FROM "THE 700 CLUB,"

BECAUSE I'VE WITNESSED MANY

MIRACLES THROUGH IT.

Reporter: ONE NIGHT

TAMMY DECIDED TO WATCH THE

TAPES THAT SIBRIAN GAVE

HER.

SHE HEARD A NOISE OUTSIDE,

AND THEN THE DOOR FLEW OPEN,

AND A GANG OF ROBBERS RUSHED

IN.

I WAS VERY AFRAID.

I MADE A PROMISE TO GOD,

SAYING, OH, LORD, IF ONLY

YOU WILL KEEP ME FROM THIS,

I WILL ACCEPT GOD IN MY

LIFE.

Reporter: AT THAT VERY

MOMENT ON THE TELEVISION,

PAT ROBERTSON BEGAN TO PRAY,

AND SOMETHING STRANGE

HAPPENED.

THE LEADER OF THE GANG

FELL TO THE FLOOR.

I FELT A STRONG WIND HIT

ME, AND I FELL TO THE

GROUND.

WHEN HE FELL, THE OTHER

THREE GUNMEN FLED.

I COULDN'T GET UP FOR

AROUND 15 MINUTES.

I SAW SOMEONE, AS WHITE AS

AN ANGEL, TELLING ME TO

ACCEPT CHRIST.

WHEN HE CAME AROUND, HE

WAS ASKING ME TO HELP HIM.

HE SAID HE WANTED JESUS IN

HIS LIFE.

THE GUILT OF MY SINS

WEIGHED HEAVILY ON ME.

I WANTED TO ACCEPT CHRIST.

I KNEW I WOULD HAVE PEACE

AND A CHANGE OF LIFE IF I

DID.

Reporter: TAMMY SENT

FOR SIBRIAN, WHO PRAYED FOR

JACOB.

AS HE PRAYED FOR ME, I

FELT A GREAT PEACE IN MY

HEART.

I KNEW I WOULD NEVER GO BACK

TO MY OLD WAYS.

Reporter: JACOB DIDN'T

HAVE A JOB, SO SIBRIAN

BOUGHT HIM A MOTORCYCLE,

WHICH HE USES AS A TAXI

BUSINESS.

RIDING AROUND TOWN, JACOB

STILL SEES SOME OF HER

FORMER GANG MEMBERS.

I PREACH TO THEM, AND TWO

OF THEM ARE ALREADY

CHRISTIANS.

Reporter: THE

EXPERIENCE CHANGED TAMMY'S

BELIEF, TOO.

BEFORE I NEVER BELIEVED

THAT JESUS WAS LORD, BUT

WHEN I SAW THE ROBBERS

RUNNING AWAY, THEN I

BELIEVED THAT, INDEED, JESUS

IS LORD.

CBN, I'M VERY THANKFUL.

I FOUND SALVATION AND

HEALING THROUGH YOUR

PROGRAM.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Terry: TRUTH, WE ARE

ABLE TO BRING THE TRUTH, THE

MESSAGE OF WHO JESUS IS, TO

THE WORLD.

WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU.

IF YOU'RE A "700 CLUB"

MEMBER, YOU HELP US TO DO

THAT.

JESUS SAID THAT WE WOULD

KNOW THE TRUTH, AND IT WAS

THE TRUTH THAT WOULD SET US

FREE.

THAT'S A POWERFUL STORY OF

HOW GOD WORKED IN A COUNTRY

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE

GLOBE.

PEOPLE WHO HAD NEVER HEARD

ABOUT HIM.

A FAITHFUL MAN, SIBRIAN, WHO

BROUGHT THE TRUTH TO THEM,

BUT YOU PROVIDED THE

VEHICLE.

AND WE WANT TO SAY THANK

YOU.

IF YOU'RE NOT A "700 CLUB"

MEMBER, THIS PROGRAM AND IN

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BUT WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN

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JUST SAY, I WANT TO JOIN

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BUT DO IT TODAY.

GORDON?

Gordon: WE LEAVE YOU

WITH THIS WONDERFUL WORD

FROM 1 CORINTHIANS 8: 6:

"BUT WE KNOW THAT THERE IS

ONLY ONE GOD, THE FATHER WHO

CREATED EVERYTHING.

AND WE LIVE FOR HIM.

AND THERE IS ONLY ONE LORD,

JESUS CHRIST, THROUGH WHOM

GOD MAY EVERYTHING, AND

THROUGH WHOM WE HAVE BEEN

GIVEN LIFE."

CELEBRATE TODAY THE LIFE

THAT YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN,

GIVEN FREELY BY JESUS.

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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