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The 700 Club - October 22, 2015

Author Jefferson Bethke presents the challenging and compelling story of Christ in a new way. Plus, Steve and Laine found a way to save both their business and their marriage. Read Transcript


GREAT LIE THAT IS INCITING

MUSLIMS TO VIOLENCE.

PLUS...A MARRIAGE IN

DESPERATE NEED OF A

DO-OVER.

I CHANGED THE LOCKS ON

THE DOOR SO SHE COULDN'T

GET IN ANYMORE.

Wendy: AND THEN...THE

VIRAL STAR WHO'S VIDEO ON

CHRISTIANITY HAD MORE THAN

20 MILLION HITS.

JEFFERSON BETHKE JOINS US

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB."

Pat: WELL, WELCOME,

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

THE WORLD IS REALLY A

TROUBLED PLACE.

THERE IS TROUBLE ALL OVER.

THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF

REPORTS OF ABUSES AND

POTENTIAL WAR.

AND THANKS TO VLADIMIR

PUTIN'S STRATEGIC MOVES

AND HIS MILITARY BUILD-UP,

RUSSIA IS NOW A RISING

POWER IN THE MIDDLE EAST,

WHILE AMERICA, UNDER

OBAMA, APPEARS TO BE ON

THE DECLINE.

THAT'S THE SITUATION NOW

AS JOHN KERRY MEETS

RUSSIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER

TOMORROW.

Terry: IT IS PROVING

TO BE A HOT SPOT FOR THE

UNITED STATES AND ITS

ALLIES, AND NOW IRAN IS

TESTING A MISSILE WITH

NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES AS

WELL.

DALE HURD HAS THE STORY.

Reporter: FOR THE

FIRST TIME SINCE RUSSIAN

WAR PLANES BEGAN FLYING

COMBAT MISSIONS IN SYRIA,

U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE

JOHN KERRY WILL MEET IN

VIENNA ON FRIDAY WITH

RUSSIAN OFFICIALS.

THE MEETING WILL FOLLOW A

VISIT TO MOSCOW THIS WEEK

BY SYRIAN LEADER

AL-ASSAD.

ASSAD OWES PUTIN A GREAT

DEAL.

HE WAS LOSING BEFORE

RUSSIAN FORCES BEGAN

OPERATIONS AGAINST REBELS.

THE RED CARPET WELCOME

FOR al-ASSAD, WHO HAS

USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS ON

HIS OWN PEOPLE, WAS A SLAP

IN THE FACE TO THE U.S.

WHAT I CAN TELL YOU IS

REGARDLESS OF THE VISIT,

NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE

ABOUT WHAT WE'RE FOCUSED

ON.

JUST TWO THINGS: GOING

AFTER al-ASSAD INSIDE

SYRIA AND IRAQ, AND TRYING

TO GET A POLITICAL TRACK,

A POLITICAL SOLUTION,

HERE, IN SYRIA.

Reporter: BUT PERHAPS

SOMETHING SHOULD CHANGE

BECAUSE CRITICS SAY

VLADIMIR PUTIN IS

OUTMANEUVERING OBAMA ON

THE CHESS BOARD OF THE

MIDDLE EAST AS THE WHITE

HOUSE NOW LOOKS FOR A WAY

TO SALVAGE ITS AGENDA FOR

THE REGION.

AND WHILE THIS SYRIAN

CRISIS IS UNFOLDING,

ANOTHER MAJOR PROBLEM IN

THE MIDDLE EAST: AS UNITED

STATES, FRANCE, BRITAIN,

AND GERMANY HAVE ASKED THE

U.N. COUNCIL TO

INVESTIGATE AND TAKE

APPROPRIATE ACTION AGAINST

IRAN FOR CONDUCTING A

BALLISTIC MISSILE TEST

EARLIER THIS MONTH, WHICH

THEY SAY VIOLATED U.S.

SANCTIONS, ALTHOUGH THE

U.S. CALLED THE TEST

ENTIRELY SEPARATE FROM ITS

NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN.

> DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

Pat: YOU WONDER WHAT

IS GOING ON, LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN.

I DO.

YOU HAVE TO SAY, WHAT IS

GOING ON IN WASHINGTON?

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THOSE

PEOPLE?

THEY JUST BEND OVER

BACKWARDS TO MAKE A DEAL,

TO GIVE AWAY OUR

SANCTIONS, TO GIVE AWAY

OVER $100 BILLION OF MONEY

THAT HAS BEEN SEQUESTERED

TO SET IRAN UP AS THE

LEADING PROPONENT OF

TERRORISM IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

AND THEN WHEN IRAN

LAUNCHES A MISSILE, THAT

THING HAS -- AT LEAST THE

ONE -- WE DON'T HAVE THE

EXACT SPECS ON IT, BUT THE

ONE THEY'RE THINKING ABOUT

WOULD HAVE A THOUSAND-MILE

RANGE, WHICH MEANS THAT

ALL OF EUROPE WOULD BE

UNDER NUCLEAR THREAT FROM

IRAN.

IT WOULDN'T YET COME TO

THE UNITED STATES, BUT OUR

EUROPEAN ALLIES WOULD BE

COWED BY THE IRANIANS.

AND WHAT ARE WE DOING?

WE SAY, THAT ISN'T REALLY

PART OF THE DEAL WE'VE

NEGOTIATED SO CAREFULLY.

YOU JUST YOURSELF WHY?

WE'VE SPENT SO LONG

GAINING THE POWER AND THE

INFLUENCE WE HAVE IN THE

MIDDLE EAST, AND WE

FRITTERED IT ALL AWAY IN A

MATTER OF A COUPLE OF

WEEKS.

> WELL, HERE AT HOME,

THE FORMER SECRETARY OF

STATE, HILLARY CLINTON,

NOW THE PRESUMPTIVE

DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR THE

PRESIDENCY, SHE IS FINALLY

TESTIFYING BEFORE CONGRESS

ABOUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

DURING THAT DEADLY ATTACK

IN BENGHAZI.

JOHN JESSUP HAS THAT

STORY.

John: THAT'S RIGHT,

PAT.

IT IS HILLARY CLINTON'S

DAY IN THE HOT SEAT, WITH

REPUBLICANS QUESTIONING

HER ABOUT HER ACTIONS

DURING THE BENGHAZI ATTACK

THAT KILLED FOUR

AMERICANS.

HER APPEARANCE IS THE

FIRST PUBLIC HEARING IN

NEARLY 10 MONTHS FOR THE

SPECIAL HOUSE COMMITTEE

INVESTIGATING WHAT

HAPPENED IN BENGHAZI.

SHE WAS, OF COURSE,

SECRETARY OF STATE AT THE

TIME OF THE ATTACK AND HAS

TESTIFIED BEFORE.

BUT THE COMMITTEE WANTS

MORE ANSWERS.

DEMOCRATS SAY IT IS A BID

TO UNDER MINE HER BID FOR

THE WHITE HOUSE.

BUT AMERICANS OVERALL VIEW

THE INVESTIGATION AS

JUSTIFIED.

PAT, BACK TO YOU.

Pat: DON'T GET YOUR

HOPES UP.

THIS MAN IS A TREMENDOUS

PROSECUTOR AND HE IS

CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE,

SEE HE MIGHT FORCE HER TO

DO SOMETHING.

BUT THERE IS A BLACK

CONGRESSMAN FROM MARYLAND

WHO IS SET TO FRUSTRATE

EVERYTHING IT HAS DONE.

WHATEVER SHE SAYS, THEY'RE

GOING TO PROTECT HER, AND

SHE IS GOING TO BE

PROTECTED.

THERE IS NO WAY THAT THE

DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO

ALLOW THEIR LEAD PERSON TO

BE PILLARED IN A SENATE

COMMITTEE.

YOU WATCH WHAT IS GOING TO

HAPPEN -- A HOUSE

COMMITTEE.

I'M SORRY.

THE MAN CALLED CLINTON'S

POTENTIAL MAIN RIVAL FOR

THE DEMOCRATIC

PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION

WON'T EVEN BE IN THE RACE.

SOME PUNDITS BELIEVE VICE

PRESIDENT JOSEPH BIDEN DID

LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN IN

CASE CLINTON, THE

FRONT-RUNNER STUMBLES.

THAT IS HIGHLY

QUESTIONABLE.

John: THAT'S RIGHT,

PAT.

WHEN JOSEPH BIDEN

ANNOUNCED HE WOULDN'T RUN

FOR THE WHITE HOUSE NEXT

YEAR, HE ROCKED THE

POLITICAL WORLD WITH HIS

WHITE HOUSE ROSE GARDEN

ANNOUNCEMENT.

ALONGSIDE WITH HIS WIFE,

JILL, AND PRESIDENT OBAMA.

HE SAYS HE IS STILL

GRIEVING AFTER LOSING HIS

SON, BO, TO CANCER EARLIER

THIS YEAR.

HIS DECISION SURPRISED

MANY PEOPLE HERE IN

WASHINGTON, INCLUDING SOME

ON HIS OWN TEAM.

> WELL, TENSIONS ARE

RISING IN HAITI, AHEAD OF

OF SUNDAY'S FIRST ROUND OF

PRESIDENTIAL BALLOTING IN

LOCAL ELECTIONS.

AT LEAST 15 PEOPLE WERE

KILLED OVER THE LAST FEW

DAYS IN ONE OF THE BIGGEST

SLUMS IN THE COUNTRY ON

THE EDGE OF

PORT-AU-PRINCE.

AND RIOTS HAVE ERUPTED IN

OTHER PARTS OF HAITI EVERY

DAY NOW FOR MONTHS.

CAITLIN BURKE VISITED ONE

OF THOSE AREAS, AND BRINGS

US THE STORY OF ONE

ORGANIZATION THAT IS

TRYING TO HELP, EVEN IN

THE MIDST OF CHAOS.

Reporter: THE TOWN OF

ARCAI SITS ALONG THE MAIN

ROAD.

IT LOOKS LIKE ANY OTHER

COMMUNITY YOU WOULD FIND

HERE, UNTIL YOU TAKE A

CLOSER LOOK.

THESE SCORCH MARKS ARE

FROM THE DAILY RIOTS AND

ROADBLOCKS SET UP IN THIS

COMMUNITY, REMINDERS IT IS

NOT SAFE.

THOSE DAILY RIOTS AND

PROTESTS AGAINST THE

GOVERNMENT HAVE HAPPENED

FOR MONTHS.

AND THEY OFTEN RESULT IN

VIOLENT ALTERCATIONS

BETWEEN THE RIOTERS AND

THE POLICE.

"CHILDREN'S LIFELINE,"

WHICH PARTNERS WITH

"ORPHANS' PROMISE," HAS

BEEN WORKING IN THE

COMMUNITY FOR NEARLY 20

YEARS.

WE'RE NOT WORKING FOR

THE GOVERNMENT.

WE'RE NOT WORKING FOR

ANYONE.

BUT WE'RE WORKING FOR GOD.

Reporter: THE SCHOOL

FEEDING PROGRAM HAS BEEN

AFFECTED BY THE RIOTS.

BUT THEY REFUSE TO LET THE

CHILDREN IN THEIR CARE GO

HUNGRY.

UNDER NORMAL

CIRCUMSTANCES, THESE KIDS

WOULD ALL BE IN SCHOOL,

EATING THEIR LUNCHES

DELIVERED BY "CHILDREN'S

LIFELINE" BUT BECAUSE OF

POLITICAL UNREST, IT IS

NOT SAFE.

SO INSTEAD, ALL WHO ARE

ABLE COME HERE BECAUSE

SCHOOL IS NOT IN SESSION.

FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T MAKE

IT, STAFF MEMBERS PACK THE

FOOD INTO BUCKETS, AND

TRAVEL EITHER BY TRUCK OR

ON FOOT TO MAKE SURE IT IS

DELIVERED.

WE TRY TO DO OUR BEST,

EVEN THOUGH WE'VE GOT

PROBLEMS IN THIS AREA.

BUT WE STILL SEND THEM

FOOD.

THE OTHER DAY, WE HAD A

PROBLEM BECAUSE NO

VEHICLES COULD DRIVE ON

THE MAIN ROADS.

BUT WHAT WE DO, WE CARRY

THE FOOD IN OUR HANDS IN

ORDER TO TRANSPORT IT TO

THE KIDS BECAUSE WE CARE

ABOUT THEM.

Reporter: IT IS

UNKNOWN WHEN SCHOOL WILL

BE ABLE TO RESUME FOR THE

CHILDREN HERE.

BUT "CHILDREN'S LIFELINE"

SAYS DESPITE THE VIOLENCE,

IT WON'T STOP CARRYING OUT

ITS MISSION.

CAITLIN BURKE, CBN NEWS,

HAITI.

John: THANKS,

CAITLIN.

WHAT A GREAT WORK THIS

ORGANIZATION IS DOING.

Pat: THANKS, CAITLIN.

"OPERATION BLESSING" HAS

BE THERE FOR A COUPLE OF

YEARS.

WE HAVE A MAJOR

CHLORINATION PROJECT TO

GIVE THEM FRESH WATER.

WE HAVE MAJOR FEEDING

PROJECTS TO PROVIDE

TALAPIA FISH, TO MAKE

MILLIONS OF POUNDS OF FISH

AVAILABLE TO THEM SO THEY

CAN LEAD A DECENT LIFE.

BUT THE PROBLEM WITH HAITI

IS IT HAS SUCH CORRUPTION.

THEY HAD A VICIOUS

DICTATOR.

THERE ARE SECRET POLICE

THAT BEAT AND HARASS THE

PEOPLE.

AND HIS SON CAME ALONG,

AND HE WAS AC CROOKE AS CROOKED AS

COULD BE.

AND YOU HAVE A GUY THAT

BILL CLINTON TRIED TO PUT

IN, CALLED ARISTID, WHO,

AGAIN, WAS A VICIOUS

DICTATOR.

AND THOSE PEOPLE ARE

SUFFERING.

I READ A VERY COGENT

ARTICLE BY MARY O'GRADY

THAT INDICATED THE LEVEL

OF CORRUPTION, AND THAT

THERE ARE CERTAIN FAMILIES

THAT HAVE DOMINANCE IN

MONOPOLIES SUCH AS THE

TELEPHONE COMPANY AND THE

POWER COMPANY AND SO FORTH

IN HAITI, AND THOSE PEOPLE

DON'T HAVE A CHANCE.

UNLESS THERE IS A MAJOR

OVERHAUL, AND IT DOESN'T

LOOK LIKE IT IS GOING TO

HAPPEN.

THEY JUST SEEM TO BE UNDER

THE SWAY OF VICIOUS

DICTATORS OVER AND OVER

AND OVER AGAIN.

AND THERE ARE PROBABLY

MORE N.G.O.s,

NON-GOVERNMENT

ORGANIZATIONS, WORKING IN

HAITI THAN IN ANY OTHER

COUNTRY ON EARTH.

THEY'RE OVERCOME BY THE

CORRUPTION.

SO IT IS A COUNTRY THAT

NEEDS OUR PRAYER.

THEY'RE LOVELY PEOPLE.

THEY WORK HARD WHEN GIVEN

A CHANCE.

BUT THEY'VE BEEN HELD

UNDER BY THESE MONSTERS

WHO HAVE BEEN THEIR

LEADERS.

IT'S AWFUL.

> WELL, THERE IS

SOMETHING ELSE THAT IS ON

THE HORIZON.

ONE BRANCH OF THE U.N. IS

REARING ITS HEAD TO DO

SOMETHING STUPID, AND HERE

IT IS.

JOHN, TELL US ABOUT IT.

John: THAT'S RIGHT,

PAT.

UNESCO HAS VOTED TO

DECLARE TWO JEWISH

BIBLICAL HOLY SITES TO BE

ISLAMIC.

AND IT ACCUSED ISRAEL OF

MISTREATING PALESTINIANS

ON JERUSALEM'S TEMPLE

MOUNT.

EFREM GRAHAM HAS THAT

STORY.

Efrem: ISRAEL SAYS

UNESCO IS HELPING

PALESTINIANS TO REWRITE

BIBLICAL HISTORY, AND

TRANSFORM THE

ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN

CONFLICT INTO A RELIGIOUS

ONE.

UNESCO HAS BECOME AN

INSTRUMENT IN THE HANDS OF

THE ARABS AND THE

PALESTINIAN.

Efrem: THE UNITED

NATIONS EDUCATIONAL,

SCIENTIFIC, AND CULTURAL

ORGANIZATION PASSED A

RESOLUTION SAYING THAT THE

TOMB OF THE PATRIARCHS IN

HEBRON AND RACHEL'S TOMB

IN BETHLEHEM ARE AN

INTERGAL PART OF

PALESTINIAN.

EARLIER, THEY CLAIMED BOTH

AS MOSQUES.

EMMANUEL ASHAN SAYS THE

DECLARATION HELPS

PALESTINIANS PROMOTE THEIR

POLITICAL NARRATIVE.

IT IS AN ATTEMPT BY THE

ARAB SIDE AND THE

PALESTINIANS TO CHANGE

HISTORY, TO PRETEND THAT

THOSE PLACES, WHICH ARE

HOLY PLACES FOR JUDAISM,

WHICH HAVE BEEN HOLY

PLACES FOR JUDAISM FOR

THOUSANDS OF YEARS, ARE

ACTUALLY PALESTINIAN OR

MUSLIM HOLY PLACES.

Efrem: HISTORICAL

EVIDENCE INDICATES THAT

ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB

WERE BURNED IN THE CAVE OF

THE PAT PATRIARCHS, ALONG WITH

THEIR WIVES.

THE SITE OF RACHEL'S TOO

MANY IS BELIEVED TO BE THE

PLACE OF THE FAVORITE WIFE

OF JACOB.

THE RESOLUTION STOPPED

SHORT OF INCLUDING THE

WESTERN WAIL, AS

PALESTINIANS HAD HOPED.

IT WOULD HAVE RENAMED THE

PLAZA al-BARAK, AFTER

THE WINGED FORCE.

THERE IS A LIMIT TO

WHAT YOU CAN DO, BUT I

HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THEY

WILL TRY AGAIN.

Efrem: THE RESOLUTION

ALSO ACCUSED ISRAEL OF

AGGRESSION ON THE TEMPLE

MOUNT, AND YET

PALESTINIANS HAVE

REPEATEDLY ATTACKED POLICE

AND VISITORS TO THE TEMPLE

MOUNT, THE HOLIEST SITE IN

JUDAISM.

THE CURRENT WAVE OF

TERRORISM IS A REACTION TO

WHAT THEY SAY ARE ISRAELI

ATTEMPTS TO CHANGE THE

STATUS QUO.

ISRAEL DENIES ANY CHANGES

THERE.

THIS IS CERTAINLY

RELATED TO WHAT WE LIVE

HERE ON THE GROUND.

PALESTINIAN VIOLENCE,

PALESTINIAN INCITEMENT,

AND ALSO THE ATTEMPT TO

TRANSFORM A CONFLICT INTO

A RELIGIOUS CONFLICT.

Efrem: EARLIER,

PALESTINIANS SET FIRE TO

THE TOMB OF THE BIBLICAL

PATRIARCH, JOSEPH.

MAHMOUD ABBAS CONDEMNED

THAT ARSON ATTACK.

BUT ASHON SAYS IT IS A

SIGN OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN

IF THE PALESTINIANS WERE

IN CHARGE.

THEM KNOCKING OVER

JOSEPH'S TOMB DEMONSTRATES

VERY CLEARLY WHAT WOULD BE

THE FATE OF JEWISH HOLY

SITES IF THEY WERE UNDER

PALESTINIAN CONTROL.

Reporter:

DR. CORNELIUS BECKER SAYS

CHRISTIANS SHOULD CARE

BECAUSE IT IS THEIR

HISTORY, TOO.

GOD CHOSE ABRAHAM,

ISAAC, JACOB, AND JOSEPH,

THE VERY TOMB THAT IS NOW

BEING SET ON FIRE.

WE FEEL AN AKINSHIP WITH

ISRAEL BECAUSE IT IS OUR

HISTORY.

JESUS WAS A JEW, PAUL WAS

A JEW.

Efrem: EFREM GRAHAM,

CBN NEWS.

John: PAT, YOU'VE GOT

TO ASK IF THERE IS ANY

HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF

THESE SITES.

Pat: I WENT WITH

YASSER ARAFAT, AND I WAS

TRANSFERRED TO A CAR WITH

PALESTINIAN LICENSE

PLATES, AND WE WENT RIDING

DOWN THE ROAD, IN THE

PITCH BLACK DARK, INTO

BETHLEHEM.

AND WE WENT BY THIS PLACE,

AND THE MAN WHO WAS WITH

ME, WHO WAS AN AIDE TO

ARAFAT, SAID, THIS IS THE

TOMB OF RACHEL, THIS IS A

SPECIAL HOLY SITE FOR

ARABS.

AND I SAID, RACHEL WAS THE

WIFE OF ISRAEL?

WHAT DO YOU MEAN A HOLY

SITE FOR ARABS?

WELL, WE JUST THINK SHE

WAS VERY HIGHLY REGARDED

BY US.

IT'S JACOB'S WIFE AND

THEY'RE TAKING OVER HER

TOMB AND MAKING IT AN ARAB

PLACE.

THIS IS INSANE.

BUT THAT'S THE WAY THEY DO

IT.

THEY JUST LIVE IN A

FANTASY WORLD.

AND UNFORTUNATELY THIS

UNESCO THING IS JUST AN

ABSURD ORGANIZATION THAT

IS CONTROLLED BY THE

ARABS.

BUT WHAT IS HAPPENING,

FOLKS, AND I THINK YOU

NEED TO UNDERSTAND IT, THE

TENSION IS BUILDING AND

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

AND IF YOU READ THE

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

PROPHET ZACHARIAH, IT SAYS

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

THE NATIONS ARE GOING TO

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

COME AGAINST JERUSALEM,

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

AND THE HOUSES ARE GOING

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

TO BE SACKED, AND THE

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

WOMEN RAPED.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

IT IS GOING TO BE A MESS.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

I THINK WE'RE IN THE

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

PROCESS OF SEEING THAT

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

HAPPEN.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

THE TENSION, THE HATRED

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

AGAINST ISRAEL, THE

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

ANTI-SEMITISM THAT IS

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING UP AROUND THE

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

WORLD.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

AND ISRAEL IS GOING TO

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

FIND HERSELF ALONE BECAUSE

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

WE HAVE A PRESIDENT HERE

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

WHO IS NO LONGER HER

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

FRIEND, THE WAY WE USED TO

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BE THE FRIEND OF ISRAEL.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

AND ISRAEL IS GOING TO

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

BUILDING AND BUILDING.

HAVE TO DEPEND ON ONE

HAVE TO DEPEND ON ONE

SOURCE, AND THAT IS

ALMIGHTY GOD.

BUT JUST KEEP THEM IN

PRAYER, AND PRAY FOR THE

PEACE OF JERUSALEM,

BLESSED ARE THEY THAT LOVE

YOU.

I JUST BELIEVE WHAT WE'RE

LOOKING AT IS MOVING

TOWARDS A FINAL CONFLICT

THAT MAY WELL USHER IN THE

COMING OF THE LORD.

> TERRY?

Terry: WELL, COMING

UP, WHAT'S THE EASIEST WAY

TO INCITE MUSLIMS?

TELL THEM THAT THE

AL-AQSA IS IN DANGER.

THE MASS THAT IGNITES

THE PEOPLE AND BRINGS THEM

TO THE STREETS AND CAUSES

VIOLENCE IS THIS LIE.

Terry: SO WHY IS THIS

LIE BEING SPREAD AROUND

THE MUSLIM WORLD?

FIND OUT.

THAT'S NEXT.

Pat: IT IS ONE OF THE

MOST FAMOUS LOCATIONS IN

ISLAM.

THEY HAVE A MYTH THAT THE

PROPHET MUHAMMAD RODE HIS

HORSE AND WENT FROM MECCA,

WHERE HE WAS, TO

JERUSALEM.

THE HORSE TOUCHED DOWN IN

JERUSALEM, AND THEN SPRANG

UP INTO HEAVEN.

NOW, IF YOU BELIEVE THAT,

YOU ALSO BELIEVE IN THE

GREAT PUMPKIN, AND THE

OTHER FANTASIES.

BUT THEY BELIEVE IT

FIRMLY.

AND THE al-AQSA IS THE

FURTHEST PLACE WHERE IT

WAS.

THAT'S BELIEVE THAT'S

WHERE HE DID IT.

AND IT SITS ON THE TEMPLE

MOUNT IN JERUSALEM.

AS WE HAVE SEEN FROM THE

TERRORISM IN THE LAST FEW

WEEKS, ALL IT TAKES IS A

RUMOR THAT ISRAEL MAY BE

THREATENING THAT MOSQUE,

AND MUSLIMS GO INTO A

FRENZY, EVEN IF IT ISN'T

TRUE.

CHRIS MITCHELL BRINGS US

THAT STORY.

Chris: IT'S ONE OF

THE MOST HOLY AND

CONTESTED PIECES OF REAL

ESTATE ON EARTH, THE

TEMPLE MOUNT.

FOR DECADES ISLAMIC

LEADERS HAVE INCITED

MUSLIMS TO VIOLENCE BY

TELLING THEM THAT THE

al-AQSA MOSQUE IS IN

DANGER.

FIRST THEY CLAIMED THAT

THE ISRAELIS WERE

UNDERMINING ITS

FOUNDATIONS TO MAKE IT

COLLAPSE.

NOW THEY ALSO SAY IT IS A

THREAT EVEN FOR JEWS TO

PRAY ON THE SACRED

PLATEAU.

EXTREME MOVEMENTS

BELIEVE THAT ISRAEL IS

PLANNING TO BUILD A THIRD

TEMPLE AND TO DESTROY

THEIR HOLY SHRINE.

Chris: KNOWN IN

ARABIC AT THE HARAM

AL-SHARIF, OR NOBLE

SANCTUARY, IT IS THE PLACE

WHERE TWO CONSECUTIVE

JEWISH TEMPLES ONCE STOOD.

THE SECOND WAS DESTROYED

IN 70 A.D.BY THE ROMANCE.

THE GOLDEN ROCK IS THE

MOST IDENTIFIABLE MUSLIM

SHRINE ON THE TEMPLE

MOUNT.

BUT IT IS THE MOSQUE TO MY

LEFT THAT MUSLIMS CONSIDER

THE THIRD HOLIEST SITE IN

ISLAM.

THEY BELIEVE THAT MUHAMMAD

TOOK A FAMOUS NIGHT RIDE

ON HIS WINGED HORSE,

AL-BARACK.

IN MUSLIM THEOLOGY, THE

SITE RECEDES THE JEWS AND

GOES BACK TO CREATION.

YOU KNOW, ADAM, WHEN HE

DESCENDED FROM THE HEAVEN,

HE CAME HERE AND HE PRAYED

HERE.

NO DIFFERENT BETWEEN

SULEMAN AND KING DAVID,

IT'S ALL THE SAME.

Chris: TODAY THE

ENTIRE PLATEAU IS REFERRED

TO AS al-AQSA.

HE SAYS WHEN MUSLIM

LEADERS WANT TO UNITE THE

MASSES, THEY CLAIM IT IS

IN DANGER.

THE MATCH THAT IGNITES

THE PEOPLE AND BRINGS THEM

TO THE STREETS AND CAUSES

VIOLENCE IS THIS LIE,

al-AQSA IS IN DANGER, AND

THIS IS BASELESS.

Reporter: THIS DOCTOR

SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN

EXCAVATIONS NEAR THE

TEMPLE MOUNT, BUT NEVER

UNDER IT.

ONE OF THE CORNERSTONES

OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

WAS NEVER TOUCHED.

Reporter: HE SAYS IT

WAS MUSLIMS, NOT JEWS, WHO

BEGAN DIGGING IN AN

ATTEMPT TO REWRITE

HISTORY.

SINCE THE '90s, THERE

WERE MANY DESTRUCTIVE DIG

DIGBEGINNINGGINGS.

Chris: AROUND 2000,

THEY DUG UP THOUSANDS OF

YEARS OF HISTORY WITH

BULLDOZERS FROM UNDER THE

TEMPLE MOUNT TO MAKE ROOM

FOR A GIANT MOSQUE.

MARCAI HEADED AN

ORGANIZATION TO SAVE

ARTIFACTS.

ACCORDING TO HIM, AMIN

HUSEINI ACCUSED THE JEWS

OF WANTING TO COLLAPSE THE

MOSQUE ON THE TEMPLE

MOUNT.

THAT LED TO MUSLIM RIOTING

AND MURDER OF THE JEWS,

JUST THE FIRST OF MANY

INCIDENTS.

DR. YITZHAK REITER SAYS

THE LIE HASN'T LOST ITS

POTENCY.

THEY THINK THE

AL-AQSA IS IN DANGER.

Reporter: IN 1969,

THE MUSLIM WORLD BLAMED

ISRAEL FOR THE ARSON

ATTACK ON THE al-AQSA

MOSQUE BY A VISITING

AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN.

THAT LIE CONTINUES TODAY.

MORE TROUBLE IN 1996, THE

WORST ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN

VIOLENCE IN 30 YEARS BROKE

OUT, WHEN ISRAELI OPENED

AN EXIT TO VISITORS FROM

THE al-AQSA.

AND THEN THEY PROVOKED AN

INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC UP

ROAR WHEN ISRAEL TRIED TO

REBUILD IT.

WE ASKED MUSLIMS IN

JERUSALEM WHAT THEY THINK.

IT DESTROYED IT.

THE PLACE IS IN DANGER.

THEY ARE DIGGING

UNDERNEATH HERE, AND

DIGGING AND DIGGING.

AND THEY DON'T FIND

ANYTHING.

GOD WILL SAVE IT.

Reporter: EXPERTS SAY

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE

WEST TAKE NOTICE NOW

BECAUSE MILLIONS OF

MUSLIMS BELIEVE THE LIE IS

TRUE.

THEY SAY IF IT BROUGHT

VIOLENCE AND THE PAST, IT

WILL DO SO IN THE FUTURE.

CHRIS MITCHELL,

JERUSALEM'S OLD CITY.

Pat: I HAVE BEEN

THERE.

I HAVE SEEN THE

EXCAVATION.

I HAVE SEEN THE DEBRIS.

THEY HAD TAKEN BEAUTIFUL

ROMAN STAP STATUES AND

BULLDOZED THEM AND DUMPED

THEM OUTSIDE OF THE CITY.

THEY HAVE EXCAVATED AN

ENORMOUS TAVERN, AND THE

WHOLE STRUCTURE IS IN

DANGER OF COLLAPSE BECAUSE

OF THE DIGGING OF THE

ARABS.

I HAVE SEEN IT WITH MY OWN

EYES.

al-AQSA MEANS THE

FATHER'S MOSQUE.

AND THE IDEA THAT MUHAMMAD

TOOK A MAGICAL HORSE RIDE

FROM MECCA ONE NIGHT TO

THAT PLACE, THE TEMPLE

MOUNT, AND THEN SPRANG UP

INTO HEAVEN -- THE WHOLE

THING IS FANTASY NONSENSE.

AND MUHAMMAD'S WIFE,

AISHA, WHO WAS HIS

FAVORITE WIFE -- THERE ARE

SOME PEOPLE WHO SAID HE

WENT TO JERUSALEM, BUT I

HAPPENED TO KNOW HE WAS IN

BED NEXT TO ME ALL NIGHT

LONG.

Terry: A FIRSTHAND

ACCOUNT.

Pat: THAT'S AN EYE

WITNESS TO THE TRUTH.

I'LL TELL YOU, THERE IS A

LIE.

AND THAT'S PART OF THE

MUSLIM ETHOS, LYING.

AND THEY BELIEVE LIES AND

THEY BELIEVE FANTASY.

AND THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE

LIABLE AND SLANDER, BUT IT

IS ENOUGH TO UPSET THE

ENTIRE ARAB WORLD.

> TERRY?

Terry: WELL, UP NEXT,

A HUSBAND FACES THE HARD

TRUTH ABOUT THE SAD STATE

OF HIS MARRIAGE.

ONE DAY YOU'RE STANDING

AT THE DRYER IN THE

LAUNDRY ROOM, AND YOUR MAD

ABOUT A PAIR OF SOCKS.

AND YOU HATE YOUR WIFE FOR

THAT.

THAT'S RESENTMENT.

Terry: WAIT UNTIL YOU

HEAR WHAT HIS WIFE THINKS

OF HIM.

THAT'S COMING UP.

WHOA!

Pat: WELL, THE BOOK

OF PROVERBS IS VERY

EXPRESSIVE, AND IT SAYS,

LOOK, IT IS BETTER TO LIVE

AND THE CORNER OF A ROOF

THAN IN A BROAD HOUSE WITH

A QUARRELLING WOMAN.

AND JUST IMAGINE MARRIAGE,

WHICH CAN BE HEAVEN ON

EARTH, CAN ALSO BE HELL ON

EARTH.

AND YOU ASK YOURSELF, HOW

CAN TWO PEOPLE WHO HATE

EACH OTHER LIVE UNDER THE

SAME ROOF FOR 17 YEARS?

THE WIFE LIVED ON ONE SIDE

OF THE HOUSE; THE HUSBAND

LIVED ON THE OTHER.

HE EVEN CHANGED THE LOCKS

ON HIS DOOR SO SHE

COULDN'T GET IN.

MAN, WHAT A MESS.

LANE AND STEVE CRAFT HAD

SO MUCH BUILT-UP

RESENTMENT TOWARDS ONE

ANOTHER IT IS AN ABSOLUTE

MIRACLE THAT THEY DIDN'T

KILL EACH OTHER OR ELSE

DISSOLVE THEIR MARRIAGE.

WE WERE SO BROKEN.

WE WERE SO MESSED UP.

WE TRULY WERE ON OPPOSITE

ENDS OF THE HOUSE.

I USED TO SAY, I LOVE TO

HATE HIM.

IT IS JUST A SLOW

PROCESS.

YOU DON'T EVEN NOTICE THAT

IT IS HAPPENING UNTIL ONE

DAY YOU'RE STANDING AT THE

DRYER IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM,

AND YOU'RE MAD ABOUT A

PAIR OF SOCKS.

AND YOU HATE YOUR WIFE FOR

THAT.

THAT'S RESENT.

RESENTMENT.

Reporter: STEVE AND

LANE MARRIED AFTER

COLLEGE, AND LANE STARTED

HER OWN AD AGENCY.

STEVE WENT INTO THE OIL

BUSINESS, BUT 40 OF HIS

FIRST 42 WELLS TURNED UP

DRY.

WE HAD EVERYTHING GOING

AGAINST US.

THE PRICE OF OIL WAS VERY

LOW.

WE HAD THREE KIDS UNDER

THREE, AND ONE VERY SICK.

RELATIONSHIP WIETION-WISE, WE WERE

BANKRUPT.

Reporter: THE CRAFTS

WORKED 16-HOUR DAYS AND

WHEN THEY WERE TOGETHER,

THEY ARGUED

CONSTANTLYMENT.

LITERALLY, WE KEPT

TALLIES.

IT WAS DESTROYING THE

MARRIAGE.

KEEPING TALLIES ON WHO IS

DOING WHAT WILL DESTROY

YOUR MARRIAGE.

MY OFFICE WAS IN THE

GARAGE, WHICH IS BEFORE I

SLEPT.

I CHANGED THE LOCKS ON THE

DOORS SO SHE COULDN'T GET

IN ANYMORE.

SHE SAID SHE LOVES TO HATE

ME -- ANYBODY WHO LOVES TO

HATE, THAT'S THE DEVIL.

AND TO ME SHE HAD BECOME

THE DEVIL.

Reporter: EVENTUALLY

STEVE'S BUSINESS WAS ON

THE VIRGE OF BANKRUPTCY.

THE BANKS DIDN'T WANT

TO GIVE US A LINE OF

CREDIT ANYMORE.

AND IT JUST -- EVERYTHING

WAS DONE.

IT WAS DONE.

AND WE HAD DONE NOTHING

BUT WORK REALLY, REALLY

HARD FOR 17 YEARS.

WITH ALL OF OUR MIGHT.

WE HAD ACCOUNTANTS TELL US

THREE YEARS IN A ROW, FILE

BANKRUPTCY.

YOU CAN'T MAKE ENOUGH

MONEY TO FIX THIS.

Reporter: JUST WHEN

IT SEEMED AS THOUGH THINGS

COULDN'T GET ANY WORSE, IT

DID.

MY OFFICE BURNED, MY

FATHER DIED.

I WAS BROUGHT TO MY KNEES.

MY CONSTANT PRAYER WAS

GOD, GIVE ME GUIDANCE.

I CAN'T FIX IT.

TELL ME WHAT TO DO TO FIX

IT.

AND THEN MY PRAYER BECAME,

SLAP ME, GOD, BECAUSE I

CAN'T HEAR YOU.

Reporter: STEVE WAS

PLANNING TO SELL HIS

BUSINESS AT A HUGE LOSS TO

PAY OFF DEBTS, BUT

SOMETHING TOLD HIM TO

WAIT.

MY PLAN WAS TO SELL THE

PROJECT FOR CASH AND

CARRY, $50,000 AND 1% OF

THE OIL.

GOD'S PLAN WAS SLOW DOWN.

TEACH YOUR KIDS TO PRAY.

LOVE YOUR WIFE.

DON'T WORRY ABOUT HOW MUCH

YOU OWE, HOW MUCH YOU'VE

GOT TO MAKE.

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

LANE BEGAN ATTENDING A NEW

CHURCH AND HAD AN

ENCOUNTER WITH CHRIST.

I NEVER EVEN HEARD THE

WORD CHRIST UNTIL I WAS

37.

I NEVER WALKED IN ANY KIND

OF FORGIVENESS.

THE KEY IN LIFE IS TO

RECEIVE THE LOVE OF CHRIST

AND THEN GIVE IT.

YOU CAN'T RECEIVE HIS LOVE

UNLESS YOU ACCEPT THE

GRACE THAT COMES WITH IT.

Reporter: ALTHOUGH

THE CRAFTS WERE HEADED FOR

DIVORCE, LANE BEGAN

MEETING WITH A CHRISTIAN

COUNSELLOR, AND HER HEART

BEGAN TO SOFTEN.

I CAME TO STEVE AND

SAID, IF WE'RE GOING TO

START THIS THING ALL OVER

AGAIN, CAN WE NOT START

ALL OVER WITH ONE ANOTHER.

CAN WE START FROM SCRATCH.

Reporter: IT TOOK 18

MONTHS, BUT THE CRAFTS

FINALLY HAD A

BREAKTHROUGH.

THERE WAS THIS

UNBELIEVABLE EXPERIENCE OF

GRACE FOR BOTH OF US.

WE WERE ABLE TO LOOK AT

EACH OTHER AND SAY, PLEASE

FORGIVE ME.

LET'S FORGIVE THE 17 YEARS

OF BATTLING ONE ANOTHER,

KEEPING THE SCORE, NOT

LOVING ONE ANOTHER LIKE WE

SHOULD.

THE MIRACLE HAPPENS IN

AN INSTANT, WHEN YOU

FINALLY LOOK IN YOUR

WIFE'S EYES AND SHE LOOKS

BACK AT YOU, AND YOU KNOW

IT'S TIME TO DO GRACE.

HAVE YOU TO UNDERSTAND

WHAT GRACE IS.

Reporter: WHEN STEVE

PUT GOD FIRST IN HIS LIFE,

MIRACLES ALSO BEGAN TO

OCCUR IN HIS BUSINESS.

18 MONTHS LATER, THE

SAME PROJECT, INITIALLY I

SOLD IT FOR $1.2 MILLION,

NOT $50,000, AND ABOUT 7%

OF THE RESIDUAL, NOT 1%.

SO YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN GOD'S PLAN AND MY

PLAN?

Reporter: THE CRAFTS

LATER MOVED INTO THEIR

DREAM HOME NEAR JACKSON,

MISSISSIPPI.

WHEN WE FIRST MOVED

INTO THIS HOUSE, IT WAS A

BEAUTIFUL MORNING, AND I

SAID THIS IS BEAUTIFUL,

GOD.

WHAT DID I DO TO DESERVE

THIS?

WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO

IN RETURN?

HE SAID, TELL EVERYBODY

WHO REALLY DID ALL OF

THIS.

1 PETER 3: 15: "ALWAYS

BE PREPARED TO SHARE THE

HOST, THAT LOVE WITHIN

ME."

THAT'S OUR STORY.

WE BE BELIEVERS THAT THE

ENEMY IS OUT THERE TO

SEEK, KILL, AND DESTROY

MARRIAGES.

HE KNOWS IF HE CAN KILL A

MARRIAGE, HE HAS KILLED A

LOT OF FOLKS AT ONE SWOOP.

Reporter: STEVE AND

LANE WROTE A BOOK

TOGETHER, "START AGAIN

FROM SCRATCH."

AND LANE STARTED A

MINISTRY TO HELP WOMEN

OVERCOME CHALLENGES IN

THEIR MARRIAGE.

HE DID IT FOR US.

OUR MARRIAGE WAS LITERALLY

BANKRUPT, OUR FINANCES

WERE BANKRUPT, BUT WHEN WE

DECIDED WE DID NOT WANT TO

LIVE A LIE, AND THAT THERE

HAD TO BE MORE TO LIFE, WE

FELL ON OUR KNEES.

SO THE VITAL KEY IN THIS

RECIPE IS YOU BETTER RUN

TO GOD TODAY AND GET TO

YOUR KNEES, BECAUSE THAT'S

WHERE IT STARTS, RIGHT

THERE.

Pat: WOULD YOU LIKE A

LITTLE SECRET ABOUT MAKING

A HAPPY MARRIAGE IF YOU'RE

A HUSBAND OR A WIFE?

I'LL TELL YOU WHAT I DO.

IT'S WHATEVER MAKES YOU

HAPPY, DEAR.

I WANT TO GO HERE --

WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY,

DEAR.

WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY.

THAT AVOIDS A WHOLE LOT OF

ARGUMENTS.

JUST GIVE IT A TRY AND SEE

WHAT HAPPENS.

YOU KNOW WHAT JESUS SAID?

HE SAID, WHEN YOU STAND

PRAYING, IF YOU HAVE OUGHT

AGAINST ANY, FORGIVE SO

THAT YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER

CAN FORGIVE YOU.

THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN

HOLD RESENTMENT IN YOUR

HEART TOWARDS YOUR SPOUSE

OR ANY OTHER HUMAN BEING.

IF YOU HAVE HATRED IN YOUR

HEART, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO

GET YOUR PRAYERS ANSWERED.

AND WHEN YOU BEGIN TO LOVE

AND OPEN YOUR HEART, THEN

YOU BEGIN TO BE LIKE GOD.

GOD MAKES HIS RAINFALL ON

THE UNGODLY AND THE GODLY.

HE LOVES THE SINNER AND HE

LOVES THE GODLY.

HE LOVES HIS PEOPLE, AND

HE LOVES THE OTHERS.

WE'RE TO BE LIKE HIM

BECAUSE OUR FATHER IS THE

ONE WHO SETS THE TONE OF

THINGS.

SO SOME OF YOU ARE LIVING

IN MARRIAGES WHERE THERE

IS HATRED, YOU'VE GOT TO

FORGIVE.

YOU SAY, BUT SHE SAID,

DON'T -- AND HE SAID, BUT

YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT HE DID

TO ME.

I DON'T CARE WHAT SHE DID

TO YOU.

THE QUESTION IS FORGIVE

THAT YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER

MAY FORGIVE YOU.

AND THEN YOU BEGIN TO HAVE

HAPPINESS, AND THEN LET

LOVE COME IN.

WHERE THERE IS HATRED, LET

LOVE COME IN.

AND OUT OF LOVE COMES

WONDERFUL THINGS.

AND MARRIAGE CAN BE A

PLACE OF BLESSING AND

COMFORT AND JOY INSTEAD OF

OF A BATTLEGROUND.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

FORGIVE AND THEN LOVE.

ALL RIGHT.

TERRY IS NEXT.

WHAT HAVE YOU GOT?

Terry: WELL, AHEAD,

THE SPOKEN WORD STAR WHO

IS CHANGING THE RELIGIOUS

DEBATE.

HERE WHY JEFFERSON BETHKE

SAYS CHRISTIANITY IS NOT

WHAT YOU THINK.

THAT'S NEXT.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK

TO "THE 700 CLUB."

CHRISTIANS COULD SOON BE

EXTINCT FROM ENTIRE

REGIONS OF THE WORLD.

THAT'S THE WARNING FROM A

NEW REPORT FROM A CATHOLIC

GROUP IN THE UNITED

KINGDOM CALLED "AID TO THE

CHURCH IN NEED."

THE GROUP SAYS THE WORST

IS HAPPENING IN THE MIDDLE

EAST AND AFRICA, AND

CHRISTIANITY COULD

ACTUALLY DISAPPEAR FROM

IRAQ WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE

YEARS IF THE SITUATION

DOESN'T CHANGE.

THE REPORT SAYS CHRISTIANS

ARE NOW THE MOST

PERSECUTED FAITH GROUP IN

THE WORLD.

AND THE INTERNATIONAL

SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

ESTIMATES 80% OF ALL ACTS

OF RELIGIOUS

DISCRIMINATION WERE

AGAINST CHRISTIANS.

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PAT AND TERRY WILL BE BACK

WITH MORE OF "THE 700

CLUB" RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Terry: WITHIN A SPAN

OF 48 HOURS, JEFFERSON

BETHKE WENT FROM AN

UNKNOWN ARTIST TO A VIRAL

SENSATION.

HIS VIDEO "WHY I LOVE

JESUS BUT HATE RELIGION,"

HAS BEEN SEEN BY MILLIONS

AROUND THE WORLD.

NOW JEFFERSON HAS ANOTHER

MESSAGE HE WANTS TO SHARE,

AND IT IS THAT

CHRISTIANITY IS NOT WHAT

YOU THINK.

WHAT IF CHRISTIANITY

ISN'T WHAT YOU THINK?

WHAT IF THE GOD WHO MADE

ALL THINGS GOOD, ALL OF

THIS BEAUTIFUL CREATION

AROUND US, IS INVITING US

TO A BIGGER, DEEPER STORY?

IF YOU LOOK AT SCRIPTURE,

YOU SEE THAT IT IS THIS

HUGE EPIC DRAMA, THIS HUGE

EPIC NARRATIVE, CALLING US

TO PUT OUR LIVES ON THE

LINE FOR GOD AND FOR

JESUS.

WE'RE PUTTING OUR STORY

BEHIND AND FOLLOWING AND

COMING UNDER HIS REIGN,

HIS RULE, AND HIS STORY.

SO THE QUESTION IS: WHAT

IF CHRISTIANITY IS LESS

ABOUT GOING TO HEAVEN WHEN

YOU DIE, AND MORE ABOUT

BRINGING THAT HEAVEN DOWN

HERE ON TO EARTH.

THAT MEANS OUR LIFE

MATTERS, HOW WE LIVE IT

MATTERS, AND WHAT STORY

WE'RE LIVING MATTERS.

Terry: JEFFERSON

BETHKE IS HERE WITH US

NOW.

AND WE WELCOME YOU BACK TO

"THE 700 CLUB."

THANK YOU FOR HAVING

ME.

Terry: LIVE, IN

PERSON, THIS TIME, NOT

SKYPING.

WHAT ARE THE WAYS WE

SOMETIMES -- I DON'T KNOW

IF CONVINCE IS THE RIGHT

WORD -- PEOPLE TO COME

INTO THE KINGDOM IS TO SAY

MY LIFE WAS A MESS HERE

AND THEN I CAME TO JESUS

AND EVERYTHING BECAME

WONDERFUL.

YES.

Terry: BUT THAT ISN'T

ALWAYS TRUE FOR EVERYBODY.

FOR YOU, LIFE GOT HARDER?

TOTALLY.

EVERYONE HAS A DIFFERENT

STORY, SO IF THAT IS YOUR

STORY, GO AHEAD AND SAY

THAT.

BUT, YEAH, IT GOT HARDER

AND MORE DIFFICULT.

FOR ME, I HAD A SEASON OF

DEPRESSION.

I FEEL LIKE TEMPTATION WAS

HARDER.

IN MY PARTICULAR INSTANCE,

SPIRITUALLY I CAME ALIVE,

AND MY SENSE WERE NOW

ALIVE, SO I KNEW THE

THINGS I SHOULDN'T DO BUT

I WAS ATTEMPTED TO DO.

Terry: THAT ROMANS

STUFF.

EXACTLY.

AND THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL

OPPORTUNITY TO MEET PEOPLE

WITH GRACE.

Terry: SO WHAT HELPED

YOU DOING THAT TIME?

I WOULD SAY REALLY THE

GRACE OF JESUS.

IT WAS THE MOST PIVOTAL

TIME OF LEARNING THAT

FOLLOWING JESUS IS NOT

ABOUT RAISING A HAND AND

IT IS OVER.

IT IS JUST LIKE A MARRIAGE

RELATIONSHIP.

WHEN YOU GIVE YOUR VOWS,

YOU'RE STARTING THE

RELATIONSHIP.

SO IT IS REALLY ABOUT

CONTINUING THAT AFTER.

Terry: YOUR BOOK IS

ENTITLED, IT'S NOT WHAT

YOU THINK?

IT IS A FUNNY AND

AWKWARD TITLE.

AND PEOPLE WILL SAY,

WHAT'S YOUR BOOK ABOUT,

AND I'LL SAY "IT'S NOT

WHAT YOU THINK."

HOPEFULLY IT MAKES IT MORE

MEMORABLE.

THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF US

BEING A 21st CENTURY

CHRISTIAN, WE DON'T

UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANT

TO BE A JEW.

AND A LOT OF THINGS LIKE

SABBATH AND TEMPLE AND

KINGDOM, AND THINGS THAT

WOULD HAVE BEEN REALLY

IMPORTANT TO JESUS, WE'VE

LOST.

THE BOOK IS SAYING, WHAT

IF WE GO BACK AND LOOK AT

IT FROM A DIFFERENT LENS.

AND I THINK THE BIBLE GOES

FROM BLACK AND WHITE TO

COLOR WHEN WE DO THAT.

Terry: YOU SAY WE

KIND OF SKIP OVER GENESIS

1 AND 2 AND WE START WITH

GENESIS 3, AND THERE IS A

HUGE LOSS IN THAT.

YES.

I WAS RAISED HEARING THE

GOSPEL MESSAGE AS YOU'RE A

SINNER, AND NOW COME TO

JESUS.

THAT WAS ALWAYS THE WAY I

HEARD IT.

AND WHAT THAT DOES IS I

THINK IT IS TELLING THE

STORY WRONG BECAUSE IT IS

STARTING THE STORY WITH

GENESIS 3, WITH BROKENNESS

AND THE CURSE.

GOD DOESN'T START THERE.

GOD STARTS WITH I'VE GIVEN

YOU A JOB TO DO AND I WANT

YOU TO FLOURISH.

AND THERE IS THE COSMOS --

SO WHEN YOU START THERE,

THE PICTURE IS BIGGER AND

BETTER, AND YOU REALLY

UNDERSTAND YOUR IDENTITY.

AND YOU SEE THAT THE CURSE

HAPPENED AND THE

BROKENNESS HAPPENED, AND

WE NEED JESUS TO FIX THAT.

Terry: IF YOU START

IN GENESIS 3, YOU SAY THE

STORY, BECAUSE IT STARTS

WITH BROKENNESS, BECOMES

ABOUT US.

BUT THE REALITY IS FOR US

TO WALK THE WALK THE WAY

WE WERE INTENDED TO, AND

HAVE THE RELATIONSHIP THE

WAY WE WERE INTENDED TO.

IT IS HIS STORY AND WE'RE

JUST INVITED INTO IT?

EXACTLY.

GENESIS 3 IS ZOOMING IN ON

THE THING THAT HAPPENED,

OUR CONDITION.

IF YOU START THERE, IT CAN

KIND OF BECOME

SELF-CENTERED, THIS IS A

PROBLEM, AND NOW LET'S

PHYSICIANFIXIT.

AND WHEN YOU START IN

GENESIS 1 AND 2, IT IS HIS

STORY AND HOW DO I LIVE

THAT AND COME UNDER THAT.

Terry: LATER ON YOU

MENTIONED HOW WE AREN'T

EVEN WHO YOU THINK WE ARE.

YOU SAY, WE ARE A PERSON

FROM THE FUTURE?

I'M A HUGE "BACK TO THE

FUTURE" FAN, AND I

REFERENCE THAT IN THE

CHAPTER.

THIS IS AN INTERESTING

THING WHEN YOU STUDY

JEWISH THOUGHT.

IN THE FIRST CENTURY, MOST

PEOPLE BELIEVED THE

RESURRECTION WAS GOING TO

HAPPEN BUT AT THE END OF

TIME.

JESUS THROWS A BOMB ON

THAT BY SAYING IT WILL

HAPPEN FOR ONE PERSON.

HE SAYS, NO, NO, NOW.

SO THE DISCIPLES'

COMMISSION IS TO TAKE THAT

RESURRECTION POWER, TAKE

THAT NEW EARTH, THAT NEW

BODY, AND PULL THAT INTO

THE PRESENT.

THAT'S OUR JOB, HOW CAN WE

TAKE THAT RESURRECTION JOB

THAT WILL BE THERE AT THE

END AND PULL THAT INTO THE

PRESENT.

Terry: YOU TALK ABOUT

OUR BODIES BEING THE

TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

UH-UH.

YEAH.

I THINK OF IT LIKE A

DIAGRAM.

IN THE FIRST CENTURY, THE

TEMPLE WAS WHERE THEY

COLLIDED.

AND I FEEL LIKE THE MIDDLE

SPACE, WHERE THEY OVERLAP,

THAT'S THE TEMPLE.

BUT JESUS SAYS, I'M THAT

PLACE WHERE HEAVEN AND

EARTH MEET, THE CLEAN

SPACE, THE PLACE OF

SACRIFICE, AND HE GOES ONE

STEP FURTHER, AND HE SAYS,

WHEN YOU HAVE THE SPIRIT,

YOU'RE, LIKE, THAT SPACE.

OUR JOB IS TO KIND OF GO

CREATE POCKETS OF HEAVEN

ON EARTH.

AND WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT

IT LIKE THAT, I THINK IT

MAKES LIFE MORE

MEANINGFUL.

Terry: AND IT IS A

MUCH BIGGER PICTURE THAN

JUST NOT VIOLATE YOUR

TEMPLE.

I THINK IT IS DEEPER

AND BETTER, SAYING YOU'RE

THE PLACE WHERE HEAVEN AND

EARTH COLLIDE.

GO LIVE AS IF THAT IS

TRUE.

Terry: WE WERE

TALKING ABOUT THE FACT

THAT VERY OFTEN ONE OF THE

THINGS THAT DRIVES US TO

CHRIST IS OUR WOUNDEDNESS.

AND YOU TALK A LOT ABOUT

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A

WOUND AND A SCAR.

YEAH.

THAT WAS PROBABLY ONE OF

THE HARDEST CHAPTERS TO

WRITE BECAUSE IT WAS

REALLY MY OWN NARRATIVE.

BUT ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL

TRUTHS WAS IN CHAPTER TWO.

WE ALL HAVE WOUNDS.

LIKE A PHYSICAL WOUND, IF

PEOPLE TOUCH THEM, YOU

CRINGE, YOU COVER THEM,

THEY HURT STILL AND

THEY'RE SENSITIVE.

THE COOL PART ABOUT JESUS

IS IF HE CLEANS THOSE

WOUNDS, LIKE A DOCTOR

WOULD -- WHEN YOU TOUCH

HIM, YOU BECOME CLEAN, AND

THEN IT BECOMES A SCAR.

A SCAR IS NOT SENSITIVE.

IT DOESN'T HURT ANYMORE,

AND IT TELLS A STORY.

AND THAT'S A WAY TO

WITNESS.

YOU'RE BASICALLY GOING

AROUND TELLING PEOPLE,

LOOK AT MY SCAR, LOOK WHAT

JESUS DID, AND YOU CAN GET

HEALED, TOO.

Terry: YOUR BOOK IS

ABOUT UNDERSTANDING THE

STORY AND TELLING THE

STORY, NOT DEBATING

SOMEONE INTO A CIRCLE OF

YOUR MAKING, BUT ALLOWING

THEM TO KNOW THE STORY AND

COME IN BECAUSE THEY WANT

TO BE A PART OF IT.

TOTALLY.

I THINK THAT'S THE BIGGEST

PREMISES OF THE BOOK.

I'M TRYING TO BASICALLY

SAY WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND

WHAT GOD IS DOING FROM

GENESIS TO REVELATION, IT

ALMOST BECOMES A WOOING.

AND YOU'RE, LIKE, I WANT

TO LIVE IN THIS.

Terry: AND THE HOLY

SPIRIT DOES WOO.

IT IS NOT SO OFTEN A BANG

ON THE HEAD.

EXACTLY.

Terry: IT IS A GREAT

BOOK.

IT IS VERY THOUGHT

PROVOKING.

IT IS CALLED "IT'S NOT

WHAT YOU THINK."

JEFFERSON, THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR BEING WITH US.

AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR

THOUGHTS AND SHARING YOUR

HEART SO WELL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Terry: ROSELLE SAYS,

"I HAD A FIRE IN MY HOME

AND WAS LEFT HOMELESS.

I CALLED MY PASTOR, AND HE

NEVER RECEIVED MY CALLS.

INSTEAD, I RECEIVED A CALL

FROM THE ASSISTANT

PASTOR'S WIFE.

I'M ANGRY HE DIDN'T CALL.

HOW CAN I GET PAST THIS?"

WE'RE GOING TO ANSWER THAT

AND MORE WHEN WE COME

Terry: WE WANT TO

TAKE SOME TIME TO "BRING

IT ON" AND ANSWER THE

E-MAIL QUESTIONS YOU

SUBMITTED.

PAT, THIS FIRST ONE COMES

FROM ROSELLE, WHO SAYS, "I

HAD A FIRE IN MY HOME AND

WAS LEFT HOMELESS.

I CALLED MY PASTOR AND

LEFT A MESSAGE.

HE NEVER CALLED ME.

I RECEIVED A CALL FROM THE

ASSISTANT PASTOR'S WIFE.

I WANTED TO TALK TO MY

PASTOR.

I ALSO LET MY PASTOR KNOW

I LOST MY BIBLE.

NOW A WEEK LATER, STILL NO

CALL FROM MY PASTOR.

I PAY MY TITHES AND GIVE

MY OFFERINGS.

I'M COMPLETELY DEVASTATED.

HOW DO I GET PAST THIS?"

Pat: YOU MIGHT FIND

ANOTHER CHURCH, YOU KNOW?

IT'S A SHAME THAT --

PASTORS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE

SHEPHERDS, AND THEY'RE

SUPPOSED TO CARE FOR THE

FLOCK.

YOU READ THE BIBLE, AND

THEY DON'T GO OUT AFTER

THE SICK AND BIND UP THE

WOUNDED SORT OF THING.

WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO THAT.

WE'RE SUPPOSED TO CARE FOR

THOSE WHO SUFFER.

A CHURCH SITUATION -- WHEN

ONE OF THE FLOCK CALLS IN

AND SAYS I'M HURTING, THEY

SHOULD IMMEDIATELY

MOBILIZE HELP.

IF NOT FROM THE CHURCH,

THEN FROM SOME CIVIC

AGENCY THEY COULD REFER

THIS WOMAN TO.

THEY JUST DIDN'T CARE.

THAT'S BAD.

WHAT THEY WANT IS PEOPLE

TO COME TO CHURCH AND FILL

UP THE PEWS AND GIVE THEIR

TITHES, AND THEN THE

PASTOR GOES AND PLAYS GOLF

OR SOMETHING.

IT JUST NOT WHAT IT OUGHT

TO BE.

THEY OUGHT TO BE PRAYING

FOR PEOPLE, AND THEY OUGHT

TO BE HELPING PEOPLE.

SO THAT'S THE ROLE OF A

SHEPHERD.

JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR THE

FLOCK.

HE DIED FOR THEM HE LOVED

THEM SO MUCH.

SO WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE

LOVERS.

I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU GET

OVER IT.

I THINK THE WAY YOU GET

OVER IT, YOU GO TO ANOTHER

CHURCH WHERE YOU'LL BE

CARED FOR AND WHERE THEY

LOVE YOU.

DON'T THINK GIVING YOUR

TITHES ENTITLES YOU TO

SOME KIND OF PRIVILEGE.

YOU'RE GIVING IT TO THE

LORD.

YOU'RE NOT BUYING FAVOR.

ALL RIGHT.

Terry: THIS IS CARMEN

WHO SAYS, "I OFTEN HEAR,

HE DIED BEFORE HIS TIME,

WHEN A BELIEVER DIES

YOUNG, ESPECIALLY WHEN HIS

DIES FROM DRUGS, ALCOHOL,

ETC.

THIS CONFUSES ME BECAUSE

THE SCRIPTURE SAYS JESUS

HOLDS THE KEYS TO LIFE AND

DEATH.

HOWEVER, IF THEY DIED

BECAUSE OF DRUGS, THAT IS

THE DEVIL'S INFLUENCE, NOT

GOD'S.

SO HOW DOES GOD'S PERFECT

TIMING FOR DEATH WORK IN

THEIR LIVES IF THE DRUGS

WERE THE CAUSE OF THEIR

DEATH?

WAS IT GOD'S TIMING IN THE

FIRST PLACE?

CAN FREE WILL LEAD AN

ADDICTED BELIEVER INTO AN

EARLY GRAVE?"

Pat: DON'T MAKE IT

TOO COMPLICATED.

LIFE IS HARD ENOUGH

WITHOUT ALL OF THAT JUNK.

COME ON.

WE LIVE AND WE DIE.

OUR LIFE AND DEATH IS IN

GOD'S HANDS.

AT THE SAME TIME, PEOPLE

COMMIT SUICIDE, THEY KILL

THEMSELVES, AND THEY GET

KILLED BY ACCIDENTS AND SO

FORTH.

WE USE THE TERM LIKE "HIS

TIME," LIKE IT IS A SHAME

HE DIDN'T LIVE OUT HIS

YEARS AND GET TO BE 60 OR

70, BUT THAT HAS NO

BIBLICAL CONNECTION.

DON'T FORGET GOD GIVES US

FREE WILL.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE OLD

TESTAMENT, EVERYTHING WAS

DONE BY GOD.

GOD BROUGHT ABOUT LIFE AND

GOD BRINGS ABOUT DEATH.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, WE

HAVE FREE WILL.

KEEP THAT IN MIND.

Terry: CHRISSY SAYS,

"I BELONG TO A GROUP OF

CHRISTIANS WHO PRAY, STUDY

AND DO GOOD WORKS

TOGETHER.

A FEW MONTHS AGO, I FOUND

OUT A FEW PEOPLE IN THIS

GROUP WERE DISHONEST IN A

FINANCIAL DEAL WITH OTHER

CHRISTIANS.

THOSE WHO WERE DISHONEST

MADE A JOKE ABOUT GOING TO

CONFESSION.

I LEFT THE GROUP.

AND THEY LATER SENT ME A

MESSAGE THAT THEY WERE

SORRY AND I WAS MAKING A

BIGGER DEAL THAN WAS.

WHAT SHOULD I DO.

I FEEL UNCERTAIN ABOUT

WHAT I SHOULD DO."

Pat: IT'S A SHAME.

WE HAVE SO MANY OF THESE

THINGS.

YOU KNOW, CHRISTIANS LIE,

THEY STEAL, THEY CHEAT.

BUT IN A SENSE, THE BIBLE

SAYS IF ANYBODY DOES THIS,

YOU SHOULDN'T EVEN EAT

WITH THEM.

IF SOMEBODY WHO CALLS

HIMSELF A BROTHER -- PAUL

SAID YOU SHOULDN'T EVEN

EAT WITH THEM.

AND THEY'RE A BUNCH OF

CROOKS AND THEY'RE

DEFRAUDING PEOPLE AND SAY

THEY SHOULD GO TO

CONFESSION.

THEY GO TO THE PRIEST AND

SAY, FORGIVE ME FATHER FOR

I HAVE SIND.

ANSINNED, AND THEY GO

DO IT AGAIN, IT IS

HYPOCRISY.

RECOGNIZE THAT PEOPLE ARE

SINFUL.

AND JESUS CHRIST ISN'T,

AND HE IS PERFECT.

SO PUT YOUR HOPE IN HIM.

INTERPRETE. Terry: HUNTER, SAYS,

"IS 1 CORINTHIANS MEAN

WOMEN SHOULD COVER THEIR

HEAD?"

Pat: THERE WAS A

FEELING THAT THE ANGELS

WERE LOOKING DOWN ON

WOMEN, AND THAT THE ANGELS

WERE LUSTING AFTER WOMEN,

AND IF THEY DIDN'T HAVE

THEIR HEADS COVERED -- THE

COVERING WAS THE SYMBOL OF

AUTHORITY, BUT IF THEY

DIDN'T HAVE IT COVERED,

THE ANGELS LOOKED DOWN AND

THESE WOMEN ARE KIND OF

FREE AND OPEN GAME.

THAT'S THE WHOLE CONCEPT.

BUT IT'S BASED ON A

CULTURAL ACCRETION THAT WE

DON'T PARTICULARLY BELIEVE

RIGHT NOW.

SO I WOULDN'T WORRY ABOUT

IT.

BUT YOU SEE IN THE GAELIC

CHURCH AND OTHERS, THE

WOMEN HAD TO WEAR THAT

THING ON THEIR HEAD.

THEY WON'T GO TO CHURCH

WITHOUT A VEIL.

IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH

THEIR HAIR.

THAT WAS LADY GODIVA.

> WE LEAVE YOU WITH

TODAY'S POWER MINUTE FROM

FROM JEREMIAH: "CALL UNTO

ME AND I WILL ANSWER YOU

AND SHOW YOU GREAT AND

MIGHTY THINGS WHICH YOU DO

NOT KNOW."

> WELL, TOMORROW, A

SUBZERO SURVIVOR WATCHES

TWO FRIENDS FALL INTO AN

ICY LAKE AND LIVES TO TELL

THE STORY.

THAT'S FRIDAY.

WE'LL SEE YOU THEN.

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