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CBN NewsWatch: March 23, 2016

On CBN Newswatch, March 23: Two suspects identified in Brussels suicide bombings, 3rd at large; Cruz scores big win in Utah, Trump earns more delegates in Arizona; Netanyahu to AIPAC: defeat terrorism with politcal unity and moral clarity; and more. Read Transcript


Efrem: TODAY ON

"NEWSWATCH," LOOKING FOR

ANSWERS.

THE PEOPLE OF BELGIUM

STILL REELING AFTER

MONDAY'S TERROR ATTACK.

SEE WHAT'S AHEAD AS

AUTHORITIES WORK TO

DISMANTEL THE GROWING

NETWORK OF ISLAMIC TERROR

IN EUROPE.

PLUS...HASHTAG HOPE.

WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW

CHRISTIANS ARE USING

SOCIAL MEDIA TO PRAY AND

THE WAKE OF THE ATTACK IN

BELGIUM.

IF YOU HAD A SAME-SEX

COUPLE WALK INTO YOUR

CHURCH AND SAID THEY WOULD

LIKE TO GET MARRIED, WHAT

WOULD YOUR RESPONSE BE?

Efrem: A PASTOR

ANSWERS TOUGH QUESTIONS

ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY.

HEAR WHAT HE HAS TO SAY

ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE.

> THANKS FOR JOINING US

FOR CBN "NEWSWATCH."

I'M EFREM GRAHAM.

POLICE IN BELGIUM ARRESTED

ONE OF THE SUSPECTS IN THE

BRUSSELS BOMBINGS.

THEY'RE MOVING FAST TO

HUNT DOWN ANY TERRORISTS

TIED TO THE ATTACK THAT

KILLED AT LEAST 34 PEOPLE.

POLICE HAVE NAMED TWO MEN

THEY BELIEVED CARRIED OUT

THE SUICIDE BOMBINGS.

Reporter: BELGIUM

POLICE HAVE ARRESTED ONE

OF THE SUSPECTS IN THE

ATTACK, THE MAN SHOWN

WEARING THE HAT IS NASHIM

NAKROUI.

SECURITY WAS AT ITS

HIGHEST LEVEL, WITH

SOLDIERS CHECKING

PASSENGERS' BELONGINGS AT

THE ENTRANCES AT SOME OF

THE METRO STATIONS IN THE

CITY.

ONE WOMAN SAID, IF THIS

NEEDS TO CONTINUE, THERE

IS NO PROBLEM BECAUSE IT

IS FOR OUR SECURITY.

IT IS JUST SO ANNOYING

THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO

ARE DOING THESE KIND OF

THINGS.

Reporter: NINE

AMERICANS WERE AMONG THE

HUNDREDS WOUNDED IN THE

ATTACK.

ROCKY GATHRATE TOLD CBN

NEWS HE HAD JUST DROPPED

OFF A FRIEND AT THE

AIRPORT WHEN THE EXPLOSION

OCCURRED.

ALL OF THE WINDOWS AND

GLASS JUST SHATTERED AND

CAME EXPLODING OUT TOWARDS

THE STREET.

Reporter: HE WENT IN

INTO HELP AND MINISTER

WITH VICTIMS AND HE PRAYED

WITH AN AIRLINE EMPLOYEE.

POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED TWO

OF THE ATTACKERS.

THE BROTHERS WERE KNOWN TO

POLICE FOR PAST CRIMES,

BUT NOTHING RELATED TO

TERRORISM.

BOTH BLEW THEMSELVES UP IN

THE ATTACK.

KALIF HAD RENTED AN

APARTMENT LAST WEEK.

THE BELGIUM AMBASSADOR TO

THE UNITED STATES SAID

THAT IN THOSE RAIDS,

POLICE DISCOVERED EVIDENCE

OA MAJOR ATTACK IN BELGIUM

WAS BEING PLANNED.

THERE WERE PRIOR HOUSE

SEARCHES THAT TOOK PLACE

IN DIFFERENT PLACES IN

BRUSSELS, AND THERE WERE

INDICATIONS THAT SOMETHING

WAS IN OPERATION.

HEAVY WEAPONS, WHICH IS AN

INDICATION THAT SOMETHING

WAS PERHAPS BEING PLANNED

FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS.

Reporter: BUT BELGIUM

POLICE WERE STILL NOT ABLE

TO PREVENT AN ATTACK.

AND IT HAS CAST A

SPOTLIGHT ON WHAT SOME

HAVE CALLED A SHOCKING

LEVEL OF UNPREPAREDNESS BY

BELGIUM AUTHORITIES.

AN UNNAMED BELGIUM

OFFICIAL TOLD BUZZ FEED

NEWS: "WE JUST DON'T HAVE

THE PEOPLE.

WE DON'T HAVE THE

INFRASTRUCTURE TO PROPERLY

INVESTIGATE OR MONITOR

HUNDREDS OF INDIVIDUALS

SUSPECTED OF TERROR LINKS,

AS WELL AS PURSUE THE

HUNDREDS OF OPEN FILES AND

INVESTIGATIONS WE HAVE.

IT IS LITERALLY AN

IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION.

AND, HONESTLY, IT IS VERY

GRAVE."

A SENIOR U.S. OFFICIAL

REPORTEDLY SAID THAT

BELGIUM AUTHORITIES KNOW

THEY'RE SITTING ON A TIME

BOMB.

Efrem: AND DALE IS

HERE.

YOU REPORTED FROM BRUSSELS

MANY TIMES.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE REACTION

IN EUROPE?

Reporter: A DAY

LATER, SOME OF THE

PREDICTABLE POLITICAL

CORRECTNESS, LET'S BE

CAREFUL AND NOT SCAPEGOAT

ALL MUSLIMS.

MOST MUSLIMS ARE NOT

TERRORISTS, BUT MOST

TERRORISTS THESE DAYS ARE

MUSLIMS.

IT IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM.

THE MEDIA -- POLITICAL

CORRECTNESS HAS SUCH A

LOCK ON THE MINDSET IN

EUROPE, THAT THE EUROPEAN

MEDIA IS ALREADY MOVING IN

WITH THE GOSPEL OF

MULTI-CULTURISM AND SOME

PEOPLE DON'T EVEN WANT THE

MIGRANT FLOWS TO SLOW DOWN

BECAUSE OF THIS, AND

THAT'S WHERE THEY'RE AT.

Efrem: WHY WOULD

TERRORISTS PICK BRUSSELS

FOR THE ATTACK?

BECAUSE OF NATO?

THE E.U.?

Reporter: YOU WOULD

HAVE TO ASK THEM, BUT IT

IS A VERY EASY TARGET, AND

I WONDERED WHY IT HASN'T

HAPPEN SOONER BECAUSE AS I

SUGGEST IN MY REPORT,

BELGIUM LAW ENFORCEMENT IS

SUSPECT.

AND IT HAS NOW BECOME

APPARENT TO THE REST OF

THE WORLD THAT THE BELGIUM

AUTHORITIES MAY BE IN OVER

THEIR HEADS.

AND THEY HAVE -- IT IS, AS

I HAVE DESCRIBED, A

VARIABLE JIHADI BARRACKS

IN BRUSSELS.

IT IS SOME OF THE WORST

TERRORISTS IN EUROPE, THAT

WE KNOW NOW RESIDE IN

BRUSSELS.

SOME OF THESE ATTACKS WERE

DONE LESS THAN A MILE AWAY

FROM WHERE THEY LIVE.

Efrem: WOW.

> YOU HAVE SAID IN YOUR

REPORT THAT THERE WERE

WARNINGS.

WHY IGNORE THEM?

Reporter: WELL,

AGAIN, I THINK IT IS

BECAUSE IT IS THE PROBLEM

WITH BELGIUM

COUNTER-TERRORISM.

YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND --

I DON'T WANT TO PUT PEOPLE

TO SLEEP AT THIS HOUR WITH

A HISTORY LESSON, BUT

BELGIUM HAVE BEEN A

TROUBLED STATE FOR A LONG

TIME WITH DIVIDED

GOVERNMENTS, AND FOR SOME

YEARS NO GOVERNMENT,

BECAUSE OF LACK OF

CONSENSUS IN PARLIAMENT.

THIS HAS IMPACTED LAW

ENFORCEMENT.

THEY HAVE, IN THE OPINION

OF MANY, WEAK LAW

ENFORCEMENT, WEAK

COUNTER-TERRORISM.

I DON'T THINK THIS

ATTACK -- THEY WOULD HAVE

BEEN ABLE TO PULL IT OFF

IN, SAY, THE U.K. OR THE

UNITED STATES.

Efrem: THEY JUST

ARRESTED ONE OF THE MEN

BEHIND THE TERRORIST

ATTACKS.

BUT CAN SOME OF THESE

TERRORISTS HIDE IN PLAIN

SIGHT?

Reporter: I DON'T

KNOW ABOUT THAT.

BUT THE WAY THAT EUROPE

HAS NOT INTEGRATED SOME OF

THESE AREAS, THEY HAVE

COMMUNITIES THEY CAN HIDE

IN, LIKE MOLENBEEK, THAT

ARE HIGHLY CONCENTRATED

IMMIGRANT AND MUSLIM

AREAS.

YOU KNOW, WE HAD ANECDOTAL

REPORTS YESTERDAY OF

CHILDREN IN BELGIUM --

MUSLIM CHILDREN CHEERING

IN SCHOOL OVER THESE

ATTACKS.

THAT'S ANECDOTAL.

IT WAS ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

I DIDN'T HAVE A CHANCE TO

VERIFY THE IT.

BUT PART OF THAT RINGS

TRUE IN THE SENSE YOU HAVE

THESE ISOLATED COMMUNITIES

WHERE TERRORISTS CAN HIDE,

AND YOU HAVE PEOPLE WHO

FEEL THEY'RE NOT A PART OF

BELGIUM SOCIETY.

IN FACT, THEY'RE NOT

BELGIUM.

THEY'RE FROM THE MIDDLE

EAST OR FROM NORTH AFRICA,

AND THEY MIGHT BE READY TO

HELP A TERRORIST TIDE.

Efrem: DALE, THANK

YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR

REPORTING.

> WHILE TERRORISTS ARE

CELEBRATING THE ATTACK

ONLINE, CHRISTIANS AROUND

THE WORLD ARE PRAYING FOR

BRUSSELS.

CHARLENE AARON HAS A RECAP

OF WHAT HAS BEEN TAKING

PLACE ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

Charlene: WHILE ISIS

AND ITS SUPPORTERS

CELEBRATED THE DEADLY

ATTACKS IN BRUSSELS ON

SOCIAL MEDIA WITH THE

HASHTAG "BRUSSELS BURNS,"

MANY CHRISTIANS FROM

ACROSS THE WORLD TOOK TO

TWITTER TO OFFER THEIR

SUPPORT AND THEIR PRAYERS.

WE, HERE AT CBN, ARE

JOINING IN THOSE PRAYERS.

WE ARE PRAYING FOR GOD'S

PEACE AND BLESSING OVER

THE ENTIRE REGION, AS WELL

AS FOR THE FAMILIES OF THE

VICTIMS WHO LOST THEIR

LIVES.

AND ALSO MEMBERS OF THE

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY, LIKE

KENNETH COPELAND, HE SAID

PLEASE PRAY FOR BELGIUM.

WE DECLARE JESUS IS LORD

OVER BELGIUM.

AND REVEREND FRANKLIN

GRAHAM ALSO TOOK TO

TWITTER.

AND HE SAYS, "PRAY FOR THE

PEOPLE OF BRUSSELS,

BELGIUM, AFTER TODAY'S

TERROR ATTACK."

AND ON Facebook, JOYCE

MEYER MINISTEJOYCEMEYER SAYS, "TODAY WE

STAND IN PRAYER FOR THE

PEOPLE OF BELGIUM, THAT

GOD IS OUR HOPE."

AND THE ISRAEL DEFENSE

FORCE ALSO TWEETED TODAY

SAYING, "TERROR STRIKES

THE HEART OF EUROPE AGAIN.

WE STAND WITH BELGIUM AND

PRAYEPRAY FOR THE VICTIMS AND

FOR THEIR FAMILIES."

AND ON INSTAGRAM, WHERE

PEOPLE POST PICTURES, MORE

THAN 85,000 PICTURES HAVE

BEEN POSTED WITH THE

HASHTAG "PRAY FOR

BRUSSELS."

THIS IS CHARLENE AARON,

CBN NEWS.

Efrem: JUST HOURS

AFTER THE BRUSSELS

ATTACKS, ISRAELI PRIME

MINISTER BENJAMIN

NETANYAHU TOLD THE ANNUAL

PRO-ISRAEL GATHERING OF

APEC, THERE IS NO

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE

TERRORISM IN BRUSSELS AND

IN ISRAEL.

NETANYAHU SAID, THERE IS

ONLY ONE WAY TO FIGHT IT.

THE CHAIN OF ATTACKS

FROM PARIS TO SAN

BERNARDINO TO ISTANBUL TO

THE IVORY COAST AND NOW TO

BRUSSELS, AND THE DAILY

ATTACKS IN ISRAEL, THIS IS

ONE CONTINUOUS ASSAULT ON

ALL OF US.

WHAT THEY SEEK IS OUR

UTTER DESTRUCTION AND

THEIR TOTAL DOMINATION.

THEIR BASIC DEMAND IS THAT

WE SHOULD SIMPLY

DISAPPEAR.

WELL, MY FRIENDS, THAT'S

NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

Efrem: NETANYAHU SAID

THE ONLY WAY TO DEFEAT

TERRORISM IS TO COME

TOGETHER AND FIGHT IT

TOGETHER WITH POLITICAL

UNITY AND MORAL CLARITY.

> REPUBLICAN DONALD

TRUMP AND DEMOCRAT HILLARY

CLINTON CAME OUT ON TOP ON

THE TUESDAY PRIMARIES, BUT

TED CRUZ AND BERNIE

SANDERS ALSO SHARE

VICTORIES.

TRUMP AND CLINT WO CLINTON WON THE

ARIZONA PRIMARIES.

BUT CRUZ WON ALL 40 OF THE

DELEGATES IN UTAH.

SANDERS BEAT CLINTON IN

UTAH AND THE IDAHO

CAUCUSES.

CRUZ'S WIN IN UTAH FOLLOWS

THE BRUSSELS ATTACKS AND A

STATEMENT THAT MUSLIMS

SHOULD CONTROL

NEIGHBORHOODS TO PREVENT

RADICALIZATION.

> THE SUPREME COURT IS

TAKING UP A CASE OF

FAITH-BASED GROUPS

DEFENDING THEIR RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM AGAINST OBAMACARE.

THEY OBJECT TO THE H.H.S.

MANDATE THAT FORCES THEM

TO PROVIDE CONTRACEPTIVE

AND ABORTION-CAUSING

DRUGS.

THEY ARGUE THAT THAT

VIOLATES THEIR BELIEFS.

WE ARE THE BELIEVERS.

AND WHEN WE DRAW THE LINE

BETWEEN ACTION THAT IS

ACCEPTABLE OR UNACCEPTABLE

TO OUR FAITH, WE ARE THE

FINAL AND ONLY JUDGES OF

WHERE THAT LINE BELONGS.

SO WHAT WE'RE SAYING TO

THE GOVERNMENT IS, YOU

HAVE TO RESPECT OUR

BELIEFS AND GIVE US AN

EXEMPTION FROM THIS

MANDATE THAT WOULD MAKE US

INVOLVED IN ACTIVITIES

THAT WE SEE AS EVIL.

Efrem: ONLY EIGHT

JUSTICES WILL HEAR THE

CASE BECAUSE OF THE

VACANCY LEFT BY JUSTICE

SCALIA'S DEATH.

> THE KANSAS GOVERNOR

SIGNED LEGISLATION THAT

WILL PROTECT RELIGIOUS

GROUPS ON COLLEGE

CAMPUSES.

IT ALLOWS FAITH-BASED

GROUPS TO RESTRICT

MEMBERSHIP TO LIKE-MINDED

MEMBERS.

IT ALREADY HAD A LAW, BUT

IT DIDN'T EXTEND TO

COLLEGE GROUPS.

SUPPORTERS SAY IT IS A

VICTORY FOR RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

THE LAW TAKES EFFECT IN

JULY.

> GOSPEL RECORDING

ARTIST JAMES FORTUNE HAS

BEGUN A FIVE-DAY JAIL

SENTENCE FOR ASSAULTING

HIS WIFE.

HE TURNED HIMSELF IN

MONDAY NIGHT AT A CREDIT

CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.

HE PLEADED GUILTY EARLIER

THIS MONTH TO ASSAULTING

HIS WIFE DURING AN

ARGUMENT IN 2013.

AND HE MUST SERVE FIVE

YEARS OF PROBATION, DO

COMMUNITY SERVICE, AND NOT

HAVE ANY CONTACT WITH HIS

WIFE.

HIS HITS INCLUDE "HOLD

ON," AND "I TRUST YOU."

COMING UP, WE HEAR FROM

A MISSIONARY ON THE SCENE

OF THE BRUSSELS' BOMBING.

HEAR HIS REACTION AS THE

Efrem: A MISSIONARY

WHO SURVIVED TUESDAY'S

BOMBINGS AS HE DROVE AWAY

FROM THE BRUSSELS' AIRPORT

RAN BACK AND STARTED

HELPING PEOPLE.

HE IS A MISSIONARY WITH

"FOUR CORNERS GLOBAL."

WE SPOKE WITH HIM ABOUT

HIS EXPERIENCE ON TUESDAY

AS THE TERROR ATTACK

UNFOLDED AROUND HIM.

Reporter: ROCKY, YOU

WERE DROPPING OFF A FRIEND

AT THE AIRPORT WHEN THE

BOMB WENT OFF.

DESCRIBE WHAT HAPPENED.

YES.

WE JUST ARRIVED AT THE

AIRPORT.

WE HAVE A LITTLE DROPOFF

ZONE, SO I DROPPED OFF MY

FRIEND.

AS WE PROCEEDED ON, THERE

WAS AN EXPLOSION RIGHT

BEHIND ME.

I'M DRIVING IN A LANE

RIGHT NEXT TO THE AIRPORT.

AND I WASN'T AWARE THAT IT

WAS AN EXPLOSION.

IT SOUNDED LIKE A CAR

CRASH.

BUT THEN THE PEOPLE

STARTED POURING OUT OF THE

BUILDING, AND I WAS STUCK

IN A PLACE WHERE THE

PEOPLE HAD TO GET TO THE

OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD.

SO ANOTHER EXPLOSION

HAPPENED ABOUT EIGHT

SECONDS AFTER THE FIRST

ONE.

AND THE SECOND EXPLOSION

SEEMED LIKE IT WAS RIGHT

BESIDE ME.

ALL OF THE WINDOWS AND ALL

OF THE GLASS JUST

SHATTERED AND CAME

EXPLODING OUT TOWARDS THE

STREET.

Reporter: HOW DID YOU

RESPOND IN THE AFTER

MONSOONAAFTERMATHOF THE EXPLOSION?

MY FIRST CONCERN WAS TO

GET BACK TO MY FRIEND, TO

MAKE SURE WHERE HE WAS, TO

SEE IF I NEEDED TO DRAG

HIM OUT OF THE BUILDING.

I WAS JUST THINKING, LET'S

JUST PARK THE CAR AND GO

AND SEE WHAT WE CAN DO.

BUT AS I GOT OUT OF THE

CAR, THERE WAS A LADY

COVERED WITH BLOOD COMING

OUT OF THE BUILDING, SO I

IMMEDIATELY STARTED

HELPING HER.

SHE WAS OKAY.

I FOUND MY FRIEND, AND HE

WAS ALREADY SAFE.

AND THEN WE JUST BEGAN TO

TALK WITH OTHER PEOPLE

AROUND US, PEOPLE THAT

WERE STILL CRYING AND

STILL SHAKING.

I TALKED WITH ONE AIRLINE

EMPLOYEE.

SHE WORKS IN SECURITY IN

THE BUILDING, BUT SHE HAD

AN INJURY HERSELF, SO I

WALKED UP TO HER AND HAD A

NICE FIVE-MINUTE

DISCUSSION WITH HER.

AND I ASKED HER IF I COULD

PRAY FOR HER, AND SHE SAID

YES.

I SAID TO HER, WELL, DO

YOU BELIEVE IN GOD?

BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHO

DOES AND WHO DOESN'T.

AND HE SAID, YEAH, AFTER A

MOMENT LIKE THIS, YES, I

DO.

Reporter: ROCKY, WHAT

IS THE MOOD OF THE PEOPLE

OF BRUSSELS RIGHT NOW?

THERE SEEMS TO BE A LOT

OF FEAR.

WHAT I'M CONCERNED ABOUT

IS POSSIBLY A BACKLASH OF

ANGER TO COME NEXT.

Reporter: WHAT ABOUT

THE ROLE OF THE CHURCH IN

BRUSSELS?

DOES THE CITY HAVE A

STRONG CHURCH, ROCKY?

BRUSSELS HAS A MINORITY

COMMUNITY FOR

BIBLE-BELIEVING

CHRISTIANS.

THE CITY OF BRUSSELS -- IT

MIGHT BE, AT MOST, 5%

BIBLE-BELIEVING

CHRISTIANS.

I'M PRAYING THAT THE

CHRISTIAN CHURCH WILL

ACTUALLY STAND UP AND

REALLY TAKE A LEAD ON

HELPING PEOPLE, HELPING

THE HEALING PROCESS.

Reporter: BEFORE WE

GO IN THIS INTERVIEW, IF

YOU DON'T MIND, I'M GOING

TO PRAY FOR YOU AND

EVERYONE WHO IS IN THE

MIDDLE OF THIS RIGHT NOW,

IF THAT'S OKAY?

YES.

WE WANT PRAYERS NOT JUST

FOR PROTECTION, BUT FOR

THE CITY, AND PRAY FOR THE

GOSPEL TO GO FORTH, SO

THERE WOULD BE STRONG

STRENGTH IN THE

CHRISTIANS, THAT THEY WILL

STAND UP AND SHARE THEIR

FAITH, SHARE THEIR

TESTIMONIES WITH OTHER,

AND BRING COMFORT TO THE

PEOPLE OF BELGIUM.

OKAY.

LET'S PRAY.

FATHER GOD, I LIFT UP

ROCKY TO YOU.

FIRST OF ALL, I LIFT UP

THE PEOPLE IN BRUSSELS TO

YOU.

I PRAY, DEAR LORD, THAT

YOU WOULD BE WITH THEM.

I PRAY YOU WOULD HEAL

EVERY VICTIM.

I PRAY THAT NO ONE ELSE

LOSES THEIR LIVES.

I PRAY THAT THE PEOPLE WHO

ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS

WILL BE BROUGHT TO YOUR

PERFECT JUSTICE.

I PRAY THAT CHRISTIAN

REVIVAL HAPPENS IN

BELGIUM.

I PRAY THE CHURCH WOULD

RISE UP AND DO WHAT

THEY'RE CALLED TO DO IN

SUCH A TIME AS THIS.

HOLY SPIRIT, I PRAY THAT

YOU WOULD ANOINT THEM.

AND I THANK YOU, DEAR

LORD, FOR WHAT YOU'RE

GOING TO DO.

I PRAY THAT THE CHURCH

WOULD BE TRONG AN STRONG AND BOLD,

AND I PRAY THAT YOU REPAIR

THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE

WHO ARE GOING TO RECEIVE

THE GOSPEL MESSAGE.

I PRAY THAT MANY, MANY,

MANY PEOPLE ACCEPT YOU,

LORD JESUS, AS THEIR LORD

AND SAVIOR THROUGH THIS

HORRIBLE TRAGEDY.

THANK YOU THAT YOU'RE IN

CONTROL, DEAR GOD.

WE PRAY THAT YOU WOULD

TURN ALL OF THIS AROUND

FOR GOOD.

WE PRAY THIS IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

Efrem: UP NEXT, A

PASTOR'S APPROACH.

HOW TO SAVE THE CHURCH OF

THE BIBLE AND STILL REACH

GAY MEN AND WOMEN WITH THE

Efrem: AMERICANS WHO

PRAY OR BELIEVE IN GOD HIT

AN ALL-TIME LOW IN 2014,

BUT A SLIGHTLY HIGHER

PERCENT BELIEVE IN AN

AFTER LIFE.

THE BIGGEST DECLINES IN

FAITH CAME AMONG YOUNGER

AMERICANS, 18 TO 29.

THE LEADERS SAY THE LARGE

DECLINES IN RELIGIOUS

PRACTICE AMONG YOUNG

ADULTS ARE FURTHER

EVIDENCE THAT THE

MILLENNIALS ARE THE LEAST

RELIGIOUS GENERATION IN

MEMORY AND POSSIBLY IN

AMERICAN HISTORY.

WE'RE CONTINUING OUR

SPECIAL REPORT CALLED

"HOMOSEXUALITY, A

CHRISTIAN VIEW."

WE WANT TO LOOK AT

LEADERSHIP, NAVIGATING

THEIR WAY THROUGH THE

ISSUE OF GAY MARRIAGE.

OUR GEORGE THOMAS SAT DOWN

WITH HIS PASTOR TO GET HIS

TAKE ON THESE TURBULENT

TIMES.

George: IF YOU HAD A

SAME-SEX COUPLE WALK INTO

YOUR CHURCH AND SAY THEY

WOULD LIKE TO GET MARRIED,

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR

RESPONSE?

I WOULD SAY, I WANT TO

TALK TO YOU AT LENGTH

ABOUT THIS.

THIS IS WORTH MORE THAN A

SOUND BYTE.

I WOULD SHARE WITH THEM

HOW I RESPECT THEIR

CONSCIENCE, HOW GOD IS

SHAPING THEM, BUT I ALSO

RESPECT MY CONSCIENCE.

AND MY CONSCIENCE WOULD

NOT ALLOW ME, BECAUSE OF

MY VIEW OF THE BIBLE, TO

OFFICIATE THIS MARRIAGE.

George: YOU WOULD

DECLINE?

I WOULD CERTAINLY

DECLINE, WITHOUT A DOUBT.

George: DO YOU

CONSIDER HOMO, SR. A HOMOSEXUALITY AS

A SIN?

I CONSIDER -- NOT ONLY

I, BUT I THINK THE BIBLE

SAYS THAT HOMOSEXUAL LIVES

ARE A SIN.

BUT I WANT TO ADD SO IS

PREMARITAL SEX AND

FETTISHES -- THE LIST IS

GIGANTIC.

YES, IT IS A SIN, BUT TO

ISOLATE IT OUT OF A LARGER

CHRISTIAN SEXUAL ETHIC, TO

ME IS UNFAIR TO THE HAVING

A CIVIL DISCUSSION ABOUT

IT.

George: HOW DO YOU,

IN THAT SCENARIO THAT

YOU'VE DESCRIBED, THEN

HELP THE CHURCH BETTER

UNDERSTAND AND BETTER

ARTICULATE WHAT OUR FAITH

SAYS ABOUT THE ISSUE OF

HOMOHOMOSEXUALITY TO THE

PUBLIC?

I ENCOURAGE THEM FIRST

TO EXHALE.

HOMOSEXUALITY HAS BEEN

AROUND IN EVERY GENERATION

AND EVERY CULTURE.

THIS IS NOT A NEW

PHENOMENON.

EXHALE.

WE DON'T HAVE TO DEFEND

GOD.

THE BIGGEST PART, GEORGE,

IS THE ATTITUDE OF THE

HEART OF THE CHURCH.

DO WE LOVE SINNERS?

DO WE LOVE THEM?

AND IF THEY'RE HOMOSEXUAL

OR NOT, DO WE LOVE THEM?

George: WHEN YOU

FIRST BEGAN IN THE

MINISTRY, DID YOU DEAL

WITH THESE KINDS OF

ISSUES?

NOPE.

WE NEVER DISCUSSED IT.

AND WHEN IT WAS DISCUSSED,

IT WAS DONE IN AN UNKIND

WAY.

WITH JOKES.

I PASTORED A LONG TIME,

THERE ARE MEN WHO ARE

AFEMININE, WHO ARE LIVING

HOMOSEXUAL LIVES, AND THEY

HAVE BEEN BULLIED OR

PILLARED SINCE THEY WERE

IN JUNIOR HIGH, AND THAT

AIN'T RIGHT.

George: HOW HAVE YOU

ADVISED YOUR LEADERSHIP ON

TACKLING THIS ISSUE?

THE BEST I'VE HEARD IS

TWO TO THREE PERCENT OF AN

AVERAGE POPULATION WOULD

CONTEST TO SAME-SEX

ATTRACTION.

SO IN OUR CHURCH, THAT

WOULD MEAN WE HAVE 200 TO

300 PEOPLE COMING TO

CHURCH AND THE VAST

MAJORITY HAS CONFESSED

THIS TO OTHER PEOPLE.

WOULD YOU WANT TO SHARE

THIS WITH A PASTOR THAT IS

ANGRY, THAT WOULD BE

SHOCKED.

UNTIL SOMEONE CAN CONFESS

THEIR SIN WITHOUT

EMBARRASSMENT OR LAUGHTER,

THEY'RE NEVER GOING TO

SHARE IT WITH YOU.

AND IF WE'RE GOING TO BE

MISSIONAL IN A POST-MODERN

WORLD, WE HAVE TO EXHALE,

AND PROCESS OUR PHILOSOPHY

OF MINISTRY AND SEE THIS

AS A DIVINE OPPORTUNITY.

TO ME, I THINK IT HAS BEEN

A WAKEUP CALL.

BECAUSE THE CHURCH HAS TO

REVIEW HOW WE APPROACH ALL

SINNERS.

COME OUT OF THE IVORY

TOWER.

HOW DO YOU HAVE A RELEVANT

GOSPEL THAT SAYS RIGHT IS

RIGHT AND WRONG IS WRONG,

AND YET I STILL LOVE YOU

WITHOUT CHANGE.

Efrem: FOR MORE OF

THE INTERVIEW, VISIT

Efrem: TIME NOW FOR

YOUR WEDNESDAY WORD AND

TODAY'S WORD IS "LOVE."

I WOKE UP THIS MORNING

WITH A SWEET REMINDER THAT

GOD'S LOVE IS UNMERITED

AND UNCONDITIONAL AND

UNENDING.

THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE.

TAKE TIME TO SOAK IN THAT

LOVE TODAY, AND MAKE THIS

A WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY.

> THAT IS GOING TO DO IT

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