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News on The 700 Club: September 1, 2016

As seen on "The 700 Club," September 1: Trump maintains hardline immigration stance: 'We'll build a great wall'; Russian believers may need to disobey new law, and more. Read Transcript

Well, The Donald went to Mexico.

What do you think of that trip?

Well, I think the jury's still out.

The jury's still--

What do think?

Well, it was good.

A few years ago, my wife and I spent about an hour

with the then president of Mexico.

I think it was Calderon.

He was a Yale grad, so we had like a Yale alumni meeting.

But Trump had a good meeting.

It was a great opportunity for him.

I think the president of Mexico is

getting slammed by his own people,

but Trump came out very well.

It was a very strong speech he made.

Were you surprised that he did something like that

prior to the election?

Oh, it's brilliant.

I mean, it really--


It was brilliant.

I mean, it was a masterstroke.

I mean, to go and sit down with a foreign leader you know,

that's presidential.

And it made it look like, OK, this guy was for real.

So it's amazing, Terry, that the polls are now

right within the margin of error.

And at one point she's ahead about two points.

And the other, the Ipsos Poll with Reuters

shows him ahead several points.

So that gap has closed dramatically.

And Hillary's negatives are going up,

so they're equal to Trump's.

I mean, so we hate them both.

Well anyhow, Donald Trump is making it clear

he's standing firm on his policy on illegal immigration.

He says he'll build a wall, and he'll deport criminal aliens.

Trump outlined his plans in his major speech

in Arizona last night after his surprise

visit to Mexico to meet with the Mexican president.

Caitlin Burke has the story.

CAITLIN BURKE: There was no sugar coating it.

Donald Trump sticking with his hard stance

last night in Arizona during a major speech on immigration.

We will build a great wall along the southern border,

and Mexico will pay for the wall.

The Republican presidential nominee

outlined a hard line set of proposals

for tackling illegal immigration promising

to focus first on deporting illegals

who have committed crimes.

Day one, my first hour in office, those people are gone.

Zero tolerance for criminal aliens.



I am going to create a new special deportation task


CAITLIN BURKE: Under his presidency,

Trump said there would be no amnesty, adding

that no illegal immigrant would be

legalized without first leaving and coming back

the correct way.

It's our right as a sovereign nation

to choose immigrants that we think

are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us.

CAITLIN BURKE: Trump also promised

to cancel President Obama's executive actions

and enforce current immigration laws.

This all comes on the heels of a surprise trip to Mexico

by the Republican nominee.

In his meeting with President Pena Nieto,

Trump defended the right of the United States

to build a border wall.

It was a thoughtful and substantive conversation,

and it will go on for a while.

And in the end, we're all going to win-- both countries.

We're all going to win.

CAITLIN BURKE: Trump said that the two men didn't discuss

who would pay for the cost of that wall,

but Pena Nieto later tweeted "at the start of the conversation

with Donald Trump, I made it clear that Mexico will not

pay for the wall."

Hillary Clinton also took to Twitter

to blast Trump's visit to Mexico tweeting, "Trump just

failed his first foreign test.

Diplomacy isn't as easy as it looks."

It takes more than trying to make up

for a year of insults and insinuations

by dropping it on our neighbors for a few hours

and then flying home again.

That is not how it works.

CAITLIN BURKE: But in the polls, Trump

is closing the gap with Clinton.

The two virtually tied in a new "Fox News" poll

in a four-way race with Clinton at 41% and Trump at 39%.

And her unpopularity is reaching new highs, now tied with Trump

among registered voters in the latest "ABC News Washington

Post" poll.

But with critical presidential debates yet to come,

a lot can still happen between now and election day

now just a little over two months away.

Caitlin Burke, "CBN News".

Well, it gets curiouser and curiouser as they say.

Hold your money.

You never can tell what's going to happen.

Well, in other news, it looks like Florida

could be getting hit with its first hurricane in 11 years.

Wendy Griffith has that story.

That's right, Pat.

Tropical storm Hermine could strengthen into a hurricane.

It's expected to hit Florida tonight.

The National Hurricane Center says

Hermine could bring five to 10 inches of rain

over parts of Northwest Florida and Southern Georgia,

and possibly up to 15 inches in some areas.

Hermine is already caused some serious damage in Florida

with its heavy rains.

And it just never quit.

We're still about 4 and 1/2 inches

of water inside the house.

WENDY GRIFFITH: After Hermine passes through Florida,

it's expected to move up the East

Coast in the next few days.

Voters in North Carolina won't have

to show a photo ID when they go to the polls.

A divided US Supreme Court refused

to reinstate North Carolina's voter ID law.

The 4-4 decision upholds a lower court ruling

that struck down the law.

The ruling claimed it was tainted

by racial discrimination.

It also means the state will allow 17 days of early voting.

The state's governor calls it a commonsense voter ID law.

North Carolina is considered a key swing state

in the presidential election.

Well, it's not good news for Christians in Russia.

Many believe a fresh wave of persecution

is coming with a new law that forbids

the public sharing of faith.

Russian authorities call it an anti-terrorism measure,

but as Heather Sells reports, it directly

targets people of faith.

HEATHER SELLS: Christians in Russia

can no longer freely share their faith in public, at home,

or on social media.

They must also obtain official approval before inviting people

to church.

Breaking any of these new rules can

lead to fines and even prison.

Everybody is stunned.

I mean, it came so quickly, unexpectedly,

nobody expected that.

WENDY GRIFFITH: Sergey Rakhuba heads Mission Eurasia,

which equips church leaders in Russia and across Central Asia.

He says this controversial move brings back

memories of laws passed by Soviet dictators, Nikita

Khrushchev and Joseph Stalin.

They're trying to push the Evangelical

Church back behind the walls again as the Soviets did.

For Christians, this means informal Bible studies,

dinners, or sharing of faith.

House churches estimated at 1,000 alone in Moscow

are outlawed.

Preaching and praying can only happen at state approved sites.

Religious freedom isn't just me going into the closet by myself

to pray.

Religious freedom is raising my family in the faith.

It's meeting with friends or other adherents.

It has property rights issues, because we

want to have a place to go.

It has to do with freedom of speech.

HEATHER SELLS: Political scientist Eric Patterson

says the new law aims to keep out any form of dissent

in Russian society and confines religious activity strictly

to the state sanctioned Orthodox Church.

It's really designed to put evangelicals and other people

of faith outside the Russian church

into a very, very small box.

HEATHER SELLS: But Patterson maintains

the US can pressure Russia to repeal the law.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom

has already condemned it, and a State Department spokesperson

told "CBN News" "we have raised our concerns about this law

with the government of Russia."

While no public statements have been made,

the Secretary of State can approve the use of sanctions.

And it seems as if the US really

says this is very, very important

and explained the rationale why and use

these levers that we already have,

that this would be one of those areas

where we can find some sort of accommodation with Russia.

HEATHER SELLS: No one knows how far Russian authorities will

go in implementing this law.

In the meantime, Russian believers

are prepared to stand up for their faith

while possibly facing the same persecution

endured by their forefathers.

We get lots of messages from these young leaders,

and so they say we're not going to obey this law.

So this law prohibits us from the most essential thing

that the believe has to do sharing the gospel.

HEATHER SELLS: Heather Sells, "CBN News".

Thanks Heather.

Definitely a step backward for Christians in Russia, Pat.

Well, you know, we've pulled back

the operation we had in Russia, but our headquarters

in Kiev in the Ukraine, which is still relatively benign

and our relationship with the Orthodox Church

is very warm in the Ukraine.

But this is a move by the Russian Orthodox Church

to take power.

And it used to be an arm of the state.

Archbishop Nikon was a KGB agent.

He was the head of the Russian Orthodox Church,

and he was a KGB agent.

So Putin wants to have the church once again

as an arm of the state.

But this to me is outrageous, because with the freedom that

came about, we distributed millions and millions of copies

of the Bible over there.

And we have in the Ukraine close to 100,000 cell churches.

So the people in Russia are very religious.

They want to worship God, and it was a great move of God.

And I think that this is one step too far for Mr. Putin.

I think the Lord, himself, is going

to knock him down on this one.


Pat, superstar actor Mel Gibson is talking about a follow-up

film to the 2004 blockbuster movie,

"The Passion of the Christ".

Gibson spoke to evangelist and Pastor Greg Laurie

during his annual harvest crusade

last weekend at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.

Gibson told Laurie and the crowd that the movie

focuses on what happens after the crucifixion of Jesus

as shown in "The Passion".

He said it would be a major project.

Of course, that's a huge undertaking.

And you know, it's not "The Passion Two".

I mean, it's called "The Resurrection".

GREG LAURIE: That's right.



GREG LAURIE: That's right.

Of course, that's a very big subject.


And it needs to be looked at, because we don't want

to just do a simple rendering.

I mean, we can all read what happened,

but in order to really experience and explore probably

deeper meanings of what it's about

is going to take some doing.

And Randall Wallace is up to the task.


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