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CBN NewsWatch: February 7, 2017

On CBN Newswatch, February 7: Travel ban battle continues; Congress pushes ahead with Obamacare repeal; Why these black religious leaders want to keep IRS restrictions, and more. Read Transcript


Efrem: AHEAD ON

"NEWSWATCH," PRESIDENT

TRUMP'S NATIONAL SECURITY

AGENDA UNDER FIRE.

COULD HIS IMMIGRATION

ORDER UPHOLD IN THE COURT?

PLUS, A SMALL JEWISH

COMMUNITY IN THE BIBLICAL

HEARTLAND BROKEN APART.

SO WHY DID THE ISRAELI

GOVERNMENT REMOVE THESE

JEWISH SETTLERS.

> AND VLADIMIR PUTIN'S

CRACKDOWN ON THE GOSPEL.

WE'LL SHOW YOU WHAT

HAPPENED WHEN ONE

CHRISTIAN TRIED TO SHARE

HIS FAITH AND HOW HIS CASE

COULD AFFECT CHRISTIANS

ACROSS RUSSIA.

> AND THANK YOU FOR

JOINING US FOR CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

I'M EFREM GRAHAM.

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS

DEFENDING SOME OF HIS

FIRST MAJOR DECISIONS AS

PRESIDENT.

THE FALLOUT CONTINUES OVER

PRESIDENT TRUMP'S

EXECUTIVE ACTION ON

IMMIGRATION.

AND HIS PLANS TO OVERTURN

OBAMACARE MAY TAKE LONGER

THAN EXPECTED.

CHARLENE AARON IS ON THE

STORY.

Charlene: THE LEGAL

BATTLE OVER THE ORDER NOW

IN THE HANDS OF THE NINTH

CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS,

AFTER A JUDGE IN

WASHINGTON STATE HALTED

THE POLICY.

President Trump: WE

NEED STRONG PROGRAMS SO

THAT PEOPLE THAT LOVE US

AND WANT TO LOVE OUR

COUNTRY AND WILL END UP

LOVING OUR COUNTRY ARE

ALLOWED IN, NOT PEOPLE

THAT WANT TO DESTROY US

AND DESTROY OUR COUNTRY.

Charlene: WITH THE

BAN IN LEGAL LIMBO,

TRAVELLERS FROM THOSE

SEVEN COUNTRIES WITH TIES

TO TERRORISM ARE NOW

RUSHING TO THE UNITED

STATES, REUNITING WITH

FAMILY.

I AM OVERWHELMED.

I AM SO GRATEFUL TO

EVERYONE WHO HELPED IN

THIS.

Charlene: REGARDLESS

OF THE RULING FROM THE

NINTH CIRCUIT, THE ORDER

IS LIKELY HEADED FOR A

FINAL FACEOFF AT THE

SUPREME COURT.

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

FILED A DEFENSE OF THE BAN

WITH LAWYERS, SAYING THAT

THE TRAVEL BAN WAS A

LAWFUL EXERCISE OF THE

PRESIDENT'S AUTHORITY TO

PROTECT NATIONAL SECURITY

AND SAID A JUDGE'S ORDER

THAT PUT THE POLICY ON

HOLD SHOULD BE OVERTURNED.

MEANWHILE, THERE ARE

GROWING CONCERNS AMONG

CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS

OVER REPEALING OBAMACARE.

THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT A

GROWING NUMBER WITHIN THE

PARTY WHO ARE PUSHING FOR

A SLOWER PACE OF UNDOING

THE HEALTH CARE LAW.

THEY ARE CONCERNED IT

COULD GET EVEN HARDER AS

NEXT YEAR'S CONGRESSIONAL

ELECTIONS GET CLOSER.

SOME MORE MODERATE

REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE

WANT A REPLACEMENT READY

FOR OBAMACARE BEFORE A

VOTE TO OVERTURN IT.

I THINK THE LONGER THIS

DRAGS ON, THE MORE PEOPLE

ARE STARTING TO UNDERSTAND

THE CHANCE OF A REPEAL IS

SLIPPING AWAY.

DAN HOLLER, VICE PRESIDENT

OF COMMUNICATIONS AND

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS FOR

HERITAGE ACTION TOLD THAT

TO THE "WALL STREET

JOURNAL".

PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS THE

PROCESS TO FINALLY REPEAL

OBAMACARE MAY TAKE UNTIL

NEXT YEAR.

CHARLENE AARON, CBN NEWS.

Efrem: PRESIDENT

DONALD TRUMP IS COMING

UNDER FIRE FROM MEMBERS OF

HIS OWN PARTY FOR

DEFENDING RUSSIAN LEADER

VLADIMIR PUTIN AND FOR

SAYING THAT THE U.S. IS

JUST LIKE RUSSIA.

IN AN INTERVIEW WITH FOX'S

O'REILLY FACTOR, TRUMP WAS

PRESSED ABOUT WHETHER HE

SHOULD REALLY BE PRAISING

PUTIN, AND ONCE AGAIN HE

DEFENDED THE RUSSIAN

STRONG MAN.

PUTIN IS A KILLER.

President Trump:

WE'VE GOT A LOT OF

KILLERS.

YOU THINK OUR COUNTRY IS

SO INNOCENT.

THERE IS NO MORAL

EQUIVALENCY AND THE BETWEEN THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

AND PUTIN'S THUGS.

Efrem: SENATOR JOHN

McCAIN CALLS PUTIN A

MURDERER AND A THUG, AND

THE UNITED STATES HAS MADE

MISTAKES, BUT NOT LIKE THE

MURDERER.

AND A PUTIN CRITIC IS

BELIEVED TO HAVE JUST BEEN

POISONED FOR A SECOND TIME

AND IS NOW IN A COMA.

> SOME PROMINENT BLACK

RELIGIONS LEADERS ARE

SPEAKING OUT AGAINST.

President Trump: 'S

PRESIDENT TRUMP'S

RESTRICTIONS TO RELAX THE

POLITICAL ACTIVITY OF

CHURCHES.

THE JOHNSON AMENDMENT HAS

PREVENTED CHURCHES FROM

MAKING CONTRIBUTIONS.

HE SAYS ENDING THE LAW

OPENS UP A CAN OF WORMS

THAT WOULD UNDERMINE THE

CHURCH'S MORAL AUTHORITY.

BUT SUPPORTERS SAY IT IS

TIME TO GIVE PASTORS THE

FREEDOM TO TAKE STRONG

POSITIONS WITHOUT FEAR OF

THE I.R.S. STRIPPING THEM

OF THEIR TAX-EXEMPT

STATUS.

> BENJAMIN NETANYAHU AND

HIS WIFE HAVE ARRIVED IN

LONDON TO MEET WITH THE

U.K. PRIME MINISTER

THERESA MAY.

IRAN IS AT THE TOP OF THE

AGENDA.

NETANYAHU SAYS THE MOST

IMPORTANT THING AT THE

MOMENT IS THAT COUNTRIES

LIKE THE U.S. AND U.K.

LINE UP AGAINST IRAN'S

AGGRESSION AND SET CLEAR

LIMITS.

IRAN HAS CARRIED OUT ABOUT

A DOZEN BALLISTIC MISSILE

TESTS OVER THE PAST TWO

YEARS AND INCREASED ITS

URANIUM STOCKPILE BY 50%.

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS

EXPECTED TO BE A SUPPORTER

OF ISRAELI.

RUDY GIULANI RECENTLY

VISITED ISRAEL TO MEET

WITH PRIME MINISTER

NETANYAHU, AND IN THEIR

MEETING, HE SAT DOWN WITH

CBN NEWS TO DISCUSS THE

NEW RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN

THE U.S. AND ISRAEL.

Chris: WE MET IN THE

TEL AVIV LAW OFFICES OF

GREEGREENBERG, TORIG, THE ONLY

INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM

WITH AN OFFICE IN ISRAEL.

WHERE RUDY GIULANI SERVES

IN CHARGE OF CRISIS

MANAGEMENT.

Chris: YOU MET

EARLIER TODAY WITH THE

PRIME MINISTER AND YOU

GAVE A MESSAGE, I BELIEVE,

FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP.

WHAT KIND OF MESSAGE WAS

IT?

IT WAS A MESSAGE OF

FRIENDSHIP.

I JUST WANTED TO ASSURE

HIM FROM MY POINT OF VIEW,

THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE

UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL

HAS NOW GONE BACK TO

NORMAL.

I THOUGHT THE LAST EIGHT

YEARS WAS ABNORMAL.

WE HAD AN AMERICAN

PRESIDENT WHO DIDN'T

SUPPORT ISRAEL THE WAY I

WAS RIEWF USED TO, AND HE WOULD

NOW HAVE A PRESIDENT HE

COULD GET ALONG WITH, THAT

SHARED ESSENTIALLY THE

SAME VIEWS ON THE WORLD.

JUST LIKE YOU HAVE NOTICED

THAT THERE ARE 2500 EXTRA

HOMES BEING BUILT.

THE REACTION OF THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION EITHER FROM

HILLARY CLINTON OR BARACK

OBAMA WOULD HAVE BEEN

CONDEMNATION OF ISRAEL.

INSTEAD, THE TRUMP

ADMINISTRATION'S RESPONSE

WAS NO COMMENT.

Chris: DO YOU SEE

THAT AS A NEW RELATIONSHIP

WITH THE TRUMP

ADMINISTRATION IN ISRAEL?

I SEE IT IN TWO STAGES.

THIS IS WHAT I TOLD THE

PRIME MINISTER AND OTHER

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS THAT

I MET WITH.

FIRST, LET'S BEGIN WITH

THE FACT THAT WE'RE BACK

TO OUR NORMAL

RELATIONSHIP, FRIENDSHIP.

SECOND, I THINK IT WILL BE

BETTER THAN THAT.

BECAUSE I THINK PRESIDENT

TRUMP SEES ISRAEL AS A

CRITICAL PART OF HIS

EFFORT TO DEFEAT RADICAL

ISLAMIC TERRORISM.

I THINK HE SEES ISRAEL AS

A RESOURCE, NOT JUST AN

ALLY, BUT A RESOURCE.

AND I KNOW HE IS

SURRENDERED BY A GROUP OF

ADVISORS WHO HAVE SIMILAR

VIEWS.

SO I THINK WE CAN MAKE THE

FRIENDSHIP EVEN STRONGER

THAN IT WAS.

BUT WE CERTAINLY ARE BACK

TO WHERE WE USED TO BE.

I REMEMBER TELLING PRIME

MINISTER NETANYAHU, SOME

YEARS AGO, IT MUST BE VERY

UNCOMFORTABLE BEING THE

PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL

AND NOT KNOW WHETHER THE

AMERICAN PRESIDENT HAS

YOUR BACK BECAUS.

OF COURSE, HE DIDN'T

RESPOND BECAUSE HE WAS TOO

DIPLOMATIC TO RESPOND.

WELL, THE AMERICAN

PRESIDENT NOW HAS HIS BACK

AND VICE VERSA.

Efrem: JUDGES IN

STATE COURTROOMS SHOULD

ONLY USE AMERICAN LAWS

WHEN MAKING DECISIONS.

THE HOUSE VOTED 63-24 TO

APPROVE THE BILL.

CRITICS CALL IT AN

ANTI-SHAR'IA LAW.

THE BILL DOES NOT MENTION

SHAR'IA LAW BY NAME.

LEGISLATURES IN IDAHO,

KENTUCKY, AND OREGON HAVE

CONSIDERED SIMILAR BILLS.

IT IS BECAUSE SOME JUDGES

IN THE U.S. HAVE USED

ISLAMIC LAW TO DECIDE

CASES INVOLVING MUSLIMS.

> THE PEW RESEARCH

CENTER SAYS ONLY A THIRD

OF AMERICANS SAY BEING

TRULY AMERICAN MEANS

FOLLOWING THE CHRISTIAN

FAITH.

MORE REPUBLICANS WERE

REPORTED TO SAY

CHRISTIANITY IS ESSENTIAL

TO BEING TRULY AMERICAN,

WHILE 29% OF DEMOCRATS

AGREED.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON

THIS STORY, YOU CAN VISIT

OUR WEBSITE,

CBNNEWS.COM.

> COMING UP, JEWISH

SETTLERS RIPPED FROM THEIR

HOMES TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT

IS BEHIND THE CONTROVERSY

ONE JEWISH COMMUNITY IN

THE BIBLICAL HEARTLAND OF

ISRAEL.

Efrem: FOR THE FIRST

TIME IN MORE THAN 25

YEARS, ISRAEL MAY

ESTABLISH A NEW SETTLEMENT

IN SAMARIA, ALSO KNOWN AS

THE WEST BANK.

THAT IS THE PLEDGE BY

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT CAME

SHORTLY AFTER ISRAELI

POLICE BEGAN DISMANTLING

WHAT WAS CALLED AN ILLEGAL

OUTPOST THIS WEEK.

HERE IS JULIE STAAL WITH

THE STORY FROM AMONA.

Reporter: ISRAELIS

LIVING IN BIBLICAL JUDEA

AND SAMARIA ARE HOPING

SCENES LIKE THESE WON'T BE

REPEATED NOW THAT

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS IN

OFFICE.

NETANYAHU NOW, AT THIS

TIME, AFTER TOMORROW, NEED

TO SAY TO TRUMP AND ALL

THE WORLD THAT WE WILL BE

HERE FOREVER.

AND WE ARE BUILDING FOR

THE JEWISH BECAUSE THIS IS

OUR LAND, OUR BIBLE STARTS

FROM HERE.

Reporter: THIS IS

AMONA.

MUCH OF THE WORLD WOULD

CALL IT AN ILLEGAL

OUTPOST, BUT FOR THE 42

FAMILIES THAT LIVE HERE,

IT IS HOME.

ABOUT 2,000 POLICE HAVE

COME TO REMOVE THEM FROM

THIS HILLTOP HOME.

THESE PEOPLE'S LIVES

WILL BE CHANGED FOREVER.

THE CHILDREN WILL BE

TRAUMATIZED.

I SAW THEM TAKING OUT THE

LITTLE KIDS THIS MORNING.

I'M A CHILD IN ISRAEL.

I ALSO WANT A HOME.

IF THERE IS A COURT CASE

AGAINST ME, I ALSO NEED A

HOME IN THE LAND OF

ISRAEL.

Reporter: THE

EVACUATION ENDED WITH

VIOLENT CLASHES AT THE

SYNAGOGUE BETWEEN SOME OF

THOSE WHO CAME TO PROTEST

THE RAISING OF THE RAIDING OF THE

SETTLEMENT AND POLICE.

HUNDREDS CAME TO STAND

PEACEFULLY IN SOLIDARITY

WITH THOSE LOSING THEIR

HOME.

I LOVE THIS COUNTRY.

I LOVE ISRAEL.

I DO ALL WHAT I CAN DO TO

MY PEOPLE.

IN THIS MOMENT, I JUST

COME HERE TO PRAY WITH MY

BROTHERS.

Through Translator:

LIKE MY HAND, IT HURTS ME

SO MUCH TO SEE ALL OF THE

SOLDIERS HERE HITTING THE

OTHER HAND.

IT IS LIKE ONE HAND

HITTING THE OTHER, LIKE

CANCER.

I'M HERE ACTUALLY TO

CONNECT, TO IDENTIFY AND

CONNECT WITH MY PAIN PEOPLE,

WITH THE PAIN OF MY

PEOPLE.

TO EXPRESS SOLIDARITY, THE

DESIRE TO SETTLE THE LAND,

TO BUILD IT.

THIS IS THE PLACE, NOT

TEL AVIV.

TEL AVIV, IT IS, TOO, BUT

THIS IS THE PLACE.

ALL OF THE STORY OF THE

BIBLE IS HERE.

Reporter: ISRAEL'S

HIGH COURT ORDERED THE

DESTRUCTION OF THE

20-YEAR-OLD HILLTOP

COMMUNITY AFTER IT RULED

IN FAVOR OF A PALESTINIAN

CLAIM THAT IT WAS BUILT ON

PRIVATE LAND.

THE INTERNATIONAL

COMMUNITY CONSIDERS ALL

JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN

JUDEA AND SAMARIA, ALSO

KNOWN AS THE WEST BANK, TO

BE ILLEGAL, BUT ALMOST ALL

OF THE 430,000 ISRAELIS

WHO LIVE THERE LIVE IN

COMMUNITIES BUILT ON

ISRAELI STATE LAND AND NOT

PRIVATE PALESTINIAN

PROPERTY.

IN THE SIX-DAY WAR,

AFTER 1967, WE RETURNED

HERE.

AND TOGETHER, WITH ALL OF

THE GOVERNMENTS, THE LIKUD

AND THE LABOR PARTY, WE

SPEARBLEESTABLISHED SETTLEMENTS.

WE RETURNED HOME.

THIS IS TERRIBLE THAT

WE'RE DISMANTLING

SETTLEMENTS IN THE LAND OF

ISRAEL.

Reporter: OTHERS SAID

REMOVING THE ISRAELIS

WON'T BRING PEACE.

THIS HILL IS GOING TO

STAY BARREN.

NO GOOD WILL COME OUT OF

IT.

THIS WILL NOT PROMOTE

PEACE IN ANY WAY.

Reporter: IT IS THE

FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN 10

YEARS THAT ISRAEL HAS

EVACUATED ISRAELIS FROM

THE DISPUTED LAND.

IN THE SUMMER OF 2005,

ISRAEL UPROOTED 9,000

FAMILIES IN THE GAZA STRIP

IN WHAT WAS KNOWN AS THE

DISENGAGEMENT.

NOW WITH TRUMP IN THE

WHITE HOUSE, MANY ARE

HOPING THE EVACUATION AT

AMONA WILL BE THE LAST.

JULIE STAAL, CBN NEWS,

AMONA.

Efrem: NEXT, MEET AN

AMERICAN MISSIONARY IN

RUSSIA WHO PUT GOSPEL

TRACKS IN EVERY MAILBOX IN

HIS CITY.

BUT NOT EVERYBODY WAS

HAPPY ABOUT IT.

WE'LL SHARE WHAT HAPPENED,

NEXT.

Efrem: 25 YEARS AFTER

THE COLLAPSE OF COMMUNISM,

THE FIGHT FOR RELIGIONS

FREEDOM IN RUSSIA STILL

RAGES.

SEVEN MONTHS ACTOR, THE

FIRST AMERICAN WAS

CONVICTED OF BREAKING A

RUSSIAN LAW, A LAW THAT

BANS PREACHING THE GOSPEL

OUTSIDE OF A REGISTERED

CHURCH.

HE IS BEING REPRESENTED BY

A LAWYER FROM THE SLOVIC

CENTER FOR LAW AND

JUSTICE.

GEORGE THOMAS BRINGS US

THIS STORY NOW FROM

MOSCOW.

George: AMERICAN

DONALD ORSAWATI AND HIS

WIFE MOVED TO THE RUSSIAN

CITY 14 YEARS AGO.

MY AREA IS 250 MILES

SOUTH OF MOSCOW, AND

THEY'RE VERY, VERY

COMMUNIST.

THEY HAVE A VERY SOVIET

MENTALITY.

George: THE COUPLE

DECIDED OREO WOULD BE A

GOOD PLACE TO SETTLE DOWN,

BUY A SMALL HOME, AND

START EVANGELIZING.

I'M THERE TO GIVE THEM

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS

CHRIST, TO TELL THEM OF

THE GOOD NEWS OF

SALVATION.

George: TO DO THAT,

THESE BAPTIST MISSIONARIES

PLACED GOSPEL TRACKS WITH

THEIR HOME ADDRESS IN

EVERY SINGLE MAILBOX OF

EACH APARTMENT BUILDING

INORY YO.

>IN

ORY YO.

>INTHE AREA.

George: AND PEOPLE

RESPONDED.

AFTER A SMALL CHURCH

BEGAN, SOME GAVE THEIR

LIVES TO CHRIST AND WERE

BAPTIZED.

EVERYBODY KNOWS WE'RE

THERE AND WE'RE OPERATING

OPENLY.

THERE IS NO SECRET WHAT

WE'RE DOING AND WHY WE'RE

DOING IT.

WE'RE THE ONLY AMERICANS

WITHIN 250 MILES.

SO EVERYBODY IN TOWN KNOWS

I AM THE AMERICAN.

George: BUT ON SUNDAY

MORNING, AUGUST 14, 2016,

THEIR WORK CAME TO A

SCREECHING HALT.

I HAD BEEN EXPECTING IT

FOR THREE WEEKS BEFORE

THAT.

AND THEN WHEN THEY WALKED

IN, I THOUGHT, OKAY, HERE

GOES.

George: LET'S PAUSE

HERE FOR A MOMENT.

25 DAYS BEFORE, ON

JULY 20th, RUSSIAN

PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN

SIGNED NEW AMENDMENTS TO A

LAW THAT GOVERNORS

RELIGIOUS LIFE.

UNDER THE GUISE OF

CONFRONTING TERRORISM,

PUTIN GAVE AUTHORITIES THE

POWER TO BAN PREACHING,

PRAYING, PROSELYTIZING,

AND HANDING OUT RELIGIOUS

MATERIALS OUTSIDE

GOVERNMENT-SANCTIONED

CHURCHES.

THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT

WARNED THE MOVE SIGNALLED

A TROUBLING RUSSIAN TREND

OF INTIMIDATION AND

HARASSMENT.

HIS ORGANIZATION WORKS IN

RUSSIA AND 13 OTHER

COUNTRIES OF THE FORMER

SOVIET UNION.

THIS LAW IS KNOWN AMONG

EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS IN

RUSSIA AS AN

ANTI-MISSIONARY LAW

BECAUSE IT PLACES HARD

RESTRICTIORESTRICTIONS ON THE

CHURCHES.

George: THE LAW

REQUIRED FOREIGN MISSION

NERS TMISSIONERIES TO HAVE A

PERMIT.

AND SINGING OR PRAYING

OUTSIDE A REGISTERED

CHURCH, EVEN IN A HOME,

BECAME ILLEGAL.

THIS IS A LAWYER FOR THE

SLOVIC CENTER FOR LAW AND

JUSTICE.

THE LAW INFLICTED

DAMAGE BECAUSE SUDDENLY

MANY CHRISTIANS FEARED

JUST TALKING ABOUT FAITH

OR SHARING WITH OTHERS

ABOUT GOD WAS A CRIME.

George: ANDRE IS A

RUSSIAN COMMENTATOR.

THE LAW TELLS US WE

CANNOT DO ANYTHING THAT

COULD BE CONSIDERED

MISSIONARY, INCLUDING

SAYING I BELIEVE IN JESUS

CHRIST.

George: THE

SUPPORTERS SAY THE LAW IS

NECESSARY TO CONFRONT

TERRORISM, BUT RACUBA

INSISTS THERE IS A MORE

SINISTER AGENDA.

THE RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES

ARE TRYING TO RESTRICT THE

PROTESTANT AND EVANGELICAL

MOVEMENTS AND STOP THEM

FROM SPREADING THEIR

INFLUENCE AND THE MESSAGE

OF THE GOSPEL.

George: BACK IN OREO,

MORE THAN THREE WEEKS

AFTER THE LAW'S PASSAGE,

ORSAWATI WAS HOME

PREACHING WHEN RUSSIAN

OFFICERS SUDDENLY

APPEARED.

THREE POLICEMEN WALKED

RIGHT INTO OUR HOUSE WHERE

WE MEET AND HAVE OUR

SERVICES.

George: HIS WIFE

SNAPPED THESE PICTURES OF

THE PLAIN-CLOTHED

OFFICERS.

THEY DIDN'T KNOCK ON

THE DOOR.

THEY JUST WALKED IN.

George: THEY WAITED

FOR HIM TO FINISH HIS

SERVICE AND THEN STARTED

INTERROGATING EVERYONE.

THEY ASKED THEM, WHAT

ARE YOU DOING HERE?

WHAT DOES THIS GUY DO

HERE?

> I WAS CHARGED WITH

ILLEGAL MISSIONARY

ACTIVITY.

George: HE BECAME THE

FIRST AMERICAN CONVICTED

UNDER THE NEW LAW.

HE LIVES ABOUT 250 MILES

SOUTH OF MOSCOW, AND HE

WAS FINED $640 FOR HOLDING

SERVICES IN HIS HOME.

HE APPEALED TWICE BEFORE A

LOCAL COURT AND LOST.

AND HE IS NOT ALONE.

LANGKIN, WHO REPRESENTS

HIM, SAYS ALMOST THREE

DOZEN PEOPLE, MOSTLY

RUSSIANS, HAVE FALLEN PREY

TO THE LAW.

JO JEHOVAH WITNESSES HAVE

ALSO BEEN TARGETED.

George: BUT THERE IS

ONE GROUP THAT IS LEFT

ALONE.

THEY ARE UNLIKELY TO

AFFECT THE ORTHODOX

CHURCH, WHICH SOME 70% OF

RUSSIANS SAY THEY BELONG

TO.

FOR THE MOMENT, NEVER,

NEVER, NEVER.

BECAUSE THE ORTHODOX

CHURCH IS CLOSELY

ASSOCIATED WITH THE STATE.

SOME PROTESTANTS ARE,

IF THE NOT ENEMIES, THEN

POTENTIAL DANGER.

SO THEY NEED TO HAVE SOME

CONTAINMENT.

ACTUALLY, THE WORD

"ORTHODOX" IN RUSSIAN

MEANS THE PROPER WAY TO

GLORIFY GOD.

WHICH IMPLIES THAT EVERY

OTHER WAY IS IMPROPER.

George: THE RUSSIAN

ORTHODOX CHURCH HAS A

POWERFUL ALLY IN VLADIMIR

PUTIN.

THE PRESIDENT HAS ELEVATED

THE CHURCH'S PROMINENCE

AND INFLUENCE IN RECENT

YEARS.

IN SOME CORNERS OF RUSSIAN

SOCIETY, THE ORTHODOX

CHURCH IS CONSIDERED THE

NATIONAL CHURCH.

THIS IDEA IS BEING

PROMULGATED BY MASS MEDIA

SOCIETY AND BY THE

ORTHODOX CHURCH AND THE

GOVERNMENT.

George: SO FOR

ORSAWATI THIS IS A FIGHT

TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO

PRACTICE THEIR BELIEFS

FREELY IN RUSSIA.

IF I DON'T HAVE THE

RIGHT TO SIT IN MY OWN

HOUSE WITH MY FRIENDS AND

READ THE BIBLE AND PRAY,

THEN NOBODY HAS THAT RIGHT

IN THIS COUNTRY, WHETHER

THEY'RE RUSSIAN CITIZENS

OR VISITORS.

George: FOR NOW, THEY

HAVE STOPPED HOLDING

SERVICE IN THEIR HOME

WHILE THEY APPEAL THEIR

CONVICTION BEFORE THE

RUSSIAN SUPREME COURT.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS,

MOSCOW.

Efrem: IT'S TIME NOW

FOR YOUR TUESDAY

TWEETABLE.

IT IS AN ENCOURAGING WORD

THAT I HOPE WILL UPLIFT

YOU AND INSPIRE YOU TO

SHARE IT WITH OTHERS.

REMEMBER THIS: GOD SPOKE

THE WORLD INTO EXISTENCE,

AND HE CAN SPEAK CHANGE

INTO YOUR LIFE.

WHEN GOD SPEAKS,

CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE.

AND GOD SPEAKS THROUGH HIS

WORD.

SO TODAY OPEN THE

SCRIPTURE WITH THIS IN

MIND AND RECEIVE HIS WORD

IN FAITH.

WITH THAT WORD, MAKE THIS

A TERRIFIC TUESDAY.

> THAT WILL HAVE TO DO

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HAVE A TERRIFIC TUESDAY,

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