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Christian World News - May 12, 2017

A Voice for the Suffering Church: Trump, Pence, Graham Team up for Christians. Read Transcript


George: THIS WEEK ON

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,"

WE'RE HERE AT THE WORLD

SUMMIT IN DEFENSE OF

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS IN

WASHINGTON, D.C.

MORE THAN 600 LEADERS FROM

130 NATIONS ARE HERE TO

JOIN HANDS WITH THE

PERSECUTED.

WE BROUGHT THEM HERE TO

WASHINGTON SO WE COULD PUT

A SPOTLIGHT ON IT.

WE WANTED TO HAVE THE

ADMINISTRATION, WE WANTED

TO HAVE PEOPLE ON THE

HILL, THE STATE DEPARTMENT

TO BE EXPOSED TO THESE

CHRISTIANS AND THE

SUFFERING THAT IS TAKING

PLACE.

George: WE ALSO GO TO

CAPITAL MANAGEMENT TCAPITOL HILL TO TALK A BOUT

PROTECTING RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM AROUND THE GLOBE.

WE CAN'T STAND IDLY BUY

WHILE PEOPLE OF FAITH,

CHRISTIANS, JEWISH PEOPLE,

OR ANYONE ELSE, ARE BEING

PERSECUTED.

George: ALL THIS AND

MORE ON THIS SPECIAL

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS".

DEFENDING THE PERSECUTED.

George: HELLO,

EVERYONE, WELCOME TO THIS

SPECIAL EDITION OF

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

THROUGH THE CENTURIES,

CHRISTIANITY HAS ENDURED,

EVEN GROWN STRONGER, IN

THE FACE OF PERSECUTION.

TODAY SOME SAY THE CHURCH

IS SUFFERING WORSE THAN IT

HAS EVER IN ITS 2,000 YEAR

HISTORY.

THAT IS WHY FRANKLIN

GRAHAM HAS CALLED THIS

SUMMIT TO RAISE THE ALARM.

MY COLLEAGUE, PAUL STRAND,

HAS THE DETAILS.

Reporter: MORE THAN

200 MILLION CHRISTIANS IN

SOME 50 NATIONS ARE FACING

HIGH, VERY HIGH, OR EVEN

EXTREME PERSECUTION.

JUST ABOUT EVERY MONTH

MORE THAN 300 ARE KILLED

FOR THEIR FAITH.

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

OFTEN FEEL ISOLATED AND

ALONE.

FRANKLIN GRAHAM CALLED

THIS SUMMIT TO LET THEM

KNOW THAT THE CHURCH

STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH

THEM.

THE PRESENCE OF THE U.S.

VICE PRESIDENT SHOWS THAT

THE ATTACKS ARE GETTING TO

THE HIGHEST LEVELS.

I DEEPLY HUMBLING IT IS

FOR ME TO STAND TODAY FOR

THE COURAGEOUS MEN AND

WOMEN WHO ARE WITH US, WHO

HAVE STOOD WITHOUT APOLOGY

FOR THEIR FAITH IN CHRIST,

AND SUFFERED PERSECUTION

ACROSS THE WIDER WORLD.

Reporter: BECAUSE

BEING CAPTURED ON CAMERA

AT SUCH A SUMMIT COULD

CAUSE THEM FURTHER TROUBLE

BACK HOME, THOSE ACTUALLY

FACING PERSECUTION

PREFERRED TO TELL THEIR

STORIES BEHIND CLOSED

DOORS.

BUT GRAHAM WARNED

BELIEVERS HERE IN THE U.S.

ARE ALSO STARTING TO FACE

DISCRIMINATION.

WE HAVE SEEN BUSINESSES

PUT OUT OF BUSINESS,

ATTACKED, TARGETED, AND

THEN THE GAY ACTIVISTS

COME IN AND LIBERAL JUDGES

IN THOSE STATES SUPPORT

THESE DECISIONS.

AND WE SEE BUSINESSES NOW

AFRAID -- CHRISTIANS ARE

AFRAID THAT THEY'LL BE

ATTACKED.

Reporter: PENCE

ASSURED THOSE FACING

PERSECUTION AND

DISCRIMINATION THAT THIS

NATION WON'T FORGET THEM.

YOU HAVE THE PRAYERS OF

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE

PRAYERS OF MY FAMILY, AND

YOU HAVE THE PRAYERS OF

THE PRESIDENT OF THE

UNITED STATES.

I APPRECIATE THAT OUR

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS KEPT

HIS WORD.

AND HE IS GOING TO DO THAT

NOT JUST ON RELIGIOUS

LIBERTY, BUT I THINK HE IS

GOING TO DO THIS IN

FIGHTING ISIS AND

DEFEATING THE ENEMIES OF

THE CROSS.

Reporter: FRANKLIN

GRAHAM HOPES THAT CHURCH

LEADERS RETURN TO THEIR

HOMES ENCOURAGED, AND

READY TO STAND FAITHFUL

FOR THE GOSPEL NO MATTER

WHAT THEY FACE.

George: WE SA WHY DID YOU

GUYS DECIDE TO DO THIS IN

OUR NATION'S CAPITAL?

WE BROUGHT IT HERE TO

WASHINGTON SO WE COULD PUT

A SPOTLIGHT ON IT.

WE WANTED TO HAVE THE

ADMINISTRATION, WE WANTED

TO HAVE PEOPLE ON THE

HILL, THE STATE DEPARTMENT

TO BE EXPOSED TO THESE

CHRISTIANS AND THE

SUFFERING THAT IS TAKING

PLACE.

George: TO HAVE

VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE AT

THIS EVENT, HOW

SIGNIFICANT WAS THAT?

AND THE MESSAGE THAT HE

BROUGHT TO THOSE WHO WERE

GATHERED?

WELL, ANY TIME YOU CAN

HAVE THE WHITE HOUSE TAKE

TIME TO GIVE ATTENTION TO

WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS

EXTREMELY BENEFICIAL.

AND VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE

IS EXTREMELY SUPPORTIVE OF

DEFENDING CHRISTIANS, BUT

NOT JUST THE VICE

PRESIDENT, BUT THE

PRESIDENT, DONALD TRUMP,

VERY SUPPORTIVE OF

DEFENDING CHRISTIANS.

AND I THANK GOD THAT WE

HAVE AN ADMINISTRATION

THAT IS FINALLY LISTENING

TO THE VOICE OF THE

SUFFERING CHURCH AROUND

THE WORLD.

George: YOU WERE VERY

VOCAL OVER THE EIGHT YEARS

OF THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION.

WOULD YOU SAY THAT THIS

ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN,

WILL BE, A BREATH OF FRESH

AIR FOR THOSE WHO ARE

GATHERED HERE IN

WASHINGTON, D.C., AND THE

MILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD,

THAT THEY HAVE SOMEBODY IN

THE WHITE HOUSE, IN THIS

ADMINISTRATION, THAT CARES

FOR THEM, CARES ABOUT

THEM, AND WILL SPEAK UP ON

THEIR BEHALF?

NO QUESTION IT IS A

BREATH OF FRESH AIR.

AND IT IS A BREATH OF

FRESH AIR FROM GOD.

BECAUSE THEY ARE LISTENING

TO GOD'S PEOPLE.

AND WE DIDN'T SEE THAT

UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA.

HE NEVER WOULD EVEN ADMIT

THAT THERE WAS ISLAMIC

TERRORISM.

HE WOULDN'T USE THAT WORD.

AND SO YOU HAVE A

PRESIDENT NOW WHO IS NOT

AFRAID TO USE THAT WORD.

HE CALLS IT AS IT TRULY

IS.

AND HE IS WILLING TO STAND

UP FOR CHRISTIANS.

George: ARE YOU

CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT IS

HAPPENING TO THE UNITED

STATES?

OUR CHRISTIANS BEING

PERSECUTED HERE IN THE

U.S.?

NO QUESTION.

ONE OF THE GREAT PROBLEMS

IS SECULARISM AND THE GAY

LESBIAN MOVEMENT.

I'M NOT ANTI-GAY AND I'M

CERTAINLY NOT WANTING TO

BEAT UP ON THEM.

BUT I LOVE THEM ENOUGH TO

WARN THEM THAT THEIR

LIFESTYLE IS AGAINST GOD

AND HIS STANDARDS.

BUT WE HAVE SEEN ELEMENTS

OF THE GAY/LESBIAN

MOVEMENT ATTACKING

CHRISTIANS, PURPOSELY

GOING AFTER CHRISTIAN

BUSINESSES.

I BELIEVE WE NEED TO STAND

UP AGAINST THIS, FIGHT IT.

AND I HOPE THIS

ADMINISTRATION WILL SEE

THAT AND UNDERSTAND THAT.

George: ONE OF THE WHAT ARE THE

LEADERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

SAYING ABOUT THEIR FUTURE

IN THE CRADLE OF

CHRISTIANITY?

AS CHRISTIANS, DO YOU

WANT TO GO BACK TO YOUR

HOME?

BECAUSE MANY OF THESE

CHRISTIAN VILLAGES ALONG

THE PLAIN OF NINEVEH HAVE

BEEN FREED, BUT THEY'RE

SITTING THERE EMPTY.

AND THEY SAID, WE CAN'T GO

HOME.

THERE IS NO POLITICAL

SOLUTION.

THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT IS

NOT PROMISING US

PROTECTION.

AND WE DON'T KNOW IF WE

HAVE A FUTURE IN THE

MIDDLE EAST ANYMORE.

I THINK FOR MOST PEOPLE,

THEY ARE VERY AFRAID THAT

THE CHRISTIANS NO LONGER

HAVE A FUTURE.

AND I THINK WE NEED TO BE

SHOWING GRAPHIC PICTURES

OF WHAT HAPPENS.

WHEN THEY HANG SOME PERSON

IN IRAN, IT IS SO

BARBARIC.

THEY PUT A ROPE AROUND A

PERSON'S NECK AND THEY

TAKE A CRANE, AND THEY

LIFT THEM UP OFF THE

GROUND AND CHOKE THEM TO

DEATH.

IT IS NOT SNAPPING THEIR

NECK INSTANTLY.

IT IS SLOWLY CHOKING THEM

TO PLACE.

THIS TAKES PLACE ALMOST ON

A DAILY OCCURRENCE BY

ISLAM.

WE NEED TO SHOW WHAT ISLAM

IS DOING TO THE CHURCH.

George: FOR THOSE

WATCHING OUR BROADCAST,

HOW WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE

OUR VIEWERS TO PRAY, MORE

SPECIFICALLY AND TARGETED

FOR THOSE WHO ARE

SUFFERING AROUND THE WORLD

FOR THEIR FAITH?

WELL, PRAYER.

PRAYING FOR THESE AREAS OF

THE WORLD WHERE WE SEE

INTENSE PERSECUTION.

WE GO BACK TO PETER, WHEN

HE WAS IN PRISON, AND THE

CHURCH WAS EARNESTLY

PRAYING FOR HIM.

AN ANGEL SHOWS UP AND

WAKES PETER UP IN THE

MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, AND

HIS CHAINS FALL OFF, AND

THE GEALTS O GATES OF THE PRISON

THAT WERE LOCKED WERE

OPENED.

HE THOUGHT HE WAS

DREAMING.

HE REALIZED, YES, GOD HAD

SAVED HIM.

WHEN PEOPLE PRAY, CHAINS

FALL OFF.

WHEN PEOPLE PRAY, GATES

AND DOORS THAT ARE LOCKED,

GOD OPENS.

I BELIEVE IF WE PRAY, GOD

WILL NOT ONLY HEAR THOSE

PRAYERS AND ANSWER THOSE

PRAYERS, BUT WE COULD SEE

MIRACLES TAKE PLACE, LIKE

WITH PETER.

George: WHEN WE COME

BACK, IS AMERICA DOING

ENOUGH TO HELP THE

PERSECUTED?

WE GO TO THE WHITE HOUSE

AND THE CAPITAL FOR

ANSWERS.

PERSECUTIONED

THE REALITY IS: ACROSS

THE WIDER WORLD, THE

CHRISTIAN FAITH IS UNDER

SIEGE.

THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, NO

PEOPLE OF FAITH TODAY FACE

GREATER HOSTILITY OR

HATRED THAN FOLLOWERS OF

CHRIST.

IN MORE THAN 100

COUNTRIES, SPREAD TO EVERY

CORNER OF THE GLOBE, FROM

IRAN TO IRETREA, OVER

215 MILLION CHRISTIANS

CONFRONT INTIMIDATION,

IMPRISONMENT, FORCED

CONVERSION, ABUSE,

ASSAULT, OR WORSE, FOR

HOLDING THE TRUTHS OF THE

GOSPEL.

IN EGYPT JUST RENTLY, WE RECENTLY, WE

SAW BOMBS EXPLODE IN

CHURCHES, IN THE VERY

MIDST OF THE CELEBRATION

OF PALM SUNDAY, THE DAY OF

HOPE.

IT WAS TRANSFORMED INTO

TRAGEDY.

AND THE TWO MILLENNIAL-OLD

CHRISTIAN TRADITION

VIRTUALLY SCRIN EXTINGUISHED

OVERNIGHT.

WE SEE BELIEVERS TORTURED

FOR CONFESSING CHRIST, AND

WOMEN AND CHILDREN SOLD

INTO THE MOST TERRIBLE

FORM OF HUMAN SLAVERY.

NOTE TODAY, WITH

ASSURANCE, THAT PRESIDENT

TRUMP SEES THESE CRIMES

FOR WHAT THEY ARE: VIAL

ACTS OF PERSECUTION

ANIMATED BY HATRED, HATRED

FOR THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.

AND SO, TOO, DOES THE

PRESIDENT KNOW THOSE WHO

PERPETRATE THESE CRIMES.

THEY ARE THE EMBODIMENT OF

EVIL IN OUR TIME.

HE CALLS THEM BY NAME:

RADICAL ISLAMIC

TERRORISTS.

[APPLAUSE]

George: AND JOINING

ME NOW WITH SOME ANALYSIS

IS CBN'S CHIEF POLITICAL

CORRESPONDENT DAVID BRODY,

WHO HAS, BY THE WAY,

INTERVIEWED THE PRESIDENT

OF THE UNITED STATES ON

NUMEROUS OCCASIONS.

DAVID, THIS WAS A FRIENDLY

CROWD TO VICE-PRESIDENT

PENCE.

WERE YOU SURPRISED BY SOME

OF HIS COMMENTS?

David: NO, NOT AT

ALL.

THIS IS SOME THINGS WE

HEARD FROM VICE-PRESIDENT

PENCE BEFORE.

HE LOVES CHRISTIANS.

HE IS A CHRISTIAN FIRST

AND FOREMOST, AS HE SAID.

George: WHEN YOU LOOK

AT THIS PARTICULAR

AUDIENCE, OBVIOUSLY HE IS

SETTING A VERY CLEAR

SIGNAL FROM THE WHITE

HOUSE, THAT THIS IS A

WHITE HOUSE THAT KEENLY IS

AWARE OF THE PLIGHT OF

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

AROUND THE WORLD.

David: THAT'S RIGHT.

AND THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE

NO BONES ABOUT IT, AND HE

HAS BEEN VERY OUTSPOKEN AS

IT RELATES TO PERSECUTED

CHRISTIANS IN SYRIA AND

OTHER PLACES AROUND THE

WORLD.

WHAT IS VERY IMPORTANT

HERE IS DONALD TRUMP

DOESN'T CARE ABOUT

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.

AND IN THE PERSECUTED

CHRISTIAN WORLD, POLITICAL

CORRECTNESS IS A MAJOR

PROBLEM.

George: THE LAST

QUESTION: POLITICAL

CORRECTNESS IS ONE THING,

BUT THEN TALK IS ANOTHER.

WHAT ABOUT ACTION?

WHAT ABOUT GOING AFTER

SOME OF THESE COUNTRIES,

FOR EXAMPLE, SYRIA, SAUDI

ARABIA, IRAN, THAT ARE

HUGE VIOLATORS OF

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM?

DO YOU THINK THE PRESIDENT

CAN PUT SOME TEETH BEHIND

SOME OF THIS RHETORIC?

I THINK THERE IS A YES

WITH AN ASTERISK.

AND I THINK THAT COMES ON

THE WORLD RELIGION TOUR

WE'RE ABOUT TO SEE.

HOW BOLD WILL HE BE IN

ROME?

HOW BOLD WILL HE BE IN

MANY OF THESE QUESTIONS?

IT IS ONE THING TO SAY IT

IN AN INTERVIEW, AND IT IS

ANOTHER THING TO PROCLAIM

IT.

George: THIS IS A

MASSIVE CHANGE FROM EIGHT

YEARS OF THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION, THAT

BASICALLY IN SOME WAYS

PEOPLE IN THIS AUDIENCE

WOULD SAY, YOU IGNORED THE

CRIES OF THE PERSECUTED

CHURCH.

THIS IS, I'M SURE, A

BREATH OF FRESH AIR FOR

BELIEVERS WHO ARE BEING

PERSECUTED AROUND THE

WORLD.

David: THAT'S

EXACTLY WHY THE VICE

PRESIDENT CAME OUT AND

SAID, LET'S CALL IT WHAT

IT IS, IT'S GENOCIDE.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT

PRESIDENT OBAMA WOULD NOT

DO.

George: OKAY.

TERRIFIC.

OUR CHIEF POLITICAL

CORRESPONDENT AT THE WHITE

HOUSE, DAVID BRODY, THANK

YOU, AS ALWAYS, FOR COMING

ON THIS SHOW.

David: THANK YOU.

George: AND NOW WE GO

TO JENNIFE JENNIFER WISHON, WHO

COVERS THE TRUMP

ADMINISTRATION FOR CBN

NEWS.

SHE JOINS US FROM THE

WHITE HOUSE.

JENNIFER, DO YOU BELIEVE

PROMOTING RELIGIOUS

LIBERTY AROUND THE WORLD

WILL BE MORE OF A PRIORITY

FOR THIS ADMINISTRATION

THAN PREVIOUS ONES?

Jennifer: THERE IS

REALLY NO QUESTION,

GEORGE.

WE REALLY SAW PRESIDENT

OBAMA DISTANT HIMSELF ON

ISSUES OF RELIGIOUS

PERSECUTION, ESPECIALLY

WHEN IT CAME TO

CHRISTIANS.

ON THE FLIP SIDE, WE HAVE

SEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP SPEAK

BOLDLY ABOUT THIS ISSUE.

HE HAS SAID SEVER TIMES HE SEVERAL TIMES

HE IS GOING TO HELP THE

CHRISTIANS BIG LEAGUE.

WE SAW HIS EXECUTIVE ORDER

ON IMMIGRATION, HE TRIED

TO OFFER SOME RELIEF TO

CHRISTIAN REFUGEES AND

CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST FACING GENOCIDE.

THAT ORDER, OF COURSE, WAS

BLOCKED BY THE COURTS.

AND WE'VE SEEN HIM GO

AGGRESSIVELY AGAINST ISIS,

WHICH, OF COURSE IN THE

MIDDLE EAST, WILL GIVE

CHRISTIANS AND OTHER

RELIGIOUS MINORITIES SOME

RELIEF.

I THINK THIS PRESIDENT

CERTAINLY IS ON THE RIGHT

TRACK AND MOVING IN A

DIFFERENT DIRECTION FROM

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

WHEN IT COMES TO PROMOTING

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.

George: JENNIFER,

SOME FOLKS MAY NOT KNOW

THIS, BUT EVERY MR. PRESIDENT

HAS A CHANCE TO APPOINT AN

AMBASSADOR FOR RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

CAN YOU TELL US WHAT HE

DOES?

THIS PERSON IS CHARGED

WITH PROMOTING RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM AS A CORE MISSION

OF THE U.S. DIPLOMACY.

THEY WORK TO MONITOR

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

AROUND THE GLOBE, AND THEY

WORK TO DEVELOP POLICIES

THAT PROMOTE RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE

U.S. SEES THIS AS A VERY

IMPORTANT PART OF ITS

OVERALL DIPLOMATIC

STRATEGY BECAUSE COUNTRIES

THAT ALLOW RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM, ALLOW PEOPLE TO

EXERCISE THEIR FAITH

FREELY ARE LESS LIKELY TO

BECOME BAD STATE ACTORS.

THEY'RE LESS LIKELY TO

START WARS AND BECOME AN

ENEMY OF THE UNITED

STATES.

George: MY

UNDERSTANDING IS HE HAS

YET TO APPOINT THIS

AMBASSADOR.

WHAT IS THE HOLD-UP?

AND ARE THEY PUTTING

PRESSURE ON HIM?

Jennifer: A NUMBER OF

U.S. SENATORS AND

LAWMAKERS HAVE SENT THE

PRESIDENT LETTERS OVER THE

PAST FEW MONTHS, URGING

HIM TO FILL THIS POSITION.

A SOURCE IN THE STATE

DEPARTMENT SAYS AN

ANNOUNCEMENT ON THIS IS

IMPENDING.

MANY FOLKS WANT TO SEE

THIS POSITION FILLED AS WE

SEE THE RISE OF THE

RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION

ACROSS THE GLOBE.

George: JENNIFER

WISHON, THANKS FOR JOINING

US.

WE HEAD ACROSS TOWN TO THE

CAPITOL, WHERE ABIGAIL

ROBERTSON JOINS US.

I UNDERSTAND YOU RECENTLY

HAD A CHANCE TO TALK TO A

LEADING ADVOCATE FOR

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN THE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

WHAT DID THIS PERSON SAY?

Reporter: THAT'S

RIGHT, GEORGE.

ONE OF THEM, CONGRESSMAN

CHRIS SCHMIDT FROM NEW

JERSEY HAS BEEN LEADING

THIS FIGHT FOR DECADES.

I SAT DOWN WITH HIM IN HIS

OFFICE TO HEAR WHY HE

THINKS THIS IS SO

IMPORTANT.

> CONGRESSMAN, YOU HAVE

ONE OF THE MOST STELLER

REPUTATIONS IN CONGRESS.

WHY HAS THIS BEEN SUCH A

COMPASSION FOR YOU?

IT COMES DOWN TO

MATTHEW 25, "WHATEVER YOU

DO TO THE LEAST OF MY

BREATBRETHREN, YOU DO TO ME."

ANY ONE OF US CAN BE THE

LEAST, IN A HOSTILE

ENVIRONMENT, OR AN UNBORN

CHILD WHO IS AT RISK OF

BEING CHEMICALLY POISONED

OR KILLED IN SOME OTHER

WAY.

IT IS RESPONDING TO THAT

CALL, THAT VERY STRONG AND

CLEAR TEACHING BY OUR

LORD.

OF COURSE IT IS

SUPPLEMENTED AND

REINFORCED THROUGHOUT

SCRIPTURE.

BUT THAT, TO ME, WAS THE

ONE THAT MOTIVATES ME TO

WORK ON HUMAN RIGHTS, BOTH

MY WIFE AND I, ON LIFE

ISSUES, AND WHETHER IT BE

PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS

AND OTHER PEOPLE OF FAITH,

WE NEED TO RESPOND.

Reporter: AND YOU

ALSO INTRODUCED A BILL

THAT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW,

AND THAT BILL HAD OVER 100

DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN

SPONSORS.

WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT

SIGNALS TO THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE AND THE PEOPLE

ABROAD.

Reporter: THE

REAUTHORIZATION AND

EXPANSION EMPOWERS THIS

PRESIDENT WITH A TOOLBOX

TO REALLY MAKE A

DIFFERENCE.

TO HOLD INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE

WHO COMMIT RELIGIOUS

PERSECUTION TO ACCOUNT.

DON'T ALLOW THEM, AT

LEAST, INTO THIS COUNTRY.

DENY THEM AN VISA.

WE HAVE DONE THAT BEFORE,

THE MAGFIFSKI ACT, AND

LET'S DO IT NOW FOR THOSE

COMMITTING THESE CRIMES.

Reporter: IS THERE

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD

LIKE TO ADD?

WE NEED TO PRAYER

HARDER.

WE NEED TO FAST FOR THE

PERSECUTED CHURCH.

YOU CAN'T STAND IDLY BY AS

THE CHRISTIANS AND OTHER

PEOPLE OF FAITH ARE BEING

PERSECUTED.

Reporter: CHRIS

SCHMIDT IS JUST ONE OF A

DOZEN ON CAPITOL HILL WHO

FEELS THEY HAVE A VITAL

ROLE TO PLAY IN PROTECTING

PEOPLE OF FAITH.

George: THANK YOU,

ABIGAIL.

> COMING UP, SCENES OF

PERSECUTION FROM AROUND

THE WORLD.

George: AND WELCOME

BACK TO THE BROADCAST.

LEADERS ARE HERE FROM

AROUND THE WORLD

REPRESENTING THE

PERSECUTED CHURCH.

THIS EVENT GIVES THEM AN

OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE

FIRSTHAND THEIR STRUGGLES.

*

TODAY OUR CHRISTIAN

BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN

MANY COUNTRIES ARE FACING

PERSECUTION AND MARTYRDOM

ON AN UNPRECEDENTED SCALE.

IN FACT, THROUGHOUT THE

WORLD, A NUMBER OF

CHRISTIANS FACING

HOSTILITY, PERSECUTION,

AND EVEN DEATH IS GREATER

THAN ANY OTHER TIME IN

HISTORY.

* HALLELUJAH

* HALLELUJAH

THIS IS NOT THE FIRST

TIME CHRISTIANS HAVE FACED

OPPOSITION AND

PERSECUTION.

SINCE THE DAYS OF SAUL OF

TARSUS AND HIS DETERMINED

EFFORT TO STAMP OUT THE

NAME OF CHRIST, CHRISTIANS

HAVE BEEN IMPRISONED AND

KILLED BY FANATICS OF

EVERY KIND.

* HALLELUJAH

* HOLY

PERSECUTION OF

CHRISTIANS IS NO LONG IN

ONE NATION OR TO ONE AREA

OF THE WORLD.

TODAY THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

IS UNDER ATTACK IN ALMOST

EVERY CORNER OF THE GLOBE.

TODAY POWERFUL DEMONIC

FORCES THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY

OPPOSED TO CHRIST AND HIS

CHURCH REACH ACROSS

NATIONAL BORDERS AND

CULTURES AS THEY SEE JESUS

CHRIST AND HIS FOLLOWERS

AS THEIR ENEMY.

George: IN ADDITION

TO DESTROYING SEVERAL

CHURCHES, THE RIOTERS

TARGETED CHRISTIAN

SCHOOLS.

THIS PARTICULAR CHRISTIAN

SCHOOL WAS HOME TO SOME

240 STUDENTS.

THE MAJORITY OF THEM WERE

MUSLIM.

AND AS THEY RANSACKED EACH

CLASSROOM, THEY LEFT

BEHIND A MESSAGE ON THE

BLACK BOARD.

THIS ONE READS: "THERE IS

NO GOD BUT GOD, AND THE

PROPHET MUHAMMAD IS HIS

MESSENGER."

IT IS TRUE THAT GOD'S

WORD CANNOT BE SILENCED.

AND EAS EVEN IN THE MIDST OF

THIS, GOD IS STILL

SOVEREIGN, AND HE IS STILL

AT WORK OFTEN IN HIDDEN

AND UNEXPECTED WAYS.

HE CAN TAKE OUR PAIN, HE

CAN TAKE OUR SUFFERING,

AND HE CAN TURN IT INTO

GOOD.

* WORTHY IS THE LAMB

* YOU ARE HOLY

LET US NEVER FORGET,

THEREFORE, THAT WE HAVE A

RESPONSIBILITY TO SPEAK

OUT FOR OUR BROTHERS AND

SISTERS IN THE FAITH THAT

ARE UNDERGOING

PERSECUTION.

WE MUST DO ALL THAT WE CAN

TO DEFEND AND AID THOSE

WHO ARE VICTIMS.

OUR CHURCHES NEED TO HEAR

THEIR CRY.

YOU SEE, WHEN PEOPLE PRAY,

CHAINS FALL OFF.

WHEN PEOPLE PRAY, GATES

THAT WERE CLOSED, GATES

THAT WERE LOCKED, ARE

OPENED.

WHEN PEOPLE PRAY, PEOPLE

GET SET FREE.

LET US NEVER FORGET,

THEREFORE, THAT WE HAVE A

RESPONSIBILITY TO SPEAK

OUT FOR OUR BROTHERS AND

SISTERS IN THE FAITH THAT

ARE UNDERGOING

PERSECUTION.

WE MUST DO ALL THAT WE CAN

TO DEFEND AND AID THOSE

WHO ARE VICTIMS.

[BELL RINGING]

[BELL RINGING]

George: THERE IS AN

OLD SAYING THAT THE BLOOD

OF THE MARTYRS IS THE SEED

OF THE CHURCH.

INDEED WE KNOW THAT THE

CHURCH HAS CONTINUED TO

GROW IN THE FACE OF

TREMENDOUS PERSECUTION,

YET THOSE OF US IN THE

FREE WORLD, WE ALSO HAVE A

ROLE TO PLAY.

THE BIBLE COMMANDS US TO

PRAY FOR THOSE IN PRISON,

TO COMFORT THOSE WHO

MOURN, AND TO GIVE TO

THOSE IN NEED.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING

US ON THIS SPECIAL EDITION

OF "CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

FROM ALL OF US HERE, UNTIL

NEXT WEEK, GOOD-BYE AND

GOD BLESS YOU.

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