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Christian World News - May 25, 2018

President Trump pulls out of the summit with North Korea. Why did he do it and how can he bring Kim Jong Un back to the table? Plus, get a look at the Dead Sea Scrolls in a way you've never seen them before. And, 'Amazing Grace' is sung in ... Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS," PRESIDENT

TRUMP PULLS OUT OF THE

SUMMIT WITH FORT NORTH KOREA.

WHY DID HE DO IT.

AND HOW CAN HE BRING KIM

JONG-UN BACK TO THE TABLE.

Wendy: PLUS...GET A

LOOK AT THE DEAD SEA

SCROLLS IN A WAY YOU HAVE

NEVER SEEN THAT BEFORE.

SEE HOW THEY ARE STILL

REVEALING SECRETS FROM

2,000 YEARS AGO.

THE SONG, "AMAZING

GRACE," IS SUNG IN

CHURCHES WORLDWIDE.

MEET THE MAN BEHIND THE

SONG AND FIND OUT HOW HE

CHANGED THE COURSE OF

HISTORY.

HELLO, EVERYONE,

WELCOME TO THIS WEEK'S

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS."

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

AND I'M WENDY GRIFFITH.

NORTH KOREA SEEMS TO BE

CHANGING ITS TONE AFTER

PRESIDENT TRUMP CANCELLED

THE SUMMITS.

A NORTH KOREAN OFFICIAL

SAYS THEY'RE STILL WILLING

TO MEET WITH THE UNITED

STATES.

THE PRESIDENT DECIDED

TO PULL OUT OF THE SUMMIT

AFTER SIGNS OF BA BAD FAITH

FROM THE NORTH KOREANS.

AND NOW IT IS A GAME OF

WAIT AND SEE.

Jennifer: A BOLD MOVE

BY PRESIDENT TRUMP, A

LETTER TO KIM JONG-UN

CANCELLING THE LEADERS'

PLANNED NUCLEAR SUMMIT.

HE SURPRISED THE WORLD,

BUT THE TRUMP

ADMINISTRATION SAW IT

COMING FOR DAYS.

President Trump:

NORTH KOREA HAS THE

OPPORTUNITY TO END DECADES

OF POVERTY AND DEPRESSION

BY FOLLOWING THE PATH OF

DENUCLEARIZATION AND

JOINING THE COMMUNITY OF

NATIONS.

Jennifer: AFTER

SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE

POMPEO'S MEETING WITH KIM

THAT RESULTING IN THE

RELEASE OF THREE AMERICAN

PRISONERS, THE NORTH

KOREANS FAILED TO KEEP

THEIR PROMISES.

IT IS NOT ABOUT THE

DEAL.

IT IS ABOUT THE OUTCOME.

RIGHT?

IT IS ABOUT ACHIEVING THIS

PERMANENT PHYSICAL CHANGE

AND TRANSFORMATION THAT

WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY

TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

Reporter: AFTER

TRUMP'S ANNOUNCEMENT,

NORTH KOREA SEEMS TO

CHANGE ITS TONE, A TOP

OFFICIAL SAYING THAT THE

KIM REGIME IS OPEN-MINDED

IN GIVING TIME AND

OPPORTUNITY TO THE U.S.

BUT FOR NOW THE TRUMP

ADMINISTRATION IS

CONTINUING ITS MAXIMUM

PRESSURE CAMPAIGN,

CRIPPLING ECONOMIC

SANCTIONS MEANT TO FORCE

CONCESSIONS OUT OF A

COUNTRY ALREADY FACING

FINANCIAL DISPAIR.

BUT IN THESE HOURS

FOLLOWING THE PRESIDENT'S

LETTER, HARRY, WITH THE

CENTER FOR NATIONAL

INTEREST, SAYS HE FEARS

THE NORTH WILL RETURN TO

TESTING MISSILES.

GOD FORBID, IF THE

NORTH TESTS A MISSILE IN

THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS,

AND THERE IS A MALFUNCTION

AND THE MISSILE LANDS IN

SEOUL OR JAPAN OR GUAM, WE

COULD BE AT WAR, AND THAT

TYPE OF WAR WOULD INVOLVED

MILLIONS OF PEOPLE DEAD.

Reporter: TIME, HE

SAYS, ISN'T ON KIM'S SIDE,

AS HIS PEOPLE ARE MORE

EXPOSED TO INFLUENCES TO

THE WORLD OUTSIDE NORTH

KOREA, THEY MAY LEARN

THERE IS A BETTER WAY.

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS

WHEN IT GET IN ON THESE

SITUATIONS.

YOU START TO GIVE PEOPLE

HOPE SOMETHING CAN BE

DIFFERENT, AND THEY START

TO PRESS FOR IT.

Reporter: A SENIOR

WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL SAYS

THE BALL IS NOW IN NORTH

KOREA'S COURT.

President Trump: IF

AND WHEN KIM JONG-UN

CHOOSE TO ENGAGE IN

CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE AND

ACTIONS, I AM WAITING.

Reporter: JENNIFER

WISHON, CBN NEWS, THE

WHITE HOUSE.

THANK YOU, JENNIFER.

AND WHILE ALL OF THIS IS

PLAYING OUT, LET'S

CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THE

BELIEVERS IN NORTH KOREA

THAT CONTINUE TO SUFFER

FOR THEIR FAITH, THAT

HOPEFULLY GOD WILL RELEASE

THEM AND GIVE THEM THE

FREEDOM THEY SO

DESPERATELY NEED.

> MOVING ON, CHRISTIANS

IN NORTH KOREA, AS I

MENTIONED, THEY ARE JAILED

AND TORTURED FOR THEIR

FAITH, BUT IT IS JUST ONE

OF MANY NATIONS WHERE THE

CHURCH IS UNDER FIRE.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

ADVOCATES WANT TO KNOW WHY

BELIEVERS IN THE WEST

AREN'T DOING MORE FOR

THOSE WHO SUFFER FOR

FOLLOWING JESUS.

MY COLLEAGUE PAUL STRAND

HAS THAT STORY.

Reporter: CHRISTIANS

OF ALL STRIPES CAME TO

THIS SUMMIT ASKING, WHY

DON'T BELIEVERS DO MORE TO

HELP THEIR PERSECUTED

BROTHERS AND SISTERS

AROUND THE GLOBE.

THEY HIT AT CHRISTIANS IN

THE FIRST WORLD, LIVING

CUSHY LIVES WITH LITTLE

CARE FOR THOSE OVERSEAS.

WE CANNOT FORM OUR

LIVES OVER THE COMFORTS

AND CONVENIENCES OF THE

MODERN LIVES WITHOUT

PAYING JUSTICE TO THE

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS WE

SEE ALL OVER THE WORLD.

Reporter: JESUS TOLD

SAUL THAT SAUL WAS

ATTACKING CHRIST WHEN HE

ATTACKED CHRISTIANS.

WHEN PEOPLE PERSECUTE

CHRISTIANS, THEY'RE REALLY

PERSECUTING WHO?

JESUS.

IN THE SAME WAY, WHEN WE

CARE FOR THE PERSECUTED,

WE'RE REALLY CARING FOR

JESUS.

AND THAT'S WHY JESUS SAID,

WHATEVER YOU DID FOR THE

LEAST OF THESE BROTHERS

AND SISTERS OF MINE, YOU

DID IT TO ME.

Reporter: SPUTO SAID

HE WAS ONCE CONSIDERING

HOW MUCH MONEY TO DONATE

TO STARVING CHRISTIANS IN

NIGERIA.

THE LORD WHISPERED

SOMETHING IN MY HEART THAT

I DON'T BELIEVE I'LL EVER

FORGET.

FORGET.

HE SAID, THAT'S ME.

I'M HUNGRY AND I'M WAITING

AND WATCHING TO SEE WHO

LOVES ME AND WILL GIVE ME

SOMETHING TO EAT.

Reporter: LONG TIME

DEFENDER OF RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM, FRANK WOLFE,

KNOCKED BELIEVERS WILLFUL

SILENCE.

THE CHURCH IN THE WEST

CAN NEVER SAY IT DOES NOT

KNOW WHAT IS TAKING PLACE

IN THE MIDDLE EAST TODAY.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING

SAID IN THE END, WE WILL

REMEMBER NOT THE WORD OF

OUR ENEMIES, BUT THE

SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS.

Reporter: AND WOLFE

HAD A WARNING FOR

AMERICA'S CHRISTIANS.

IF THE CHURCH SLUMBERS,

WASHINGTON WILL SCARCELY

LEAD THE WAY.

Reporter: SAM

BROWNBACK IS AMERICA'S NEW

AMBASSADOR AT LARGE FOR

INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

THERE IS MORE PERS

PERSECUTION GOING NOW THAN

EVER BEFORE.

Reporter: BUT HE SAID

GOVERNMENTS OF PERSECUTED

BELIEVERS IGNORE STUDIES

SHOWING THEIR NATION WILL

BE LESS SUCCESSFUL.

IF YOU WANT MORE

ECONOMIC GROWTH, YOU NEED

MORE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

>

WE'RE HERE TODAY

BECAUSE JESUS IS STILL

BEING PERS CUTEEBEING PERSECUTED.

HIS CHILDREN ARE STILL

BEING PERSECUTED.

IMAGINE WASTEING AWAY

IN A PAKISTANI PRISON FOR

NOTHING MORE THAN

DEFENDING YOUR FAITH.

THE PAKISTANI WOMAN WILL

HAVE SPENT NINE YEARS IN

PRISON FOR BLASPHEMY.

SHE HAS ONE MORE CHANCE AT

JUSTICE.

THERE ARE REPORTS THAT

PAKISTANI'S HIGH COURT MAY

SOON HERE BIBBI'S APPEAL.

WHEN YOU'RE TALKING

ABOUT THE JUSTICE SYSTEM,

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT

PERIODS OF BETWEEN SIX TO

ONE YEAR WOULD BE

DESCRIBED AS SHORT.

SO, YOU KNOW, IT'S VERY

HARD TO SAY.

INDICATIONS WOULD SUGGEST

THAT THE COURT HEARING

WILL BE WITHIN THE NEXT

SIX MONTHS.

IT HAS NOW BEEN NINE

YEARS, WILSON.

I DON'T THINK ANY

PAKISTANI HAS SERVED A

LONGER TIME IN PRISON ON

BLASPHEMY CHARGES.

SO WHY IS SHE STILL IN

PRISON?

SHE IS HATED BY PEOPLE

UP AND DOWN THE COUNTRY,

SIMPLY FOR SAYING THE

WORDS, "MY CHRIST DIED FOR

ME.

WHAT DID YOUR GOD DO FOR

YOU?"

SHE IS SERVING THE LONGEST

SENTENCE EVER UNDERNEATH

THE HIGH COURT STAGE.

THE HIGH COURT JUDGES --

DURING THEIR HEARING, THEY

SAID THAT HER CONVICTION

WOULD REMAIN BECAUSE OF

TECHNICAL ISSUES.

THEY NEVER, EVER CLARIFIED

WHAT THOSE TECHNICAL

ISSUES ARE.

Reporter: WHAT CAN WE

DO FOR ASIA BIBI AND OUR

PAKISTANI BROTHERS AND

SISTERS IN CHRIST WHO ARE

UP AGAINST THESE CHARGES

AND FACE THESE SITUATIONS?

FIRST OF ALL, SPEAK TO

THE GOVERNMENT.

THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IS

GETTING MORE INVOLVED IN

THE SITUATION IN PAKISTAN.

AND WE'VE GOT TO TRUST IN

GOD.

EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US

MUST PRAY AND PRAY FOR

CHANGE, NOT ONLY IN THE

GOVERNMENT AND THE WAY

THEY THINK IN PAKISTAN,

BUT IN THE WAY THAT MASS

SIGSOCIETY IN PAKISTAN

OPERATES.

NO LONGER SHOULD THEY SEE

CHRISTIANS AS PARIAHS, OR

INDIVIDUALS OUTSIDE THE

NORMAL HUMAN, IF THAT

MAKES SENSE.

THAT'S OFTEN HOW

CHRISTIANS AND OTHER

MINORITIES ARE VIEWED.

COMING UP, A

CROSS-COUNTRY CYCLING RACE

BECOMES A SPIRITUAL

JOURNEY FOR TWO MEN.

SEE HOW THEY FACE THEIR

INNER DEMONS ON THE OPEN

ROAD.

HE IS AN AUTHOR,

SPEAKER, AND BROADCAST,

AND BRAD COOPER IS AN 11

TIME TRIATHLETE.

TOGETHER THEY COMPETED FOR

SEVEN DAYS IN A CYCLING

RACE OF MORE THAN 3,000

MILES.

IT WAS SO MUCH MORE

THAN JUST A RACE; IT IS

NOW A MOVIE.

AND IT WAS ALSO A CALL

FROM GOD.

THERE WERE SOME BAD

PLACES IN THIS RACE,

MENTALLY.

I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS THE

HEAT.

I REALLY BURNED SOME

MATCHES LAST NIGHT TO TRY

TO GET US AHEAD OF THAT

OTHER TEAM.

IT GOT US AHEAD, BUT I

THINK I MAY HAVE BURNED A

FEW TOO MANY BECAUSE TODAY

I HAD NOTHING ALL DAY.

Reporter: SO THE FILM

IS CALLED "GOD SPEED."

20 MILES OR SO IS THE

MAXIMUM IN THIS KIND OF

HEAT.

YOU AND A FRIEND DECIDE

TO PARTICIPATE AND RACE

ACROSS.

ACROSS AMERICA.

IT IS RAINING.

WE TEND TO GET IN OUR

DAILY GRIND AND WE'RE JUST

GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS.

AND THIS KIND OF THING CAN

WAKE YOU UP.

THIS KIND OF THING, YOU

CAN SAY WHY, AND THEN YOU

SAY, WELL, THAT'S WHAT

LIFE'S ABOUT, TAKING ON

THESE THINGS.

IF I GO THROUGH FIVE

YEARS OF JUST OKAY STUFF,

WHAT'S WITH THOSE FIVE

YEARS.

OUR WHOLE FOCUS WAS

RIDE, ELITE EAT, SLEEP, DRINK.

WE DIDN'T HAVE PLANS

FOR A FILM.

THAT JUST HAPPENED.

THIS IS REALLY COOL FOR

ME.

NORMALLY WHEN I GO UP

THOSE MOUNTAINS LIKE

THAT...

WHAT HAPPENS IS THEY

CAME BACK, AND MARTIN

BUTLER, WHO DID ALL OF THE

GREAT JOB -- YOU'VE SEEN

ALL OF THE SCENERY AND

STUFF HE CAPTURED.

HE LOOKED AT US AND SAID,

I HAVE 550 HOURS OF

FOOTAGE.

WE CAN DO SOMETHING WITH

THAT.

Reporter: TAKE US

INSIDE AND DESCRIBE THE

STORY WE WILL SEE UNFOLD.

IT IS SET IN A BIKE

RACE, BUT IT IS REALLY NOT

ABOUT A BIKE RACE.

YOU COULD NOT FIND TWO

PEOPLE MORE DIFFERENT THAN

GERRY AND MYSELF.

YOU SEE THE WAY THE TEAM

COMES AROUND AND TOTALLY

SUPPORTS WHAT WE'RE DOING.

DON'T WORRY, GERRY.

IT IS BASICALLY ABOUT

LIFE.

IT IS BASICALLY ABOUT

THOSE THINGS THAT ALLOW US

TO GO BEYOND OUR COMFORT

ZONE AND DO SOMETHING

DIFFERENT, SOMETHING THAT

STRETCHES US.

Reporter: WERE THERE

MOMENTS YOU WANTED TO GIVE

UP?

NEVER, NOT ONCE.

I THINK THE KEY TO THAT --

YOU'RE SUPER TIRED, THERE

IS NOTHING LEFT IN THE

TANK, AND YOU'RE DRAINED

BY THE END OF THE DAY, AND

YOU STILL HAVE FIVE MORE

DAYS TO GO.

THE GIVING UP -- I THINK

IT IS PART OF THAT VISION

OF THAT YOU'RE CONSTANTLY

THINKING OF THAT FINISH

LINE.

IN OUR LIVES, WE HAVE A

BETTER SENSE OF WHAT IS

THAT VISION.

HOW DO WE SEE THE ROLE

WE'RE PLAYING AS A PARENT

OR AS A HUSBAND OR A WIFE

OR IN OUR JOB?

WHEN WE'RE CLEAR ON THAT

VISION, WE STOP WANTING TO

GIVE UP.

I HAD NO IDEA WHERE I

WAS GOING OUT, WHERE WAS

AROUND ME, AND I WAS GOING

40 MILES AN HOUR.

AND I THOUGHT, WHAT IN THE

WORLD AM I DOING HERE.

I THINK GOD IS ALWAYS

USING WHAT YOU'RE DOING

NOW FOR SOMETHING NEXT.

AND HE SEES THE NEXT.

WE DON'T.

WE WANT TO CONNECT THE

DOTS.

HE WANTS US TO PUT THE

DOTS ON THE PAGE AND LET

HIM CONNECT THEM.

I THINK WHAT I LEARNED IS

DOING THIS, OR DOING

IRONMAN'S, OR WHATEVER, IT

IS PREPARING ME FOR

SOMETHING ELSE.

Reporter: YOU FEEL

LIKE GOD CALLED YOU TO

THIS?

I REALLY DO.

WE REALLY DO.

PEOPLE HAVE SEEN THE

FILM AND ARE TALKING ABOUT

IT, AND IT MADE ME WANT TO

DO SOMETHING MORE WITH MY

LIFE.

EVEI WATCHED IT, AND EVEN

THOUGH I DON'T LIKE BIKING

OR CYCLING, IT MADE ME

THINK OF SOMETHING I WANT

TO DO OUTSIDE OF MY

COMFORT ZONE.

I AM GOING TO STOP SMOKING

OR I AM GOING TO DROP THAT

10 POUNDS.

AND YOU CAN SEE THE FAITH

COMPONENT THROUGHOUT THE

RACE.

IF THAT CHARGES PEOPLE UP

AND HELPS THEM SAY, YOU

KNOW WHAT?

MAYBE GOD HAS SOMETHING

BIGGER PLANNED FOR ME THAN

JUST GOING TO THE MOTIONS

EVERY DAY, THAT COULD BE

THE WHY.

AND AS SOMEBODY WHO HAS

ENDURED ADVENTURE,

CLIMBING MOUNT

KILIMANJARO, YOU CAN

IDENTIFY WITH THESE FOLKS?

I TOTALLY GET IT.

I GET WHAT DROVE THEM AND

THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM.

IT IS A GREAT GOD

ADVENTURE.

YOU SHOULD TRY IT ONE

TIME.

YOU WERE BORN IN THE

COUNTRY THAT IS HOME TO

KILIMANJARO.

THAT'S RIGHT.

I CAN'T GET HIM TO DO

IT.

> ALL RIGHT, WELL,

COMING UP, SEE HOW NEW

TECHNOLOGY IS UNCOVERING

NEW MYSTERIES INSIDE THE

DEAD SEA SCROLLS.

AND WELCOME BACK TO

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

PARAGUAY BECAME THE THIRD

COUNTRY TO MOVE ITS

EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM THIS

WEEK.

THE PARAGUAYAN PRESIDENT

CAME FOR THE DEDICATION.

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU PRAISED

THE DECADES OF FRIENDSHIP

BETWEEN ISRAEL AND

PARAGUAY.

AND HE SAID ISRAEL WOULD

NEVER FORGET PARAGUAY'S

HELP SAVING JEWS FROM NAZI

GERMANY AND THE HOLOCAUST.

PARAGUAY SUPPORTED THE

RECOGNITION OF THE STATE

OF ISRAEL IN THE UNITED UNITED

NATIONS, AND WE WILL NEVER

FORGET THAT.

PARAGUAY, BEFORE AND

ESPECIALLY UNDER YOUR

LEADERSHIP, TOOK A VERY

BOLD STANCE IN

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND

REFUSED TO COOPERATE WITH

THE LIES DIRECTED AGAINST

ISRAEL.

WE ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT.

THANK YOU, HORASIO, AND

THANK YOU, PARAGUAY.

AND NET NET IS ALSO

THANKING THE UNITED STATES

AND GUATEMALA.

THEY WERE THE FIRST AND

SECOND TO MOVE THEIR

EMBASSIES TO ISRAEL.

HONDURAS IS LIKELY TO

FOLLOW PARAGUAY.

WELL, IT IS 70 YEARS

SINCE BEDOUIN SHEPHERDS

AND ARCHEOLOGISTSS3

DISCOVERED THE DEAD SEA

SCROLLS.

AS CHRIS MITCHELL REPORTS,

EXPERTS ARE STILLING STILL LEARNING

FROM THAT HISTORIC

DISCOVERY.

Chris: WHILE THIS MAY

LOOK LIKE A BOX OF

GARBAGE, IT IS TRULY PART

OF AN ANCIENT TREASURE.

IN OUR STORE ROOM, WE

HAVE A LOT OF BOXES, WITH

FRAGMENTS THAT HAVE NEVER

BEEN SORTED OR

INVESTIGATED.

Chris: OREN ABLEMAN

FOUND IT DURING WORK, TO

DIGITIZE AND PUBLISH THE

DEAD SEA SCROLLS.

ITE IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS

GARBAGE.

Chris: THIS IS A LAB

WHERE EXPERTS EXAMINE

FRAGMENTS FROM THE DEAD

SEA SCROLLS, DISCOVERED 70

YEARS AGO.

IT IS LIKE HEARING THE

ECHOES OF BIBLE TIMES FROM

2,000 YEARS AGO.

I WORKED ON COMPARING

THE HANDWRITING ON THESE

FRAGMENTS THAT I FOUND TO

OTHER MANUSCRIPTS.

I VERY QUICKLY STARTED

FINDING MATCHES BETWEEN

THE HANDWRITING AND THE

SCRIBES.

Chris: THERE IS

ADVANCED IMAGING

TECHNOLOGY THAT HE USED TO

TAKE A LOOK AT 84

FRAGMENTS HE COULDN'T READ

BEFORE.

12 HAD ENOUGH TO WORK

WITH.

PROBABLY THE BEST

EXAMPLE I HAD WAS THIS

FRAGMENT I HAD THERE.

THE WORD I READ THERE WAS

"FRAGMA," IN HEBREW, WHICH

MEANS A SONG.

I COULD TELL THAT THE

FRAGMENT BELONGED TO THE

GREAT SONG SCROLL.

Chris: AND ANOTHER

FRAGMENT INDICATED AN

ADDITIONAL SCROLL MIGHT

EXIST.

THIS WOMAN HEADS UP THE

DEAD SEA SCROLLS UNIT, AND

SHE SEES A SPECIAL

CONNECTION BETWEEN THE

SCROLLS AND ISRAEL'S

70th BIRTHDAY.

WHEN THEY WERE VOTING

AT THE U.N. FOR THE

PARTITIONS PLAN, THE SON

WAS COUNTING THE VOTES ON

THE RADIO WHILE THE

PROFESSOR WAS SITTING AT

THE DESK WITH ONE OF THE

SCROLLS.

AND HE REALIZED HE WAS

HOLDING A SCROLL FROM THE

SECOND AMBLE TIME.

AND HE SAID, WHAT WOULD BE

MORE SYMBOLIC THA WHILE WE'RE

VOTING FOR THE STATE OF

ISRAEL, TO HOLD IN MY HAND

A MANUSCRIPT THAT IS 2,000

YEARS OLD.

Chris: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS, THE

DEAD SEA SCROLLS LAB IN

JERUSALEM.

PRETTY WILD.

FOR MORE FASCINATING

STORIES LIKE THESE, GO TO

OUR WEBSITE,

CBNNEWS.COM.

> DON'T GO AWAY; WE'LL

BE BACK RIGHT AFTER THIS.

IT HAS BEEN RECORDED

HUNDREDS OF TIMES BY

CHRISTIAN ARTISTS, AND POP

STARS ALIKE.

NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE, YOU

PROBABLY HAVE HEARD THE

CHRISTIAN HYMN "AMAZING

GRACE."

MY COLLEAGUE, AMBER

STRONG, TAKES YOU INSIDE A

UNIQUE EXHIBIT DEDICATED

TO THE MAN BEHIND THE

SONG.

* AMAZING GRACE

Reporter: NO MATTER

THE RENDITION OR ARTIST,

THAT TUNE AND THOSE LYRICS

ARE EASILY RECOGNIZABLE.

"AMAZING GRACE, HOW SWEET

THE SOUND THAT SAVED A

RETCH LIKE ME."

YOU KNOW, CHURCHES ALL

OVER THE COUNTRY WILL BE

SINGING THIS SONG ON

SUNDAY.

AND WHILE YOU MAY KNOW THE

SONG, DO YOU REALLY KNOW

THE MAN BEHIND THE LYRICS?

JOHN NEWTON IS A PRETTY

AMAZING STORY.

ALENA SAYS BEHIND THE

HOPEFUL TUNE LIES A DARK

STORY.

HE LIVED A PRETTY CRAZY

LIFE.

HE WAS PRETTY REBELLIOUS.

THAT WAS UNTIL ONE

NIGHT IN 1748, WHEN THE

LONG-TIME SAILOR HAD A

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE AT

SEA.

IT WAS IN THOSE MOMENTS

THAT HE ACTUALLY STARTED

TO UNDERSTAND HOW PRECIOUS

LIFE IS AND THE DECISIONS

THAT HE HAD MADE WERE

REALLY, REALLY NOT JUST A

GOOD WAY TO LIVE HIS LIFE.

Reporter: ALTHOUGH HE

GAVE HIS LIFE TO CHRIST,

NEWTON BECAME A SLAVESHIP

CAPTAIN, A PRACTICE

GENERALLY ACCEPTED AT THE

TIME BY CHRISTIANS AND

MUCH OF SOCIETY.

IT WAS DURING THOSE

TIMES THAT HE ACTUALLY

STARTED TO THINK

DIFFERENTLY ABOUT

HUMANITY.

Reporter: AFTER A

HEALTH CRISIS, NEWTON LEFT

THE SHIP, BUT NOT HIS

INVOLVEMENT WITH SLAVERY.

HE EVENTUALLY JOINED THE

CHURCH OF ENGLAND AND

BEGAN WRITING SONGS.

HE WROTE QUITE A FEW

WITH ANOTHER WRITER, AND

THEY COLLECTED THEM IN THE

HYMN BOOK, AND THAT'S

WHERE WE SEE "AMAZING

GRACE" RECORDED FOR THE

FIRST TIME.

I THINK THE FIRST PART,

"AMAZINGGRATIONAMAZING GRACE, HOW SWEET

THE SOUND THAT SAVED A

RETCH LIKE ME," IS

REFLECTED IN THE BOOK OF

ROMANS, THIS RETCHED MAN

THAT I AM, AND HE KNEW

THAT ABOUT HIMSELF.

Reporter: WHILE THE

WORDS ONLY RES NATOE RESONATED WITH

A FEW AT THE TIME, THEY

SPOKE LOUDLY TO HIS

WILLIAM WILBURFORD.

IT CHANGED THE COURSE OF

HISTORY.

I WISH I COULD REMEMBER

MY 20,000 GHOSTS.

THEY WERE BEAUTIFUL.

Reporter: AFTER

NEWTON'S ENCOURAGEMENT,

WILBURFORD WOULD

SUCCESSFULLY PUSH FOR THE

END OF ENGLAND'S SLAVE

TRADE IN 1807.

YOU MUST DO IT.

THE NAMES, SHIP RECORDS,

PORTS, PEOPLE --

EVERYTHING I REMEMBER IS

IN HERE.

ALTHOUGH MY MEMORY IS

FADING, I REMEMBER TWO

THINGS VERY CLEARLY: I'M

A GREAT SINNER, AND CHRIST

IS A GREAT SAVIOR.

Reporter: AND THEN

THE SONG TOOK OFF, FROM

THE CIVIL WAR TO THE CIVIL

RIGHTS MOVEMENT TO

SECRETARIES OF STATE AND

EVEN A FORMER U.S.

PRESIDENT.

*

Reporter: ITS MESSAGE

OF HOPE IN THE FACE OF

SORROW REMAINS STEADY

FAST.

SO MUCH SO THAT ARTISTS

LIKE JUDY COLLINS AND

ARETHA FRANKLIN HAVE PUT

THEIR SPECIAL VERSION TO

IT.

IT IS NEAT TO LOOK AT

ALL OF THE DIFFERENT ALBUM

COVERS, WHERE YOU HAVE

DIFFERENT COLORINGS AND

GRAPHIC DESIGNS THAT SPEAK

TO EACH OF THE GENRES AND

EACH OF THE ARTISTS.

Reporter: SHE SAYS

THE IDEA OF GRACE AND HOPE

IS SOMETHING THAT

RESONATES ACROSS GENRES,

CULTURE, AND TIMES.

AMBER STRONG, CBN NEWS, AT

THE MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE.

THANK YOU, AMBER.

ALL THESE YEARS LATER,

THAT SONG REVERBERATING

AROUND THE WORLD.

IT WILL GO ON AS

TIMELESS, LIKE YOU.

LIKE YOU.

FOLKS, THAT IS IT FOR THIS

WEEK.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, FROM

ALL OF US

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