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Christian World News - August 31, 2018

Is a wave of revival about to hit the globe? President Donald Trump honors top evangelical leaders at the White House. And, a sex abuse scandals rock the Catholic Church. Read Transcript

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- [Wendy] This week onChristian World News:

is a wave of revivalabout to hit the globe?

These ministers think so.

See why they say it's time to prepare

for a major soul harvest.

- [George] Plus PresidentDonald Trump honors

top evangelical faithleaders at the White House.

The Commander in Chiefexplains the importance

of religious freedom andhow he plans to protect it.

- [Wendy] And a sexual abuse scandal

rocks the Catholic churchand casts its shadow

on the Vatican.

Meet the people who will stop at nothing

until everyone involved is heldaccountable for their sins.

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- Hello, everyone.

Welcome to this week's editionof Christian World News.

I'm George Thomas.

- Indeed, you are, andI am Wendy Griffith.

Great to have you with us.

Well, many Christianleaders are predicting

the greatest harvest of souls in history

will soon be upon us.

They believe this next revivalwill be like a huge wave

that washes over the entire globe.

- Sounds pretty intense and exciting.

Among them is Torontorevival pastor, John Arnott,

who saw a vision of a wave sobig, he called it a tsunami.

CBN reporter Paul Strand tells us more.

- [Paul] If a massiveharvest is on the way,

how can believers getready to do their part?

Some of the most wellknown charismatic leaders

were just answering suchquestions at the location

where the revival knownas the Toronto Blessing

started in 1994.

Questions such as whatshould Christians expect?

Some say this next revivalwill be like a huge wave

that washes over the whole world.

Heidi Baker has helped start thousands

of churches and fellowships in Mozambique

and around the world.

She says she's had avision of such a wave,

and she says it's a glory wave.

- And I saw the wave,and it's full of faces.

And I thought, "Lord, what is that?

"Are those the ones cominghome or the ones going out?"

And I saw they were thefaces of these radical lovers

of God, every tribe, tongue, and nation,

who were gonna go to the ends of the earth

carrying the glory.

- John Arnott headed up the church

where the Toronto Blessing began.

He, too, has had a visionof a glory wave so big,

he called it a tsunami in the book

Preparing for the Glory.

- And all these littleboats on the top of it,

and then this wave crestedand came crashing to shore

and (blows air).

And it was just a sudden,wonderful outpouring of God

that was just sweeping.

- [Paul] Some may feel that such a revival

is impossible in this dark, immoral age.

But theology professor, Michael Brown,

says he's studied severaltimes in American history

where the most learnedmen thought Christianity

was dying out in the land.

- Everybody counted thechurch out, counted God out,

and then awakening came.

So I truly believe, as much asmy mind says it's impossible,

I truly believe that thegreatest awakening for America

and certainly outpouringfor the world is yet ahead.

- [Paul] Brown has oftenencountered controversy

for insisting on Biblical truth

no matter how politicallyincorrect it may be,

like on gay marriage.

But he insists Christianscan stand for such truth

and still win over the worldlywho may despise that truth.

- That we need a fresh baptismof love for a sinful world

and that fresh baptism ofthe image of Jesus in us

so that we can really belike him to this world.

If we really care, theright words will follow.

That we also have to recognize

that the darkness always hates the light.

We have to quit trying toplease people and be accepted.

We must speak the truth in love.

It's not either/or, it's both/and.

- Revivals are known for burning brightly,

but then always burning out.

Well, there are thosesaying that if the next one

would put Jesus Christright at the center,

it never has to die.

So that's a part of preparing for revival.

- If we can up our prayer lives,

we can reprioritize how we spend our day,

how we spend our money.

He needs to be number one.

- He's our Lord, our Savior, our king,

our bridegroom king.

We want to lift him up andlift him up and lift him up.

As he be lifted up, allmen will be drawn to him.

- Jeri Hill is the widow of Steve Hill,

the evangelist at the center

of the 1995 Brownsville revival.

- And at one point he wasgonna be put on Time Magazine,

and he said, "You know what,I think you need to put God.

"Get a picture of God, becauseit's really all about Him.

"I am only a vessel that He fixed."

- [Paul] She points outhe preached that revival

couldn't supersaturate the whole world

till every believer becomes an evangelist

to those around them.

- And when Steve and I would go out,

we would talk to people aboutJesus in the supermarket,

in an antique store, in a restaurant.

You take it out.

- Well, you keep your heart right.

Keep short accounts withpeople that have offended you

or hurt you or whatever,and you just get rooted

and grounded in the love ofGod and get ready for more.

- Have little gatherings at your company.

Have little gatherings at your school.

Just come together andlove Jesus and then shine.

Don't be afraid to share your testimony.

- [Paul] Paul Strand, CBN News,

reporting from the Lightthe Fire Again Conference

in Toronto.

- Thanks, Paul.

Well, President Trumphosted evangelical leaders

at the White House this week.

He spoke about his effortsto protect religious liberty

and the need to rally votersto the polls this November.

CBN's White Housecorrespondent, Ben Kennedy,

has details from the North Lawn.

- It was nothing short of a state dinner

here at the White House.

Only the President wasn't honoring

a foreign head of state,but evangelical leaders.

- [President Trump] Americais a nation of believers,

and tonight, we'rejoined by faith leaders.

- [Ben] Faith leaders likeReverend Franklin Graham

and Pastor Paula White.

- It's an honor to be here.

- [Ben] The President also tooka moment to publicly express

thanks for Senator JohnMcCain's service to America.

- Our hearts and prayersare going to the family

of Senator John McCain.

Gonna be a lot of activityover the next number of days,

and we very much appreciate everything

that Senator McCain hasdone for our country.

- [Ben] Trump then turnedto the dinner's purpose:

honoring America's faith and freedom.

- In recent years, the government tried

to undermine religious freedom,

but the attacks oncommunities of faith are over.

We've ended it.

- [Ben] The Commander inChief drummed up applause,

highlighting efforts tocombat religious persecution.

- We've brought homehostages from North Korea,

including an American pastor.

And we're fighting to releasePastor Brunson from Turkey,

(audience applause)and we've made great progress.

- [Ben] Trump told the evangelical leaders

it's imperative that peopleof faith vote in the mid-terms

so that progress can continue.

- They're facing the possibilityof a Democrat Congress

that, if they take controlof the legislature,

are gonna either impeachthis President from office

or at least paralyze himwhile he's in office.

And I think they rightly know evangelicals

don't want either one ofthose things to happen.

- [Ben] Christians helped propelTrump into office in 2016,

and this was one way ofshowing his appreciation

for their contributionto American society.

And also pledging to protect their rights

so their work can continue.

- The President just wanted to celebrate,

and not just that, but what our churches

and houses of worship do every day:

to provide spiritualdirection to the lost,

to heal the brokenhearted,to save marriages and lives.

That goes on every day in America.

- [President Trump] Thesupport you've given me

has been incredible.

But I really don't feel guilty,

because I have given you a lot back.

- [Ben] Faith leaders told CBN News

the dinner was the Presidentand First Lady's idea.

Yes, it was a time to say thank you,

but also that the work is not done.

Ben Kennedy, CBN News, the White House.

- Thank you, Ben.

Family and friends of Senator John McCain

celebrated his life at hishome church in Phoenix.

And as Jennifer Wishon shows us,

his courage and service hasstruck a chord with our nation.

- [Jennifer] One last trip to the city

where Senator John McCainmade such an impact.

The American hero greetedby a military honor guard.

Friday, McCain lies in statein the U.S. Capitol rotunda

before a final funeral service Saturday

at the National Cathedral.

♪ Amazing grace ♪

- [Jennifer] The senator's deathand reflections on his life

have captured the nation.

In Arizona, thousands lined the streets,

some holding campaignsigns, to pay last respects

to their senator of more than 30 years.

- He was America's hero.

- [Jennifer] At his home church,

North Phoenix Baptist,his former chief of staff

explained how McCain'sChristian faith sustained him

during the years he spent asa POW at the Hanoi Hilton.

- He said...

"On Christmas Eve we celebrated,

"and we got together underthis bare light bulb.

"And we sang Christmas carols,and we quoted Bible verses

"that we could remember,and we told the gospel story

"to each other."

- [Jennifer] And formerVice President Joe Biden,

McCain's friend for decades,delivered a heartfelt eulogy.

- I always thought of John as a brother.

- [Jennifer] McCain's code of conduct,

he says, was timeless.

- It wasn't about politics with John.

He could disagree on substance,

but it was the underlying values

that animated everything John did.

Everything he was.

He'd come to a different conclusion,

but where he'd part company with you

if you lack the basic values...

Of decency, respect.

- [Jennifer] And withMcCain's Christian faith,

the promise of eternity toconsole his grieving family.

- [Pastor] We will mourn, Father,

but we will do so with a different hope

because of the faith hehas placed in Jesus Christ,

that we can, with confidence,grieve with the hope

to know that this very momenthe is spending eternity

with Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior.

- On Saturday, anotherdisplay of bipartisanship.

Former Presidents GeorgeW. Bush and Barack Obama,

once McCain's political foes,will share their thoughts

about the senator's life and legacy.

On Sunday, McCain will be laidto rest at the Naval Academy.

Jennifer Wishon, CBN News, Washington.

- [Wendy] Thanks Jennifer.

Coming up, as sexual abuserocks the Catholic church,

others are working to make sure

these crimes never happen again.

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- Hello, I'm Terry Newsome.

Did you know there are morethan 148 million orphans

in the world today?

148 million, but it was three little girls

that taught me aboutthe plight of orphans.

My husband and I spent nearly a month

immersed in the daily activitiesof the Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw first-hand the utter loneliness,

the pain of rejection, andthe overwhelming desire

to be loved.

That experience changed me forever.

And out of it grew aministry from my heart

called Orphan's Promise.

Today, we're helping orphansand vulnerable children

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- And welcome back toChristian World News.

Sexual abuse scandalsrocking the Catholic church

are growing.

The latest in Pennsylvaniawhere the attorney general

says the church hid evidencefrom police and parishioners.

- Accusations of coverupreached all the way

to the Vatican.

Now, rank-and-file Catholicsangry over the abuse

want the church to clean house.

Charlene Aaron has the story.

- A statement signed by morethan 3000 diverse Catholics

calls for Catholic bishopsof the United States

to consider submittingtheir collective resignation

as a public act of repentancebefore God and God's people.

The open letter comes on theheels of last week's bombshell

grand jury report that sentshock waves reaching to the top.

- They found that there was not only

widespread sexual abuse, rape of children,

but they found that therewas a systematic coverup

that went all the way to the Vatican.

- [Charlene] ThePennsylvania case involves

thousands of victimsand hundreds of priests.

The AG accuses the church ofpurposefully hiding evidence

from parishioners and police.

Father Frank Pavone, a priest for life,

says he is grateful thecrimes are coming to light

and bringing change.

- I'm happy that the law enforcement

is stepping up to the plate.

That has to happen.

And we just have to continue calling for,

working for, and prayingfor authentic reform.

- [Charlene] The Vatican responded

to the attorney general'sclaims telling CNN quote,

"If the prosecutor isreferring to something

"outside the report,we'll wait to see that

"before commenting."

On top of that, this week'sexplosive accusations

of a coverup by the pope himself.

Archbishop Carlo Vigano,the former papal nuncio,

published an 11-page lettercalling on Pope Francis

to resign.

Vigano claims he warned Francis

about disgraced formerWashington archbishop,

Theodore McCarrick in 2013,

but Francis did nothing about it.

Father Pavone cautions that move.

- Well, before you come to a decision

on that question, you needto know what's going on.

Everyone is asking in theirminds the same questions.

Who knew what and when?

What did they do or not do?

And why?

- [Charlene] Some havequestioned Vigano's motives,

noting he is a known critic of the pope.

All this is happening among reports

of a schism between the pope's supporters

and more conservative Catholics.

In his recent trip toIreland, Pope Francis

apologized for the sexabuses that have rocked

the Catholic church, butthe faithful may be making

their own statement.

The pope's outdoor masswas expected to bring

half a million people,but only 130000 showed up.

Charlene Aaron, CBN News.

- Thanks, Charlene.

Iran's hardline governmenthas sentenced four Christians

to harsh prison terms forbelieving in Jesus Christ.

The four were sentenced to acombined 40 years in prison

for allegedly conductingillegal church activities

and spreading propaganda,which, reportedly,

would threaten national security.

- A number of Iranian Christians

have been sentenced justrecently to a combined total

of 45 years in prisonsolely for practicing

their Christian faith,including through attending

Christmas gatherings andorganizing house churches.

Now, if they are imprisoned,they will be prisoners

of conscience.

So it is happening rightnow, and we ask you

to continue to pray forthe Iranian Christians

that highly persecuted.

- Indeed, we must.

Amnesty International isappealing to drop the sentences.

The four Christians, whowere currently free on bail,

are awaiting the verdictof their appeal in court.

- More than 100 yearsafter the Ku Klux Klan

held a major rally at the topof Georgia's Stone Mountain,

hundreds of Christians fromacross races and denominations

gathered there to denounce racism.

Making the climb to thetop of the mountain,

participants in theevent, dubbed One Race,

took part in a day ofreconciliation, prayer, and worship.

Attendees say the experience was a step

toward fulfilling the will of Jesus.

- Jesus did say thisthat the world will know

that we are his disciples when we, what?

Love each other, and we are one.

And so this is God'sheart, his desire for us

to be one race.

- Pastors at the eventsigned the Atlanta Covenant,

vowing to stand againstracism and Christian disunity.

- Well, up next...

Author and minister Max Lucado explains

how you can find hope in a hopeless world.

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- Some sad news to report.

Inland Hills Church inCalifornia lost its lead pastor,

Andrew Stoecklein, afterhe took his own life

on Saturday.

His wife shared thedevastating loss on Instagram.

Saying her husbandstruggled with depression

and anxiety.

His suicide is bringingattention to all the pressure

on men and women in the ministry.

- Pastors have a realchallenge in the sense

that pastors give somuch to so many people,

and many times the standards of behavior

and conduct for pastors is so much higher

that they feel isolated.

- Pastor Andrew left behind his wife

and their three young children.

The family ask for prayersduring this difficult time.

- More and more it seemsthe world is becoming

a hopeless place.

That's why pastor and author Max Lucado

wrote his latest bookon a topic he believes

the world needs to hearnow more than ever.

He sat down with CBN's Jennifer Wishon

to talk about the power of hope.

- [Jennifer] Famed author Max Lucado

has written so many bookshe finds it difficult

to name every title from memory.

His latest is called Unshakeable Hope.

Why did you feel led to writethis 40th book about hope?

- Yeah, in this case two things happened.

One was just a senseof despair among people

in our congregation.

People facing challenge after challenge,

issue after issue.

Generally with the tone of saying,

"Is this ever gonna stop?"

And then about the same timecoming across the statistic

that said that the numbers of suicides

in the United States haveincreased 24% since 1999.

And I just was stunned by that.

If a particular disease increased 24%,

we'd call it an epidemic.

- And you're right that Godis incapable of breaking

his promises.

- Yeah, the promises only have value

if God is faithful, right?

And every time inScripture that God speaks,

what he says happens.

I mean we find that in the creation story

And God said, and God said, and God said.

And it was, and it was, and it was.

When God says something, it happens.

He cannot lie.

The Bible says.

- As a pastor you said that you tend

to write about thingsthat are on your heart

and things that you'reseeing in your congregation

and in society, I wonder why right now

we're seeing people feeling anxious.

And what's going on in the world

that's creating this environment?

- My hunch on this is thatwe are seeing the fruit

of a secular society.

When we raise up a generation of people

and tell them that all of lifeis just what they can see,

what they can touch,and what they can hear,

in other words there'sno transcending power.

There's no good God overseeingthe affairs of mankind.

When you remove that from society,

my feeling is that thatcreates a discouraged society.

If there's no hopebeyond what I can create,

no strength beyond what I can muster,

no solution beyond whatwe can come up with,

we look around and say,"Well, isn't very good."

And I'd just soon get outof it than stay in it.

I do not wanna oversimplifythe whole issue of suicide.

I know it's a very complex issue,

and I would never wantto make it sound like

there's a one-step solution.

But you gotta think that a generation

that does not believe inGod, that is choosing to turn

its back on God...

You gotta think that we wouldsoon bear the fruits of that.

And secularism suckshope out of a society.

- [Jennifer] Jennifer Wishon, CBN News.

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- Hello, I'm Terry Newsome.

Did you know there are morethan 148 million orphans

in the world today?

148 million, but it was three little girls

that taught me aboutthe plight of orphans.

My husband and I spent nearly a month

immersed in the daily activitiesof the Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw first-hand the utter loneliness,

the pain of rejection, andthe overwhelming desire

to be loved.

That experience changed me forever.

And out of it grew aministry from my heart

called Orphan's Promise.

Today, we're helping orphansand vulnerable children

in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Thousands of childrenare now in safe homes.

They're being educated, andthey're learning life skills.

I'm asking you to joinwith me and become family

to these children.

Will you call the numberon your screen right now?

Because every child deservesthe chance to be happy.

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- [Narrator] When yougive, smiles grow bigger.

When you care...

Homes are happier.

When you comfort...

The hurt goes away.

When we all come together to love...

Miracles happen.

- Hundreds of thousands of people

in the flood-batteredIndian state of Kerala

are rebuilding their livesafter devastating floods there.

- Kerala.- Kerala, sorry!

- That's okay.

CBN's Operation Blessing ison the ground helping victims.

Kerala is slowly limping back to life.

For two weeks, the SouthIndian state got hammered

with catastrophic floodingnot seen in these parts

in over 100 years.

(speaking foreign language)

- [Interpreter] I've livedhere for the past ten years,

and this is the first time suchan event has ever happened.

All 14 districts in the state got affected

causing widespread damage.

So many families had no time to save any

of their possessions as floodwaters swept

through their homes and businesses.

445 people lost their lives.

More than 100000 buildings were destroyed.

The government sayssome 7000 miles of roads

have been destroyed or damaged.

Farmers have lost millionsof acres of crops.

The water here were tilthe level of the houses.

That tank which we see behindme was completely submerged.

And now the water is receding,and people are coming back

from their relief camps.

- [George] CBN's Operation Blessing teams

are there to meet them.

Doctors, nurses, andaid workers are deployed

to some of the hardest hit areas of Kerala

bringing food, medicine, water,

and other essential supplies.

(speaking foreign language)

- [Interpreter] Here, as you can see,

there are a huge number ofpatients and people in distress.

The patients mainlyhave complaints related

to fungal infectionsand waterborne diseases.

- [George] More than a million people

were displaced by the floodswith many finding shelter

in thousands of relief campsacross the southern state.

While doctors treat the sick and injured

at this medical camp,Operation Blessing crews

are helping some 300 families as they wade

through muck and mud toclean houses and streets

that were submerged fordays so they can return

to their homes and rebuild their lives.

Operation Blessing inIndia and around the world

doing good work.

- And I was corrected.

It's Kerala.- Kerala.

- And you actually haveconnections to Kerala.

- I do.

That's right.

- Your parents are from Kerala.

- That's right, yeah.- God bless you.

- Well folks, thanks forjoining us this week.

Until next week, good bye, and...

- God bless you.

(both laughing)

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