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CBN NewsWatch: April 22, 2014

On CBN Newswatch, April 22: White House denies politics delayed Keystone, Rising food, gas prices put squeeze on consumers, and Saeed sends Easter message from hospital bed, and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

THE PRESIDENT'S ASIA TRIP,

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO THE

U.S. AND WORLD, AND WHY

CHINA ISN'T ON THE AGENDA.

PLUS, GROWING PRICES AT THE

GROCERY STORE AND GAS PUMP.

CAN YOU EXPECT RELIEF FOR

YOUR POCKETBOOK ANY TIME

SOON?

AND "HEAVEN IS FOR REAL" IS

A HIT BOX OFFICE HIT, BUT DO

SOME CHRISTIANS DISAGREE

WITH ITS MESSAGE?

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

GOODEVENING, I'M LORI

JOHNSON.

PRESIDENT OBAMA IS ON HIS

WAY TO ASIA WHERE HE HAS

SOME FENCE-MENDING TO DO.

STARTING IN JAPAN, THE

PRESIDENT WILL WORK TO

REASSURE AMERICA'S ASIA

ALLIES THAT THE U.S. IS

COMMITTED TO THE REGION BOTH

ECONOMICALLY AND TARYLY. MILITARILY.

THE PRESIDENT HAS PROMISED A

U.S. PIVOT ON U.S. POLICY IN

ASIA, BUT STILL NEEDS TO

CLOSE THE DEAL.

THE U.S. HAS INCREASED

REGIONAL MILITARY

DEPLOYMENTS, BUT AFTER

WATCHING RUSSIA ANNEX

CRIMEA, SOME OF THE ASIAN

ALLIES WONDER IF THE U.S. IS

CAPABLE OF BACKING THEM UP.

THE PRESIDENT WILL BECOME

THE FIRST PRESIDENT SINCE

LYNDON B. JOHNSON TO VISIT

MALAYSIA.

AND HE IS ALSO VISITING

SOUTH KOREA AND THE

PHILIPPINES.

THE PRESIDENT IS NOT MAKING

ANY STOPS IN CHINA.

JOINING US NOW IS GORDON

CHANG.

HE LIVED AND WORKED IN CHINA

FOR TWO DECADES AND IS AN

AUTHOR AND A CONTRIBUTOR AT

FORBES.COM.

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Lori: WHAT DO YOU THINK

THE PURPOSE OF THIS TRIP

IS?

IT REALLY IS TO REASSURE

OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES IN

EAST ASIA.

THEY'VE BEEN UNNERVED BY THE

INDECISIVE POLICY OF THE

WHITE HOUSE, ESPECIALLY IN

CONNECTION WITH SYRIA, AND

NOW, OF COURSE, UKRAINE.

SO THE IDEA IS WE'RE GOING

THERE.

WE'RE GOING TO TALK TO OUR

ALLIES, AND WE'RE GOING TO

PUT THEM AT THE TOP OF THE

LIST.

Lori: IT IS VERY

INTERESTING THAT THE

PRESIDENT IS SKIPPING CHINA,

THE BIGGEST PLAYER IN EAST

ASIA.

WHY DO YOU THINK HE IS DOING

THAT?

THERE HAS BEEN TOO MUCH

CHINESE DIPLOMACY UP TO

NOW.

BECAUSE THEY ARE AT THE

CENTER OF THE INTERNATIONAL

SYSTEM, WE ARE FEEDING THEIR

NOTIONS OF SELF-IMPORTANCE,

AND THAT IS

SELF-PRODUCTIVE.

THEY'VE BEEN CAUSING TROUBLE

IN THE REGION, ESPECIALLY IN

THE LAST TWO YEARS.

Lori: DO YOU THINK OUR

ALLIES IN THE REGION HAVE

CAUSE TO BE WORRIED ABOUT

CHINA?

THEY DO HAVE CAUSE TO BE

WORRIED BECAUSE BEIJING

BELIEVES THAT CHINA SHOULD

BE BIGGER THAN IT IS TODAY.

THEY ARE CAUSING FRICTION IN

AN ARK OF ASIA, FROM SOUTH

KOREA IN THE NORTH AND

INDIA.

AND THEY'RE TRYING TO CLOSE

OFF THE INDIAN WATER OF THE

SOUTH CHINA SEA, AND THAT

BRINGS US INTO PLAY BECAUSE

IF THE UNITED STATES HAS HAD

ANY CONSISTENT FOREIGN

POLICY OVER THE COURSE OF

TWO CENTURIES, IT HAS BEEN

THE DEFENSE OF FREEDOM OF

NAVIGATION, AND CHINA IS

THREATENING THAT.

Lori: WHAT DO YOU THINK

THE U.S. CAN DO TO COUNTER

CHINA'S NEW AGGRESSION?

THERE ARE A COUPLE OF

THINGS WE NEED TO DO RIGHT

AWAY.

WE NEED TO BE VERY CLEAR IN

PUBLIC, AS WELL AS IN

PRIVATE, THAT THE UNITED

STATES WILL DEFEND ITS

ALLIES AND FRIENDS IN EAST

ASIA, AND WE WILL BE THE

GUARANTOR OF SECURITY.

AND THIS TRANSPACIFIC

PARTNERSHIP, WHICH IS A

PROPOSED FREE TRADE DEAL

BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES

AND ABOUT 11 NATIONS, IS

VERY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE IT

WILL TIE US TO THEM, RATHER

THAN TO CHINA.

THIS IS THE REBALANCING OF

AMERICAN ATTENTION TO EAST

ASIA.

Lori: YOU MENTIONED

SYRIA AND UKRAINE.

DO YOU THINK OUR ALLIES

TRUST THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION TO DEFEND

THEM AGAINST CHINA, IF

NECESSARY?

CERTAINLY THE ISSUE OF

SYRIA GOT TO BOTH TOKYO AND

SALT, BECAUSE PRESIDENT

OBAMA ANNOUNCED HE WANTED TO

USE MILITARY FORCE, BUT HE

HAD TO FIRST GO AND GET

CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL.

THAT LEFT MANY PEOPLE WITH

DEFENSE TREATIES WITH THE

UNITED STATES, WONDERING IF

CHINA ATTACKED THEM, IF

PRESIDENT OBAMA WOULD HAVE

TO GO TO CONGRESS IN ORDER

TO HONOR OR DEFENSE

TREATIES.

Lori: GORDON, THANK YOU

FOR YOUR INSIGHTS AND FOR

JOINING US TODAY.

FOR THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW

WITH GORDON, GO TO OUR

WEBSITE, CBNNEWS.COM.

BEFORE HEADING TO ASIA,

PRESIDENT OBAMA VISITS THE

SCENE OF THE DEAD MANY

MUDSLIDE NEAR OSO,

WASHINGTON.

MORE THAN THREE DOZEN PEOPLE

DIED.

AND WHILE THE SEARCH FOR

BODIES IS OVER, CBN'S DAVID

BRODY REPORTS THERE ARE

STILL PEOPLE LOOKING FOR

ANSWERS.

David: A LONG ROUTE

530, THE WAY TOTHE

DEVASTATING MUDSLIDE IS

LINED WITH SIGNS, "OSO

STRONG," AND "GOD BLESS

OSO."

MESSAGES OF LOVE ALONG A

ROAD THAT HAS CAUSED SO MUCH

PAIN.

THIS ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FOR

A FEW MONTHS, BUT THERE ARE

NOW OPEN ROADS TO PEOPLE'S

HEARTS BECAUSE THIS TRAGEDY

HAS REALLY GIVEN PASTORS AN

OPPORTUNITY IN THIS AREA TO

TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS.

PASTOR MICHAEL DUNCAN, IN

NEARBY DARINGTON, IS ONE OF

THOSE SPREADING THE WORD.

HE AND HIS WIFE SHARE A

UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE.

THEY MISSED THE MUDSLIDE BY

JUST TWO MINUTES.

IT'S HARD TO TALK ABOUT

BECAUSE I DON'T THINK I

DESERVE TO BE THE MAN THAT

WAS SAVED BY TWO MINUTES.

David: YET HERE HE IS,

ALIVE AND TRYING TO MAKE THE

MOST OF IT.

WE DON'T HAVE DAYS LEFT.

I HAD TWO MINUTES.

THAT'S ALL I HAD.

AND THERE WERE PEOPLE THAT

DIED THAT I KNEW THAT DIDN'T

HAVE THAT TIME.

THEY DON'T HAVE THE REST OF

THE YEAR TO GET SAVED.

THEY HAD THAT DAY.

David: AMANDA ALMOST

JOINED THE DEAD.

HER HOME SLID 600 FEET

BEFORE STOPPING.

I KNOW THAT GOD WAS WITH

US BECAUSE AS IT WAS GOING,

I CRIED OUT TO HIM AND I

SAID, PLEASE SAVE US.

David: BUT WHAT ABOUT

THOSE NOT SAVED?

MANY ASK WHERE WAS GOD FOR

THEM?

PASTOR DUNCAN EXPLAINED IT

THIS WAY...

GOD IS RIGHT IN THE

MIDDLE OF ALL OF THIS.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT GOD

BRINGS THE DAY OF DISASTER

AS WELL AS THE DAY OF

BLESSING, THAT GOD IS NOT

NECESSARILY -- WE DON'T

CHARGE GOD WITH A FAULT.

THAT HE IS NOT WRONG IN

LETTING THESE THINGS

HAPPEN.

THERE IS A DAY APPOINTED FOR

EVERYBODY.

AND NOBODY GETS TO THAT DAY

WITHOUT GOD'S PERMISSION.

THAT APPOINTED DAY BELONGS

TO GOD.

LIFE AND DEATH ARE IN HIS

HANDS.

David: AND THAT'S A

THEME PREACHED BY PASTORS UP

HERE.

MANY ARE LISTENING AND

SEEKING HELP.

ABOUT 32 HAVE COME IN

THIS LAST WEEK OR SO JUST

FOR PRAYER AND TO FIND OUT

MORE ABOUT COMFORT.

AND SO IT HAS BEEN A GREAT

OPPORTUNITY TO MEET NEW

PEOPLE AND SHARE WITH THEM

THE LOVE AND POR POWER OF

CHRIST.

David: THIS AREA OF

THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST NEEDS

TO HEAR ABOUT JESUS.

STATISTICS SHOW IT HAS THE

LEAST AMOUNT OF BIBLE-

BIBLE-BELIEVING CHRISTIANS

IN THE AREA.

IT IS IN THE TOP FIVE

UNCHURCHED AREAS IN THE

UNITED STATES.

THERE IS A REAL OPPORTUNITY

FOR THE CHURCH OR CHURCHES

TO RISE UP AND SHOW THE LOVE

OF GOD.

David: AND SOME ARE

GETTING CLOSER TO GOD

THROUGH THIS ORDEAL.

PASTOR DUNCAN TOLD US ABOUT

A WOMAN WHO LOST A FAMILY

MEMBER.

SHE IS NOT SAVED YET, I

BELIEVE -- I DON'T THINK SHE

IS.

BUT SHE IS INQUIRING ABOUT

GOD NOW, WHERE SHE WOULDN'T

TALK ABOUT GOD AT ALL.

SHE WANTS TO KNOW ABOUT

ETERNAL THINGS.

IS MY LOVED ONE WITH GOD IN

HEAVEN?

WHAT'S HAPPENED?

WHAT COMES NEXT.

THOSE ARE THE QUESTIONS THAT

WILL LEAD HER TO A

RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST.

David: THE PAIN WILL

LINGER FOR SOME TIME IN THIS

MAJESTIC AREA OF THE

COUNTRY, BUT A MAJESTIC GOD

IS MAKING HIS PRESENCE FELT

DURING A TIME OF GREAT AGONY

AND SUFFERING.

DAVID BRODY, CBN NEWS, IN

OSO, WASHINGTON.

Lori: VIOLENT CLASHES

DEVELOPED IN EAST UKRAINE

HOURS AFTER VICE PRESIDENT

BIDEN LEFT KIEV.

TWO BODIES INDUCTED BY

PRO-RUSSIAN INSURGENTS WERE

FOUND, ANDA MILITARY

AIRCRAFT WAS FIRED UPON.

BIDEN ANNOUNCED THAT THE

U.S. WILL PROVIDE UKRAINE

WITH $50 MILLION TO HELP

WITH REFORMS.

HE WAS THERE TO REINFORCE

THE INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT

MADE LAST WEEK BETWEEN THE

FIGHTING CMGHTS.

COUNTRIES.

HE TOLD MOSCOW TO URGE THE

PRO-RUSSIAN SEPARATISTS TO

LEAVE GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS

AND ACCEPT AMNESTY.

PEOPLE ARE STILL SPEAKING

OUT FOR AND AGAINST THE

KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE, EVEN

THOUGH THE STATE DEPARTMENT

DELAYED A DECISION ON ITS

CONSTRUCTION.

THE LATEST, A PROTEST BY THE

COWBOY AND INDIAN ALLIANCE.

THEY JOIN OTHERS ACCUSING

THE WHITE HOUSE OF PLAYING

POLITICS IN AN ELECTION

YEAR.

CBN'S CAITLIN BURKE

REPORTS.

Reporter: THE COWBOY

AND INDIAN ALLIANCE GATHERED

ON THE MALL IN WASHINGTON TO

BRING THEIR MESSAGE TO THE

PRESIDENT.

THEY DON'T WANT THE KEYSTONE

X.L. PIPELINE AND THE HARM

THEY BELIEVE IT WILL BRING

TO THEIR LAND.

THE PIPELINE IS GOING TO

CONTAMINATE THE LARGEST

FRESH WATER AQUAFUR IN NORTH

AMERICA.

THE PIPELINE WILL BREAK.

AND ONCE IT DOES, IT IS

GOING TO LEAK AND

CONTAMINATE ALL OF OUR FRESH

WATER.

Reporter: THE STATE

DEPARTMENT SAYS THE LATEST

DELAY IS DUE TO AN ONGOING

COURT CASE OVER THE

PIPELINE.

BUT BOTH SUPPORTERS AND

OPPONENTS SAY IT'S ACTUALLY

A CASE OF POLITICS TRUMPING

POLICY.

IF THE PIPELINE IS APPROVED

AHEAD OF MID-TERM ELECTIONS,

IT COULD IMPACT DEMOCRATS'

CAMPAIGN CASH FLOW.

IT ALSO KEEP LIBERAL

ENVIRONMENTALISTS HAPPY,

WHILE STILL ALLOWING SOME

DEMOCRATS TO SAY THEY

SUPPORT THE PIPELINE AND THE

JOBS IT WOULD CREATE.

THE CHAIR OF THE DEMOCRATIC

NATIONAL COMMITTEE DENIES

USING THE PIPELINE TO HELP

DEMOCRATS KEEP CONTROL OF

THE SENATE.

THE DECISION OVER THE

KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE IS

EXPLEXZ COMPLEX AND IT HAS

TO BE EXAMINED VERY

CAREFULLY.

IT AFFECTS MULTIPLE STATES.

AND INCUMBENT SENATORS

UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES THAT

ARE ON THE GROUND IN THEIR

STATES.

Reporter: THE KEYSTONE

X.L. PIPELINE WOULD CARRY

CRUDE OIL FROM THE ALBERTA

OILSANDS IN CANADA TO GULF

COAST REFINERIES, AND

SUPPORTERS ARE QUICK TO

REMIND GROUPS LIKE COWBOYS

ANDINDIANS, THAT SEVERAL

STATE DEPARTMENTS HAVE

ALREADY CONCLUDED IT WOULD

BE SAFE, AND IT WOULD ALLOW

AMERICA TO GET MORE OIL

CLOSE TO HOME.

CAITLIN BURKE, CBN.

Lori: ANGRY

PALESTINIANS ARE WAGING A

SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST ONE

OF THEIR OWN.

IT COMES AFTER A GOVERNMENT

MINISTER CALLED JEWISH BLOOD

PRECIOUS, ACCORDING TO THE

GAPE STONE INSTITUTE REPORT,

REFERRING TO THE SHOOTING

DEATH OF A JEWISH POLICEMAN

IN FRONT OF HIS FAMILY LAST

WEEK OVER PASSOVER.

MAHKMUD ABBAS SAID WE REJECT

ALL FORMS OF VIOLENCE,

WHETHER THEY BE AGAINST

ISRAELIS ARE PALESTINIANS.

PALESTINIAN BLOOD IS HUMAN

BLOOD, AND PRECIOUS, AND NO

ONE WANTS ANYONE KILLED.

al-ABBAS' FAMILY DISOWNED

HIM, AND THE PALESTINIAN

AUTHORITY HAS NOT CONDEMNED

THE ATTACK.

THE JEWISH POLICEMAN, HIS

WIFE, AND 9-YEAR-OLD SON

WERE ON THEIR WAY TO A

PASSOVER SATER.

HE WAS KILLED AND HIS WIFE

AND SON WERE WOUNDED.

A MESSAGE OF LIGHT FROM A

PLACE OF DARKNESS.

PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI SENT AN

EASTER MESSAGE FROM HIS

HOSPITAL BED AND IRAN, WHERE

HE IS SERVING AN 8-YEAR

SENTENCE FOR HIS FAITH.

PART OF HIS MESSAGE

READS, "SOMETIMES WE WANT TO

EXPERIENCE THE GLORY AND

RESURRECTION WITH JESUS

WITHOUT EXPERIENCING DEATH

WITH HIM.

WE DO NOT REALIZE THAT

UNLESS WE PASS THROUGH THE

PATH OF DEATH WITH CHRIST,

WE'RE NOT ABLE TO EXPERIENCE

RESURRECTION WITH CHRIST."

HE SIGNED THE MESSAGE

"PRISONER OF DARKNESS IN

IRAN, BUT FREE FOR THE

KINGDOM AND LIGHT."

COMING UP, RISING PRICES ARE

CUTTING INTO BUDGETS

EVERYWHERE.

WHAT'S FUELING HIGH PRICES

AT THE PUMP AND AT GROCERY

STORES.

Lori: DEMOCRATS ARE

BEING ADVISED NOT TO TALK

ABOUT AN ECONOMIC RECOVERY

IN THEIR ELECTION

COMPAIGNS.

THE PARTY'S LEADING

POLITICAL STRATEGISTS CALL

THE TOPIC A POLITICAL

LOSER.

IN HEAD-TO-HEAD POLLING,

REPUBLICANS WIN THE ISSUE

SIMPLY BY POINTING OUT THAT

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS

FAILED TO GET THE ECONOMY

MOVING IN ITS SIX YEARS IN

OFFICE.

FOOD PRICES JUMPED LAST

MONTH, ACCORDING TO THE

LATEST GOVERNMENT REPORT, ON

TOP OF RISING GAS PRICES.

AS CBN'S HEATHER CELLS

REPORTS, IT IS CAUSING MANY

FAMILIES TO TIGHTEN THEIR

FAMILY BUDGET.

Reporter: AKIMO

ROBINSON LIKES TO COOK BACON

FOR HIS KIDS, ESPECIALLY ON

IMPORTANT TEST DAYS, BUT SHE

HASN'T BOUGHT MUCH LATELY.

THIS USED TO BE $5 OR $6,

AND THAT'S $10, ALMOST.

Reporter: AND RISING

FOOD PRICES ARE ALSO PUTTING

A DENT INTO WHAT USED TO BE

A PROFITABLE BREAKFAST

BUSINESS AT NORMA'S CAFE.

THERE ARE RECORD PRICES,

FROM ANYTHING FROM BEEF TO

BACON TO ORANGE JUICE.

Reporter: ANALYSTS SAY

BAD WEATHER IS PUTTING THE

PRESSURE ON THESE FOOD

PRICES.

IT INCLUDES A RECORD-SETTING

DROUGHT IN CALIFORNIA,

MEXICO, AND BRAZIL.

AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT,

TENSIONS BETWEEN UKRAINE AND

RUSSIA ARE ALSO

CONTRIBUTING.

THAT'S BECAUSE UKRAINE

EXPORTS SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNTS

OF CORN, WHEAT, AND

SUNFLOWER OIL.

THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX

RELEASED PAST TUESDAY SHOWS

FOOD PRICES RISING 4.6% IN

MARCH.

THE BIGGEST RISES CAME FROM

EGGS, BUTTER, MILK, BEEF,

AND POULTRY.

THEY ARE PREDICTING FOOD

PRICES WILL RISE BETWEEN

2.5% AND 3% NEXT YEAR.

BUT MANY ANALYSTS SAY IT

COULD BE WORSE.

AND PAIN AT THE PUMP IS

HITTING MANY CONSUMERS.

THE NATIONAL AVERAGE IS UP

TO $3.69 A GALLON FOR GAS,

UP BY 4% FROM A YEAR AGO.

I'M NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT

BECAUSE I TRAVEL AN HOUR TO

WORK.

Reporter: U.S. REFINERS

ARE SHIPPING MORE GAS TO

OTHER COUNTRIES, CREATING

MORE GLOBAL COMPETITION.

FOR CONSUMERS, THAT MEANS

PRICES MIGHT NOT COME DOWN

ANY TIME SOON.

THAT IS TOUGH NEWS FOR MANY

AMERICANS EAGER TO HIT THE

ROAD THIS SUMMER AFTER BEING

COWPPECOUPED UP DURING A

RECORD-SETTING WINTER.

HEATHER CELLS, CBN NEWS.

Lori: CHINA WILL BE THE

WORLD'S LARGEST CHRISTIAN

NATION IN 15 YEARS,

ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM A

U. U. K.TELEGRAPH

NEWSPAPER.

A LEADING EXPERT SAYS IT

WILL HAPPEN IN LESS THAN A

GENERATION.

RIGHT NOW THERE BE

1.3 BILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN

THE COUNTRY, AND IN 2010,

58 MILLION WERE

PROTESTANTS.

THAT NUMBER SHOULD JUMP TO

160 MILLION BY 2025, AND BY

2030, CHINA'S TOTAL

CHRISTIAN POPULATION,

INCLUDING CATHOLICS, WILL

HIT 247 MILLION.

OFFICIALLY THE PEOPLE'S

REPUBLIC OF CHINA IS STILL

AN ATHEIST COUNTRY, BUT THE

GOVERNMENT ALLOWS OFFICIAL

CHURCHES TO MEET, AND THERE

IS A GROWING UNDERGROUND

CHURCH MOVEMENT THAT CANNOT

BE CONTAINED.

DECADES AGO MOST CHRISTIANS

IN CHINA LIVED IN THE

COUNTRYSIDE, BUT NOW THAT IS

CHANGING AS YOUNG

PROFESSIONALS ARE BRINGING

FAITH TO THE BIG CITIES,

LIKE BEIJING AND SHANGHAI.

GEORGE THOMAS HAS THAT STORY

FROM BEIJING.

George: IT IS

WEDNESDAY, JUST AFTER

7 p.m., AND A LUPE OF

GROUP OF MEN AND WOMEN IN

THEIR LATE 20 DISCUSS HOW TO

THRIVE IN THEIR RAPIDLY

CHANGING NATION.

ALL ARE MEMBERS OF CHINA'S

NEW PRIVILEGED CLASS, HIGHLY

EDUCATED, MIDDLE OR EVEN

UPPER CLASS OF URBAN

PROFESSIONALS, AND THEY'RE

ALL CHRISTIANS.

WE'VE NEVER HAD IT SO

GOOD IN CHINA TODAY.

BUT THERE IS MORE TO LIFE

THAN JUST MONEY AND

MATERIAL.

WE WORSHIP GOD.

George: HIS MAN WORKS

FOR ONE OF CHINA'S LARGEST

TOUR OPERATORS.

LULIKE OTHER URBAN

PROFESSIONALS, HE AND HIS

PEERS LIVE IN HIGH RISES,

THEY OWN A CAR, AND

SOMETIMES TWO.

THEY ARE TECH SAVVY AND THEY

HAVE MONEY AND TRAVEL AND

SPEND.

THE COMPETITION FOR JOBS

IN THE BIG CITIES IS

INTENSE.

STATUS IS EVERYTHING.

HOW MUCH YOU MAKE, HOW BIG

IS YOUR HOUSE, AND WHAT KIND

OF CAR YOU DRIVE?

THE GOVERNMENT MAKES IT

POSSIBLE FOR US TO EARN

MONEY AND HAVE A GOOD LIFE,

BUT HOW DO WE HANDLE ALL OF

THE PRESSURES.

George: IT IS IN THIS

RAPIDLY CHANGING SOCIETY

THAT RELIGION, ESPECIALLY

CHRISTIANITY, FINDS ITSELF

FILLING A SPIRITUAL VOID.

I'M A DIFFERENT PERSON

TODAY.

George: THIS

23-YEAR-OLD JOINS THE

GROWING RANK OF THOSE IN THE

CITIES WHO ARE EMBRACING

CHRISTIANITY IN RECORD

NUMBERS.

THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS

HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT FOR ME.

I HAVE STRUGGLED

PROFESSIONALLY AND

PERSONALLY, BUT THEN SOMEONE

INTRODUCED ME TO JESUS, AND

NOW I HAVE A DIFFERENT

OUTLOOK ON MY LIFE.

George: THIS IS MUSIC

TO THE EARS OF HIS PASTOR.

GOD CALLED ME TO START A

CHURCH TO REACH THESE YOUNG

PEOPLE.

George: HE LEADS SHIU,

ONE OF THE LARGEST

UNREGISTERED, SOMETIMES

CALLED UNDERGROUND CHURCHES

IN BEIJING.

A GRADUATE OF CHINA'S MOST

PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITY, HIS

CHURCH STARTED WITH 10

PEOPLE, AND NOW CLOSE TO A

THOUSAND ATTEND HIS

SERVICE.

THE MAJORITY OF THEM HAVE

GRADUATED AND NOW WORK IN

THE CITY.

WE HAVE LAWYERS AND DOCTORS

AND PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE.

George: HE SAYS IT IS

ATTRACTING THE WHITE COLLAR

WORKING WORLD.

THEY ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS

TO HANDLE THE CHANGES IN

CHINA.

George: BACK AT THE

APARTMENT, HE HELPS RUN A

BIBLE STUDY FOR NEW CONVERTS

IN THE CITY.

HE SAYS THIS IS THE FACE OF

CHRISTIANITY IN CHINA.

SUCH BELIEVERS ARE PART OF

WHAT SOME ARE CALLING

CHINA'S THIRD CHURCH.

PETER -- NOT HIS REAL

NAME -- HAS WORKED WITH

CHINA'S UNDERGROUND CHURCHES

FOR DECADES.

CBN NEWS AGREED TO CONCEAL

HIS IDENTITY TO PROTECT

HIM.

THEY'RE CALLED THE THIRD

CHURCH BECAUSE THEY'RE VERY

DIFFERENT THAN WHAT USED TO

BE THE ONLY TWO REAL KIND OF

CHURCHES IN CHINA.

WHICH WAS THE REGISTERED

CHURCH, REGISTERED WITH THE

GOVERNMENT.

AND THEN THE UNREGISTERED

CHURCHES, USUALLY CALLED

HOUSE CHURCHES, WHICH

THRIVED IN THE COUNTRYSIDE

IN THE '70s AND '80s.

BUT THEN AFTER THE 198 1989

DEMONSTRATIONS, THESE URBAN,

EDUCATED, WELL-TO DO

CHRISTIANS STARTED FORMING

URBAN CHURCHES.

George: AND WHILE

CHRISTIANITY CONTINUES TO

GROW IN CHINA'S COUNTRYSIDE,

IT IS HERE IN BIG CITIES,

LIKE BEIJING, THAT EXPERTS

SAY THE CHURCH IS GROWING

THE FASTEST.

WHEREAS THE RURAL CHURCH

WAS NOT ABLE TO HAVE AN

IMPACT ON SOCIETY AS A

WHOLE, THE THIRD CHURCH IN

THE CITIES IS ABLE TO DO

THAT BECAUSE THEY'RE

COMPRISED OF LEADERS WHO CAN

HAVE AN IMPACT.

BUSINESSMEN, GOVERNMENT

OFFICIALS, PROFESSORS,

LEADERS IN ENGINEERING,

EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE.

George: PASTOR JIN'S

CONGREGATION IS TECHNICALLY

AN ILLEGAL GATHERING.

YOU SEE, HE HASN'T

REGISTERED HIS CHURCH WITH

THE GOVERNMENT.

BUT RATHER THAN HIDE FROM

AUTHORITIES, JIN AND OTHERS

WHO LEAD SUCH CONGREGATIONS

IN THE BIG CITIES, WANT TO

WORK WITH THE GOVERNMENT

OFFICIALS.

BUT LET'S BE CLEAR, THE

CHINESE GOVERNMENT MAINTAINS

A TIGHT GRIP ON RELIGION.

TORTURE, ARRESTS,

IMPRISONMENT, AND BEATINGS

OF CHRISTIANS ARE STILL

PRACTICED, YET THE AUTHOR

AUTHORITIES IN RECENT YEARS

HAVE MADE POSITIVE OVERTURES

TOWARDS LEADERS IN THE HOUSE

CHURCHES.

THE CHURCH IN CHINA IS

GROWING, AND CHRISTIANITY IS

BECOMING MORE AND MORE A

PART OF MAINSTREAM SOCIETY.

THE AUTHORITIES KNOW THIS

AND THEIR SHOWING A

WILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH

US.

George: A GESTURE

WELCOMED BY THESE YOUNG

LEADERS, AS THEY USE FAITH

TO NAVIGATE THE

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

OF CHINA TODAY.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS,

BEIJING.

Lori: THE MOVIE "HEAVEN

IS FOR REAL" OPENED JUST

BEFORE EASTER AND QUICKLY

BECAME A BOX OFFICE SMASH.

IT'S BASED ON THE TRUE STORY

OF A LITTLE BOY'S NEAR-DEATH

EXPERIENCE AND HIS GLIMPSE

INTO HEAVEN.

IT GROSSED $29 MILLION IN

ITS FIRST WEEK ALONE, AND

WHILE THE MOVIE IS A HIT,

THERE ARE SKEPTICS,

INCLUDING WELL-KNOWN PASTOR

JOHN McCARTER.

I'M CONVINCED THAT THE

ENTIRE MOVIE AND THE BOOK IS

A HOAX FROM START TO

FINISH.

IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH

CHRISTIANITY.

IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH

THE BIBLE.

THIS FILM IS A GREAT

OPPORTUNITY TO BRING IN THE

MARGIN OF OUR COMMUNITY WHO

REALLY DOESN'T NORMALLY TALK

ABOUT FAITH OR THE

AFTERLIFE, BUT YOU WALK AWAY

INSPIRED TO BELIEVING THAT

ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

Lori: WHATEVER YOUR

TAKE ON NEAR-DEATH

EXPERIENCES MAY BE, "HEAVEN

IS FOR REAL" IS SPARKING

DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT

HAPPENS AFTER DEATH, AND

MANY CHRISTIANS SAY THAT IS

A GOOD THING.

ONE LITTLE BOY'S STORY

GIVING PEOPLE HOPE AND

BOLSTERING THEIR FAITH.

THAT'S ALL OF THE TIME WE

HAVE FOR THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

THANKS FOR JOINING US, AND

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN

TOMORROW.

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