Christian World News – April 1, 2016


>>Wendy: THIS WEEK ON “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,” AN EASTER TERROR ATTACK IN PAKISTAN KILLS SCORES OF PEOPLE, INCLUDING CHILDREN. WE’LL SHOW YOU WHO DID IT AND WHY. PLUS…NARROW ESCAPE, HOW THESE MISSIONARIES SURVIVED A BOMB BLAST. THE DIFFERENCE IN LIFE AND DEATH WAS ONLY A MATTER OF SECONDS.>>IF YOU HIR YOU HAD A SAME-SEX COUPLE WALK INTO YOUR CHURCH AND SAY THEY WOULD LIKE TO GET MARRIED, WHAT WOULD YOUR RESPONSE BE?>>Wendy: AND A PASTOR ANSWERS TOUGH QUESTIONS ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY. HEAR WHAT HE HAD TO SAY ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE. *>>Wendy: WELCOME TO “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,” EVERYONE. I’M WENDY GRIFFITH. GEORGE THOMAS IS ON ASSIGNMENT. PAKISTAN’S CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IS STILL REELING AFTER A BRUTAL TERROR ATTACK ON EASTER SUNDAY. THIS WEEK CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN IN MOURNING, BURYING THEIR DEAD AND MINISTERS TO THE VICTIMS’ FAMILIES. MARK MARTIN STARTS US OFF WITH HIS REPORT ON THE ATTACK AND WHO CARRIED IT OUT.>>Reporter: HATE DISRUPTED THE HOLY DAY IN PAKISTAN. A TALIBAN FACTION CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE EASTER SUNDAY BOMBING, TARGETING CHRISTIANS, INCLUDING CHILDREN CELEBRATING ON RIDES AT A PARK IN THE EASTERN PAKISTANI CITY OF LAHORE.>>Through Translator: WHAT COULD BE MORE PAINFUL THAN THIS? ALMOST THE WHOLE FAMILY IS GONE, MY SISTER, HER HUSBAND AND DAUGHTER ARE KILLED. MY TWO DAUGHTERS AND SON ARE WOUNDED.>>Reporter: THE DEATH TOLL FROM THE MASSIVE SUICIDE BOMBING HAS CLIMBED TO MORE THAN 70, WE AT LEAST 300 WOUNDED. AS CHRISTIANS BURIED THEIR DEAD, ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS ROSE UP IN PROTESTS. THEY’RE ANGRY THAT THE SUPREME COURT OVERTURNED THE DEATH PENALTY AGAINST AASIA BIBI. AND OVER THE EXECUTION OF A MAN WHO MURDERED A STATE GOVERNOR, ARE CALLING FOR AN END TO BLASPHEMY LAWS.>>Through Translator: OUR DEMANDS ARE, HANG AASIA BIBI AND ENFORCE ISLAMIC LAW IN THE COUNTRY.>>Reporter: THE PRIME MINISTER HAS PROMISED TO BRING THE KILLERS TO JUSTICE, BUT THAT IS LITTLE COMFORT FOR PAKISTAN’S CHRISTIANS, WHO ARE LIVING IN FEAR IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY.>>WE ARE NOT SAFE. THE CHRISTIANS ARE REALLY, REALLY SORRY AND SAD.>>Wendy: DAUD SHARIF IS PRESIDENT OF THE PAKISTAN CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE IN PUNJAB. EARLIER CBN NEWS SPOKE WITH HIM BY SKYPE TO LEARN HOW PAKISTAN’S CHRISTIANS ARE COPING.>>EVERYBODY IS FULL OF SORROW, AND WITH A GREAT GRIEF. AS YOU KNOW, IT WAS A FEAST AND A DAY OF CELEBRATION. BUT WHEN WE LOOKED IN THE CHRISTIAN COLONIES, WE SEE SILENCE, SORROW, AND BROKEN HEARTS. PEOPLE ARE VERY, VERY BROKEN. PEOPLE ARE PRETTY HOPELESS. THEY’RE JUST SILENT. THEY’RE NOT EXPRESSING ANYTHING. SO PEOPLE ARE SILENT. THE GLOBAL CHURCH MUST PAY FOR THE PAKISTANI CHRISTIANS. THEY MUST PRAY, AND THEY MUST THINK TO HELP THE PAKISTANI CHRISTIANS, IN WHATEVER THEIR CAPACITY. I FEEL THAT THE GOVERNMENT ALSO HAS SOME SORT OF RESERVATIONS BECAUSE WE ARE THE MINORITY, AND THEY MUST TAKE CARE OF THEIR DEMANDS AND THINKING OF THE MAJORITY. SO SOMETIMES WE FEEL THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS WEAK.>>Wendy: SO TRAGIC. WELL, YOU CAN TELL THE CHURCH IN PAKISTAN THAT YOU ARE STANDING WITH THEM. SIMPLY GO TO OUR “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS” Facebook PAGE AND LEAVE THEM YOUR WORDS AS ENCOURAGEMENT AND PRAYERS. I’M SURE THEY’LL APPRECIATE IT.>>>WELL, EASTER SUNDAY IN BRUSSELS WAS SOMBER AS CHURCHES CELEBRATED IN THE SHADOW OF A TERROR ATTACK THAT KILLED DOZENS OF PEOPLE THERE. AS CHRIS MITCHELL REPORTS, SOME BELIEVE THE ATTACK MIGHT HAVE BEEN PLANNED FOR EASTER DAY.>>Chris: IT HAS BECOME AN ALL TOO FAMILIAR RITUAL, LIKE THE PE PARISANS CELEBRATING. THIS IS THE SITE WHERE MANY OF THE BELGIAN PEOPLE AND OTHERS HAVE GATHERED TO HONOR THE VICTIMS OF THE TERROR ATTACKS. IT IS FILLED WITH FLAGS, FLOWERS, AND CANDLES. MANY PEOPLE HAVE COME HERE TO REFLECT AND REMEMBER. EVEN DAYS AFTER THE ATTACKS, MANY OF THE BELGIAN PEOPLE ARE STILL IN SHOCK.>>I THINK EVEN IF WE KNEW SOMETHING WAS GOING TO HAPPEN, EVERYBODY IS ALWAYS IN SHOCK. A TERRORIST ATTACK IS — THEY WANT TO HAVE PEOPLE BE IN TERROR. AND I THINK THIS THEY GAINED.>>DEFINITELY, I THINK IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, THE WORLD SITUATION SEEMS FORTIFIED — SINCE THE END OF THE WORLD WAR WE NEVER SEEN SUCH A TRAGEDY.>>Chris: MANY BELGIAN CHURCHES CONTINUE THE BATTLE IN PRAYER.>>LORD, WE ASK FOR PROTECTION OVER THE CITY OF BRUSSELS, AND THE SURROUNDING DIVINITIES, YOUR SURROUNDING PROTECTION.>>Chris: INTELLIGENCE BELIEVE THE BOMBINGS THAT TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY WERE ORIGINALLY PLANNED ON EASTER SUNDAY. THEY BELIEVE WHEN THE POLICE CAPTURED SALAH ABDESLAM, THEY DECIDED TO ACT. THIS CHURCH NEEDS TO BE PREPARED FOR A NEW REALITY.>>WE KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING IN BRUSSELS IS NOT UNIQUE. WE LIVE IN A NEW DAY. WE LIVE IN A NEW AGE. AND OUR LORD AND SAVIOR TOLD US THERE WOULD BE TRIBULATION IN THE LAST DAYS. WE EXCEPT THAT AND UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT WE ALSO KNOW WE HAVE A MISSION, A YOB TO DO A JOB TO DO, AND THAT’S TO PREACH THE GOSPEL.>>Chris: CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM.>>Wendy: THANK YOU, CHRIS.>>>THE TWO BOMBS THAT EXPLODED AT THE BRUSSELS’ AIRPORT CHANGED THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS. AS CHRIS SHOWS US IN THIS NEXT STORY, TWO CHRISTIAN MISSIONARIES FOUND THEMSELVES JUST SECONDS BETWEEN A TRAGEDY OR A MIRACLE.>>Chris: ON THE MORNING OF MARCH 22, ROCKY GAINWRIGHT DROPPED OFF HIS FRIEND AT THE BRUSSELS’ AIRPORT. JEFF ENTERED THE ARRIVALS’ HALL JUST MOMENTS BEFORE THE TERROR ATTACK.>>I ROLLED UP TO THE KEY KIOSK AND TURNED AROUND TO PICK UP MY SUITCASE, AND I SAW A BRIGHT, FLASHING LIGHT, AND I HEARD BIG, VIOLENT BOOM. AND THREE OR FOUR SECONDS LATER, THERE WAS ANOTHER BIG BOOM. AND THAT’S WHEN THE CEILING TILES BEGAN TO RAIN DOWN ALL AROUND ME.>>ALL OF THE GLASS JUST SHATTERS OUTWARD, AND JUST COMES HURLING AT EVERYBODY. PEOPLE WERE RUNNING INTO MY CAR BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT PAYING ATTENTION. THEY WERE JUST TRYING TO GET AWAY AS FAST AS THEY COULD.>>I WAS ABOUT MAYBE 30 FEET FROM A DOOR, AND MY MIND TOLD MY BODY TO GET OUT.>>Chris: BUT JEFF DIDN’T KNOW HOW BAD IT WAS.>>THIS LADY WAS HOLDING THE DOOR OPEN, AND I COULD SEE SHE WAS AN AIRPORT NAIVETE AND SHOCK, I SAID DO YOU THINK WE’LL BE ABLE TO LEAVE TODAY? AND SHE SAID, SIR, THE AIRPORT IS BROKEN.>>Chris: ROCKY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS FRIEND.>>I PULLED MY CAR UP AND I PARKED, AND I’M THINKING, I MAY HAVE TO GO INTO THE BUILDING AND JUST PULL HIM OUT.>>Chris: ABOUT 15 MINUTES LATER, THEY REUNITED.>>WITH FOUND OURSELVES RIGHT BY THE TRIAGE CENTER. I WAS, LIKE, THESE PEOPLE NEED HELP. WE BEGAN TO TALK TO ONE AIRLINE EMPLOYEE, WHO HAD A CUT OVER HER EYE AND BLOOD DOWN ALL OVER HER FACE. AND I WALKED UP TO HER AND I SAID, CAN I PRAY WITH YOU? DO YOU BELIEVE IN GOD? AND SHE SAYS, WELL, AT THIS MOMENT, I DO NOW.>>Chris: AFTER THE ATTACK, THE HAUNTING QUESTION FOR MANY, INCLUDING JEFF…>JEFF…WHAT IF.>>I COULD HAVE EASILY HAVE WALKED DOWN TO STARBUCKS, AND I WOULD HAVE BEEN RIGHT THERE.>>Reporter: DURING EASTER SERVICE, JEFF’S LOCAL CHURCH PRAYED FOR HIM.>>WE THANK YOU, LORD, FOR ALLOWING HIM TO BE WITH US THIS MORNING.>>YOU HAVE TO THINK HOW BLESSED YOU ARE TO NOT HAVE GONE THROUGH THAT, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, IT REALLY MAKES YOU THINK, WOW, THAT COULD HAVE BEEN ME? AND MY HEART JUST GOES OUT TO THOSE PEOPLE AND THOSE FAMILIES THAT ARE MISSING LOVED ONES AND THAT ARE IN THE HOSPITALS, AND THAT ARE BANNERE BURNED AND HURT, AND THEIR LIVES HAVE BEEN TORN APART.>>Reporter: JEFF EXPERIENCED THE FRAGILITY OF LIFE.>>IT’S IN GOD’S HANDS. AND WE HAVE TO TRUST HIM THROUGH THE DIFFICULTIES OF THOSE TIMES, AND TRUST THAT HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT, EVEN IN THE DARKEST HOUR.>>Reporter: ROCKY SEES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CHURCH.>>I THINK THIS IS GOING TO SHAKE BELGIUM. I THINK IT IS GOING TO SHAKE OUR COMFORT ZONES, SO THAT WE NEED GOD. WE ACTUALLY REALIZE THAT WE NEED GOD, AND THAT THERE IS NO PROTECTION OUTSIDE OF ANY ETERNAL SECURITY THAT HAPPENS IN YOUR HEART. THAT’S WHAT BELGIUM NEEDS TO KNOW. AND I WANT THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY TO STAND UP AND GIVE THAT TO THEM.>>Chris: CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM.>>Wendy: THANKS SO MUCH, CHRIS.>>COMING UP, IN MALAYSIA, MUSLIMS WHO CONVERT TO CHRISTIANITY RISK THEIR FREEDOM AND EVEN THEIR LIVES. NOW THAT COULD ALL BE CHANGING.>>Wendy: WELCOME BACK. A RECENT COURT RULING IN MALAYSIA IS SEEN AS GOOD NEWS FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM THERE. THE DECISION ALLOWS A MUSLIM MAN TO OFFICIALLY CHANGE HIS RELIGION TO CHRISTIANITY. MALAYSIA IS A MOSTLY MUSLIM NATION WHERE CHRISTIANS ARE PERSECUTED. DAVID CULLE IS A MINISTER IN A CHURCH THAT SERVES THE PERSECUTED CHURCH. IT COULD OPO OPE OPEN THE DOOR TO MORE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN THAT COUNTRY.>>WE FEEL LIKE THIS IS A GOOD PRECEDENT. IF YOU HAVE FREEDOM OF RELIGION, WHICH MALAYSIA SAYS THEY HAVE, THEY SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES IF THEY SHOULD BE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS OR ANY OTHER FAITH, FOR THAT MATTER.>>Reporter: WHAT DID EX-MUSLIMS DO BEFORE THIS RULING IF THEY WANTED TO BE CHRISTIAN?>>THEY LIVED IN A GREAT TENSION BECAUSE MANY OF THEM COULD NOT COME OUT PUBLICLY AS CHRISTIANS. THEY COULDN’T ATTEND CHRISTIAN CHURCHES, BECAUSE IF THEY DID, THOSE CHURCHES WOULD BE UNDER THREAT OF VIOLENCE, OR EVEN SOME GOVERNMENT PERSECUTION. THERE HAS BEEN A REAL TENSION ON WHAT IT MEANS TO DECIDE FOR YOURSELF WHAT YOUR FAITH IS. IF YOU HAD BEEN BORN IN AN ISLAMIC FAMILY, ISLAMIC FAITH, REGISTERED AS SUCH, YOU WERE SORT OF STUCK IN THAT SYSTEM.>>Reporter: SO IN THE PAST, IT WAS VERY DANGEROUS TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN MALAYSIA?>>ABSOLUTELY. AND NOT JUST FROM THE ISLAMIC EXTREMIST GROUPS, ALTHOUGH THAT IS A SMALL PARIS OPORTION OF THE COMMUNITY, BUT ALSO FROM THE GOVERNMENT RULES WHICH CAN REALLY HEM IN AND MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR A PERSON TO DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES WHAT THEY WANT.>>Reporter: DOES THIS COURT RULING MEAN THAT MALAYSIA IS MORE MODERATE?>>YOU HAVE MODERATE FORCES IN MALAYSIA THAT ARE PART OF THE GOVERNMENT THERE, PART OF THE COMMUNITY, CERTAINLY. I DON’T THINK WE CAN READ TOO MUCH INTO THIS EXCEPT TO SAY YOU HAD A JUST RULING BY THE COURT THAT THIS PERSON, AS AN ADULT, TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO CHOOSE FOR THEMSELVES WHAT THEY ARE, SPHAIR AS FAR AS THEIR FAITH IDENTIFICATION. IT IS GOING TO BE CHALLENGED LIKELY BY ISLAMIC GROUPS, COULD BE, CERTAINLY, AND YOU COULD HAVE EVEN THE NATIONAL REGISTRY CHALLENGING IT. WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. FOR NOW, WE TAKE IT AS A GOOD SIGN. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS HAPPEN IN OTHER ISLAMIC COUNTRIES, LI LIKE INDONESIA AND SOME OTHERS IN THE REGION.>>Reporter: OKAY, DAVID CURRIE, THE C.I.A. O C.E.O. OF “OPEN DOORS U.S.A..”>>Wendy: INDIA’S I.B. BB. CNN REPORTS THAT SHOWS A PRIEST THAT IS ALIVE. THE MUSLIMS MILITANTS ATTACKED THE CATHOLIC HOME AND KILLED FOUR NUNS. RUMORS CIRCULATED ON THE INTERNET THAT THE PRIEST HAD BEEN KILLED ON SUNDAY, BUT THE CARDINAL OF VIENNA HAS SINCE RECANTED HIS STATEMENT.>>>A CUBAN PASTOR IS FREE AFTER BEING DETAINED BY POLICE FOR SEVERAL DAYS. THE PASTOR WAS ARRESTED HOURS BEFORE U.S. PRESIDENT OBAMA LANDED FOR HIS HISTORIC VISIT TO THE ISLAND. HE WAS DETAINED DURING THE PRESIDENT’S VISIT AND DENIED FOOD AND WATER. HOURS AFTER THE PRESIDENT LEFT, HE WAS SET FREE. HUNDREDS OF OTHER POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS DISSIDENTS WERE ARRESTED DURING THE PRESIDENT’S VISIT.>>>A U. K.PASTOR FINED FOR HOSTING LOUD, LATE-NIGHT PRAYER SERVICES SAYS HE WON’T STOP, BECAUSE AS HE PUTS IT, THAT’S WHEN DEMONS WERE MOST ACTIVE. THE BISHOP HOLDS PRAYER SERVICES FROM 3 a.m. TO 5 a.m. EVERY SATURDAY. DESPITE RECEIVING HATE MAIL, HE SAYS HE WON’T STOP, BUT WILL CONTINUE TO, QUOTE,”UPLIFT, SET FREE, AND DELIVER THOSE IN NEED.” J. HAHN BURNES HAD SUFFERED WITH DEMONIC OPPRESSION, AND RECENTLY SHE SPOKE WITH HER PASTOR ABOUT THE POWER OF DEMONS AND THE POWER OF GOD TO DELIVER.>>IT’S A MINISTRY THAT IS MUCH-NEEDED TODAY. AND THE PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING. AND I DO TELL THEM THEY NEED JESUS TO HELP THEM. FOR THOSE WHO DON’T BELIEVE, I PRAY THEY NEVER HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT. BUT THE TRUTH IS THERE ARE SO MANY CHRISTIANS AND SO MANY NON-CHRISTIANS THAT STRUGGLE WITH THIS. AND I POINT THEM TO THE SCRIPTURES AND LET THEM KNOW THAT TH ON THE CROSS, CHRIST SET THEM FREE AND THEY’RE ABLE TO PARTAKE OF THAT FREEDOM.>>Wendy: AMEN. YOU CAN SEE THE FULL INTERVIEW ON OUR WEBSITE, cbnnews.com. AND YOU CAN WATCH HER TESTIMONY OF DEFERENCE. DELIVERANCE.>>>MOTHER ANGELICA DIED ON EASTER SUNDAY. SHE BEGAN HER MEDIA CAREER IN 1981 WITH A RELIGIOUS TV SHOW BROADCASTING FROM A MONASTERY GARAGE IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA. THAT GREW INTO A WORLDWIDE TV, RADIO, AND PUBLISHING OPERATION. MOTHER ANGELICA WAS 92.>>>UP NEXT, A PASTOR’S APPROACH: HOW TO STAY TRUE TO THE BIBLE AND STILL REACH GAYS WITH THE GOSPEL OF GRACE.>>Wendy: WELCOME BACK TO “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.” HERE IN AMERICA, THERE HAS BEEN A DRAMATIC SHIFT IN PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS OF HOMOSEXUALITY AND GAY RIGHTS. CBN NEWS HAS REDUCED A SPECIAL REPORT CALLED “HOMOSEXUALITY, A CHRISTIAN VIEW.” ONE OF THE ISSUES LOOK IT LOOKS AT IS CHURCH LEADERSHIP. THOSE WHO WANT TO REACH GAYS AND LESBIANS ABOUT THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST. MY CO-ANCHOR, GEORGE THOMAS, SAT DOWN WITH HIS PASTOR TO GET HIS TAKE ON THESE TURBULENT TIMES.>>George: IF YOU HAD A SAME-SEX COUPLE WALK INTO YOUR CHURCH AND SAY THEY WOULD LIKE TO GET MARRIED, WHAT WOULD YOUR RESPONSE BE?>>I WOULD SAY, I WANT TO TALK TO YOU AT LENGTH ABOUT THIS. THIS IS WORTH MORE THAN A SOUND BYTE. AND THEN I WOULD SHARE WITH THEM HOW I RESPECT THEIR CONSCIENCE, AND HOW GOD IS SHAPING THEM. BUT I ALSO ASK THEM TO RESPECT MY CONSCIENCEMENT AND MY CONSCIENCE WOULD NOT ALLOW ME, BECAUSE OF MY VIEW OF THE BIBLE, TO OFFICIATE THIS MARRIAGE.>>George: YOU WOULD DECLINE?>>I WOULD CERTAINLY DECLINE, WITHOUT A DOUBT.>>George: DO YOU CONSIDER HOMOSEXUALITY AS A SIN.>>I CONSIDER — NOT ONLY DO I CONSIDER IT, BUT THE BIBLE IS CATEGORICAL THAT HOMOSEXUAL ACTS ARE UNEQUIVOCALLY SIN. BUT I WANT TO ADD TO THAT, SO IS PRE-MARITAL SEX. SO IS PORNOGRAPHY. SO IS FETTISHES, YOU NAME IT. THE LIST IS GIGANTIC. YES, IT IS A SIN, BUT TO ISOLATE IT OUT OF A LARGER CHRISTIAN SEXUAL ETHIC, TO ME, IS UNFAIR TO HAVING A CIVIL DISCUSSION ABOUT IT.>>George: HOW DO YOU, IN THAT SCENARIO THAT YOU’VE DESCRIBED — HOW DO YOU THEN HELP THE CHURCH BETTER UNDERSTAND, BETTER ARTICULATE WHAT OUR FAITH SAYS ABOUT THE ISSUE OF HOMOSEXUALITY TO THE PUBLIC?>>I ENCOURAGE THEM FORCE TO EXHALE.>>George: MEANING?>>HOMOSEXUALITY HAS BEEN AROUND IN EVERY GENERATION AND IN EVERY CULTURE. SO THIS IS NOT AN NEW PHENOMENON. EXHALE. WE DON’T HAVE TO DEFEND GOD. THE BIGGEST PART, GEORGE, IS THE ATTITUDE OF THE HEART OF THE CHURCH. DO WE LOVE SINNERS? DO WE LOVE THEM? IF THEY’RE HOMOSEXUAL OR NOT, DO WE LOVE THEM?>>George: WHEN YOU FIRST BEGAN IN THE MINISTRY, DID YOU DEAL WITH THESE KINDS OF ISSUES?>>NOPE. NEVER DISCUSSED IT. AND WHEN IT WAS DISCUSSED, IT WAS DONE IN AN UNKIND WAY. WITH JOKES. I PASTORED A LONG TIME. AND THERE ARE MEN WHO ARE AFEMININE. AND THEY’RE LIVING CELEBRATE LIVES OR HOMOSEXUAL LIVES, AND THEY’VE BEEN BULLIED OR PILL LARPILLARED SINCE THEY WERE IN JUNIOR HIGH, AND THAT AIN’T RIGHT.>>George: HOW HAVE YOU INSTRUCTED YOUR CHURCH?>>2 TO 3% WOULD ATTEST TO A SAME-SEX ATTRACTION. SO THE MAST MAJORITY HAVE NOT CONFESSED THIS SAME-SEX FEELING TO ANYBODY. WOULD YOU WANT TO SHARE YOUR STRUGGLE WITH A PASTOR THAT IS CONDEMNING, THAT IS ANGRY? THAT WOULD BE SHOCKED? YOU SEE, UNTIL SOMEBODY CAN CONFESS THEIR SIN WITHOUT EMBARRASSMENT OR LAUGHTER, THEY’RE NEVER GOING TO SHARE IT WITH YOU. AND IF WE’RE GOING TO BE MISSIONAL IN A POST-MODERN WORLD, WE HAVE GOT TO EXHALE, PROCESS OUR PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY, AND SEE THIS AS A DIVINE OPPORTUNITY. TO ME, I THINK IT HAS BEEN A WAKEUP CALL. BECAUSE THE CHURCH HAS TO REASSESS HOW WE APPROACH ALL SINNERS. COME OUT OF THE IVY TOWER. HOW DO YOU HAVE A RELEVANT GOSPEL, WHERE YOU’RE STILL PROPHETIC THAT RIGHT IS RIGHT, AND WRONG IS WRONG, AND YET YOUR PASTORAL, SAYING I LOVE YOU, EVEN WITHOUT CHANGE.>>Wendy: HE’S MY PASTOR, TOO. TO WATCH THE ENTIRE SPECIAL, AS WELL AS FULL INTERVIEWS AND OTHER RESOURCES, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT cbnnews.com.>>>WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.>>Wendy: THE EASTER PRAYER BREAKFAST IS A WHITE HOUSE TRADITION STARTED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA SIX YEARS AGO. THIS YEAR HE USED THE BREAKFAST TO ENCOURAGE CHRISTIANS TO SHOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST TO REFUGEES AND O OTHER OTHERS AFFECTED BY TERRORISM AND WAR. JENNIFER WISHON BRINGS US THE STORY.>>Jennifer: AS PART OF HIS EASTER MESSAGE, PRESIDENT OBAMA EXPLAINED HOW HIS CHRISTIAN FAITH RENEWS HIM WITH THE HOPE OF REDEMPTION.>>President Obama: BECAUSE OF GOD’S LOVE, WE CAN PROCLAIM THAT CHRIST IS RISEN.>>Jennifer: THE PRESIDENT ADDRESSED THE FEAR AND DIVISION OFTEN BORN OF TERRORISM, BUT WARNED CHRISTIANS AGAINST THE TEMPTATION TO TURN THEIR BACKS ON SYRIAN REFUGEES IN NEED OF HELP.>>President Obama: THAT’S THE INTENT OF THE TERRORISTS, IS TO WEAKEN OUR FAITH, TO WEAKEN OUR BEST IMPULSES, OUR BETTER ANGELS. IF EASTER MEANS ANYTHING, IT MEANS YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE AFRAID. WE DROWN OUT DARKNESS WITH LIGHT. AND WE HEAL HATRED WITH LOVE. AND WE HOLD ON TO HOPE.>>Jennifer: REVEREND DR. RAFAEL WARNORK DELIVERED THE SERMON.>>JESUS SAID HE CAME TO PREACH GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR, TO OPEN THE EYES OF THE BLIND AND SET THE CAPTIVES FREE. SO BY PRAYING WITH OUR THIEF, I MEAN IN THE BEST OF OUR TRADITION, THAT WE OUGHT TO BE ENGAGED, ORGANIZED, BEARING WITNESS TO GOD’S KINGDOM OF LOVE.>>Jennifer: AND AS HIS PRESIDENCY WINDS DOWN, MR. OBAMA OFFERED A GLIMPSE INTO HIS FUTURE.>>President Obama: AFTER A GOOD CHUNK OF SLEEP AFTER I GET OUT OF HERE, I’M GOING TO BE RIGHT OUT THERE WITH YOU DOING SOME WORK. SO YOU’RE NOT RID OF ME YET. EVEN AFTER WE’RE DONE WITH THE PRESIDENCY. BUT I AM GOING TO TAKE THREE, FOUR MONTHS TO WHERE I JUST SIT.>>Jennifer: JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS, THE WHITE HOUSE.>>Wendy: THE PRESIDENT SHOWING HE CAN BE FUNNY AS WELL. THANKS FOR JOINING US THIS WEEK. UNTIL NEXT WEEK, FROM ALL OF US HERE AT “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,” GOOD-BYE. AND AS ALWAYS, GOD BLESS YOU.

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