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February 6, 2021
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The Seven-Step Path To Restoring A World Gone Mad

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  • male announcer:As the eyes of the world
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  • focus on the latest floodof calamities,
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  • the most urgentmay not be the most visible
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  • to the average person,yet it is a growing menace
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  • that could ravagewestern civilization.
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  • For decades, we have seenan erosion of Christian values,
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  • but toady we're experiencinga world gone mad.
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  • The lessening influenceof Christianity,
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  • the resistance to the guardrailsof biblical morality
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  • are all producinggrowing decadence
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  • and cultural disintegration.
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  • Christ followers are beingedged out of cultural
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  • and political influence.
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  • Attacks comingfrom seemingly all sides,
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  • from within the churchand from the outside.
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  • Cultural norms are shifting.
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  • The erosion of civilizationis accelerating.
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  • What can we do in a worldhostile to Christianity?
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  • Join us now for a special"Leading the Way" presentation,
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  • "This Present Crisis,"with Dr. Michael Youssef.
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  • female: Hello, and welcometo this special edition
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  • of "Leading the Waywith Dr. Michael Youssef."
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  • You know, 2020 presentedsome very unique challenges,
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  • to say the least,and no one in the entire world
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  • escaped those challenges.
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  • This present crisisis still with us.
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  • It's more than a global pandemicthough, it's personal.
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  • It's sort of a rapid erosionof the values that define us,
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  • the values that formthe boundaries
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  • that hold our society together.
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  • And at the very heart of it isthe decline of the influence
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  • of the Christian church.
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  • Dr. Michael Youssef, pastor,author, and also sociologist,
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  • how do you put your fingeron just how to define
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  • this time of crisisin the world?
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  • Dr. Michael Youssef: Right,the crisis is a crisis of truth.
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  • And when you havea crisis of truth,
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  • you're gonna end upin falsehood.
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  • And no wonder that Satan,who is the father of lies,
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  • appears as an angel of light.
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  • And so, the truthis what matters.
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  • The pandemic is like puttingthe tea bag in the hot water.
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  • It just made it obvious andbrought it to the forefront.
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  • But it's been building up.
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  • It's been building up ever sincethe '60s where the motto
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  • was "trust your feelings."
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  • And slowly but surely,we have departed from thinking,
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  • from rigorous thought to well,how do you feel?
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  • We don't ask peopleanymore what do you think?
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  • We say how do you feel about it?
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  • And feeling is nota very reliable measurement.
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  • But that's the problem.
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  • We have ceased to think,and therefore
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  • we are all feeling people.
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  • And with that, we have abandonedthe very moral foundation
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  • upon which western civilizationis built.
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  • And we have seen with our owneyes-I'm really thankful
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  • for the pandemic.
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  • I know some peopleare gonna think I'm crazy,
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  • and they're gonna say,"What's wrong with this guy?"
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  • But please trust me.
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  • There's nothing wrong with me.
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  • Because what is below,it came up to the surface.
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  • But at the same time, alsofrom a spiritual perspective,
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  • I have very strong views,and they're my personal,
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  • only my views,and that is I think
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  • our Lord is beginningthe separation process
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  • between the sheep and the goats.
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  • And the true believers and not.
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  • So, we started in the '60s,trust your feelings,
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  • we have come full-circle now,where our feelings literally
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  • are gonna drown usif we're not careful.
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  • And if we do not dowhat the Bible said,
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  • the only thingwe're supposed to do.
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  • female: How did it happenthough?
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  • How did facts take a second seatto feelings?
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  • You said it's been happeningfor a while.
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  • Is there some movementbehind it, or?
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  • Dr. Youssef: Well,you have to understand
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  • this is human naturefrom the very beginning.
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  • God performs ten miraclesin the eyes
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  • of the Israelites in Egypt.
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  • I mean, ten miracles.
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  • They've seen with their eyessome incredible,
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  • supernatural interventionof God.
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  • They got to the wilderness,Moses goes away for a few days,
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  • and what do they do?
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  • Here, here's our gold,let's have a bull.
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  • See, that's feeling.
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  • We're feeling, not what we sawwith our own eyes,
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  • the evidence.
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  • People say,"Oh, if we have miracles today,
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  • people would believe."
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  • I wanna tell you,if we have miracles today,
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  • people will not believe.
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  • They did not believein the time of Jesus,
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  • and they will not believe now.
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  • And so, human nature is alwaysgoing to fall back to where
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  • it's easy on the flesh,
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  • what's easyon the fallen nature.
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  • And so, when people say,supposedly according to Barna,
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  • 45% of professing Christians sayJesus sinned.
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  • Why? Why do they say this?
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  • And why would preachers--there are so many
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  • megachurch pastorssaying to their pastoral staff,
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  • do not use the word "sin".
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  • Sin is negative.It's stigmatizing and so forth.
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  • Don't use it.Don't use sin.
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  • So they never use sinin preaching.
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  • Because appeals to the flesh.It makes it easier.
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  • Why do they say Jesus sinned?
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  • Because they want to bring himdown to the mud.
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  • They can't stand the factthat he is the only sinless
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  • God-man who ever lived.
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  • And he's the only onebecause of his sinlessness
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  • is able to take away our sin.
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  • Instead he's at our level,bring him down to our level
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  • so that we don't feel badabout living the way we live
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  • in disobedience and in rebellionagainst God.
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  • That really has beenfrom the very beginning.
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  • From the early daysof the Bible,
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  • they always fall backon the flesh,
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  • what's easier on the flesh,
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  • what's easieron the fallen nature.
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  • That's who we are by nature.
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  • And that is why we needthat awakening,
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  • that openingof the spiritual eyes
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  • to realize that sin is sinful.
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  • Sin is powerful.
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  • Sin is gonna take peopleto eternity in hell,
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  • unless we repent.
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  • And that is the biggestalarm bell
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  • that I can ring in my lifetime.
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  • female: You talked aboutwestern civilization
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  • really being at stake.
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  • You say that in a waythat we're not talking about
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  • 200 years from now,we're talking about now.
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  • Look at, walk us through,Michael, what has Christianity
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  • contributed towestern civilization?
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  • Not even from a religiousperspective,
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  • just the way we relateto each other.
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  • Dr. Youssef: Well,and not only democracy,
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  • which, at the base of it,civility.
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  • That I can disagree with you,but I still love you.
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  • That's Christianity, you cannotfind that in any other religion.
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  • You cannot find thatin any other system.
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  • The very factthat we have technology,
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  • it came because we respectthe human life.
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  • We value human life,and so we want to make
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  • life easier and more thoughtfulof the other person.
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  • The whole technologycame from it.
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  • But let's go back to the very,very basic thing.
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  • Sin is recognizedby western civilization
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  • and began by the Reformation
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  • as something thatis a part unto God,
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  • and therefore we fear God,
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  • and we-even the oneswho don't believe,
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  • they still kind of knowwhat's right and what's wrong,
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  • because of the culture.
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  • Now that's gone.
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  • female: There's no roomfor Jesus.
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  • There's no roomfor Christianity.
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  • So, is that where it starts?
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  • It starts by tearing downChristianity,
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  • or the other way around?
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  • Dr. Youssef: Well, yes,because when you take away
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  • the light,what are you gonna get?
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  • It's darkness, no matter whoit is, it would be darkness.
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  • And this post-truth culture,it's actually now-
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  • female: Define that,people hear you say that.
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  • What does that mean,post-truth culture?
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  • Dr. Youssef:It's in the dictionary now.
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  • I mean, they are really-Oxfordhas post-truth culture.
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  • That is no longerthere is absolute truth
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  • that is non-negotiable.
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  • That your truth,and my truth, and his truth,
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  • this is post-truth culture.
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  • That we all have our own truth.
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  • And when we do, we'regonna be killing each other.
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  • female: Well, how do I knowwhat your truth is,
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  • and how can it coexistwith my truth?
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  • Dr. Youssef: It won't be ableto coexist.
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  • They may say it can,and it should, but it won't.
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  • That's just a fact.
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  • Because they really failto take into account
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  • the fallennessof the human nature.
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  • Only those who understandthe original sin,
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  • and the sin that rebelledagainst the Creator, God,
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  • will understand where we are.
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  • If you undermine original sin,and say we are so good,
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  • people are good, I mean,
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  • that's basically whatthe humanist manifesto says.
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  • Man is good.
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  • The Swedish Humanist Manifestoeven said man is very good.
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  • So, when you start there,then you have no basis
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  • for which you can dealwith each other.
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  • And chaos will reign,and the strongest
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  • is gonna be dominantover the weak.
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  • female: If I say something,maybe unintentionally
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  • offending you,then at some point my job,
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  • my livelihoodmay even be at stake.
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  • I mean, we're reallyseeing these quiet
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  • but really incendiary.
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  • Dr. Youssef: I mean,these are things that have been
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  • happening and goingon below the surface,
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  • and now they're coming outabove the surface.
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  • Maybe a good thingthat people can see it,
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  • but also couldbe a bad thing.
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  • And people said,"Well, ho-hum, you know,
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  • it's not gonna affect meor my family, I'm fine."
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  • female: Well, but manyChristians, too,
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  • are going along with that,and that,
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  • "Well,I don't wanna offend anybody
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  • by offering to pray with them.
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  • I don't want to be offensive."
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  • Where's that line wherewe continue to love
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  • and serve Christ,and yet respect?
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  • Dr. Youssef: I am totallyrespectful of person
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  • that if I have a neighborwho is not a believer,
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  • and I would say to him
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  • when he tells me he's sickand sharing,
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  • well, obviously they knowwhy they told me,
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  • and I say, "Would you like meto pray for you?"
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  • And they can say no,and that's fine, too.
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  • "Do you want meto pray with you?"
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  • If they say no, that's fine,I'll respect that.
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  • But if he says yes,and I'll pray with them,
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  • and then I get suedin the court of law
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  • because somebody elsedidn't like it,
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  • that's what's happening.
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  • female: Right,how do we stop that?
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  • Is it a broader Christianswho are being persecuted?
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  • Dr. Youssef: Oh,no question about it.
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  • And it's gonna heat up,and it's gonna get worse
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  • unless God's peopletruly get serious
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  • and get on their knees,and really believe
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  • that God can do greatand mighty things.
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  • female: We saw an imagenot long ago, months ago,
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  • of a man on topof a church in England
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  • literally trying to ripthe cross off the church.
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  • I think a lot of people sawthat and just kind of went,
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  • "Oh, yeah, whatever."
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  • But it seems likethat's almost a visual
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  • of what's reallyhappening worldwide.
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  • Dr. Youssef: It's exactlywhat happened.
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  • This Muslim young man went upand took the cross off a church.
  • 00:11:49.367 --> 00:11:54.139
  • And the pastor said,"Well, yeah,
  • 00:11:54.139 --> 00:11:55.840
  • we just need to love him,and we don't need to put
  • 00:11:55.840 --> 00:11:57.542
  • the cross in caseit offends him."
  • 00:11:57.542 --> 00:12:00.278
  • And see, we start, we say,
  • 00:12:00.278 --> 00:12:02.080
  • "Well, we don't wanna offendanybody,"
  • 00:12:02.080 --> 00:12:03.681
  • so we remove the crossesfrom our church buildings.
  • 00:12:03.681 --> 00:12:06.217
  • Today, most modern churcheshave no crosses anywhere,
  • 00:12:06.217 --> 00:12:09.754
  • because they don'twanna offend anybody.
  • 00:12:09.754 --> 00:12:11.723
  • They wanna be seeker-friendly.
  • 00:12:11.723 --> 00:12:13.658
  • Well, the Bible saysno one seeks after God,
  • 00:12:13.658 --> 00:12:17.428
  • but God is the onewho seeks after us.
  • 00:12:17.428 --> 00:12:20.098
  • And we wanna be seeker-friendly,you better invite Jesus
  • 00:12:20.098 --> 00:12:22.167
  • to take over your church.
  • 00:12:22.167 --> 00:12:24.135
  • Invite Jesus to take overyour life.
  • 00:12:24.135 --> 00:12:27.305
  • Otherwise, when these crossesare gone,
  • 00:12:27.305 --> 00:12:29.808
  • because the cross is a symbol,
  • 00:12:29.808 --> 00:12:31.843
  • and the cross saysthat I'm a sinner,
  • 00:12:31.843 --> 00:12:35.079
  • I'm heading for hell,and I need a Savior.
  • 00:12:35.079 --> 00:12:38.449
  • And that Savior camefrom heaven,
  • 00:12:38.449 --> 00:12:40.418
  • died on that cross,and rose again.
  • 00:12:40.418 --> 00:12:43.555
  • But I want to save myself.
  • 00:12:43.555 --> 00:12:45.290
  • I'm the captain of my ship.
  • 00:12:45.290 --> 00:12:46.624
  • I am going to be in chargeof my life.
  • 00:12:46.624 --> 00:12:48.259
  • I mean, look at abortion.
  • 00:12:48.259 --> 00:12:49.794
  • It's not murder,it's personal choice,
  • 00:12:49.794 --> 00:12:54.432
  • it's control of my body.
  • 00:12:54.432 --> 00:12:56.935
  • And once you changethese definitions,
  • 00:12:56.935 --> 00:13:00.438
  • all of a sudden,life has been devalued,
  • 00:13:00.438 --> 00:13:03.241
  • and we're backin the dark ages.
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  • female: What can we doto get back to truth?
  • 00:13:05.376 --> 00:13:06.945
  • It's not lost, I know you.
  • 00:13:06.945 --> 00:13:08.479
  • I know the way you think.
  • 00:13:08.479 --> 00:13:09.914
  • This is the problem,what is the solution?
  • 00:13:09.914 --> 00:13:12.083
  • Dr. Youssef: Well, if I believethat all is lost,
  • 00:13:12.083 --> 00:13:14.118
  • I would not be sitting heretoday.
  • 00:13:14.118 --> 00:13:16.087
  • I wouldn't be standing inthat pulpit Sunday after Sunday,
  • 00:13:16.087 --> 00:13:19.290
  • pouring my heart out, butbecause I believe in hope,
  • 00:13:19.290 --> 00:13:23.328
  • and the hope is in Christ alone,it's because of that hope
  • 00:13:23.328 --> 00:13:28.266
  • that I literally cannot waitto wake up in the morning.
  • 00:13:28.266 --> 00:13:32.303
  • Because I want to proclaimthat hope.
  • 00:13:32.303 --> 00:13:34.839
  • Yes, it's dark.
  • 00:13:34.839 --> 00:13:36.307
  • Yes, it's miserable.
  • 00:13:36.307 --> 00:13:37.642
  • Yes, it's getting worse.
  • 00:13:37.642 --> 00:13:39.010
  • But there's also hope.
  • 00:13:39.010 --> 00:13:42.413
  • And I want whatever timeI've got left in my life
  • 00:13:42.413 --> 00:13:48.686
  • just to uphold Jesusas the only hope for the world.
  • 00:13:48.686 --> 00:13:53.558
  • And I ask people to turn to him,and he alone,
  • 00:13:53.558 --> 00:13:57.362
  • because he is the onewho said when I am lifted up,
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  • I will draw men to myself.
  • 00:14:01.466 --> 00:14:03.268
  • I don't have to beat peopleover the head and say,
  • 00:14:03.268 --> 00:14:05.069
  • hey, you know, believe in Jesus.
  • 00:14:05.069 --> 00:14:06.905
  • No, I lift up Jesus,
  • 00:14:06.905 --> 00:14:10.108
  • and he will draw peopleto himself.
  • 00:14:10.108 --> 00:14:13.044
  • And my son, Jonathan,was preaching not long ago
  • 00:14:13.044 --> 00:14:16.080
  • and he was saying thatGod's patience
  • 00:14:16.080 --> 00:14:19.851
  • is until all his electare come to the kingdom.
  • 00:14:19.851 --> 00:14:23.621
  • And then the end will come.
  • 00:14:23.621 --> 00:14:25.590
  • And I really believe that,God has got--
  • 00:14:25.590 --> 00:14:27.292
  • Look, today we're havingthousands, I'm talking about
  • 00:14:27.292 --> 00:14:29.761
  • hundreds of thousands of Muslimscoming to Christ.
  • 00:14:29.761 --> 00:14:34.666
  • And while hundreds of thousandsof people
  • 00:14:34.666 --> 00:14:37.769
  • in the churches in the westdeparting from Christ.
  • 00:14:37.769 --> 00:14:40.838
  • So, what is that?
  • 00:14:40.838 --> 00:14:42.273
  • As I said in the veryearly part of the program,
  • 00:14:42.273 --> 00:14:44.709
  • I still believe thatwith all my heart.
  • 00:14:44.709 --> 00:14:47.612
  • I may be totally wrongbut never in doubt.
  • 00:14:47.612 --> 00:14:49.814
  • And that is God is separatingthe sheep from the goats.
  • 00:14:49.814 --> 00:14:53.618
  • He is calling his electfrom every corner of the globe.
  • 00:14:53.618 --> 00:14:57.622
  • And he's gathering his ownas we come closer
  • 00:14:57.622 --> 00:15:02.293
  • to the end of time.
  • 00:15:02.293 --> 00:15:04.228
  • Because all the fake Christiansor the pretend Christians
  • 00:15:04.228 --> 00:15:09.634
  • now they don't pretend--need to pretend anymore
  • 00:15:09.634 --> 00:15:12.804
  • and they're going back.
  • 00:15:12.804 --> 00:15:14.405
  • Some of them are redefiningChristianity
  • 00:15:14.405 --> 00:15:16.975
  • to suit their purposesin order to ease
  • 00:15:16.975 --> 00:15:19.544
  • their burning conscience.
  • 00:15:19.544 --> 00:15:21.512
  • But that's like a sprinkleron a burning fire, raging fire.
  • 00:15:21.512 --> 00:15:25.483
  • It's not going to work.
  • 00:15:25.483 --> 00:15:26.818
  • And so, the hope is Christand Christ alone,
  • 00:15:26.818 --> 00:15:30.455
  • and not the church,not denomination,
  • 00:15:30.455 --> 00:15:33.191
  • not the pope,not the bishops,
  • 00:15:33.191 --> 00:15:34.792
  • not pastors, not anybody else,only Christ,
  • 00:15:34.792 --> 00:15:39.430
  • and that's where the hope is.
  • 00:15:39.430 --> 00:15:41.599
  • And I challenge every pastorwho is watching right now
  • 00:15:41.599 --> 00:15:47.305
  • to lift up Christ.
  • 00:15:47.305 --> 00:15:48.806
  • Not to be ashamed of the gospelof Jesus Christ,
  • 00:15:48.806 --> 00:15:51.209
  • because it is the power of Godunto salvation.
  • 00:15:51.209 --> 00:15:54.712
  • And if we, the pastors, begin totake seriously the proclamation
  • 00:15:54.712 --> 00:16:00.385
  • of the gospel of Jesus Christ,we're gonna see
  • 00:16:00.385 --> 00:16:03.021
  • the change happen.
  • 00:16:03.021 --> 00:16:04.589
  • female: How donon-believers discern?
  • 00:16:04.589 --> 00:16:07.658
  • They're hearing different voicesthat call themselves Christian.
  • 00:16:07.658 --> 00:16:10.194
  • How do they discernwho is Jesus, really?
  • 00:16:10.194 --> 00:16:13.131
  • Is it what this guy says he is,
  • 00:16:13.131 --> 00:16:14.732
  • or is it who this guysays he is?
  • 00:16:14.732 --> 00:16:16.267
  • Dr. Youssef:That's exactly right.
  • 00:16:16.267 --> 00:16:17.702
  • That's a good, good question.
  • 00:16:17.702 --> 00:16:19.137
  • Because the only Jesus that youneed to know
  • 00:16:19.137 --> 00:16:22.106
  • is the Jesus in the Bible.
  • 00:16:22.106 --> 00:16:23.441
  • You go to the Scripture andyou read the Gospel of John.
  • 00:16:23.441 --> 00:16:27.145
  • I mean, through the years wehave had the radical Jesus,
  • 00:16:27.145 --> 00:16:31.082
  • the conservative Jesus,this Jesus and that Jesus.
  • 00:16:31.082 --> 00:16:34.352
  • But these are Jesus's madeby people, it's not the Jesus,
  • 00:16:34.352 --> 00:16:39.590
  • the Son of God, who eternallycoexisted with the Father
  • 00:16:39.590 --> 00:16:43.194
  • before all worlds,
  • 00:16:43.194 --> 00:16:44.996
  • who laid down the splendor,not his divinity,
  • 00:16:44.996 --> 00:16:47.598
  • but the splendorof his divinity,
  • 00:16:47.598 --> 00:16:49.801
  • and he became God-man,fully man, fully God,
  • 00:16:49.801 --> 00:16:54.272
  • in order to die on that cross.
  • 00:16:54.272 --> 00:16:56.140
  • A sinless, holy, righteous God,in order to redeem, and save,
  • 00:16:56.140 --> 00:17:02.046
  • and forgive every sinnerwho repents and turns to him.
  • 00:17:02.046 --> 00:17:05.616
  • You see, that's the only Jesus.
  • 00:17:05.616 --> 00:17:07.652
  • That Paul said any other gospelother than this gospel,
  • 00:17:07.652 --> 00:17:12.123
  • let them be an--
  • 00:17:12.123 --> 00:17:13.825
  • Let them be cursed.
  • 00:17:13.825 --> 00:17:15.426
  • And so many people who aretwisting the Word of God
  • 00:17:15.426 --> 00:17:18.996
  • for their own purposes,they will be cursed one day.
  • 00:17:18.996 --> 00:17:22.133
  • They will face a judgementone day,
  • 00:17:22.133 --> 00:17:24.202
  • and it's gonna be so severe,
  • 00:17:24.202 --> 00:17:25.770
  • I don't wannabe anywhere near them.
  • 00:17:25.770 --> 00:17:27.939
  • female: Christians that arequestioning,
  • 00:17:27.939 --> 00:17:30.908
  • is my pastor actually preachingthe truth or not?
  • 00:17:30.908 --> 00:17:34.779
  • You're saying to them,"Go to the Bible."
  • 00:17:34.779 --> 00:17:36.981
  • Dr. Youssef: Exactly,the Bereans, the Bible said
  • 00:17:36.981 --> 00:17:39.083
  • the Bereans were more noblethan the others, why?
  • 00:17:39.083 --> 00:17:43.287
  • Because they said they searchedthe Scripture.
  • 00:17:43.287 --> 00:17:46.190
  • They went in thereand they checked.
  • 00:17:46.190 --> 00:17:47.925
  • They looked at the Old Testamentand all what the Old Testament
  • 00:17:47.925 --> 00:17:51.462
  • said about Jesusand then they went back to Paul
  • 00:17:51.462 --> 00:17:53.698
  • and said, you're right,
  • 00:17:53.698 --> 00:17:55.299
  • that's exactly whatthe Bible said about Jesus,
  • 00:17:55.299 --> 00:17:57.935
  • the Jesus you are preaching.
  • 00:17:57.935 --> 00:17:59.337
  • And they believed it.
  • 00:17:59.337 --> 00:18:00.671
  • And so, I want the noble peopleout there
  • 00:18:00.671 --> 00:18:03.174
  • to go and read the Scripturefor themselves.
  • 00:18:03.174 --> 00:18:05.776
  • Start with the Gospel of John.
  • 00:18:05.776 --> 00:18:07.778
  • See what Jesus claimedabout himself, who he is.
  • 00:18:07.778 --> 00:18:10.648
  • And then get seriousabout believing in him,
  • 00:18:10.648 --> 00:18:14.752
  • trusting in him,repenting of your sins,
  • 00:18:14.752 --> 00:18:17.054
  • so he may forgive you eternally
  • 00:18:17.054 --> 00:18:18.789
  • and give you peace with God.
  • 00:18:18.789 --> 00:18:22.059
  • female: There might be peoplethough who say,
  • 00:18:22.126 --> 00:18:23.761
  • "Michael, well, I've lookedat some parts of the Bible,
  • 00:18:23.761 --> 00:18:26.731
  • and there's some offensive stuffin there."
  • 00:18:26.731 --> 00:18:30.067
  • Dr. Youssef: Well, that'sthe good news about the Bible.
  • 00:18:30.067 --> 00:18:31.869
  • That's the greatnessof our Bible.
  • 00:18:31.869 --> 00:18:34.305
  • It never took peopleto the laundromat,
  • 00:18:34.305 --> 00:18:38.476
  • and washed them,and cleansed them,
  • 00:18:38.476 --> 00:18:39.977
  • and then starched them,and then put cellophane
  • 00:18:39.977 --> 00:18:43.147
  • around them, and then put 'emon a platform and say now,
  • 00:18:43.147 --> 00:18:45.750
  • be like them.
  • 00:18:45.750 --> 00:18:47.385
  • No, the Bible shows us peoplewith their warts and all,
  • 00:18:47.385 --> 00:18:51.055
  • and they show us their failureand God's grace,
  • 00:18:51.055 --> 00:18:54.825
  • and mercy, and forgiveness.
  • 00:18:54.825 --> 00:18:56.694
  • You see, that is why the Bibleis the true Word of God.
  • 00:18:56.694 --> 00:18:59.931
  • Sixteen-hundred years,expanding 1.600 years,
  • 00:18:59.931 --> 00:19:02.833
  • 40-plus writersall said the same thing.
  • 00:19:02.833 --> 00:19:05.937
  • There's no book like it.
  • 00:19:05.937 --> 00:19:07.672
  • And so, if you're ever in doubt,I hope you get in touch with us,
  • 00:19:07.672 --> 00:19:12.810
  • and we have materialwe'd love to give you.
  • 00:19:12.810 --> 00:19:15.213
  • It will help you understandthe truth about the gospel.
  • 00:19:15.213 --> 00:19:18.516
  • We don't want anything from you.
  • 00:19:18.516 --> 00:19:20.451
  • We're not asking youto do anything for us,
  • 00:19:20.451 --> 00:19:24.789
  • we're asking youbecause of your eternal life,
  • 00:19:24.789 --> 00:19:28.426
  • it's so valuable.
  • 00:19:28.426 --> 00:19:30.027
  • Jesus said,"What profits a man or a woman
  • 00:19:30.027 --> 00:19:32.997
  • if he gains the whole worldand loses his or her soul?"
  • 00:19:32.997 --> 00:19:36.767
  • Nothing, what can give a manfor the soul?
  • 00:19:36.767 --> 00:19:40.238
  • The soul is so valuablethat it made the Son of God
  • 00:19:40.238 --> 00:19:42.807
  • come from heaven,die on a cross,
  • 00:19:42.807 --> 00:19:44.942
  • so that he may redeemthat soul.
  • 00:19:44.942 --> 00:19:46.844
  • And so, every soul thatis searching, there is Jesus.
  • 00:19:46.844 --> 00:19:51.215
  • He's welcoming you.
  • 00:19:51.215 --> 00:19:52.583
  • He's inviting you.
  • 00:19:52.583 --> 00:19:53.918
  • And I pray thatyou'll come to him.
  • 00:19:53.918 --> 00:19:56.220
  • female: And it's notan exclusive invitation.
  • 00:19:56.220 --> 00:19:57.922
  • It's not for one groupof people or another.
  • 00:19:57.922 --> 00:19:59.957
  • It's for everyone,everyone with breath.
  • 00:19:59.957 --> 00:20:03.127
  • Dr. Youssef: The Bible said,"Whomsoever."
  • 00:20:03.127 --> 00:20:04.829
  • That's a beautiful word.
  • 00:20:04.829 --> 00:20:06.364
  • "Whomsoever,""Whomsoever believes."
  • 00:20:06.364 --> 00:20:09.834
  • It's for whomsoever.
  • 00:20:09.834 --> 00:20:11.902
  • And it doesn't say onlyfor this group or that group,
  • 00:20:11.902 --> 00:20:15.006
  • and I've only donethis for that.
  • 00:20:15.006 --> 00:20:16.474
  • No, no, no, whomsoever.
  • 00:20:16.474 --> 00:20:18.276
  • Whomsoever could be you.
  • 00:20:18.276 --> 00:20:21.045
  • female: Forgiveness andgrace, those are two things
  • 00:20:21.045 --> 00:20:23.481
  • that we don't-I don't know thatpeople who are not believers
  • 00:20:23.481 --> 00:20:27.451
  • truly understand the largenessof forgiveness
  • 00:20:27.451 --> 00:20:33.491
  • and grace that Christ offers.
  • 00:20:33.491 --> 00:20:35.559
  • Dr. Youssef: Absolutely,and because
  • 00:20:35.559 --> 00:20:36.927
  • it's out of his mercy thathe keeps us still alive now.
  • 00:20:36.927 --> 00:20:42.967
  • Because of his mercy he isgiving people one more chance
  • 00:20:42.967 --> 00:20:47.238
  • to hear the truth, turn to him.
  • 00:20:47.238 --> 00:20:50.574
  • And when you turn to him,he will give you grace.
  • 00:20:50.574 --> 00:20:53.844
  • More grace than you can handle.
  • 00:20:53.844 --> 00:20:56.147
  • I have received more grace in my54 years of walking with Christ
  • 00:20:56.147 --> 00:21:00.851
  • that I am so overwhelmed withgratitude for the grace of God.
  • 00:21:00.851 --> 00:21:05.489
  • But you can only experiencethat grace of God
  • 00:21:05.489 --> 00:21:07.892
  • when you respond to his mercyand come to him.
  • 00:21:07.892 --> 00:21:11.195
  • female: And prayer,do Christians need to be praying
  • 00:21:11.195 --> 00:21:13.798
  • for boldnessin these days?
  • 00:21:13.798 --> 00:21:15.766
  • Arm us up, Michael.
  • 00:21:15.766 --> 00:21:17.601
  • How do we needto clothe ourselves
  • 00:21:17.601 --> 00:21:19.537
  • as we handle thispresent crisis?
  • 00:21:19.537 --> 00:21:21.572
  • Dr. Youssef: Well, you know,prayer of course
  • 00:21:21.572 --> 00:21:24.675
  • is intimacy with God.
  • 00:21:24.675 --> 00:21:26.377
  • It's like the air you breathe.
  • 00:21:26.377 --> 00:21:28.546
  • You can't say, well,I breathed yesterday,
  • 00:21:28.546 --> 00:21:30.314
  • I'm not gonna breathe today.
  • 00:21:30.314 --> 00:21:31.949
  • Or I ate yesterday,I can't eat today.
  • 00:21:31.949 --> 00:21:33.517
  • No, no, it's a dailymoment-by-moment intimacy
  • 00:21:33.517 --> 00:21:36.687
  • with Christ, but only aftera person repents
  • 00:21:36.687 --> 00:21:39.657
  • can be able to experience that.
  • 00:21:39.657 --> 00:21:41.692
  • But the problem is,here's where this pandemic
  • 00:21:41.692 --> 00:21:44.762
  • scared a lot of people.
  • 00:21:44.762 --> 00:21:46.163
  • They're living in fear.
  • 00:21:46.163 --> 00:21:48.065
  • I wanna shake some ofmy neighbors who are terrified.
  • 00:21:48.065 --> 00:21:51.936
  • I've said we're all gonna die.
  • 00:21:51.936 --> 00:21:54.205
  • You will die one day.
  • 00:21:54.205 --> 00:21:55.840
  • Don't live in fear.
  • 00:21:55.840 --> 00:21:57.575
  • And they said,"Oh, I'm not afraid,
  • 00:21:57.575 --> 00:21:59.076
  • I'm just tryingto be cautious."
  • 00:21:59.076 --> 00:22:00.945
  • Well, that's okay, we all,you know,
  • 00:22:00.945 --> 00:22:03.881
  • God gave us a certain amountof fear
  • 00:22:03.881 --> 00:22:05.583
  • that would help usfor self-preservation.
  • 00:22:05.583 --> 00:22:09.754
  • But perverted fear is what makesyou live terrified
  • 00:22:09.754 --> 00:22:13.224
  • of everything in life.
  • 00:22:13.224 --> 00:22:15.459
  • It's like heads, you win,tails, you win.
  • 00:22:15.459 --> 00:22:17.495
  • Live, you win, die, you win.
  • 00:22:17.495 --> 00:22:19.130
  • And Paul said that.
  • 00:22:19.130 --> 00:22:20.464
  • He said, "For me to dieis gain, to live is Christ."
  • 00:22:20.464 --> 00:22:24.301
  • So, either waywe should not live in fear.
  • 00:22:24.301 --> 00:22:28.205
  • I'm talking tothe believers now.
  • 00:22:28.205 --> 00:22:30.074
  • Throw away your fear.
  • 00:22:30.074 --> 00:22:31.776
  • Fill yourself with the faithof Christ.
  • 00:22:31.776 --> 00:22:34.445
  • female: I've heard you saybefore that for believers,
  • 00:22:34.445 --> 00:22:37.415
  • this world is as badas it will ever be.
  • 00:22:37.415 --> 00:22:40.985
  • For non-believers, this worldis as good as it will ever be.
  • 00:22:40.985 --> 00:22:45.189
  • How do we speak to one another?
  • 00:22:45.189 --> 00:22:47.958
  • How do the believers whoare suffering in this world
  • 00:22:47.958 --> 00:22:51.328
  • encourage the non-believerswho believe this world
  • 00:22:51.328 --> 00:22:53.597
  • is all they've got?
  • 00:22:53.597 --> 00:22:55.199
  • Dr. Youssef: Well, I thinkthe way we live,
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  • the way we behave,the way we speak,
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  • and the way we conductourselves.
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  • I mean, people will see that.
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  • You don't have to pull peoplethat appeal,
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  • "You gotta believe in Jesus."
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  • Well, some people might needthat, but generally speaking,
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  • they're watching us.
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  • People are watching us.
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  • Whether we know it or not,they're watching
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  • how we're gonna-if they see usas terrified over a little bug
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  • called COVID-19 as they are,they say,
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  • "Well, their faith has not donethem any good.
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  • They are as fearful as I am."
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  • And so, it is how we live.
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  • It's how we allow our lifeto witness to our words.
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  • Not just words,but the life that is lived
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  • is what really communicatesmore than anything else.
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  • female: So there's our challengeright there.
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  • I can sit back and say,"Oh my goodness,
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  • Western civilizationis in a crisis.
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  • The church is in a crisis."These things are true.
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  • You're saying it's upto each individual Christian
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  • to change that.
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  • Dr. Youssef: Absolutely.
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  • Look when they talked aboutthe disciples.
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  • First on the day of Pentecostthey said,
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  • "These peopleare not very educated
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  • but they're speakingin tongues."
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  • And that's the comingof the Holy Spirit.
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  • And then they said,
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  • "These people turnedthe world upside down."
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  • Why did they turn the worldupside down?
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  • It was a proclamationof a message
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  • and it is the lifethat is lived: fearless.
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  • You want to imprison me, fine.
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  • You want to kill me, fine.
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  • And that fearlessnessin a culture that lived in fear
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  • is what turned the worldupside down.
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  • And people began to say, "Well,tell us about this Jesus."
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  • And eventually of course,it was like a flood.
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  • It just took over the world.
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  • female: But, Michael, there ishope in this present crisis.
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  • In fact, that is the titleof your latest book.
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  • Dr. Michael Youssef saysin this book that ours
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  • is the generation that mustmake this choice.
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  • So the question is how?
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  • How do we as individualswork to rescue society
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  • from this collapse?
  • 00:24:58.255 --> 00:25:00.291
  • Dr. Youssef: Well, I believewhen you read this book,
  • 00:25:00.291 --> 00:25:02.760
  • "Hope for This Present Crisis"you're gonna agree with me.
  • 00:25:02.760 --> 00:25:07.231
  • I mean, most of people are goingto be saying yes, yes, yes.
  • 00:25:07.231 --> 00:25:10.167
  • But then, if I left you there,I would have sinned against you
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  • because the Scriptureis full of hope.
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  • And therefore, the last chapter,there are seven points I make
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  • as an appeal to every believerin the Lord Jesus Christ,
  • 00:25:24.281 --> 00:25:28.152
  • to take those seven steps.
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  • I don't have timeto go over them now
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  • But you will also agreeyes, yes, yes.
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  • And I pray from agreeingto yes, yes,
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  • to doing something about it.
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  • And I believe God can createa revival in our time.
  • 00:25:41.432 --> 00:25:44.969
  • female: On behalfof Dr. Michael Youssef
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  • and the teamof "Leading the Way,"
  • 00:25:47.671 --> 00:25:49.173
  • thank you for joining us.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: As the eyesof the world focus
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  • on the latest floodof calamities,
  • 00:26:03.954 --> 00:26:06.256
  • the most urgent may not bethe most visible
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  • to the average person.
  • 00:26:08.325 --> 00:26:09.793
  • For decades, we have seenan erosion of Christian values,
  • 00:26:09.793 --> 00:26:13.197
  • but today we're experiencinga world gone mad.
  • 00:26:13.197 --> 00:26:17.034
  • Christ followers are being edgedout of cultural
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  • and political influence.
  • 00:26:19.136 --> 00:26:20.471
  • Cultural norms are shifting.
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  • What can we do in a worldhostile to Christianity?
  • 00:26:22.806 --> 00:26:25.342
  • Dr. Youssef presentsa seven-part plan
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  • providing practical stepson how to be a godly influence
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  • in our society, and how to takea stand for our faith
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  • in a culture aggressivelyopposed to the truth of Christ.
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  • You can readhow to be a champion for truth
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  • and biblical principles.
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