Thursday, July 4, 2005 Montreal, Quebec
As a resident of the Burlington area of Southern Ontario until recently, who has closely followed the tragedies in which your life has been immersed for the past decade and a half, I watched with great interest your CBC interview last night.
I was struck by the remorse which you evidenced in contrast to the media depiction of your total lack of sorrow over the awful consequences of your callous violence to the innocent lives in whose deaths you were a willing participant. I was particularly moved by your anguished failure to forgive yourself.
Whether your victims? loved ones will ever be able to forgive you is yet to be known.
But by God?s grace you surely can come to know God?s forgiveness and on that basis learn to forgive yourself.
In his classic hymn, ?Amazing Grace?, the former vicious slave-trader, John Newton, spoke volumes of God?s redeeming grace in the lines: ??twas grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved.?
The Spirit of God is evidently at work in your life in bringing you to contrition. ?A broken and a contrite heart thou wilt not despise?, prayed King David.
God knows there?s little sadness over sin in our society. Our Prime Minister ought to be seized with repentance and sorrow for his gross sins which have despised and disgraced the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Whom he claims to follow. He has twisted the truth of God into a lie by advocating that legalized buggery be accepted as equal to holy matrimony. He has led the judges and legislators to embrace that lie and forced his godless and lawless wickedness on the nation in Bill C-38.
Though clearly warned of his wickedness and entreated to repent of his perversity, he has set himself to defy the God of Confederation and violate the Charter?s recognition of ?the supremacy of God? as the philosophic foundation of the nation!
He has thereby set himself and the nation on a collision course with God in judgment!
Of course, the God who for Christ?s sake forgave John Newton, can forgive a repentant Paul Martin, and turn a nation back to God.
The heart of the Gospel is this: that one sinless Person, our Lord Jesus Christ, took our sins on Himself and endured the punishment of the cross that our sin deserved, so that God could pardon and forgive us who believe in Jesus and enable us to live for Him. (II Corinthians . 5: 14 & 15)
And for Jesus? sake, He stands ready and willing to forgive you, but He won?t force His forgiveness on you. You must repent of your sins and embrace Him as Saviour and Lord.
The dying thief on the cross beside Christ, cried out: ?Lord remember me when Thou comest unto Thy kingdom? and heard Jesus word of pardon, mercy and forgiveness: ?This day thou shalt be with Me in Paradise.?
You, too, can bow before our Lord and Saviour, and receive His forgiveness today.
And if the God who knows everything about you can forgive you, you surely can forgive yourself.
Receive His forgiveness today and as a forgiven soul, by the grace of God and the power which raised Christ from the dead, living in your heart, go to the life of loving service to humanity to which the Lord is calling you.
I?m just one of a multitude of forgiven sinners who are praying for you and for God?s grace through you to all who are the victims of your former self-centered wickedness.
As that previous murderer and enemy of Christ and His Church, the Apostle Paul declared: ?therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, old things are passed away, behold all things are become new.? (II Corinthians 5:17)
That?s the new life in Christ which God offers you today with His peace and pardon and forgiveness. God help you to receive His forgiveness today!
By the love of Christ, Ken Campbell, Tumbler Ridge, BC ?a sinner saved by grace?