I have heard these words spoken and referenced in many different ways and on so many occasions by the Rev. Billy Graham, by Hierarchs in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, and by those individuals who have come from total and complete darkness to the Light!
I'm a believer that there is little hope for the world without true Compassion for the wicked acts and actions of those with less than honorable motives. I believe the Bible - the Word(s) of God spoken by Him, and through Him to Jesus, and through Jesus to us as the ultimate path leading to our transition from this life to what awaits us.
As a funeral director, I have had the honor to be of service to many families dating back to 1967. During this time I have witnessed many folks whose God became money, success, power, and admiration by one's peers. God then and in many cases even now didn't even enter the equation. All of a sudden a tragedy, a close call, and maybe even a brush with death as one's health became a concern and old age sets in; one now realizes that he / she is no longer immortal, but death is staring him/her directly in the face.
I cannot tell you with any degree of accuracy, but on no less than several dozen instances in my experience have individuals said to me as they began to make preparations for their demise and related their major health issues - that "I would willingly give up all my wealth, power, and influence if only to have my health back and be free of pain (and guilt)." For it became evident in all instances that the Guilt they now harbored was even more painful than the health related issues they were referencing.
As you have come to realize as have so many who have contacted me seeking documentation and additional information on the proceedings of the past 10+ years, I have been un-justly wronged by a corruptive system of individuals whose motives, acts, and actions are in direct conflict with Truth before the Good Lord. These individuals are now cursed, condemned, and sentenced by their own desires to win at any expense, while at the same time forfeiting their place in the Good Lord's Heavenly Kingdom. I am asked frequently, "You must hate them", as they are listed out by name! My response is and always has been the same. "I hate no one!' I pity many, but hate no one!" What I do have for these wayward individuals is compassion, and I pray for each of them daily. Many condemn me for this way of thinking (and believing), but I harbor no hate for anyone.
I had the occasion recently to be invited to a Small Group Bible study in western Pennsylvania - a group that has followed the disruptive journey I have witnessed in the past decade. They obviously had many detailed and excellent questions - to each of which I responded with the facts and truth. Prior to my departure, I was told to expect numerous passages from scripture (scripture - being the Word of God) for my benefit and to share in this forum as well as directly with those whose evil acts, and actions have compromised their souls in eternity. I now share with you several of the passages, and suggest to you that if you wish to learn more about the Word of God and from which passages in the Bible these statements are made, just Google the phrase (statement) and you will find the Book and verse(s) in the Bible reflective of the statement.
"Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord!"
"There is no peace," says the Lord, "for the wicked!"
"The Face of the Lord is against those who do evil!"
"But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, and all liars, their eternity will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the 2nd Death!"
"For with the heart one believes and is justified! And with the mouth one confesses and is saved!"
I have been told by many pastoral counselors in the know that one must right his / her wrongs before his/her passing through one's actions to correct injustices and through open repentance; without which there is no possibility of salvation. I often wonder if individuals such as Mr. Kazlauskas and Mr. Mazur came to this understanding and made the necessary efforts to rectify known injustices prior to their untimely passing. I pray daily they did (and that others will) before that fateful day when each of us come face-to face with our Maker!
I conclude this Update with a message from an Assistant Pastor in Western Pennsylvania.
"Mr. Haddad, I believe you to be a true son of God! Your commitment and presence before the Lord in your acts, actions, and desire to express sincere and heartfelt compassion for those who have done you wrong, is exemplified in Psalm 91 herein noted:"
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust! For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day!"
As always, I ask for your prayers; but especially that you pray for the souls of those who do now and have deliberately defiled themselves in the eyes of the Lord - that they may see their ways are self-serving and are a clear path to condemnation and an eternity in a place I would not wish for anyone.
Blessings and thanks for your continued support and encouragement.