Wisdom from a notorious criminal on the anniversary of his death.
“Sir, I do not share your faith. But if I did – if I believed what you say you believed – then although England were covered with broken glass from coast to coast, I would crawl the length and breadth of it on hand and knee and think the pain worthwhile, just to save a single soul from this eternal hell of which you speak.”
The pastor, who had made such an appeal many times before to convicted men facing execution seemed to deliver his appeal with all of the passion of a man reading aloud from the yellow pages. There was no zeal, no winsomeness, & no urgency in what the pastor had to say, particularly when he mentioned of the reality of hell. Charles Peace, just moments from his execution was shocked at the lifelessness of the pastor's words and he responded with what would be his last words on earth:
“…we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
2 Corinthians 5:20