IAN PAISLEY DIED A CHANGED MAN: can the rest of us change?

Sep 16th, 2014 by Arnold Jago in Forgiving, History, Modern Church, Politics

Reverend Ian Paisley, Protestant preacher-politician and anti-Catholic rabble-rouser has died.

Back in 1963, when Pope John XXIII died, Rev Paisley said, “This Romish man of sin is now in hell!”

In 2005, when Pope John Paul II died, he said, “We can understand how Roman Catholics feel at the death of the Pope and we would want in no way to interfere with their expression of sorrow . . .”

To a Calvinist-Protestant, seemingly un-convertible, had come a partial change of heart.

Like Saint Paul, on the Damascus road 2000 years earlier, as per the Book of Acts, chapter 9?

Dare we hope for changed mentalities in followers of Islam if the Christian Church commits to living faithful to its peaceful Founder?

Let’s hope so.

Military activities won’t achieve it.

As Pope Francis said the other day at a World War I commemoration:

“War is madness . . . .

“Humanity needs to weep, and this is the time to weep . . . .”

 

 

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