Thursday, April 19, 2012

Christian Leaders Praising Chuck Colson's Legacy As He" May Soon To Be With The Lord"

Christian Post--Christian leaders from various organizations and churches have offered their prayers for Chuck Colson and praised the legacy he leaves behind as word came Wednesday that the ailing 80-year-old founder of Prison Fellowship may "soon be with the Lord."

"For nearly four decades, Chuck Colson has been used greatly by God to advance the Gospel, comfort prisoners and show compassion to their families, and stand for truth in the public arena," Rob Schwarzwalder, Senior Vice President for the Family Research Council, told The Christian Post Wednesday. "Few Christian leaders have built a ministry with the reach and effectiveness of Prison Fellowship, Breakpoint, the Centurion program and many other initiatives."

"May the Lord strengthen his wonderful family during this difficult time," Schwarzwalder added.

"We sincerely hope that God blesses us with more years of Chuck Colson's service to people. He has built a legacy that will continue to grow and we need him on the scene in today's troubled age more than ever," said Tom Minnery, Senior Vice President of Focus on the Family, in a phone interview with CP.

Colson was hospitalized after speaking at the Breaking the Spiral of Silence conference on March 30 in Lansdowne, Va. The Prison Fellowship founder suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage and underwent surgery the following morning to remove a pool of clotted blood on his brain. His condition worsened on Tuesday, however, and Jim Liske, CEO of Prison Fellowship, revealed today that he may soon "be with the Lord."

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