Editor, Times-Union:
I need to make apologies to both the editors of this newspaper and its readers because of the sloppy handwriting on a previous letter I wrote to the Times-Union. I’m sorry!
At one point, that letter should have read that “People need to  repent of their sins by way of the blood of Jesus Christ.”
We live in the very period of “perilous times” that Christ warned about.
If you have watched some of Dr. Jack Van Impe’s programs in the past few months, he has said that Catholic Church prophecy states that there will be only 113 popes in church history, and that thus current Pope Francis is the 113th pope of the Roman Catholic Church and he will be the “spiritual leader” “during the great tribulation;” but not a “holy leader!”
Already, Francis has told atheists and homosexuals that “you will be with me in Heaven.”
No unrepentant person will ever see eternal life, except they do repent, asking God to forgive their sins, and asking Jesus Christ to be their Savior and Lord. That is the Bible way.
A lot of churches in this world today are blowing hot air from the pulpits, not telling those in attendance of the need to get their souls right with God. No, these heretic pastors would rather see their collection plates loaded with cash, instead of seeing souls come to know Christ as their Savior.
Even now we have leaders in elected offices, corporations, news media, and yes even in our churches and all they want is power, money and fame. This will be their condemnation.
In less than one century, they will be crying better tears of regret for ignoring the opportunity to get right with God.
Look at the nation of Israel and the constant threats that nation endures. But one day soon, the enemies of Israel, and those enemies of Jews and Christians will be destroyed.
It doesn’t matter who you are, and it is not enough to “believe in God,” even Satan believes in God, and he trembles in fear because he know that his fate is sealed. But anyone reading this, God loves you and is willing to forgive you if you only call upon the Lord Jesus Christ to save you from your sins and live within your soul by his Holy Spirit. Please, time is running out!
William Gerald Smith
Lancaster, Pa.