Bullets From The Bible 12-10-17
Saul was a well known Jew in the first century. Saul vehemently hated Christianity.
Saul was present when Stephen was stoned for being a Christian.
Acts 7:58 says, “and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.”
Saul was not only present, but consenting to the death of Stephen.
Acts 8:1 says, “Now Saul was consenting to his death.”
Saul then with the intent of threatening and murdering Christians was on his way to Damascus.
Acts 8:1-2 says,” Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest  and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. “
It was on the road to Damascus that Saul realized he was wrong. Saul repented, changed, and became a very strong Christian. He through inspiration wrote many of the books of the Bible.
It is amazing to watch his transformation. It is amazing that the blood of Christ can take one who was a persecuting murder of Christians and make them a Christian. The forgiveness of the father is absolutely wonderful. If God can forgive Saul of murdering and persecuting Christians, then He can forgive our sins as well.
It's never too late for anyone.
Yet I'm not OK with the corrupt getting a free pass just because they stop. People should be forced to answer for what they've done. ... and while they will eventually, the lack of immediate judgement allows tens of millions of people in this country to live corrupt lives.
Repentance and salvation does not remove the immediate earthly consequences. Part of repentance is admitting wrong and taking responsibility for those sins. Yet salvation removes the eternal punishment that otherwise lays in store for sin.