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Canadians, like Satan, are too cozy with death, Reform pastor tells participants in March for Life

Canadian  culture is "cozying up to death," the Rev. Peter Holtvluwer told a standing-room-only audience of more than 360, mostly young, Reformed Christians gathered at the First Baptist Church of Ottawa the morning of the 2015 March for Life.

Holtvluwer, pastor of Spring Creek Canadian Reformed Church in Tintern, Ontario, based his meditation on the story in the Gospel of Mark of the self-destructive demoniac whose legion of demons Jesus exorcised. "He cut himself, he liked to stay near the tombstones in the cemetery. He was cozy with death." And when the demons drove a huge of herd of pigs to their deaths, "Satan loved it that day. Satan loves nothing better than to put an end to life."

But our society too is cozy with death, the pastor said. "Since 1988 Canadians have had unrestricted access to the killing of babies in the womb." And now, with the decision of the Supreme Court to legalize assisted suicide, many people insist "that if we want to die, we should be assisted to die in as humane a way as possible."

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