In 1829 two men, Wilson and Porter, were apprehended in Pennsylvania for robbing the US mail. They were then sentenced to death by hanging. Later, President Jackson pardoned Wilson, but strangely, he refused the pardon! But can a condemned criminal refuse a presidential pardon? The Supreme Court ruled that a pardon is not complete without acceptance, and no power can force acceptance upon him.
The noose is about the neck of all mankind. We all stand condemned because of our pride, hate, guilt of sins committed: divorce, adultery, pornography, lust, lies, pride, etc. “There is none righteous, no not one” (Rom 3:9-11). “All have sinned” (Rom 3:23) “sin separates us from God,” bringing “eternal death” (Isa 59:1-2; Rom 6:23).
But we are filled with unspeakable joy: “The Lord is not willing that any should perish” (2 Pet 3:9). He sent Jesus to.”taste death for every man” (Heb 2:9; Tit 2:11). Jesus is the only way to forgiveness (Jn 14:6). Man’s acceptance of pardon by God’s grace is by “faith and obedience” (Gal 5:6). Man must not refuse the pardon but turn and be cleansed (Acts 2:38). Ask for book: Pardon Refused! by Avon Malone.