Commentary by Rev. Les Johnson on the book Battle for the Soul of Canada (available on amazon.ca)
“This book serves, among other things, as a commentary on the two Epistles of St. Paul to young Timothy. It’s a text that is very relevant and informative concerning the need for Timothys in this age of spiritual compromise and excessive liberalism, both in the Anglican Church and at times in the Church in General. Just as St. Paul warned Timothy of apostasy and ‘perilous times’ in his day and charged him to warn others of this evil, so the author likewise is warning us that, in principle, we face the same dilemma in this current day and age.
The negative side, however, is well balanced by several positive reflections. For example, the author cites many historical figures, both from the secular and spiritual realms to show how our nation truly has a godly heritage. One of my favorites is the section The Passion of Louis Riel.
In view of these examples, our challenge now is to remain steadfast as a people of prayer and devotion to the Word of God, just as Timothy did through the influence of his spiritual Father and his godly mother and grandmother.
The title of this text truly reflects its contents: There is indeed an ongoing battle for the spiritual soul of Canada and a need for young, godly leaders to help us restore that godly heritage.
Rev. Les Johnson
Retired minister of Foursquare Gospel Church of Canada
Current Chaplain of Pacifica Retirement Residence