Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Killer Vince Li, being led into court the day of the murders.
The crime was unfathomable. I was reminded of it this past weekend while I was in Canada. On July 30, 2008, Canadian police responded to a call about a stabbing on a bus in Manitoba. Upon arrival, the authorities discovered that a man named Vince Li, a Chinese immigrant and paranoid schizophrenic, had not only stabbed but also decapitated his seatmate. Then, Li cannibalized the dead body. According to witnesses, Tim McLean (the victim) was sleeping with his headphones on when the man sitting next to him suddenly produced a large knife and began stabbing McLean in the neck and chest. The attacker then decapitated McLean and displayed his severed head to other passengers outside who had fled the bus in horror. The driver and two other men had attempted to rescue the victim but Li slashed wildly at them from behind the locked bus doors. Li severed McLean’s body parts and consumed the victim’s flesh, particularly his eyes and part of his heart. For four hours police cordoned the bus with Li inside before the killer was finally arrested. He was eventually tried and ruled insane because he said that God told him the victim was evil and had to be executed.


One of the Canadian Royal Mounted Police officers at the crime scene was Cpl. Ken Barker. Last week, the 51-year-old policeman killed himself. He had been suffering from PTSD and was estranged from his wife. Those who knew him traced Barker’s problems back to that night of the beheading. Afterwards he was never the same. Several observations, here. First, how could anyone not think this crime was totally demonic? Yes, mental illness was likely involved, but the extreme measure of this crime indicates that more than mental instability was a factor. Li had demons. Second, and sadly, Cpl. Barker likely got some of those demons as well because of his close involvement in handling this crime. So did some of Li’s fellow passengers who witnessed the murder. Demons don’t play fair and will enter any way possible, even by an open door of extreme fear and trauma, just by someone being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I realize this may be hard for the non-exorcist to accept, but those of us who do deliverance encounter similar spiritual phenomena all the time. If you’ve been the victim of, or witnessed, a horrible event, get counseling and talk through it. Get prayer and process your feelings. Get deliverance and cast out any evil that took advantage of you. The effect of evil events is contagious. Make sure you aren’t, as Cpl. Barker was, a victim of collateral spiritual damage.

An encouraging word:  LOOK UPWe live in a world so depraved, so evil, at times it is emotionally overwhelming. Crime, violence, and inhumanity are all around in extreme quantities. How can you keep your spiritual balance with so much evil so evident? In Luke 21 Jesus warned about the horrible things which would eventually come upon the world. But in verse 28 He counseled that, as we see the increase in moral deterioration, we should “look up” because our ultimate redemption is near. No matter how bad it gets, God is in control, and if we “lift up our heads” with a heavenly perspective, we will not falter or fear.


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