Pastor Prays For Armed Man Who Showed Up At Watch Night Service With A Gun
When attending watchnight service, one of the last things you would expect to see is an armed person entering the sanctuary with a rifle, but that’s exactly what members of North Carolina’s Heal the Land Outreach Ministries witnessed on New Year’s Eve.
According to the Fayetteville Observer, the man walked to the front of the church carrying a rifle and a magazine of ammunition. At the time, Pastor Larry Wright was speaking to the congregation about gun violence in the community.
“Can I help you,” Wright asked the man.
“His next words were, ‘can you pray for me?'” Wright told WRAL TV. “When he said that, then I knew everything was going to be alright.”
The man told told the congregation that the Lord told him to seek help before he did something bad. Wright took the gun away, and he and multiple deacons embraced the man. After the exchange, the man sat on the front pew and received salvation before cops arrived on the scene and transported him to a mental health facility.
“I saw in his eyes hopelessness, hurt, pain, despair,” said Wright.
The man explained that he never intended to hurt anyone at the church and that he was just looking for a safe place to get rid of the weapon. He later returned to thank Wright and ask members for forgiveness. He also requested to become a part of the congregation. He explained that he was experiencing financial problems and that his wife had just been diagnosed with a debilitating disease. The man faces no charges in connection to the incident and is scheduled to be baptized at the church this Sunday.