Skip to comments.North Carolina Pastor Disarms Vet During New Year's Service
Posted on 01/03/2016 4:34:50 PM PST by Kaslin
Bishop Larry Wright had been preaching for about 20 minutes on New Year's Eve when he saw the front door of his North Carolina church swing open. In marched a young disheveled man whom he'd never seen before. In one hand the man had a semi-automatic assault rifle; in the other, a magazine.
Wright, 57, is a City Council member. But he was also a career military man a former paratrooper and drill sergeant who retired in 1997 so his training kicked in as he descended the pulpit's three steps: Was there a bullet still in the chamber? Would he need to tackle the man? Would he need to subdue him?
Wright began with a simple question.
"I asked him, 'Can I help you?'" Wright recalled. "He said, 'Can you pray for me?'"
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That’s quite a story!
“He wasn’t” what?
Just a man in need of help.
“âHe wasnâtâ what?”
I noticed that too. Kind of funny how the next word is the minister’s name “Wright.”
The previous paragraph stated the congregation thought the pastor might have been using a visual in order to illustrate his point concerning the brevity of life.
Read the article.
Praise the Lord!
The man found the help he needed—in a church.
And not just any church, but a church whose pastor had the life skills and training to cope with a very dangerous situation in just the right way.
The Good Shepherd help one of His shepherds find a lost sheep.
Something like that happened at my church years ago. Just as the preacher started the sermon during a Wednesday night service, this obviously wired biker-looking man came in carrying a gun.
One of our deacons saw him and got up to talk to him. It turns out they worked together (this was a blue collar church) and the deacon had been witnessing to him. The man had been binging on drugs and got his gun out to kill himself when he heard a voice telling him to seek that deacon out instead.
The deacon took the gun away from him, and the preacher and the deacons all gathered around him and began to pray for him.
I’m told that night was the start of a turnaround for him. It took a few years, and he fell of the wagon a couple of times, but he eventually got clean and joined a church close to his home.
And I’ll just bet that he didn’t “march” into the room.
Thank goodness he didn’t have a fully automatic assault rifle.
A Gun Free Zone (NBC Missed That)
Just about covers it all.
God bless Bishop Wright, he is one heck of a good man !!
Is this your first day here?
I hope the kid makes it. God bless him and his Pastor.
The vet’s wife needed a medical procedure and he was going to rob someone to pay for it?
So many things don’t make sense.
If he was still in the military his wife would have been covered 100%.
If he was out on disability - the VA would still cover his wife with more paper work and some delay.
Pretty laid back town. “police detained him, but no charges were filed; he was put back on his medication and released”.
Guess it’s ok there to be on parole and have a assault rifle.
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