Pastor Larry Wright delivered a special sermon of peace to his congregation on New Year's Eve. Dozens of members at the Heal The Land Outreach Ministries heard the 57-year-old offer words of comfort about the violence in their community of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Towards the end of the New Year's sermon, at 11:40 p.m., something alarming occurred.
A man entered their church with a loaded gun.
The man, said to be in his late 20s, had been pacing around their church before entering it. According to the Fayetteville Observer, the man said that the Lord told him to enter the church before he "did something bad."
"I'm the first person to see him and when I saw him, I thought it was a dummy gun," Wright said to CNN. "But then I saw the bullet clip in his hand and the bullets were shining."
That’s when the pastor boldly approached the man, and did something incredible.
"Can I help you?'' the pastor asked the man, according to the Fayetteville Observer.
The man was silent and calm. Pastor Wright took the rifle from him and hugged him.
Pastor Wright wanted to continue the services, so he invited the man to sit in the front pew.
"God stepped in and he moved on that young man's heart," Wright said to WNCN. "Instead of him shooting and killing a whole lot of people, God touched his heart."