Pastor pauses mid-sermon and persuades armed man to hand over his weapon
An American pastor persuaded an armed man to hand over his semi-automatic rifle, beginning the conversation by asking "Can I help you?"
Pastor Larry Wright (57), a retired army sergeant, was giving an anti-violence sermon to 60 people at 'Heal The Land Outreach Ministries' in Fayetteville, North Carolina when the incident occurred.
When the man, aged in his twenties, handed over the weapon Pastor Wright began to pray for the individual, the Fayetteville Observer reported.
"I finished the message, I did the altar call and he stood right up, came up to the altar, and gave his life to Christ," Wright told CNN.
"I came down and prayed with him and we embraced. It was like a father embracing a son."
The Independent reports that the man apologised to the congregation before being brought to a medical centre at his own request.
He said he had been told to go to church before he did something bad.