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Pastor's Bold Reaction When a Man Allegedly Pulled a Gun During Service and Demanded Money Absolutely Saved the Day


"Before he even left, I told him, 'I don't hate you. We forgive you..."

When a man allegedly attempted to rob parishioners during a church service at The Door Christian Fellowship Church in Melbourne, Florida, on Sunday morning, Pastor Les Snodgrass and his son quickly sprung into action and tackled the assailant.

Snodgrass told reporters after the incident that the accused is 21-year-old John Grace — a man who had sometimes come to church, but who wasn't a regular at the small congregation that has just a few members.

The terrifying incident unfolded during a Sunday morning sermon about the "value of life," with congregants claiming that Grace did something unthinkable inside the sanctuary, WKMG-TV reported.

"He pulled a gun from his bag and put up to my mother's head," Snodgrass told the outlet. "I tried to divert his attention away from my mother. I kept calling out to him, 'Johnny, Johnny, what are you doing?'"

Grace, who allegedly had a knife and a BB gun that looked like a more advanced weapon, allegedly told everyone to get on the ground, and demanded their money, as the pastor — who continued to try to temper the situation — moved closer to the accused assailant.

It was at that point that Snodgrass made the quick and potentially dangerous decision to tackle the man.

"I had him by the shoulders, and as soon as I did that, my son leapt from the platform into the air and pounced on him," the preacher told WKMG-TV. "He punched him twice in the head."

Snodgrass said that the church has forgiven Grace, but noted that he believes that he should be held accountable for the alleged actions.

"Before he even left, I told him, 'I don't hate you. We forgive you, but you're going to face justice, and you should,'" Snodgrass said, citing forgiveness for Grace.

Grace was arrested and charged with armed robbery, among other charges, and remains incarcerated after appearing in court on Monday.


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