by Daniel Blake, Christian Post
Churchgoers were left praising God after a former drug addict was baptized at a church he broke into and vandalized just six months earlier.
Brenton Winn, 23, caused $100,000 worth of property damage at Central Baptist Church in Conway, Arkansas, and was arrested in February.
Winn is described to have destroyed everything in sight at the church when he broke in, smashing laptops, cameras and various other pieces of expensive electrical equipment used by the church. He also vandalized an area of the church with a racial slur, and set fire to the church’s family centre.
Senior pastor of the church, Don Chandler, told KTHV: “I really don’t know what would possess a person to do this — maybe anger with God, maybe we were just too near to him at a point in time when he decided to break in and do something.”
It was revealed that at the time of the break-in, Winn was homeless and high on methamphetamines.
He has since admitted he was angry at God after he relapsed in his addiction to methamphetamines despite attending a faith-based addiction recovery program.
Following his arrest, Winn was facing a list of criminal charges, however, Pastor Chandler spoke to prosecutors and requested the man be shown grace and forgiveness rather than be judged or prosecuted.
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