October 11th, 2010
04:37 PM ET

Church forgives thief, thief joins church

Editor's Note: This story comes to us from Jacksonville, Florida from CNN affiliate WJXT.

A crook who broke into a Springfield church using a cross and stole thousands of dollars in equipment has been forgiven.

Pastor Garland Scott said someone had taken keyboards, mixing boards, DVD recorders, microphones and Christmas lights from his church last week.

"I can't believe they robbed me," he said in the aftermath.

At Sunday morning's service, praise and music echoed as loud as ever.

That's because the burglar returned for forgiveness."He wanted prayer. He wanted help so they wouldn't get him," Scott said. "And ironically, the name of the church is The Embassy, so we protected him, and today he showed back up to church. We prayed for him. He cried and joined the church."

Read the full story from CNN affiliate WJXT.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Church • Courts • Florida • United States

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Iqbal khan

    Please Listen and read The Quran with translation in many different languages check


    October 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm |
  2. Daisy the non-terrorist

    Church joins thief, thief forgives church!
    There. Fixed it for ya, CNN!

    October 12, 2010 at 12:37 am |
    • Raison


      October 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  3. Peace2All

    After reading the whole article...... Yeah, you bet your a-s-s he wanted 'help and protection, so 'they' wouldn't get him"

    It kind of strikes me as a form of 'game theory,' or playing the odds. If i don't turn stuff back in= a beating(possibly), or worse. Or even being arrested. Vs. O.k.... Don't want the above so, for the sake of self preservation= making sure stolen goods are turned back in, so it is o.k for prayer and asking for forgiveness=better choice, if I want to live.

    At the end of the article the Pastor Scott says..."God forgives or (paraphrasing)God has forgiven this man"-- I don't think it was God doing the forgiving actually. Sounds like it was Pastor Scott and the congregation, and... the, ugh... 'neighborhood.'

    And.... with all of that said. I do sincerely hope that this man has found some peace, and will adjust his life for the better, and become a more moral, kind, caring and loving person. I hope that this church and congregation will help facilitate a continuing betterment in this mans life.

    October 11, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
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