When you’re running a church and have a drunk person in the building causing a ruckus, you may not know what to do. Whatever you do, don’t do this, since it will get you embarrassed and maybe even arrested. This doesn’t count how you might get judged in heaven.
A church in Harlem found itself dealing with a drunken man on the premises. John Strother, a 42-year old with more than a few problems, came in during a service at The Tabernacle of Deliverance For All People. According to Rev. Joseph Bright, the man came on stage and gave the soloist a big hug.
“He jumped onto the pulpit and embraced him,” said Bright, 79. “It was out of order — but not unheard of. We thought he was getting the spirit.”
But Deacon James Patterson noticed that the man was feeling some spirits that had almost nothing to do with the bible. He saw the drunken man go back up on stage and hug the soloist one more time This is when he knew there was a problem.
“First he hugged the singer. Then he hugged the missionary. The third time I told him that was out of order!” Patterson told the New York Daily News.
The church is small, with just 150 members. Two men grabbed the drunken man and tried to take him out of the front of the church.
“I don’t mean any harm,” Patterson said the man told him. “I know, but you can’t come around hugging people!” Patterson said that he told the man.
“I know where I am! I’m in God’s house!” Strother belted out. “F— you and f— you!”
After that, there were blows thrown and the drunken man ended up getting punched in the face. Strother fell to the ground and hit his head. He was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at Harlem Hospital where witnesses say that he was clinging onto his life.
Patterson says he’s praying for the man and hopes he is ok. It appears that he meant him no harm. But authorities could get involved if his condition worsens, at least conducting an investigation. But Strother seems like a troubled man. He has a history of convictions going back over 20 years for robbery, kidnapping and assault. He also has a history of mental health problems.
May God bless the souls of all of those involved.
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