September 16, 2015

How A Small-Town Pastor Thwarted A Terrorist Attack

 Thanks to some quick thinking, cool-headedness and compassion, tragedy was averted at a small Texas church.
Rasheed Abdul Aziz was intent on slaughtering as many people as possible when he walked into the Corinth Missionary Baptist Church in Bullard on Sunday. He was dressed in camouflage pants, a tactical vest, boots and a camo helmet. There was a pistol in his waistband.
Pastor John Johnson III
It was 1 p.m., so church was over. There were still plenty of people in the church, children and adults alike. Aziz asked where he could find the pastor.

As he walked into the conference room where Pastor John Johnson III was sitting with his son, the hair on the back of his neck stood up, The Blaze is reporting. “It was almost like you could just like feel the presence of just negative energy,” he said.
Aziz was mad. Very mad. He told Pastor Johnson he was instructed to “slay the infidels,” including any Christians or Jews. “He said people are going to die today, that’s what he said to me,” Johnson told KLTV-TV.
But Johnson – not only a church pastor, but a full-time counselor of troubled youth and former parole officer trained in crisis prevention, remained calm.
Pastor Johnson told the man to have a seat, offered to pray with him and get him something cold to drink. He told Aziz he needed to step away to take care of the kids in another room, and warned everybody to evacuate the church and call 911 – Aziz had a gun. Johnson left too.
Aziz left before the police could arrive, but later that afternoon, he was arrested still wearing the camouflage and still armed with the pistol.
But that wasn’t the end of the story. At some point after Johnson and the other congregants left the church, Aziz slipped a note under the church door.
“My name is Rasheed Abdul Aziz. You helped me at a time of need. This house is blessed by God & all faiths. Muslim, Jew & the Christian shall all gather here in Peace and Justice for God as a whole for the betterment of mankind as a whole. I thank you,” the note read.

Watch this special report via KLTV:, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News

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