The Suicidal Man Who Got a Call From “Almighty God”–Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
The pastor of a church called “Almighty God Tabernacle” calls his wife from the office one Saturday night, but is puzzled why he doesn’t get an answer because he knows she’s home. Later, when he sees her and asks why she didn’t answer, she says the phone didn’t ring. The following Monday, the pastor gets a call from a man who wants to know who had called him on Saturday night. He tells the confused pastor that he had contemplated suicide that night and had prayed and asked God whether He was there and, if so, to give him a sign if God didn’t want him to commit suicide. At that moment, the phone rang and the man’s caller-ID said, “Almighty God.” According to the story, the man is now meeting regularly for counseling with the pastor.
We’ve not found any evidence that this story is true. We’ve had it posted for several years and with no contact from anyone who can verify it.
By way of the Gospel Radio Group
My friend, Rich, volunteers with prison ministries, and in his work has become friends with the pastor of a store front church called the ALMIGHTY GOD Tabernacle.
On a Saturday night several weeks ago, this pastor was working late, and decided to call his wife before he left for home. It was about 10:00 PM, but his wife didn’t answer the phone. The pastor let it ring many times. He thought it was odd that she didn’t answer, but decided to wrap up a few things and try again in a few minutes.
When he tried again, she answered right away. He asked her why she hadn’t answered before, and she said that it hadn’t rung at their house. They brushed it off as a fluke and went on their merry way.
The following Monday, the pastor received a call at the church office, which was the phone that he’d used that Saturday night. The man on the other end wanted to know why he’d called on Saturday night. The pastor was dumbfounded and couldn’t figure out what the guy was talking about. Then the caller said, “It rang and rang, but I didn’t answer.”
The pastor remembered the apparently misdirected call and apologized for disturbing the gentleman, explaining that he’d intended to call his wife. The caller said, “That’s OK, let me tell you my story. You see, I was planning to commit suicide on Saturday night, but before I did, I prayed, ‘God, if You’re there, and You don’t want me to do this, give me a sign now.’ At that point my phone started to ring. I looked at the caller ID, and it said, ‘ALMIGHTY GOD’. I was afraid to answer!”
The man who had intended to commit suicide is now meeting regularly for
counseling with the pastor of ALMIGHTY GOD Tabernacle.