Law enforcement officials are investigating a suspicious incident in Wilson County, Tennessee, that reportedly left a trailer full of Bibles in flames.

“Currently, law enforcement officers and other authorities are working to investigate an incident where a trailer loaded with Bibles was intentionally set on fire around 6 AM on Easter Sunday morning. The incident occurred at Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Where Church security cameras captured a man dropping off a trailer in the middle of the intersection, blocking the road into the church,” Rawsalerts wrote.

“He then exited the vehicle and set fire to the entire trailer full of Bibles right in front of the church. Police say it appears to be an out-of-state plate, and they are actively investigating the incident,” the post added.

“Investigators believe the trailer, at the intersection of Old Lebanon Dirt Road and Chandler Road near Global Vision Bible Church led by Pastor Greg Locke, was intentionally set on fire at around 6 a.m., the sheriff’s office said,” The Tennessean reports.

The Mt. Juliet Fire Department extinguished the fire.

The Tennessean reports:

Locke addressed the trailer fire at Global Vision and said there were “probably 200 Bibles” on the trailer. Locke said the fire was set in front of an entrance.

“It was 100 percent directed at (Global Vision Bible Church),” Locke said. “It blocked the entrance to our campus and the fact that it was an entire load of Bibles is rather conclusive proof that is was most assuredly directed at us.

“It did not, nor will it stop us. It was cleaned up in time for people to drive into the parking lot. We had a full house and a marvelous service.”

“If you think Christianity is not under attack more than ever before in the United States of America, you have not been paying attention,” Locke said, according to the outlet.

“Around 6am this morning, the Mt. Juliet Police Department and Fire Department swiftly responded to a trailer fire located at the intersection of Old Lebanon Dirt Road and Chandler Road. Upon arrival, it was confirmed that the trailer fell within our jurisdiction. The fire was promptly extinguished by the diligent efforts of the Mt. Juliet Fire Department. Following the containment of the fire, Wilson County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives assumed control of the investigation,” the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook.

“The trailer, containing bibles, had been dropped off in the middle of the intersection and then intentionally set on fire. To uphold the integrity of the ongoing investigation, other specific details cannot be provided at this time. However, we assure the community that further updates will be shared at the appropriate juncture.”

From WKRN:

Pastor Greg Locke of Global Vision Bible Church took to social media Sunday morning to share pictures of the trailer.

Locke, who lives close to the church, said he didn’t know what happened until he got to work Sunday morning.

“A trailer with about 200 Bibles had been set on fire blocking the entrance from Old Lebanon Dirt Rd. and Chandler Radford Rd. into the main part of our parking lot,” Locke said.

When Locke saw the burned Bibles in the trailer, he said he was shocked.

“It was strange because he [the suspect] had his blinkers on and he scotched the wheels and everything,” Locke said. “He was very meticulous, so he had to be very courageous to do what he did. We’ve had people do things to our building, we’ve been vandalized a number of times, hence why we have to have security, but never 200 Bibles being burned. That’s a pretty rebellious statement towards the church.”

Locke said it’s important for his congregation to move forward from this incident.

“What people think many times is going to stop us, really just encourages us, in a weird way, to know that we’re doing what’s right,” Locke said.


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