SUN VALLEY, CA - As part of a new, seeker-friendly initiative on the part of pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church, the popular Bible teacher reportedly jumped out of an airplane soaring 12,000 feet above Los Angeles Sunday morning, executing a flawless landing in the church's baptismal.
Grace Church's sanctuary was filled to capacity, offering standing room only as thousands of visitors poured into the sanctuary to see the feat.
After falling for a full minute, MacArthur expertly maneuvered his chute through a 30'x30′ hole cut in the top of the roof for the purpose of the death-defying endeavor, and plunked down right in the center of the baptismal, to thunderous applause.
"We have to use discernment in all things," MacArthur told reporters after the service, as technicians repacked his parachute for his Sunday evening service dive. "And through much prayer and searching of the Scriptures, I discerned that a trick like this would be totally sick. This is exactly something the early church leaders would attempt, if they had airplanes."
"How can we reach the nations with the gospel if we aren't willing to put our lives on the line in crazy publicity stunts which will draw people into the church out of sheer morbid curiosity?" he added.
After landing and drying off, MacArthur calmly stepped up to the pulpit and began delivering his careful exegesis of Matthew 17 for the next hour.