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Former peddler of porn paraphernalia now sells Bibles as new Christian


PUTNEY, Ky. (BP)–A store once stocked with pornography merchandise is now stocked with Bibles and other Christian products because the store owner repented of his sins and asked Jesus to save him.

“This shows that the Lord loves and wants to save everybody,” said Shaun Aslinger, a Harlan, Ky., evangelist, “even the man who runs the adult novelty store.”

According to the Associated Press, neighbors in the small, conservative Kentucky town have embraced the change, helping the man restock his five-year-old store with Christian merchandise and buying groceries for him, his wife and daughter until his new business begins to make a profit.

“Morally, I couldn’t sell it any longer,” Michael Braithwaite, the store owner, said about the sexually explicit merchandise.

After being saved, he said God convinced him that he needed to burn the $10,000 worth of filthiness, so a local pastor helped him haul everything out to the parking lot and set it on fire with 10 gallons of diesel fuel.

“When the Lord gets ahold of you, you make some changes,” Braithwaite said.

The store once had bright red outside walls, but now they’ve been painted white. Where suggestive merchandise was once displayed, now Bibles are shelved.

Needless to say, his former customers are quite surprised to walk in the store and find products of the light where they once sought products of darkness.

Braithwaite still faces misdemeanor obscenity charges that were brought against him before his conversion, but the lawyer for Concerned Citizens of Putney now hopes the case can be resolved with a small fine, according to the Associated Press.

Nevertheless, Braithwaite stands as an example that no sinner is out of God’s reach.
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