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Third church in less than 2 weeks vandalized in Greenville County

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Vandalism at Reedy Fork Baptist Church. (2/6/18 FOX Carolina) Vandalism at Reedy Fork Baptist Church. (2/6/18 FOX Carolina)
Vandalism at Reedy Fork Baptist Church. (2/6/18 FOX Carolina) Vandalism at Reedy Fork Baptist Church. (2/6/18 FOX Carolina)
Vandalism at Reedy Fork Baptist Church. (2/6/18 FOX Carolina) Vandalism at Reedy Fork Baptist Church. (2/6/18 FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Since 1872, the word of God has been spread inside the walls at the Reedy Fork Baptist Church in south Greenville. However, according to Reverend Barry Agnew, this past weekend the word of the devil was spread across its walls.

In addition to the satanic symbols found on the side of the building, Agnew says there was graphic language on the front door that was quickly covered up as they still planned to hold their Sunday services.

"Obviously, this has been a little bit of a trend in the area,” explained Agnew, “We've seen a couple things happen, but for the most part this is a pretty quiet community."

According to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Reedy Fork Baptist Church is the third church in just over a week to be vandalized, and the second church with satanic messages and symbols spray painted on it.

"The similarities are there but whether it's the same people we just don't know yet,” explained GCSO Sgt. Ryan Flood.

Part of the message translates to "we praise the devil." Sgt. Flood says it may not be a violent crime but the message behind it is very disturbing.

"Meets the criteria of malicious damage caused by vandalism to churches with satanic symbols,” explained Flood, “With vulgar language, it's extremely disturbing and disheartening that it's going on in the community."

As for Agnew, he says its disappointing someone would target his or any of the churches in the area.

"We forgive as Christ first forgave us, at the end of the day we expect that we live in a fallen world and it's going to happen,” said Agnew.

Anyone with any information is being urged to contact the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office or Crimestoppers.

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