“God, if You’re real, I’ll serve You. … I will be Your foot soldier.”
That seemed like an unlikely scenario for someone just entering prison—someone Pastor David Crank of Faith Church in St. Louis, Missouri, describes as “a very, very evil man” on a recent episode of the Greenelines podcast with Dr. Steve Greene.
Second in command to “Wolf of Wall Street‘s Jordan Belfort, John Clancy entered the cell having taken “just one step” toward God, Crank says.
“He said no more than 10 minutes after that, they came in, unlocked the prison door and let him out and said, ‘We’re going to let you out, John, until your trial,'” Crank explains. “He said he couldn’t believe it. He made one step. God made a bunch of steps—he never did a day in prison.”
But that didn’t keep Clancy out of prison altogether; he returned to visit his friend and played Monopoly with him. One day, the friend told him, “I’ve got an idea. We need to start a fitness program, some gyms, and I want to call it Planet Fitness,” Crank says.
“And now today, I’m sitting here with a guy who’s worth hundreds of millions of dollars, but he honors God,” he adds. John Clancy is now the CEO of Planet Fitness and a real estate mogul as well as a man of strong faith.
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