Pastor Warren discloses how his son got a gun

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Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren (AP Photo)

LAKE FOREST (CNS) – The pastor of Saddleback Church said today his youngest son, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, purchased an unregistered gun online.

“Someone on the Internet sold Matthew an unregistered gun,” Pastor Rick Warren wrote on his website. “I pray he seeks God’s forgiveness. I forgive him.”

Matthew Warren, who was 27, was found dead in his home in the 25000 block of Pradera Drive in Mission Viejo last Friday. A sheriff’s spokesman said the death occurred about 10 a.m., and the department was notified about 5:30 that day.

The death was not publicly revealed until the following day.

The elder Warren founded Saddleback Church, one of the nation’s 10 largest churches, and is the author of the best-selling book, “The Purpose Driven Life.” He delivered the invocation at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration.

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