Walter Slonopas, a devout Christian man from Tennessee who made international headlines when he quit his job in 2013 over the number 666 being assigned to his W-2 tax form, says God blessed him with a higher paying job months later and his former employer went out of business.
While Slonopas, who is now 59, doesn’t believe the controversy over the number on his tax form was related to his former employer closing down, he told Religion News Service that he believes God blessed him for his faithfulness.
“Looks like I got my blessing,” he told RNS.
The number 666 is popularly interpreted from the Bible as the number of the devil or “the mark of the beast” and Slonopas believes he would have betrayed God by accepting it.
In an interview with The Christian Post shortly after he quit his job in 2013, the Clarksville man said he went to his employer, Contech Casting LLC, as he had done on two previous occasions to explain his faith-based position on the number and why he couldn’t accept it. His supervisors couldn’t arrive at an agreeable solution so he resigned.
“I explained to them, I can’t accept this number. I am a Christian. They said, we cannot change it because it is computer generated,” Slonopas said.
“I asked them, are we working for the computer or is the computer working for us? I had nothing to complain about, I just asked them to change this number,” he added.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair