Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall Fire Started by 14-year-old, Says Fire Department

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Hellfire and damnation came to a Mesa Kingdom Hall last month in the form of an arsonist who lit up the place. The fire caused $500,000 in damage to the building, a church for Jehovah's Witnesses.

As it turns out, this wasn't retribution by a jealous god, nor the devious act of a person gone insane from too many knocks at the door by well-dressed folks carrying black briefcases stuffed with Watchtower missives.

Fire investigators say this morning it was just a 14-year-old who, for whatever reason, started a small fire in a trash can next to the building. Depending on your point of view, either physics or God then allowed the fire to spread to the attic.

The fire department referred the case the Maricopa County Superior Court's Juvenile Division for prosecution, charging the boy with one count of reckless burning, says a news release. It sounds like the kid didn't mean to torch the Hall.

No doubt, Jehovah's Witnesses see a grand purpose in what happened, and destruction like this tends to bring people of all sorts together for the rebuilding. No one (with a few exceptions) likes to see someone's church burn down.

But we're still not buying the magazine.

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Jethro Bodeine
Jethro Bodeine

Wise words, Billy. I agree. I, too, have a lot of experience with Witnesses. The Bible says that God's people would be hated and persecuted. Hell, look what they did to Jesus. They said he was demonized, he was crazy, and that he was seditionist. They rejected him, spit on him, beat him, and hung him up to die.

Sophia
Sophia

So Can Youu Explain to Me This :

1. Who is the Little FLock?2. Who is the Great Crowd?3. Who is the 144,000 ?

Sporter92
Sporter92

Exodus 6:2 & 3 and Psalms 83:18 . UMMMMM ; Email Me at sporter92@yahoo.com ; If Youu Have Any Other Inquiries tho

Sporter92
Sporter92

Yes a Donation ; If People Would Like . However We Give of Our Own Money . And Since Youu Were One Youu Know That Jesus Said on His Behave We Leave Mothers Fathers Land etc & Gain That a Hundred Fold in Our Spiritual Organization . Its Not Us Against Them ; Its Jehovah Against Worldly Things and We Choose Jehovah ; so Don't Youu Even Go There w. Me

Sporter92
Sporter92

We Don't Even Use Those Kinds of Words tho

Sophia
Sophia

We Are Not Elitist . We are Rich ; Poor ; Hardworkers ; Etc Just Likee Youu . We Do What Jesus Told Us to Do . I've Been to All Kinds of Churches before I Stepped Foot into a Kingdom Hall . NO Church Has Ever Been Able to Explain Their Beliefs Likee the Trinity ; etc Likee JWs are Able to Explain EVERYTHING They Believe in . We Come to People of All Sorts to Explain That a Day is Coming When Jehovah Will Destroy All That Go Against Him and His Beloved Son Jesus . We Will See Who is Right and Who's Wrong Then . It Will Be too Late by Then

Sophia
Sophia

Not True as Regards Your Last Statement. Plus We Do NOT Waste Gasoline ; We Follow Jesus Commission to Make Dicsiples of People the Way ; He and First Century Christians Such as Paul Did . We Want to Follow these Raw Teachings from Not Only " Our Bible " but Your KJV and NIV etc

Sporter92
Sporter92

No It Doesn't . Just Ask Why & We Can Answer Youu from Your Bible . Instead of Being Closeminded ; Let Them in to Help Youu Understand . We are People too ; We Just Follow the Raw Teachings of the Bible because God is NOT Mysterious ; but Gives Us the Bible so We Can Understand HIM

Sophia
Sophia

Actually ; the Bloodless Surgeries Have Chalked Up More Benefits Than Cons . Secondly ; It is a Message from the Bible . Thirdly ; Jesus Said the World Will Hate Youu Just as They Have Hated Me . So Youu and Your Words as Well as "90%" of the Workd are Just Proving Jesus Right and Giving Us Something Further to Believe in

Epicurian11
Epicurian11

I will give the writer of this article his due for tying to be cute.  Perhaps not the best slant to puton a story like this.  When he tries to speak for the masses, instead of to them, the effort to discourge others from "buying the magazine" can only be understood as cute or funny.  The Watchtower magazine is the most published religious journal in the world and its circulation tops many popular secular newspapers and magazines.  The "New Valley News" must be forgiven for the error of implying the Watchtower is for "sale" as it is given at no charge to the interested reader.

Allenwhite
Allenwhite

A lot of ignorant people on here WOW!!!!

Lpw911
Lpw911

Dont you think you need to go to school before you become a journalist?

Lala
Lala

Do your research before you open your mouth

Lgrotano
Lgrotano

u  don't have to buy nothing it,s free i don't have a religion but i rather go to a kindom hall and be there an listen to the bible than go to a church and pay money to make some guy rich but that is just me

Dechelle19
Dechelle19

The watchtower is not for sale although if someone wanted to donate to the worldwide work donations are accepted.I have never went to anyone door to sell them a watchtower.I always use a Bible and encourage others to read their own personal Bible.Also the watchtower is not the Bible its a magazine with different topics on whats going on in the world and has Bible scriptures for you to look up as a reference

Robert
Robert

Hey Danny!!              I know someone who is a JW.He is very nice.Never pushes his beliefs at me......but you guys have such a hard-on for these guys its unbelievable.And you are sharing a message to us Pastor Duncan...where is your collection pot, how much you want,$100,got a car payment due or work on your Mercedes? Have you got some prophecy for us Duncan? Are we going to burn in hell if we don't bring a friend to Your churches REVIVAL or give a love offering of no less than $100 dollars.You people make me sick! You have Fall Festival on or the day before Halloween.People are not dumb....they can't trust any religion because of the SHIT that goes on in every ones CHURCH.The only difference between all them churches and those JWs is that they try to keep their church clean.They don't let the deacon be screwing the piano player and the whole church know it.There was a married man in the church my wife goes to that was screwing this 17 year old girl that also attended the church.The girl runs her mouth at school that she had a sugar daddy.BUSTED, Wife finds out but the dumb bitch doesn't leave his ass.That girl and her mom have been sitting behind them every Sunday.Its funny as Hell to me.I got a lot of stories but to say that THESE PEOPLE ARE ALL BAD AND THAT SOME HAVE BROKEN THE LAW LIKE PEDOPHILES? THEY DAMN SURE HAVEN'T SAID THEY WERE PERFECT HAVE THEY ASSHOLES!!!! DUNCAN, we are all sinners, and some break the rules.All religions have these problems.You guys single them out, all of you , because they go around preaching to not sin.TO NOT SIN.I HAVE NEVER SEEN A WEBSITE BY MEMBERS OF THE JWs DEDICATED TO MAKE FUN OF BAPTIST, or CATHOLICS, OR WHO EVER!   ........ SO UNTIL ALL OF YOU BACKSTABBING BITCHES , YOU PROPAGANDA PREACHING PASTORS.....Can say Good things, you are no better than the Propaganda Preaching AL QEADA group that teach HATE, BELIEFS.And this goes to all of you who made fun of a church group. GROW UP YOU DICKS!

melish
melish

Jehovah Witness don't sale there magazines so what exactly are you buying from them? 

Ivetterz
Ivetterz

To a Mr. Duncan,  I am studying to be a Jehovah's Witness , and in all honesty it makes me happy that you are trying to prove a point on something you feel strongly about specifically because it regards the Bible. I do think that as a pastor you should show more respect for another religion. To some people God is the same through different names. To others there is no God. To many its just someone they grew up learning to worship because their parents took them to church every Sunday. To a few God is as real as anything, someone you love, and whom you have chosen to respect and live a lifestyle to please. 

To you blood transfusions are bad because they kill people. The fact you are choosing to ignore is that a Witness' state of mind is when it comes to these transfusions we will gladly wither away and die because of our faith to God, instead of being scared of death and being disobedient. 

To each is own, I have my beliefs and you have yours instead of attacking a certain religion why not focus on bettering yours? If you are in fact a pastor why not show up to my door to share with me something that makes you happy in hopes to help me find that same amount of happiness?? There is no such thing as this organization trying to rip apart families. Its an act of discipline to help a servant be better. Same as you would do with a child who needs guidance and has a ..what ? 10 minute break???.. Same thing for a Jehovah's witness who has sinned and needs to be guided.

I hope you find self satisfaction Mr. Duncan, you're putting so much effort to make us look bad that you're just making yourself look bad. I will have you in my prayers for sure. 

I am just a student and even in something Jehovah's Witness' teach i am still skeptical, i am imperfect. Everyone is, instead of trying to figure whose in the right and whose in the wrong we should accept each other and hold tight. Noone walking on this earth can judge whose "going to hell" or who should die this is up to God on his day of judgement. 

Go on and live your life Mr.Duncan the internet is no place for you to prove yourself right.Its been 2 years since your post and even now you're causing yourself a negative reputation..Should you really represent God in this manner? I don't think so. I am just a teen but in my heart i have enough to understand that the bible indeed is correct when it says there'll be false prophets.

I mean no offense to anyone i just wish that while we in different beliefs share the same land on earth we could get along. I have voluntarily tooken up the role of being Jehovah's loyal servant , i am not mind controlled in no way i can stop studying anytime i want if it is not in my heart.Whether or not the congregacion's elders tell me to not speak to someone whome we are not allowed ,i if i want will speak to them but i don't and won't because i take this lifestyle very seriously.

I wish no harm on anyone if anything i hope you are all happy with your lives in whatever you choose to believe in. Thanks Mr.Duncan for all of your comments you could not have made me more happy to be a Jehovah's Witness, i am glad someone like you isn't guiding me to a better place.

Eb1908
Eb1908

burn in hell how about we burn a christian church set all you suckers on fire

Eb1908
Eb1908

actually it is true in the bible the night jesus was killed he and his apostles sat down for the last meal the wine symbolized jesus blood and the bread his flesh but it was not actually made of it because the bible said it wiuld go against jehovah getting a blood transfusion is like eating blood and jehovah does not want that

Eb1908
Eb1908

our religio is not strange and sinister go eat a turd

Eb1908
Eb1908

shut up you dont know anything about my people at least were not following some stupid christian religion and you bastards celebrate holidays and the bible says not to go eat out the garbage you cracker

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Elly Hower

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harry
harry

FINISHED Mystery says 1878 end of 6,000yr.Gods rest.7th dayEND TIMES before REST DAY.Also says ADAM TO be resseurrected.Also England& IRELAND ARE WILD BEAST.Russell was Faithful SERVANT,Also BOOK WAS APPROVED by JESUS.END TO COME next in 1914/Rutherford faithful slave,END to COME in 1925,all churches DESTROYED,ABRAHAM ISSAC & JACOB to be reseurrect3d in 1925,live in BETH-SARIM.REVELATION BOOK,US & BRITAINWILD BEAST,UNITED NATIONS,FALSE PROPHET.WATCHTOWER SECRETLY member of UN.NAME JEHOVAH COINED by CATHOLIC MONK in 1270AD.THEY DETEST CATHOLICS. READ CAPTIVES of CONCEPT, SILENT LAMBS,COM,BARBRA ANDERSON.QUOTE DEUT. ,who is FALSE PROPHET.

Kkcoxx77
Kkcoxx77

No matter what religion you are in most belive in a God. And it is disgusting to see that a so called professional in the field of Journalism is clearly putting his biases into the story. what ever happened to being concerned for ones fellow man regadless of religious beliefs. Jehovah is real and the truth would be revealed, I just hope it isn't to late for those who chose to make light of this situation. Before you run your mouth make sure you know what the bible teachings are of an organization first.Jerk!

Datgo77
Datgo77

The magazines are free. you don't pay anything for them. So you obviously have no idea about Jehovah's Witnesses. Whoever left the comment about the Anti-Blood.. needs to look back at all the ones who died from Blood Transfusions and got AIDS. The Bible tells us to obstain from blood because it is sacred to God. Once the blood leaves the body were supposed to let it stay out. Anyone that has read the bible knows that even in those times when people offered animal burnt offerings to God they drained ALL the blood out. This was for a reason. Most of you should read the bible more than you listen to your preacher or online sites like this.

Vanessa
Vanessa

My name is Vanessa I am 24 yrs old and currently living in Mexico I grew up in a JW family and we are all faithful believers in the truth… but truth isn’t something easy to come across and what if the truth isn’t meant for everyone? I used to be a faithful follower and went to the Kingdom Hall meetings most of my youth. However I got carried away with wordly decisions which make me wonder if my life would have been better off with the JWs. Some of you may wonder if I consider myself a Jehovah’s Witness. The answer is, no. It is for personal reasons I can’t call myself as such because I feel like the title is a role I need to fit the part right for. One thing is for sure that the beliefs I grew up with will never falter and my love to Jehovah God will always stay true… forever. My Response is not to continue this “war” or to bash on ones beliefs but to provide you the reader with both sides of the story and facts about JW’s that I know of and that I truly believe in. I will reason with both sides but will give you my honest opinion. I don’t have much to offer but I will do my best to defend even if I might not be worthy to do so in some eyes. First of all Jehovah’s Witnesses are not a cult, nor are they a religion. It is a society based on conscious beliefs. After all what you believe in is your choice not someone elses. To be a Jehovahs Witness is not just something you believe in. You have to play the role too. It’s a way of life! Thus is the reason why we have good apples and bad apples in the batch. Just like any other society, group, school and or community of Christians. We are human beings just like you and we make mistakes and we are NOT perfect. I had a lot of problems with certain members of the congregation implementing rules that were not of the watchtower society. Or handled certain situations unjustly and not by what the organization has publicized. This problem seems to occur in a lot of congregations and you might think of them as strict or “controlling” but even I whom is spiritually cold does not blame the society as whole. I know that there’s brothers and sisters that love their beliefs and get over protective of a flock that does not belong to them but rather they belong to and don’t realize they are becoming a tripping stone for other believers. This occurs everywhere around the world in many religions, governments, communities, societies. Why? Because, like I said before we are imperfect and our greed for something we love can sometimes be our biggest flaw. Humans fail at religion and politics because we are not perfect. JWs do not convert non believers. They preach to whoever listens with an open heart and don’t mind if you do not choose to listen then they go to another door and keep searching for people who do. It’s like I said before accepting this as truth isn’t easy and maybe it’s not for everyone to believe in. When I was a kid and I would preach with my family I learned what prejudice meant and going door to door preaching what I was taught was the toughest part of my childhood. I’ve gotten doors slammed in my face I’ve seen adults yell at my fellow brothers and sisters. I even had rocks hit my flesh and hurt me when a truck was peeling on gravel by a Christian church parking lot while our group was preaching across the street door to door. Did that stop me? I was 13 and although the tears streamed down my eyes I still knocked door to door. You want to know why? because I knew fully well JW’s like me had suffered all around the world and probably even worse and I was fortunate to be alive. My heart goes to the JWs who died for their beliefs to those who died in the holocaust or even suffered at the hands of the Nazis. I know fully well prejudice comes in many forms and I know well enough to say that most of these comments are hateful comments from random people who probably know nothing about JWs. The fact that Jehovah’s witnesses have beliefs you do not like pastor Duncan does not mean you attack them for it. You shot down every response in regards to your questions and not because you proved them wrong! But because you won’t accept what they believe to be truth. The only truth I see now is that you are perfectly convinced in your own beliefs you do not care to listen to anyone elses you are only here to manipulate our information and discredit the JW so that you may have the upper hand in the debate but you my dear friend, my spiritual brother are the prime example of imperfection because like I said before no one is perfect and your greed for your own religion to “conquer this war” WILL BE YOUR DOWNFALL! You, are a man who seeks power you come here with you r screen name as Pastor Duncan which states plainly your objective from the beginning. Did you know that if an elder wanted to post a comment on this subject which I highly doubt any of them would. Would never ever say hes an elder? You wanna know why? Because JWs don’t pride them selfs with such titles. They are proud they know the truth. Plain and simple. This was a topic that began with a Kingdom Hall which I believe was accidently burned down by a fourteen yr old boy and Turned into a complete mess. All thanks to the horrible journalist and his prejudiced opinion. As for all the people who commented on this are mere puppets to his controversial game. A perfect example on how Satan plays us all. Shame on you prejudiced JW haters and shame on real JWs for falling for this. All this site needs is hits to gain wealth and support from every one of you and we are all contributing to trash. I hope I helped remedy this topic and ended all the bs. I hope someday I’ll just go back to the meetings and pick up where I left off. I hope you all live your lives with a free mind and not follow what people say. Just look and see the truth for yourself. When you see a JW walking by do you really think that person is trying to hurt you? They are people like you and me just trying to carry out gods will. Just trying to be good people and do good deeds. Don’t bash on them or hurt them or say horrible things about them. Just to try and prove yourself. In the end it doesn’t make you or what you represent any better, whether you are right or wrong.

Lkconnect
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