Pastor James Johnson: Tree of Life church robbed as congregation grieved family lost in fire

A pastor at a Newark church says a recent fatal fire may have given thieves a golden opportunity to rob his church. Pastor James Johnson

A pastor at a Newark church says a

A pastor at a Newark church says a recent fatal fire may have given thieves a golden opportunity to rob his church. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

NEWARK - A pastor at a Newark church says a recent fatal fire may have given thieves a golden opportunity to rob his church.

Pastor James Johnson believes his Tree of Life Ministries building was broken into while services were held for six members of the Stewart family.

Four adults and two young boys were killed in that fire on June 15. The fire also damaged the church building.

Thieves got into the burnt out backyard, broke a window and then stole audio equipment, air conditioners and the church's speakers. 

Johnson says the thieves will have to answer to a higher power. "You do not come into the house of God and rob the possessions of God," he says. "Those things belong to the Lord."

Pastor Johnson says one AC unit was spared. 

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