Texoma church receives threats on social media

BYERS, TX (KAUZ) - A Wichita Falls man is behind bars after a Texas Ranger began investigating alleged threats made towards a Texoma church.  According to local law enforcement, 31-year old Scott Lee Jetton of Wichita Falls was using his Facebook account to make "terroristic threats" towards the Byers First Assembly of God Church.  Jetton's arrest affidavit explains that he was making posts asking for diesel fuel and fertilizer because "It makes things go boom."  He hoped viewers of the post did not think he was kidding and that he would kill people.

"I've known this young man for a lot of years, and I think he got with the wrong crowd.  He moved away and had no longer attended church for a while," said Byers First Assembly of God Pastor James Keenum.

In times of difficultly, Pastor Keenum said he finds comfort in The Word.

"The whole premise of God's love is that he loves his people," said Pastor Keenum.

According to Pastor Keenum, Jetton would sometimes attend services at the church as a young boy.  While it was a surprise to see the threats towards his congregation posted on Facebook, Keenum still wanted to reach out and visit Jetton in jail.

"He asked me to apologize to the people for it because he really didn't mean to hurt anybody, but absolutely we would welcome him back.  We're about forgiveness. Jesus Christ forgave us while we were yet in sin, that's what it said in Romans 5:8, and I believe that.  We have to forgive no matter what they do.  We have to forgive."

Jetton remains in the Wichita County Jail on $25,000 bond and is charged with terroristic threats on a public place.

Pastor Keenum said Byers First Assembly of God plans to continue holding regular services at 7 p.m. Wednesday night and 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

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