Westboro Baptist Church… not baptists – not a church? [PG13]

Many who read this blog are Christians, many are not.  Some readers are checking out Christianity and considering it for the first time.  It is for you that this post was written.

Trust me… the last thing I want to do is give even more publicity to the Westboro Baptist Church than has already been given.  To be honest, it makes me want to puke to refer to the group as a church in the first place, so from here on I will refer to them as WBC.

The group was formed in 1955. They only have roughly 70 members.  They are based out of Topeka, Kansas.  Their leader is a guy by the name of Fred Phelps and he will probably be thrilled that he is the topic of yet another blog post.  They are well-known for protesting funerals of fallen soldiers and taking a hard lined stance against several issues including Jews, the Catholic church and mainly homosexuality.

Let me draw a line in the sand about the WBC in case you are still curious what they are all about.

The WBC is not a church.  They are not Baptists.  They are a very misguided group of mindless followers of a doctrine of demons.  They have no understanding of Scripture nor do they know the true nature of the real Jesus.  Rather than following the Great Commission, they make it their business to picket funerals and stir up trouble.  They say that it is their mission to bring the world into a knowledge of the “hate of God.”

The Bible does speak of the hate of God, but it speaks to things that are contrary of His nature:  sin, the religious self-righteous leadership, and things that are unholy.  When reading the Bible you learn quickly that the nature of God is love, holiness and to reach out to those who are lost in a worldly lifestyle.  The WBC is contrary to all these traits of Christ, therefore what conclusion would we draw about God’s feeling toward them?

It is my opinion that Fred Phelps is a demon possessed man who only craves attention.  Without the internet, news organizations, and bloggers like me, no one would give him any acknowledgement.  Other than the random beat down he or his followers would receive at a funeral protest, you wouldn’t even know he was around.  If the truth were known, he would probably love nothing more than to infuriate someone so much that he would be ‘martyred’ and go down in history as such.  From watching interviews and reading his theologies, it is safe to say that he is no more of a “man of God” than cult-leader Jim Jones was.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he broke out the kool-aid.

SIDE NOTE:  I want to give a shout out to the Patriot Guard Riders.  They are a motorcyclist group composed mostly of veterans who attend the funerals of members of the U.S. Armed Forces at the invitation of the deceased’s family. The group was initially formed to shelter and protect the funerals from protesters from the WBC. Much respect! I salute you.

The jesus that the WBC is NOT the Jesus of the Scripture.  They serve a demonic and perverted distortion of who they think Jesus is.  Scripture is clear that Jesus does hate sin, but it is also clear that Jesus loves sinners.  He gave His very life for the sins that He knew you and I would commit.  The simplest of Bible verses is appropriate here.

John 3:16-17

16“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”

For someone to feel that they are glorifying Christ by holding up banners like the WBC carry is absurd.  “God hates fags” and brightly colored signs depicting two males in sexual positions, and “Thank God for dead soldiers” are among the posters they carry.  This is a strict contrast to the heart of God the Bible tells of about.  The only banner that we are to uphold is the cross of Christ…

John 12:32 says ,”And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.”

A true church will bring the truth of God to people, in love.  Without sugar-coating God’s truth, it is still possible to give Godly guidance in love.  Then Jesus will begin to work in the hearts of people to change them from the inside out.  No one will ever come to God by being hurt the way this group attacks people.  Phelps in his own words, “I tell you, my friends, it’s a sin to pray for the U.S.A. And nobody that’s intelligent, and that fears God, will fly the American flag any way but upside-down, the international signal of distress… It’s too late to pray for the U.S.A.  It is the obligation of Westboro Baptist Church to put the cup of God’s fury to America’s lips, and cause America to drink it.  And you will drink it!”

What a sad contradiction to who Jesus is.  Our God is a God of love.  That is why He sent Jesus.  Because He loves us so much.

CONCLUSION

Though these views about the WBC are simply my own, we would be led astray if we neglected to look at ourselves as well.  Christians need to be careful to give an accurate reflection of Jesus in our world.  If we live like the devil but claim Jesus as our Lord, we are no better than the WBC.  If we carry the cross of Jesus on one shoulder while carrying the love of the world on the other, we send the same screwed up message that they send.  The world… even the unchurched world, recognizes evil when they see it.  The WBC is an example of this kind of evil.  Those of us who are believers need to be different.

Truth wins!

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~ by Scott Herrin on May 3, 2011.

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