Westboro Baptist Church.
Ring a few bells?
This is the Kansas-based church group who gleefully picket soldier’s funerals and preaches absolute hate against homosexuals. It is a small congregation of only a few dozen led by a man named Fred Phelps.
Although I agree that homosexuality is condemned in the Bible, I have to question the excessively venomous attitudes the church teaches. Yes, the Bible says that homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom of God — but did you know that they aren’t the only ones on that list? According to 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, there are plenty of others who will not inherit the Kingdom of God:
1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality, 10 no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom.
Look at this list and think about the other things on it:
Sexually Immoral: Ever have a consensual sexual experience before marriage?
Idolators: Ever put God aside for other things? (Like, skipping church for a day at the beach, or a ball game, etc.)
Adulterers: Ever looked at someone else with lust? (real people, internet, magazines, etc.)
Thieves: Ever take something from your job, on purpose, that you didn’t pay for, such as paperclips or pens?
Greed: Ever hide something that you didn’t want to share? Ever take more than your fair share of anything?
Drunkards: Ever have a little too much to drink at a party?
Verbally Abusive: Ever let the bad words fly when you’re angry?
Swindlers: Ever flim-flam someone in order to get what you want?
Every single one of us is guilty of some of these things; and note that all of these things are on the same exact list as the homosexuality. Even though it’s only a paperclip, if you didn’t pay for it, you stole it. Even if it’s just a girlie picture hanging on your wall, if you fantasize about it you’re committing adultery. Even though you got angry in that fight, those abusive words still put you in that list.
You see, it isn’t only the homosexuals who are barred from the Kingdom of God…. it is ALL OF US. Not one single one of us stands clean in the sight of God, unless we have Jesus Christ to cleanse us of our sins. Not one person is any better than another. Sin is sin, and all deserve punishment from God.
And that is something that the Westboro Baptist Church is missing.
Oh, but there is more…..
It has come to my attention that this pseudo-Christian group is planning to bring their hate-picketing to the funerals of the little children who were slain by a deranged gunman last week.
Yes, you read that right.
It is their belief that the gunman was sent by God, and the slaying of dozens of children was God’s way of punishing this country for its ongoing acceptance of homosexuality. They ignore the Scriptures that say children will not be punished for their parents’ sins (Ezekiel 18:17 ). They ignore the Scriptures that say bad things befall both the good and the bad (Ecclesiastes 9:11). And, as pointed out earlier in this post, they especially ignore the fact that ALL people can technically be barred from the Kingdom of God.
I can’t help but wonder how many of the members of the Westboro Baptist Church are guilty of some of the sins listed in the above Scripture. My guess is, all are guilty of some of them, because all of mankind can find themselves somewhere in that list. Funny how they won’t picket the fornicators, the idolators, or the thieves. Why should the homosexuals be the only target, when ALL sin damns ALL OF US?
Is there a sin we can commit that doesn’t result in death?
No. The type of sin doesn’t matter. And the Children should not be seen as the brunt of the punishment.
I suggest that we pray for the Westboro Baptist Church, that the members begin to recognize the unholy hate they are preaching. Pray that they begin to see the Love of Christ, and that they change their tactics from that of hate to that of showing Godly love to others. Not a one of us has the right to condemn another, that is God’s place to judge. Instead, it is our duty to help others see the truth in the Bible, the truth in God’s Love, and the truth about hate-ism.