“God hates Jews.”
“Fags are beasts.”
“America is doomed.”
These love-inspired quotes are par for the course for many of the members of Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas. These types of sentiments are widely published by this congregation at every possible opportunity. In fact, their church web address is http://www.godhatesfags.com. How sweet.
Well, they’re at it again. This time the gracious people of WBC will be picketing the Aurora, CO memorial service. They believe that shootings like the one that took place last week are a sign that God hates Aurora and is judging it.
I originally found the story here. But there are so many things to be said about this situation that I believe their new picket is probably the least on my mind.
What do you call a church that lies about God? What does God have to say about people who twist his words? What does God really say about the above issues?
As I attempt to Take Back the Bible from Westboro, I would like to share just a few passages. Please feel free to read these verses within their broader context. The first two points deal directly with the consequences of their lies concerning God, and the second two address two of their propaganda statements.
1. It is the unstable and the untaught who distort God’s Word, and they do so to their own destruction.
II Peter 3:10 “Speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
2. Christ says it would be better for a person to have never lived than for them to lead people away into falsehood.
Luke 17:1 “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3 Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”
3. God does not hate jews.
Romans 11:1 “I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? 3 “Lord, they have killed Your prophets, they have torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they are seeking my life.” 4 But what is the divine response to him? “I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5 In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice.
4. God does not hate homosexuals.
John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”