Wednesday, March 2, 2011

"You can't preach the Bible without preaching the hatred of God." 2006 quote from Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, in a CNN interview.

Westboro Baptist Church is a disgrace to Bible believing, Christ following Christians. I John 4:20 tells us "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" The "hatred of God" is not supported by the Bible. There are several Old Testament verses in which God professes His hatred of sinners and of sin itself. However, this cannot be said of the New Testament.

We are commanded to love one another, and to preach the good news. God tells is if we hate our brother we are murderers, and no murderer has eternal life in Him!

Certainly God hates sin, and I am in no way suggesting that we turn a blind eye to sin or to sinners. But God, in His infinite wisdom, has given us a very clear prescription for dealing with the sin (and sinners) among us. Nowhere in Matthew 18 does God tell us to disrupt a grieving family or picket funerals.

Let us all love our enemies, bless those who curse us and do good to those who hate us. Let's show Westboro Baptist Church the True God of Love, the One who Heals broken hearts and mends erroneous ways.

Lord prepare me, to be a sanctaury. Pure and Holy, Tried and True.
With Thanksgiving, I'll be a living, sanctuary, for You.

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