“They only say that because they have not bothered to crack the Bible and read what the words actually say. In fact God is the about most intolerant. I mean you talk about the head discriminator. You talk about the guy who is. Lays down the most boundaries and standards. You see this is his creation.”
I came across this clip on CNN. The clip was a report on a demonstration outside of the Kansas church. The demonstrators are calling for an end to the hateful speech that is preached from the pulpit in Westboro Baptist Church (WBC). They decided to bring awareness to the public that Phelps hateful tongue does not speak for all Christians.
I find it strange that Phelps considers himself to be a Calvinist. What would Calvin say about, “God is the about most intolerant”? Would any intolerant God offer grace at all?
There is a twisted understanding of the Gospel message present here. I am saddened by the lack of love in this message carried by WBC. Where is the outcry against this flawed religion. If God is intolerant and the head discriminator than I want nothing to do with it all.
It is funny how God becomes what we hide in the dark recesses of our hearts and minds. I bet we all will be surprised to discover what God is. WBC is so wrapped up in what they hate they are becoming ineffective for the transformative message of Jesus. They are what is fundamental wrong with a Gospel rendering rooted in division, hate, and exclusiveness. They are playing God.
I do not see the sovereignty of God in the hateful actions of WBC. If they truly believe that God rules all then how is this demonstrated in their actions? They seek to be agents of salvation. This salvation arrives not in Jesus but the adherence to the message preached by Phelps.
Fred, Is Jesus be cool with you damming folks because they do not believe what you define as Jesus’ message? You can string along verse after verse in your sermons it does not change that you as abusing scripture to support your interpretation. Mind you it is an interpretation founded in modern alarmism and self delusion.
I say, “Have any of you bothered to crack the Bible and read what it says?” Sir, I believe that Jesus will be rather upset when he returns and you might be held accountable. Nope, that is what you would expect. You are a recipient of love, grace, and forgiveness. Just like all the GLBT loving folks you viciously condemn. You’ll be held in the arms of Christ not for what you do/did or who you are or are not. You;ll be loved because that is what Jesus does, loves.
By Ryan Kemp-Pappan
Ryan is a minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at Douglass Blvd. Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He has a B.A. in Religious Studies from California State University, Northridge and a M.Div. from Austin Seminary (TX). He delivers mad Esoteric Piracy. He is a co-founder of UNCO. He enjoys running in place while rubbing his tummy. He has a secret talent only visible in person (ask him when you see him). He is an avid runner and blogs at#RUNREVRUN. He has been punk since 82 & is way punker than you.