His father was a railroad policeman for the Columbus and Greenville Railway and a devout Methodist ; his mother was a homemaker.
What is Westboro Baptist Church? They are an independent church, not affiliated with any denomination. They are a cultic group, believing that they alone have the truth and that you must be a member of their church to be saved. Although known in Topeka since the picketing of Gage Park inthey came to national attention in after the horrific murder of admitted homosexual Matthew Shepherd who was beaten and left to die tied to a fence outside of Laramie, Wyoming.
In addition, members of the Westboro Baptist Church believe that natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and war are all God-initiated judgments on the evil in the world.
Every tragedy, they claim, is judgment because of support of homosexuality or Jews or because of attacks on Westboro Baptist Church members. They are quick to assert that God hates anyone who does not believe exactly as they do and who does not act as they do. Does God hate everybody?
Because of who God is, and the fact that He is holy, He has no choice but to hate sin and the sin nature—that deep part of an unbeliever that incites rebellion against God. But God also loves everyone. Barnabas and Paul would later say the same thing: In addition to His compassion, goodness, and kindness, God also shows His patience to both the elect and the non-elect.
Every breath that the wicked man takes is an example of the mercy of our holy God. God also exhorts His followers to love, even to love those whose natures and objectives are diametrically opposed to our own: God wants us to love our enemies so we can be more like Him, showing compassion to others as He has had compassion upon us.
Jesus warns His disciples against proclaiming the guilt of others before God. To be a condemning judge of others is to show that one is still under the condemnation of God. We are not the absolute standard. We are not the final word on the matter. To make such a dogmatic pronouncement is to usurp the place of God.
Calvinism states that man can do nothing to save himself from judgment; God elects those He will save Romans 8: Hyper-Calvinism takes this further, saying since God alone elects those He will save, witnessing is futile.
It also denies the concept of common grace—the beneficence God shows toward all His creation by providing good things Matthew 5: Westboro Baptist Church rejects the idea that offending people could turn them away from faith in Jesus Christ. The Method The way in which Westboro Baptist Church spreads its message is mostly through websites and picketing.
They are proud of their ability to picket several different places every day, often bringing their children along with them. Their websites are filled with declarations about the judgment of God and the specific sins they believe public figures have committed.
They include much vile name-calling and usually come around to accusations of support of homosexuality. Christian leaders, churches, and para-church organizations are as quick to attract their wrath as any secular institution.
This tone is completely contradictory to the teachings of the Bible Ephesians 4: Part of the methodology of picketing with intentionally offensive signage is to antagonize people to the point of violence.
When this occurs, Westboro Baptist Church is quick to take legal action. Westboro Baptist Church has a team of experienced lawyers at their disposal.Snyder sued Phelps and the church claiming, among other things, that their actions caused him severe emotional distress.
In defense, Phelps argued that his speech (the picketing and the signs) was protected under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution. Mar 03, · The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church on Wednesday. As Robert Barnes reported: The First Amendment protects a fringe church.
The Westboro Baptist Church, a Topeka, Kansas-based independent fundamentalist ministry that Phelps founded in , has been called "arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America." Its signature slogan, "God Hates Fags", remains the name of the group's principal website.
Westboro Baptist Church Since , WBC has taken forth the precious from the vile, and so is as the mouth of God (Jer.
). In , WBC began conducting peaceful demonstrations opposing the fag lifestyle of soul-damning, nation-destroying filth.
Apr 18, · The Westboro Baptist Church was formed in by Fred Phelps, and its members languished in relative obscurity for decades, waving their signs at gay pride parades and the like.
There are only a few dozen members at any given time,—mostly extended family of the leaders. Sadly, some of Westboro Baptist Church’s activities are funded by the financial gains from this litigation.
Westboro Baptist Church: The Misrepresentation The members of the Westboro Baptist Church claim to speak in God’s name, but do so in a way contradictory to what God shows us in the Bible.