For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. Titus 3:1-8
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:7-12
Fred Phelps is the leader of a cult that calls itself the Westboro Baptist Church. The main focus of his so-called ministry is the hatred of homosexuals. But he also teaches to hate among other things: Blacks, Jews, America and Christians. He has also declared that Mister Rogers an, ordained minister, has gone to hell. I’m sure you have seen him on television or the net over the last few years holding up signs at protest such as "God Hates Fags" and other quite disturbing placards. He called himself a friend of Iraq and Saddam Hussain before the war and has called the terrorist bombings around the world God’s judgement against the fags. He calls himself a modern day prophet and says that he is a voice crying in the wilderness. He is a false prophet! Much of his teaching is taken from the Old Testament and one has to ask; How would Jesus react to this man? He is very much like the pharisees of old. Hatred has never won one soul to Christ and never will.
Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live? Ezekiel 18:23
God never takes any pleasure in sending anybody to hell, but it is sin that separates them from God. Sin cannot abide in His presence because of His holiness. It is the sin that God hates because it separates Him from His creation. But He has provided a way of escape though His Son Jesus Christ.
"The Lord . . . is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" 2 Peter 3:9.
One wonders how Mr. Phelps would have reacted to the woman found in the act of adultery. I can see him picking up a stone getting ready to throw it. Or what would he have said to the woman at the well who had, had several different husbands? What about the protitute washing Jesus’ feet with her hair? One has to wonder if He would ever be able to hold a dying AIDs patient in his arms telling that person of God’s love and mercy towards them. Would he be able to go into the ghetto’s and slums and bring a message of hope? I know that’s where you’d find Jesus.
While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?"
On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Matthew 9:10-13
So where is Mr. Phelps mercy with the grieving members of the families of those men and women who died in the service of their country. No where! Instead he disrupts them with protests and calls them fags. As a matter of fact he calls anyone who disagrees with him fags. The bible says that you shall know them by their fruit and I can tell you the fruit put out by Mr. Phelps is rotten and it stinks.
This man is leading a dangerous cult and he is bringing much shame to the body. He needs to be shut down before it gets much worse.
I leave the final words to Jesus.
"You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:43-48
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