Westboro Baptist Church

Friend:
So, are these really Christians that go to funerals and say “fags” are going to
hell and that God loves dead soldiers.  I see where the Supreme Court upheld
their right to say these things—and per the Bible, homosexually is an
abomination.  So, is this group really behaving as “good” Christians?

James:
Their behavior (and some of thier messages) is certainly not Christian. It is true that the bible says homosexuals are going to hell (1 Corinthians 6:9) but the bible compels Christians to communicate this message gently and in love (1 Peter 3:8, James 3:17, 2 Timothy 2:24-25). A more profound question that arises from their (WBC) signs is: Can or does God actually hate certain people? It is not a simple answer. God certainly and unconditionally loves everyone (all humans); He demonstrated this by dying on the cross for EVERYONE’s transgressions of His law (2 Corinthians 5:19). According to the Bible, the greatest demonstration of love is to give one’s life for a friend (John 15:13). God outdid this pinnacle by dying for us (Adam’s children) while we were alienated from Him and enemies with Him (Romans 5:10). On the other hand, He does hate those that reject Him but I should probably qualify this assertion with verses from scripture before I develop the idea any further.

It is probably better to say that God loves and hates the unbeliever simultaneously. This is not a contradiction since He doesn’t love and hate them in the same way. He gives unbelievers an earthly life that includes the free (contrary to what the Catholic Church teaches) offer of salvation and everlasting life (which requires no human effort) and it is available to all (Titus 3:4-5). On the other hand, God’s wrath abides on all those who have not believed the gospel (John 3:36).

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