The Westboro Baptist Church is in the news again. This time their hate mongering is actually being used for good. In their threat to picket the funeral of Robin Williams, they made another comedian really mad. The comedian parlayed his anger into a fundraising effort for St. Judes’s hospital and raised nearly $100,000 for the charity. Initially, he had offered to send the WBC to protest a real threat to Christianity-the group ISIS . When the State department discouraged this effort, he decided to host a crowd funding instead for the hospital.
I am amazed that the Westboro Baptist Church gets the funding it does to travel around the U. S. with their message of hate and repentance. As a Christian, they have always been a source of embarrassment to me. Embarrassment is too mild a term. They are revolting to me. I am reluctant to even call them my brothers and sisters in Christ.
Yesterday I read one of the verses that WBC and other churches who preach the gospel of hate use as fuel for their fire. As I read it, it made me question the salvation of these groups.
Galatians 5:19-21New Living Translation (NLT)
19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that about half of the sins listed apply to WBC.
Maybe they don’t know Jesus the way that they say that they do.
Maybe they are some of the false prophets that Jesus warned about.
Matthew 7:15-23New International Version (NIV)
True and False Prophets
15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
The Apostle Paul goes on to describe the fruits of the Holy Spirit of a true follower of Jesus Christ after delineating the fruits of sin.
Galatians 5:22-26New International Version (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
The result of living a life void of the fruits of the Spirit is an eternity separated from God.
Matt 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Maybe WBC will take their own advice and repent and become true followers of the one true God and live a life full of the fruits of the Spirit. Then, maybe, they will truly be able to lead others to know Him as well.