Normally this is not a religious blog, even though some of the posts and discussions occasionally cross over that line, when the issue warrants it. But for those of you that come here to read political commentary, forgive me for a moment while I address this.
This church claims they have a divine right to demonstrate to promote open hatred against homosexuals and they claim they do it, with God's approval. They also cite a scripture from Hebrews 10:30, 31, which states the following (emphasis is mine):
30. For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people. 31. It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Now let's look at this passage shall we? It says that GOD will judge, GOD will repay, not the Westboro Baptist Church. Does it not?
Not only that, let's examine it from a different angle. I am sure that the members of this church would say explicitly that THEY are God's people. If that be the case, according to the scripture, GOD will be judging them. It says that God will judge his people, does it not?
Let's look at another scripture, found in Titus 1:16 (emphasis is mine).
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
How are they abominable? They are attempting to get at the Governor of Pennsylvania by using the pain and grief of innocent people, adding sorrow upon sorrow to that which is already there. If they want to air their grievances against him, they should take it to the statehouse, like every other citizen.
How are they disobedient? Let's look at 1 John 4: 7, 8 and see what it says:
7. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
But from their own admission they say God hates gays and that in turn, gives them the right to hate them. But from Luke 10:27, we see from Christ's own words, this is not true:
27. And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
Not thy heterosexual neighbor, not thy neighbor that agrees with you, but thy neighbor. "Thy neighbor" does not make stipulations. Note that it does not say that I should approve of everything my neighbor says and does. But it does say that I should love him/her, and not hate.
How are they reprobate? Let's look at 1 Timothy 4: 1, 2 for the answer:
1. Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2. Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
If we sear our skin with a hot iron, after the pain of the burn goes away, the nerve endings are numb. They are burnt and damaged and they may never completely heal. It is apparent from the behavior of this twisted group of individuals that they have either no conscience, or it has been seared with a hot iron and the ability to sense what is right and what is wrong, has been numbed greatly. This makes them reprobate.
Now, you may ask why the Bible speaks of God hating this or that and to this question I have an answer for you.
In Psalms 139: 21, 22 we see that God, speaking through David, speaks of a specific kind of hatred:
21. Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? 22. I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
A perfect hatred is much different than a hatred intitiated by man. God hates evil and defines it according to His specific criteria. The evil that man interprets as evil is not always the same kind of evil, as what God may determine it to be. My point is, if man is an imperfect being, how can he hate with a perfect hatred? Answer: He can't. So this is why God says that He will recompense evil-doers, and does not require us as individuals to do it for him.
So to sum this whole thing up, I would say this. From the time that the Apostles were dying off and going off the scene, there have been people that have sought to pervert the Gospel of Christ for their own perverted agendas. Today is not different and these people are but a handful of those grievous wolves that crept into the early church and still exist today. And I firmly believe that God hates them, with a perfect hatred.