Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist church in Topeka, Kansas, is dead. This congregation of 80 members–most of which are members of the large Phelps family–made a name for itself with its “God hates fags” protest signs and its protests at military funerals with signs reading “Thank God for dead soldiers.”
Read this to learn about the Westboro congregation and its beliefs. Phelps was reportedly excommunicated from his own church recently for advocating “kinder” treatment of fellow members, though this has not been confirmed.
Here we see the dysfunctions of legalism, in which a zeal for righteousness results in unrighteousness, in which the Christian gospel that proclaims “God loves you” is countered by the proclamation that “God hates you.” Isn’t this a pretty clear example of the Devil having his way in the church to undermine its message and to discredit Christianity? [Read more…]