Anna, over at the Blog “A Rose By Any Other Name” wrote a great insightful post on the Westboro Weirdoes and their missionary zeal of protesting at funerals. She made a legitimate statement, “I do not understand how a group who call themselves Christians can act in such a way.”
I commented on her statement and now expand upon it.
1. Yes, they “call” themselves Christians but anyone can call himself a Christian — but what he calls himself does not make him one.
2. She said, “They have definitely proven that time and time again by their repulsive actions.” Believers (including me ) must be constantly reminded that the action we see in a person does not prove before God that they are Christians. Only the Lord and they themselves know for sure by their faith.
3. A believer can tell that another person is a believer in Christ only by their testimony in words. I personally know many folks who are wonderfully nice and “moral” people but are members of cultic religions. I also know some folks who, by their words, profess to be Christians, yet live deplorable lives. In either case their words do not support their behavior or their behavior belies their faith.
One of these vile WestBoro Baptist women (Shirley Whoositz) said that all others (murdered babies, the Amish, Jews, and all other Christians, etc) are condemned to hell because they do not keep God’s laws. Therefore by her own words, she proves to us that she is not preaching a true Christian Gospel but an accursed, false works-law “salvation” message. Therefore, she condemns herself and all who believe her drivel.
Obeying God’s laws will never keep her or anyone else out of hell. God’s Law is perfect and condemns mankind but God’s Grace saves. The Bible says God’s law is simply a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Galatians 3:24-25 “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [instructor] to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”
The penalty for breaking the law (sin) is death, spiritual separation from God. But the Gift of God is eternal life through personal faith in Jesus Christ.
Christ’s death on the cross, His burial and resurrection is the fulfillment of the law — and is available to anyone who makes a one time decision to put their faith in Christ as Savior.
Romans 3:20 “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
John 1:17 “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
Romans 3:28 “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”
These Westboro Baptist people do not talk like believers in Jesus Christ. Therefore, we assume by their words that they are lost and need Jesus Christ as Savior. If God’s Grace in Christ can save a sinner like me, then He can save anyone… even these people. This is available to them only if they individually choose to place their trust/faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. Only then they will have God’s gift of eternal life. They must no longer depend on the keeping of God’s law or their “good” works for salvation, but only Christ alone.
The law cannot save — placing one’s faith in Christ alone does save.
It is obvious that the Westboro bunch is being deliberately provocative, but without Christ they are blind and preaching an accursed message. Pray for their salvation in Christ alone. Then their eyes will be opened and they can see.
Please pray also for the families of the murdered children and the family of the murderer.
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