I guess there are a few similarities I can think of:
-Both our churches contain the name "Baptist"
-We both say "Jesus" and "God" and "judgment", though with varying degrees of frequency
-We're all human beings
-We have breathed the same air molecules at times in our lives
-We drink water
-That might be about it.
Now, what are the differences?
-They're led by one guy and the entire "congregation" consists mostly of his extended family
-It would appear that all they do is attract media attention to themselves by explicitly hating most everyone
-They do in fact hate most everyone
-Most importantly, they are all law and no Gospel.
I've commented on this before, but their main problem is that, unlike most of America and American evanjellyfishism, which is highly antinomian, the Westmorons preaching literally nothing but law, judgment, and destruction. To the ignorant, it can seem like my message is the same, but let's look a little more closely.
Westmorons - America, and you personally, have offended God and there is no hope for you. You are doomed. Repent. It won't do you any good, but repent anyway. God hates you and you'll burn in Hell.
The Gospel (good news) I preach - America, and you personally, have offended God and there is only one hope for you - Jesus Christ. You are doomed outside of Jesus Christ. Repent. It will do you every good. Refuse to repent and you'll burn in Hell, and though God has love for you, it will be as if He hates you.
Huge difference, foundational difference. The Westboro cult is a completely different religion than mine. Neither I nor the Southern Baptists (I attend an SBC church) want anything to do with Westboro; we have both explicitly rejected any tie with them.
I discovered yesterday that the feeling is mutual.
From their wehateeverybody.com site (or something like that):
Trinity Baptist Church in Somewhere, OK December 5, 2010 10:10 AM - 10:40 AM
WBC will picket Trinity Baptist Church to remind these so-called Christians that the Lord commanded them to boldly preach the whole truth of the Gospel, not the lies about a weak, effeminate "God loves everybody" Christ. The Baptists know full good and well that God hates fags and that he casts fags and those that enable them into Hell forever. They are afraid to tell the truth about God's Word because they do not want to suffer afflictions for Christ's sake.
"Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake." Matthew 5:11
These so-called baptists care for this world, not the world to come. They tell you what you want to hear to keep the money coming in. It is the blind leading the blind and you will both land in the pits of hell!
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20
I'd like to extend my appreciation to Phred Felps and his inbred clan for their contribution to the clarity of the good news that it is my heart to proclaim to everyone in all nations. Interestingly, they're mostly wrong about my church.
-We do boldly preach the truth of the Gospel. So much so that we routinely encounter persecution and reviling, much like Matthew 5:11 says. (BTW, what does "Gospel" [good news] mean to Westboro? You're doomed without hope. Not very good news.) It's simply ignorant to say our fear of affliction leads us to chicken out of controversy for the sake of truth.
-They'd have a hard time producing biblical proof that God does not in fact love everyone. He doesn't love everyone the same, but that's not what they said, is it?
-We know full well such things. I don't know about full good.
-Yes, God will cast unrepentant homosexuals into Hell, just like all unrepentant sinners. We offer the homosexual healing and restoration to a relationship with Jesus, just like all sinners. It's what we all need. Westboro offers no healing, no love, no restoration. When it comes to sin, they cut themselves the slack they need to assuage their own consciences, but they're unwilling to extend to others the same mercy.
-Our church is, um, not monetarily rich. The elders don't even have access to the giving records in order to know who gives what.
All that to say that Westboro has excommunicated me. Let that be a lesson to you, hater. Felps and I want nothing to do with each other. Even if I do plan to offer him coffee and cinnamon rolls Sunday morning.
Luke 6:27“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29“Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. 30“Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. 31“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. 32“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33“If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34“If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. 35“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.