Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


Westboro Baptist Commits the True Blasphemy

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Westboro Baptist Church, a small Kansas-based fundamentalist group has gone over the edge into hell once again. The sect, with a history of holding controversial and vehemently offensive protests, said today that its members will march with signs at Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral in Raleigh, N.C. this weekend.

Please… Can we imagine Jesus where Jesus stands in this matter?

Westboro is led by the infamous Rev. Fred Phelps, famed for picketing military funerals. His website, www.godhatesfags.com, accuses John Edwards, the surviving but estranged husband of the deceased of “spewing blasphemy” and mounting a “smash-mouthed assault on His deity.”

No, Mr. Phelps, your nauseating hatred is the actual “smash mouth assault” in this story, and when you name God as your co-conspirator, you blaspheme is name and his character. Yes, God is judge and he will sort all the light from all the darkness. But when he does he will do so in a way perfectly consistent with his love and mercy and justice. The moment you and yours begin to play his role, you yourselves have become the focus of his wrath. Beware…

“God, we pray for mercy on all those who have wronged and offended you. That is, have mercy on us all! And for those who cast judgment on the sins of others and refuse to plead mercy for themselves, as you say, may their own judgment fall upon their own heads. In Jesus…”



  • http://www.30fathoms.blogspot.com Etienne Domingue

    It is against the spirit of Christianity to hate bigots; we can only pray that they experience the transforming love of Christ. Haters are people too: Paul, in many ways the founder of the Early Church, started out as her persecutor. Christ endured crucifixion & death for a world that mocked & reviled Him.
    As repulsive as the WBC is, I have come to think that our indignation merely increases their delusions of self-righteousness. Drawing attention to the WBC’s “protests” in a horrified tone is perhaps playing into their hands.
    Wherever the legal system fails to recognize & protect the family’s right to perform funerary rites in peace, it is up to the community to come together to signify their support for the bereaved & calmly refute the errors of bigots.
    I hope the citizens of Raleigh stage a peaceful action against the WBC. I wish I could take part.

  • Teresa Gelotti

    Amen, how true. I have guilt for not living up to my full potential as a Christian. I guess I found a way to settle for less in life and seeking Jesus was really my only happiness and meaningful interactions with others.Yes, the light has gone from my eyes and the joy of my salvation needs restored. I do know that to rebound 1john 1:9, one must simply confess their sin to Christ and he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I want the abundant life Jesus promised. I know how to get there since I was once there and they were the happiest years of my life. That was what real living was and I’ll never forget it. Before those years, I spent about 4 years on a very rocky road because of preachers from 2 charismatic churches near by, who taught that we could lose our salvation which I believed. After I got some really good sound teaching in a categorical way from the bible I was completely overjoyed that I need not ever to worry about losing this free gift of grace, purchased by the blood of Messiah Jesus. Thanks for you blog. I can relate in some ways about Christmas and how we just want to skip it but the part of me that seems to be dorment right now feels that it is an opportunity for sharing in some with family and friends, even if it is to just stay focused on Christ and his promises which I feel is my escape from the world, the flesh and the devil. I used to watch your dad on t.v. as child. My gramma would tell me to. I learned that people needed a Savior through those broadcasts. :)

  • AnnieJane

    I saw on an American evangelical blog that someone was complaining that their local school wasn’t allowed to sing Frosty the Snowman and he took that as an attack on US Christian values. Pease please explain what Frosty the Snowman has to do with the birth of Jesus.

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