Frequently Asked Questions
The Bible teaches that God hates people. The notion that "God hates the sin but loves the sinner" is unbiblical. For example: “Thou hatest all workers of iniquity.” (Psalm 5:5). Here is a list of additional Bible examples of the hatred of God towards people.
In one sense, God is kind and merciful to the evil and the unjust (Matthew 5:45, Luke 6:35-36). And "The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works." (Psalm 145:8-9). “Despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” (Romans 2:4). Your rejection of God in the face of His longsuffering, goodness, mercy, forbearance, and compassion will be evidence against you on the Judgment Day that will render you without excuse. Your duty is to obey the gospel.
In the matter of eternal salvation, the love of God is reserved exclusively for His elect, and the hatred of God is reserved for the reprobate:
"And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated." (Romans 9:10-13)
The elect of God (symbolized by Jacob) were chosen by God before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). These people, by the grace of God, are given penitent, contrite, humble, new hearts and a desire to seek after and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their only hope. All other people (symbolized by Esau) are hated by God and will justly go to hell for their disobedience and hatred of Christ.
God doesn’t love those people who are in hell for eternity. The sentence of hell is an expression of the hatred and wrath of God, which are among His perfect attributes. This hatred of God is His fixed and immutable determination to punish the finally impenitent with eternal perdition. God's hatred is not at all like man's hatred. His hatred is holy, pure, and unchanging, while man's hatred is a sinful, fickle emotion.
Most who mistakenly believe that God does not hate people base their belief upon a misunderstanding of John 3:16 ("God so loved the world…") or 1 John 4:8 ("God is love"), neither of which teach that God loves everyone and doesn’t hate anyone. For more information, please see "God Loves Everyone - The Greatest Lie Ever Told".
First, it is the duty of every human to be thankful to God for everything He does. He is the Creator. All His acts are, by definition, perfect and just. “The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.” (Psalm 19:9). All things flow from and happen by Him. It is the duty of every human to bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Co 10:5). Therefore, we are to be thankful for everything He does. Our thanksgiving for such adumbrations (or, foretastes) of God’s wrath is not motivated by a gleeful, vengeful, emotional response to the catastrophe itself, but in submissive recognition of the sovereignty of God.
I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. – Isaiah 45:5-7
See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. – Deuteronomy 32:39
The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. - Psalm 58:10
Second, God promised mankind that if you obey Him, He’ll bless you; if you disobey Him, He’ll curse you (e.g., Deuteronomy 11:29, 27:4, 13; Joshua 8). This world is disobedient and rebellious. Most of the catastrophes, diseases, and violence we see are because of sin and are adumbrations of God’s wrath against people who have wholesale disregard for His commandments and who have no sincere interest in obeying the God who made them. All men ever born must earnestly repent of their sins while they still have life – without doing just that, men must then endure eternal damnation (hell). Consider the scripture:
There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. – Luke 13:1-5
We neither condone nor advocate human hatred. The hatred of God, however (which is one of His perfect attributes), runs the current of the scripture, is plainly pronounced, and is vitally important for everyone to know about, as it serves as the basis for the eternal consequence for man’s unrepentant sin. For every verse about God's mercy, love, compassion, etc. in scripture, there are two verses about His vengeance, hatred, wrath, etc. The scripture says that God hates all workers of iniquity (Psalm 5:5), so we will tell all workers of iniquity that God hates them. (See related answer in FAQ #2)
It is the duty of all of God’s people everywhere to preach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27), including the hatred and wrath of God. Most ‘pastors’ of ‘Christian’ churches today completely shirk their responsibility to preach on the hatred and wrath of God – this error is great wickedness, in that their congregants and all others within earshot are being given ‘smooth words’ rather than being taught right things.
That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: - Isaiah 30:9-10
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? – Jer. 5:31
It is a great cruelty perpetrated by pastors, churches, and so-called ‘Christians’ to not preach on sin, the consequence of sin, and therefore a need for a Saviour and the need to be given a penitent heart by our Maker. Most who call themselves pastors, preachers or priests today are only willing to say things that you want to hear, because they need for you to want to stay and hear so that you will give them money. These are people who are not sent by God, but who “teach what they ought not for filthy lucre’s sake” (Titus 1:11). They are preaching for a salary – for a pension. Whatever care they claim to have for your never-dying soul is greatly eclipsed by their greed and their willingness to be dishonest about the important things of morality and eternity in order to get money, social honor, and a place of moral authority. What every person needs more than they need water to drink or air to breathe is to understand how abominable their sin makes them in the sight of God, and to know that the only solution to that is God-given repentance and faith in Christ. What you don't need to hear is that you're okay just the way you are, and God accepts everyone without exception. Don't listen to the money-grubbing heretic who stands at the front of your church. Listen to God (by heeding His word).
Please see the following sermons:
Be Ready Always to Give an Answer - Part One
“What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory.” (Romans 9:22-23)
You don’t get to continue in your sin and rebellion against God and presume that He will still forgive you. That is “turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness” (Jude 1:4). You have a non-delegable duty to follow the first commands of the gospel, as Christ preached: “Repent ye, and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:15). Otherwise, if you don’t obey the gospel, Jesus Christ will return “in flaming fire taking vengeance on” you (2 Thessalonians 1:8). There is no forgiveness and mercy without repentance; there is only wrath and vengeance.
To warn the people who are still living that unless they repent, they will likewise perish. When people go to funerals, it is one of the few times that they have sincere, sober thoughts of mortality, heaven, hell, eternity, etc., on their minds. It's the perfect time to warn them of things to come. It is a great kindness to remind people of the truth contained within God’s word of these sober, grave topics – the most important for any person to think of in their brief lives – while their minds are on such topics for that brief moment of sobriety.
Here is what Jesus said about the funeral of an unrighteous man:
Jesus said unto him, let the dead (meaning those who don’t have a sincere concern for the things of God and their never-dying souls) bury their dead (meaning their deceased): but go thou and preach the kingdom of God". - Luke 9:60.
Jesus commanded a man, whose father had just died, to NOT EVEN GO MOURN AT THE FUNERAL AND BURY HIM, but rather preach the kingdom of God. Hypocrites in this modern era, who think they are smarter than Christ, would open their mouths in amazement at Christ's lack of respect for a poor mourning man whose father had just died.
As for funerals of fallen soldiers – when a nation rises up in pride against God, one of the ways that God punishes that nation is by killing her men of war. “She hath been proud against the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel. Therefore shall her young men fall in the streets, and all her men of war shall be cut off in that day, saith the LORD.” (Jeremiah 50:29-30). Soldiers’ funerals often become more of a ‘patriotic pep rally’ than they do anything else. Rather than ‘mourning’ the death of someone who willingly fought for a nation awash in sin at every level, those present at such occasions should rather mourn, deeply and with great shame, for their sins – as the same God who took the breath of life of those fallen will shortly take ours. What state of heart will you have when the Lord comes to take your breath of life? What of eternity and your never-dying soul? “What will ye do in the day of visitation?” (Isaiah 10:3).
Christ would, and did, preach against all types of sinners, not only when He walked the earth in the flesh, but also through the entirety of the Bible (He is referred to as “the Word” in John 1:1 and following). Jesus preached against sin, the consequences of sin, and the remedy for sin. Everyone loves the Jesus who healed sick people, fed hungry people, held babies, etc. – they just don’t want Him to ever speak. When He did speak, He preached more about Hell than anyone else in the Bible. And He insisted that people must repent of their sins.
Jesus preached particularly hard against the sin of false religion. When churches encourage sin by preaching that God loves everyone, or that the Atonement or Salvation of Christ is universal, we will preach against not only that lying preaching, but also the sins that such folly inevitably leaves in its wake: divorce, remarriage (which is a form of adultery), fornication, killing (abortion), homosexuality, etc. The truth is that most people in America have decided that either God didn’t mean what He said when he pronounced that divorce, adultery, fornication and homosexuality were sins, or they don’t care what God says about such things. And the so-called “churches” of the day are more than happy to accommodate them. But we will continue to remind you of your sins, and the necessity to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus, out of obedience to Christ. And when any part of God’s word is being faithfully preached, Christ is there (as He is the Word).
Yes. The most common passages people refer to are “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matthew 7:1) and “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” (John 8:7). These verses teach us to not judge unrighteously (or self-righteously), to not substitute your notions or standards of judgment for God’s, and to not judge hypocritically.
However, there are several verses in the Bible where we are told to judge. "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment" John 7:24. "But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man" I Corinthians 2:15. "Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?" - I Corinthians 6:2. Even the passage most often quoted from Matthew 7 goes on to tell us to judge: “First cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:5).
Many people use the story of the woman taken in adultery (John 8:3-11) as an excuse to not ever preach to anyone. The simple truth of the matter is that Christ not only preached to the woman, but also to all of her accusers. By saying "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her," Christ was not speaking of someone who was entirely free from any and all sin, as there was no such person other than Christ himself. The law of Moses called for the stoning of a person who was caught in adultery and that stoning had to be done by someone who was not guilty of the sin with which the accused was charged. Who Christ is referring to here is someone who is not guilty of some impenitent, scandalous sin and more particularly, adultery. Christ called the generation in which He lived an adulterous and sinful generation, meaning, at least partially, that adultery was extremely prevalent. Therefore, as was shown by each of the accusers leaving without casting any stone, each of those accusers was just as guilty of adultery, if not more so, than the woman. He preached to them about their hypocrisy, convicting each one of them of their sins to such an extent that none could stand their own conscience. Also, by the very words "Go and sin no more," Christ preached repentance to the woman. Christ did not say "Go and continue living your wicked and adulterous life and I will grant you salvation anyway."
Further, by telling him that was without sin to cast the first stone, Christ showed to the woman that He was merciful, and to her accusers, he showed that He is the searcher of hearts. Christ, not only by His words, but also by His actions, preached that salvation is by grace and not by works. According to the law of Moses, this woman was fully deserving of being stoned to death for her adultery.
Crying "judge not lest you be judged" or "let he who is without sin cast the first stone" is a favorite tactic among proud sinners, just like it was among the ancient Sodomites. "And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door" Genesis 19:9. It really doesn't make any sense to use these verses against someone who is following Christ's command to preach to every creature, because preaching and judging aren't the same things. We are supposed to judge righteously in dividing out moral and immoral behavior from a scriptural standpoint. We are supposed to preach against sin – it is a great kindness and one of the main ways that we are able to manifest our love for our neighbor (Lev. 19:17-18 – see answer to #2 above).
Our focus is on preaching the “gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth” (Romans 1:16). To preach the gospel requires preaching against sin. We preach against all sin, but it’s important to preach about the specific sins of our day:
Son of man, cause Jerusalem (or wherever you live) to know her abominations – Ezekiel 16:2
Homosexuality, therefore, is due special attention by our ministry for several reasons. First, Paul the Apostle, who spoke as he was moved by the Holy Spirit, gave the sin of homosexuality special attention (most probably because it was rampant in the Roman culture to which he was preaching in the epistle to the church at Rome). It is important that everyone carefully read Romans 1, repeatedly. Throughout the Old Testament, when the nation of Israel was in its worst spiritual condition, in full blown apostasy, the Bible makes a point of telling us that sodomy was one of the chief traits of society (see I Kings 14:24). Under the Law of Moses, the penalty for homosexuality was death. Further, sodomy is the only sin which caused God to rain fire from heaven on an entire 5-city population (Sodom and Gomorrah – Genesis 19). So, we have a Bible basis for recognizing that homosexuality is a particularly heinous sin in the eyes of the God of Eternity. See these Bible verses about homosexuality.
Second, and perhaps more important in the contemporary context, this is the sin that is at the forefront of the moral crisis in this nation and world. We did not start the homosexual movement. We did not put this movement on the front page of every major newspaper, in every phase of the entertainment industry, and in the schools. We are not the ones insisting that this awful behavior serve as the basis for special legal rights. We are not the ones marching up and down the streets demanding that people accept and respect us for our sins. We are not the ones who claim ‘pride’ in themselves for that sin. This is the only sin to which governments, corporations, social groups, etc., make special concessions to in sanitizing and legitimizing sin. Imagine if embezzlers, murderers or rapists demanded that they be given protection - not punishment - by law because of their wrongful deeds? Or imagine that any of these sinners got together and paraded down Main Street in a ‘Murderers Pride Parade’? Most would gasp in amazement. Yet most embrace the notion that because someone engages in sex with a person of the same gender - and then chooses to broadcast that fact - they should be protected, even though God Almighty has forever denounced that practice and called it an abominable sin. Amazing! This sin is so insidious by its nature, and those who commit such things so abominable by their nature, that it serves as the litmus test for a society. When God has turned his back on a people, sodomites rule the land. That is why we focus on this issue, amongst others, in our ministry at this time in our journey on this Earth.
Third, similar conditions existed in Sodom, which was destroyed by God. Jesus warned us that it would be like it was in the days of Lot (Sodom) just before He returns. The cultural environment in Sodom was of wholesale societal acceptance of sexual and marital perversion, most notably homosexuality. Anyone who ever engages in homosexuality should be ashamed, as they are committing great sins against God Almighty. If you enable, support, condone, legislate for or attempt to legitimize that sin, you should be ashamed. It was your ilk who brought destruction on Sodom, and it will be your ilk who fuels God's wrath to the point that there will be no remedy.
Finally, you should realize that the full scope of our ministry is broader than the homosexual movement. If you read all our news releases and signs, and listened to the preaching in our church week in and out, you would realize that we have a full doctrinal scope in all our activities. It may seem to you that we focus only on homosexuality because we are the only ones really visibly and vocally opposed to the legitimizing of that filthy, abominable sin, out of obedience to God.
The scriptures have no lack of examples where God's people throughout the ages have gone, in a most public way, and withstood certain people to the face, or called them by name and preached to them directly. For example, see Luke 3:19 - "But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by (John the Baptist) for Herodias his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done." Of course, John the Baptist was beheaded by Herod for preaching to him about living in adultery with his sister-in-law. See also, I Kings 18:17, et seq, where Elijah once again challenges King Ahab for his evil deeds. Further, Paul spoke directly to and about Alexander the Coppersmith, and the Cretans, whom he called liars, evil beasts, slow bellies, and concludes that passage with the injunction that we are to rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith. See Titus 1:12, 13.
We are also instructed at I Timothy 5:20 - "Them that sin, rebuke before all that others also may fear (that is, fear God)."
Your own experiences of life would teach you that it is a technique of the human animal to change behavior by holding wrong doers, or evil doers, up to public contempt, as a way to make an example of them so that others will not go that way, or engage in similar conduct (e.g. Hitler, murderers, rapists, etc.).
We cannot know for certain that an individual person is in hell (or heaven). Only God knows that. However, we can and should look at all the available evidence that we have and make a reasonable assumption. We are under an obligation to discern the signs of the times and to discern between good and evil (Hebrews 5:14). For example, the evidence that Matthew Shepard is in hell is the fact that he was a practicing homosexual, who was trolling for anonymous perverted sex when he was killed. There is not one shred of evidence that he ever repented. We hope he did, as we hope everyone does, but there is no evidence. To the person who would suggest that Matthew Shepard is anywhere but hell, where is your evidence that he repented? For those who would appeal to the thief on the cross, there is a saying that goes, "there was a thief on the cross that none might despair. But there was only one thief that none might presume." You have no right to presume on the mercy of God.
Yes. It is our desire that sinners (including our enemies – Matthew 5:44) would love, fear, obey and worship Christ. We make our prayers for the salvation of sinners consistent with the prayer of Jesus Christ in John 17:9 – “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.” We also pray that, in accordance with the will of God, Jesus Christ will return “in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9).
There comes a point, however, where it becomes too late to pray. Throughout the detailed accounts of the abominations of the nation of Judah in the book of Jeremiah, God repeatedly tells his prophet, "pray not thou for this people" (Jeremiah 7:16; 11:14; 14:11). Then, as if to put the instruction into the hyperbolic range, God pronounces the futility of such prayer by saying, "Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people." (Jeremiah 15:1).
We do what we are commanded to do. There are several verses that show our commission well: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15); "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins." (Isaiah 58:1); and "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine." (2 Timothy 4:2).
We therefore preach the unvarnished Word of God, which the Bible calls "a more sure word of prophecy, unto which ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts." (2 Peter 1:19). We know that "it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe," and that this same preaching is a “stumblingblock” and “foolishness” to those who do not believe. (1 Corinthians 1:21, 24). We know that it is a savor of life to those who are saved, and a savor of death to those who are perishing (2 Corinthians 2:15-16). It is by the means of preaching that God, in His wisdom, has chosen to save some men, and to condemn others.
Any person who is willing to behave themselves and sit quietly and listen to the preaching done from the pulpit at our church is welcome to attend.
Regardless of any person's private conduct, we would do unto them as we would have them do unto us. By a fear of God, we would declare the whole counsel of God to them, lest their blood should be on our hands. We would share the Gospel (good news) with them, and we would treat them like we would treat any other person on this earth. We would treat them with kindness and follow those scriptural injunctions that require that we preach the gospel to every creature.
"For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!" - I Corinthians 9:16.
Knowing always that it is only by the foolishness of preaching that any man is saved, preaching a pure, complete, unvarnished gospel, is our duty, and it is the only hope for salvation for a homosexual or any other sinner. See Romans 10:17 - "So, then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
Repentance is a gift of God (2 Timothy 2:25), and there is joy in heaven (and among the people of God) over one sinner that repents (Luke 15:7). God tells us that repentance must be accompanied by good fruits (or, works); words aren’t enough. (Matthew 3:8, Acts 26:20). Faith without works is dead (James 2:17). Based upon 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, there is a scriptural basis to believe that it is possible for the most hardened of sinners to repent. On the other hand, Jesus Christ taught that "no man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him." (John 6:44). In Romans 1, on three separate occasions, it says that God has given homosexuals and many other sinners up to uncleanness (v. 24), vile affections (v.26), and a reprobate mind (v. 28). If He has given them up to these things, He is not simultaneously drawing them to Christ. These verses are not incongruous, because if Christ died for them, the Holy Spirit will surely call them, God will in fact draw them, they will leave off that uncleanness, vile affections and reprobate mind, and the inevitable result will be that they will inherit heaven and not hell. We are not going to be left wondering about it, in light of the objective test which the Bible describes, including at 2 Timothy 2:19: "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity."
No one would know, and therefore no one would care, about the sexual practices or pleasures of any such human unless they put it on the table. School is not a place for a teacher or any other tax-paid adult to be discussing, directly or indirectly, their sexual "preferences" or those of any other person. If such a person could and would go about their business in a professional, mature and responsible manner, it would never be a problem with their conduct. Our experience, however, is that with persons who are homosexual (just like their scriptural models), they typically feel compelled to "share" their perversion with any and everybody surrounding them. They do this with a certain degree of misplaced pride and an apparent compulsion to insist on others' approval. When that happens to any least degree in a school setting, it is grossly improper and should be removed from the environment. Any such person engaging in that behavior is not a suitable teacher in any school.
No. We don't believe in physical violence of any kind, and the Scripture doesn't support racism – which is sin. God never says "thou shalt not be black." However, He does say, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." (Leviticus 18:22). And He does say that He “hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth.” (Acts 17:26). All humans, regardless of race, are born in the same condition – as “children of wrath” (Ephesians 2:3). And all humans, regardless of race, are in desperate need of being delivered from that condition.
Our experience, and empirical evidence shows, that the homosexual community most closely exhibits the characteristics of Nazism. Through their militant agenda and propaganda, they want to force everyone by law to support their filth, and they want to shut anyone up by law when they hate a voice of opposition to their sin. They would be perfectly happy to make it a crime to preach that "God hates fags" under the guise of "hate speech legislation." Likewise, baby-killers (abortionists and their supporters) support the genocide of millions of babies, and then act indignant that Hitler killed millions of Jews. Baby-killers are responsible for more murder and bloodshed than Hitler and his Nazi party ever dreamed.
The word "fag" is a contraction of the word "faggot" or "fagot." The word "faggot" means "a bundle of sticks or twigs, especially when bound together and used as fuel." A "fag" is used for kindling - it fuels fire. Just as a "fag" fuels the fires of nature, so does a sodomite fuel the fires of hell and God's wrath. They burn in lust one toward another.
It is typical for the homosexual community to object to the word “fag,” as they are hell-bent on sanitizing, legitimizing and promoting that sin as not sinful at all. Any language used that they feel calls their practices what they are – wicked, filthy, proud sin – is denounced by their whole community as ‘hateful’ and inappropriate. What ever word you use to describe it, proud sin is proud sin.
No. Jesus died only for His sheep (John 10). His church (Ephesians 5:25). His elect (I Peter 1:2). By His death, He actually saved them; He didn’t just make it possible for them to be saved: “Thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21.) If He died for everyone, everyone would go to heaven. All sins of all people would be forgiven...including the sin of “unbelief.” But obviously, all sins aren't forgiven, because people are burning in Hell. If all the sins of all mankind are already paid for, God would be unjust to make people pay for them again in Hell. The death of Christ is effectual for whosoever believes; and the only people who believe are those who were ordained to eternal life (Acts 13:48).
Unique to humanity, the only true and living God revealed Himself to the Jews and committed unto them His oracles. Jews as a people were the first fruits of God’s elect church. God gave a goodly number of Jews to Christ in the Covenant of Grace, and as an indelible brand of how He delivers and protects His own He tenderly guided and protected the Jewish people for many centuries. God’s elect among national Jewry were chosen to serve as pure and righteous prophets, priests, and kings in the earth; again providing a sample to Christians on practical divinity in their daily work in loving and serving God while tenderly and patiently loving and ministering to His elect saints. Jews as a nation and people maliciously and treasonously turned against God and His word and His prophets, again providing a type for true Christians today of how our very spouses, brethren and children will turn against God and against His elect precious. Their apostasy was punctuated with the violent taking of Christ, their appointed Messiah, and with cruel hands delivering Him up to torment and death. God displayed His wrath against the whole of Jewry by opening the time of the Gentiles; when Gentiles would put Jewry under their feet and elect among the Gentiles would be given the Word of God and the guidance of the Holy Ghost. When that time comes to a close, the Jewish prophets and Apostles have told us, 144,000 Jews will be granted repentance and return to God in truth and full love for Christ as their Messiah. After a period of great tribulation, those righteous Jews will be restored to service in the new temple made by God. There, the Jews will live under the direct blessing of Christ, as He rules the nations with a rod of iron.
The laws in question are: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22); and, “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13).
The Mosaic Law is commonly divided up into three types – moral, judicial, and ceremonial.
Moral laws are those principles that apply to all men in all places at all times. For example, “thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13). It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, or what time period you live in, murder is wrong.
Judicial laws are those laws that were in effect during the existence of the theocracy of Israel, to regulate day-to-day behavior. There is always a foundational moral principle underlying these laws, but the specifics of them applied to that nation at that time. For example, “If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.” (Exodus 22:1). Once the theocracy of Israel ceased to exist, the judicial law ceased to be in force. The moral principles underneath the judicial law, however, are still just as valid as they always have been.
Ceremonial laws are those laws that applied to the religious worship of God in Israel. These laws also always have a foundational moral principle undergirding them. The ceremonial laws were symbolic in nature – the New Testament calls them a “shadow of good things to come” (Hebrews 10:1). Ceremonial laws ceased to be in force when Christ rent the vail in twain (Matthew 27:51) because the body (that is, the body that was casting the shadow) of all these things was Christ. When Christ came and did His work, the shadows were no longer necessary. But the spiritual and moral truths behind these laws are still valid. See also Colossians 2:13-23 and Acts 10.
The moral laws are manifestations of the very character and nature of God. They don’t change. The judicial and ceremonial laws have the moral law as their underpinnings and were put in place at a particular time for a particular reason. Specifically, they were created for the nation of Israel to separate them from the surrounding nations, to govern its civil affairs, to worship God, and to foreshadow the Messiah.
We know that the sin of homosexual behavior falls under the category of a “moral law” because it is said to be a sin multiple times in the New Testament. For example, see Romans 1:18-32. This means that it is always wrong, for all people, in all places, at all times.
People generally ask this question to try to prove a point. And the point is, "the Mosaic Law contains lots of stuff that we don't follow anymore - why should we still follow the verse that forbids sodomy?" For example, "if it's OK to eat pork, why isn't it OK to commit sodomy?" We’ve answered this above, but we should point out that the above statement makes about as much sense as, "if it's OK to eat pork, why isn't it OK to murder?"
Because we earnestly believe that Christ died for our sins, and we strive to faithfully uphold His Word. Most "Christians" today are Christians in name only and have brought a reproach on Christ. These lukewarm “false brethren” (2 Corinthians 11:26) are ashamed of and pervert the word of God. They have substituted their own man-made ideas for God's clear commandments and have taken a penknife to those portions of scripture that don’t suit their flesh.
All people are sinners. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and if any man says he has not sinned he's a liar. (Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:8). We are no better than any homosexual or any other sinner. No human is good of his or her own accord. (Romans 3:10). The only righteousness that God recognizes is the righteousness that he gives, which is the imputed righteousness of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21). His righteousness is a single heart, humble, contrite and broken, devoted to God. And the only way a heart becomes this way is by God touching it and making it that way and supplying grace to cause that person’s walk and whole outlook to change. (Ezekiel 36:26). No man can bestow this upon himself or do anything, of his own accord, to please God. (John 3:8, Romans 8:5-9).
The difference between true believers and a defiant, practicing sinner (such as a homosexual, who is proud of his sin), is grace. When the grace of God operates on the heart of a human, that human desires to obey God and live soberly and righteously. (Titus 2:11-12). And when that happens, that person is profoundly impressed with his sinful nature, and falls on his knees begging God's mercy, and God has mercy on that heart. Then, and only then, a true spirit of repentance exists, and forgiveness follows. (Matthew 5:3).
As a counterexample to grace, the average homosexual - and average false preacher - would have it that God forgives the practicing homosexual even as he continues to be a practicing homosexual. Forgiveness does not come without repentance, and repentance does not come, by definition, without the remorse for the sin and that sin stopping, as a matter of course. Until that happens, it is folly of the worst kind to claim that God has forgiven the homosexual.
We have a lively hope that we will not burn in hell. Not because we are sinless, but because of what the scripture teaches. For example:
“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” (1 Timothy 1:15).
“For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed…For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:11,13).
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Abortion is murder. “Thou shalt not kill.” (Exodus 20:13). God hates baby-killers. Any other view of the matter is a delusional perversion of the truth.
Jesus Christ said the following:
“Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Matthew 19:4-6).
At the beginning, God made them male and female. If He made you a male, then you are a male. If He made you a female, then you are a female. Transgender rebellion is a sin against God.
As far as intersex people, please see this blog post.
Jesus defined the only acceptable sexual relationship as that between one man and one woman for one lifetime, in the bond of marriage. No homosexuality; no bisexuality; no pansexuality; no premarital sex; no extramarital sex - everything else is a sin.
See also: Bible verses about homosexuality.
Our ultimate aim is to glorify God. We do that by preaching the Word of God (the whole counsel of God – not just the parts that people want to hear) to this crooked and perverse generation (Philippians 2:15). By our words, some will repent and be saved, and the mercy of God will be glorified (2 Corinthians 2:15, Romans 9:23). By our words, some will be condemned, and the wrath of God will be glorified (2 Corinthians 2:15, Romans 9:22). Either way, God will be glorified, and we give thanks to God, “which always causeth us to triumph in Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:14).
“And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.” (Ezekiel 2:5)
Yes. But the operation of grace and the granting of repentance is given by God. Christianity is not a numbers game, consisting of who can get the most people to repent. Our job is simply to preach, and by the foolishness of our preaching, we hope that people will be saved (1 Corinthians 1:21). However, Jesus is the Savior, not us. No man can come unto Him unless the Father in heaven draws him (John 6:44), and He will call His sheep (John 10:3). Remember, Noah preached for 120 years and convinced nobody, and by that righteous preaching, he saved his house, and he condemned the world (Hebrews 11:7).
The ‘harshness’ is not in the words themselves, but rather in how they land on the hearts of the hearers. We use great plainness of speech (2 Corinthians 3:12) and will not beat around the bush when it comes to someone's eternal soul. Watch out for those people who tell you that it's okay to be gay - they'll take you to hell with them.
It has been said "honey draws more flies than does vinegar." This really isn't a Biblical concept. The Bible teaches the exact opposite. For example, Jude says in verses 21-23, "Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference, and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment spotted by the flesh." Furthermore, you should carefully examine all the preachers (including Jesus) in the Bible. On some, they had compassion. On others, they preached fear. It is our duty to make a difference.
The reality is that out of the scriptures themselves (Leviticus 19:17-18), the preaching we do is so far from harsh that it is precisely the opposite. Scripture teaches that warning men about their sins is the most sincere form of love for one’s neighbor, and that ‘suffering sin upon them’ (or failing to tell them that the sin is sin and exhorting them to stop doing it) is outward evidence of hating your neighbor in your heart.
Yes (see answer to FAQ #27). Does that mean to lie to him and tell him what he wants to hear? No. It means to tell him the truth and warn him to flee from the wrath to come. As we are commanded in Leviticus 19:17, "Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him." Here, loving your neighbour is defined as rebuking him, and not allowing sin to come upon him. Further, we have never suggested that we don't love our neighbor. Love "rejoiceth in the truth" (1 Corinthians 13:6), and particularly in the truth about weighty matters such as life and death, sin, righteousness, judgment to come, Heaven and Hell.
But remember, David said: "Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? Am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them mine enemies." Psalm 139:21, 22. David hated God's enemies with a perfect, spiritual hatred (as opposed to the fickle human emotion of hatred), just as all of God's elect do. It is our sincerest hope that men listen to God and repent of their sins.
There is an important sense in which the answer is simply “no.” "Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee HATH THE GREATER SIN." John 19:11. If there is a greater sin, all sins are not the same. "Wherefore I say unto you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men." Matthew 12:31. Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost will not be forgiven - that sin is therefore not equal to all other sins. In the Mosaic Law, God required the death penalty for certain sins (e.g., murder, sodomy, adultery) but not for other sins. Therefore, not all of those sins are equal.
However, in another sense, all sins can be said to be equal, because all sins have the same punishment if there is no repentance and forgiveness - hell. “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.” (James 2:10-11).
Flying a nation’s flag upside down is the international sign for distress. This country, as well as the rest of the world, is in mortal danger - we're in distress. In America, for instance, national support of perversity is bringing God's wrath upon us. Every major institution legislates for, enables, condones and normalizes sin – from the courts, to the legislature, the mainline churches, industry, the news and entertainment industry, as well as the educational institutions. “Save yourselves from this untoward generation.” (Acts 2:40).
God is absolutely sovereign and whatever He decrees will surely come to pass: “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” (Isaiah 46:10). This includes God’s choice of who will and won’t be saved: “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” (Ephesians 1:4-6). If God decreed every human being who ever lived to be saved, then every human being who ever lived would be saved. So in this sense, God certainly does not want everyone to be saved. He has mercy on whom He will have mercy, He hardens whom He will harden. He creates some men as vessels of honor and mercy, and others as vessels of dishonor and wrath. (Romans 9:18-23). Why? Because it was His good pleasure. (Ephesians 1:5).
Often, the following passages are brought up:
- 2 Peter 3:9 – “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” In the context, this passage is not referring to everyone, but is restricted to “us” (that is, those who “obtained like precious faith” – 2 Peter 1:1). Compare this to John 10:28 – “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
- 1 Timothy 2:4 – “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” This does not mean “all men without exception” but rather “all men without distinction.” Christ has redeemed men “out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Revelation 5:9), and in Christ Jesus, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female” (Galatians 3:28).
- Ezekiel 18:23 and 33:11 – “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?... Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” God has commanded all men everywhere to repent and believe the gospel (Acts 17:30, Mark 1:15). It is not a pleasing thing to God when you disobey Him and suffer the consequences of that disbelief. Rather, what is pleasing to Him is when you obey. The death of the wicked does not cause vindictive glee in God; He does not punish the wicked just for the sake of punishing them. “For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.” (Lamentations 3:33). The death of His saints, on the other hand, is precious in His sight (Psalm 116:15).
Scripture teaches us that God laughs at your rebellion against Him, including when your calamity comes. “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.” (Psalm 2:4). “I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh.” (Proverbs 1:26).
Natural and man-made disasters and calamities are adumbrations of the wrath of God, a harbinger of things to come: that Great Day of Judgment. Amos 3:6 "Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?" That word translated "evil" there is means distress, misery, injury, calamity. The answer, of course, to the rhetorical question posed in this verse is a resounding "NO!" See also Romans 1:18 - "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness." And you wonder if these things are the wrath of God?
As far as God killing children in His wrath, children were certainly killed in the Great Flood. God destroyed billions of people in His wrath, including children. "And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and everything that is in the earth shall die." Genesis 6:17. Children certainly died when God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah in His wrath. "Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground." Genesis 19:24,25. God killed the firstborn child of every family in Egypt in His wrath. "And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead." Exodus 12:29,30. God commanded Saul to kill all the Amalekites - including infants and sucklings. "Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass." 1 Samuel 15:3. God destroyed countless people in the Babylonian Captivity His wrath, including children. "Therefore now thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; Wherefore commit ye this great evil against your souls, to cut off from you man and woman, child and suckling, out of Judah, to leave you none to remain." Jeremiah 44:7. God destroyed thousands in His wrath on September 11, 2001, including children. "The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs." Deuteronomy 32:25.
All of God’s judgments are righteous: "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" Romans 11:33. Furthermore, there's no such thing as an innocent person, regardless of age: "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come." Romans 5:12-14.
No. We don't accept donations, and we don't make merchandise of the Gospel. "Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise." (John 2:16). "Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles." (3 John 1:7).
There is but one way to join Westboro Baptist Church, and that is to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as the one and only way for remission of sins and salvation. True repentance will be accompanied by “fruits meet for repentance” (Matthew 3:8). “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” (James 2:17).
“If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Ephesians 4:21-24).
No. The only scriptural standard is earnest belief in the Lord Jesus Christ – and a man’s heart is only turned to that belief supernaturally by God. That faith is going to carry with it the notion that you are ashamed of your sins, that you don’t want to continue in them (repentance), and you know deep down that you stand in need of a Saviour (from the sentence of eternal hell – one that all men who die in their sins must face). A person of earnest belief is also commanded to be baptized.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. – Mark 16:16
That God-given earnest belief in the Lord Jesus Christ will result in a drastic change of outlook, and that person will desire to obey Christ and strive against sin for the rest of their mortal lives – choosing to suffer afflictions with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season (Hebrews 11:25).
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. – Matthew 24:13.
A saved person must do whatever is necessary to be a part of the body of Christ and have fellowship, “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together” (Hebrews 10:25). If you’re a “free agent” who doesn’t want to be involved with a church of the Lord Jesus Christ, it’s highly questionable whether you’re truly saved.
The passages in question are 1 Corinthians 14:34: "let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law"; and 1 Timothy 2:12: “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.” This commandment in the New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is part of how we are distinguished as the Bride of Christ. The women of WBC keep silence in the church service, demonstrating that they recognize they are to be under obedience to either their father or (if married) their husband. This obedience to the authority constituted by God from the beginning is also demonstrated in the fact that the women of WBC do not cut their hair and while in the church service they have their heads covered (see 1 Corinthians 11:5-10). That passage shows how critical the matter of the woman's demonstrated submission to God's standard of authority (chain-of-command, if you will) inasmuch as it closes with "because of the angels". That is, this is a matter that goes (for the women who violate it and the men -- fathers or husbands -- who allow it) to the heart of what cast a full third of the created race of angels: pride-driven rebellion against God!
There is, as the great preacher Lemuel articulates at Ecclesiastes 3:7 "... A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;" when these women of WBC are not in the church service they understand, love, embrace, cherish, and make full proof of their ministry to their co-elect, their husbands, their children, and the reprobate world. They speak of God, His attributes, His commandments, His providence, His judgments, and that most glorious of things -- His return in power and glory! They speak because, like those whom Christ referenced at Luke 19:40, if they did not speak the very stones would immediately cry out!