This is a great irony here, in which a Roman Catholic Apologetics group, rightly judge a pseudo bible believing Baptist Church who’s members are filled with all the darkness of hell, and hatred of satan.
Brethren, the leader of the Westboro
Baptist Church, a Kansas-based crackpot outfit calling themselves “Christian”
and known for their inflammatory pickets at the funeral of fallen military
service members, has announced that his flock will picket the funeral of
9-year-old Christina Green, killed during the rampage that also killed a
federal judge, a 76-year-old man who died saving his injured wife from more
bullets and three others during the shooting that also gravely wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in
"God hates Catholics!" the flier, posted on the church's "God Hates Fags" website, says. "God calls your religion 'vain,' as it's empty of His truth; you worship idols!"
Now, I tried to access their site to verify the quote but, mercifully, it appears to be under a Denial-of-Service attack and was unreachable at about noon EDT.
Let me borrow a line from Billy Graham. The Bible says: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23).
If we’re to apply this standard it will be evident for all to see that these Westboro Baptists folks are devoid of the Holy Spirit, empty completely of the Presence of God and of sanctifying grace in their lives, souls, and “church.” Consider the “fruits” or the “works of the flesh”
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual
immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft;
hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions,
factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you,
as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the
Now, what is it that the Apostle equates to the
sexual immorality so often condemned by these folks? Hatred, discord,
jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions.
Inasmuch as these are mortal sins due to their grave matter, and provided they are engaged freely and with full knowledge, granting that only God can see into the consciences of the Westboro Baptist folks, suffer from the following effects from their mortal sins:
The first effect of mortal sin in man is to avert him from his true last end, and deprive his soul of sanctifying grace. The sinful act passes, and the sinner is left in a state of habitual aversion from God. The sinful state is voluntary and imputable to the sinner, because it necessarily follows from the act of sin he freely placed, and it remains until satisfaction is made (see PENANCE). This state of sin is called by theologians habitual sin, not in the sense that habitual sin implies a vicious habit, but in the sense that it signifies a state of aversion from God depending on the preceding actual sin, consequently voluntary and imputable. This state of aversion carries with it necessarily in the present order of God's providence the privation of grace and charity by means of which man is ordered to his supernatural end. The privation of grace is the "macula peccati" (St. Thomas, I-II.86), the stain of sin spoken of in Scripture (Joshua 22:17; Isaiah 4:4; 1 Corinthians 6:11). It is not anything positive, a quality or disposition, an obligation to suffer, an extrinsic denomination coming from sin, but is solely the privation of sanctifying grace. There is not a real but only a conceptual distinction between habitual sin (reatus culpæ) and the stain of sin (macula peccati). One and the same privation considered as destroying the due order of man to God is habitual sin, considered as depriving the soul of the beauty of grace is the stain or "macula" of sin.
The second effect of sin is to entail the penalty of undergoing suffering (reatus pænæ). Sin (reatus culpæ) is the cause of this obligation (reatus pænæ ). The suffering may be inflicted in this life through the medium of medicinal punishments, calamities, sickness, temporal evils, which tend to withdraw from sin; or it may be inflicted in the life to come by the justice of God as vindictive punishment. The punishments of the future life are proportioned to the sin committed, and it is the obligation of undergoing this punishment for unrepented sin that is signified by the "reatus poenæ" of the theologians. The penalty to be undergone in the future life is divided into the pain of loss (pæna damni) and the pain of sense (pæna sensus). The pain of loss is the privation of the beatific vision of God in punishment of turning away from Him. The pain of sense is suffering in punishment of the conversion to some created thing in place of God. This two-fold pain in punishment of mortal sin is eternal (1 Corinthians 6:9; Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:45). One mortal sin suffices to incur punishment. (See HELL.) Other effects of sins are: remorse of conscience (Wisdom 5:2-13); an inclination towards evil, as habits are formed by a repetition of similar acts; a darkening of the intelligence, a hardening of the will (Matthew 13:14-15; Romans 11:8); a general vitiating of nature, which does not however totally destroy the substance and faculties of the soul but merely weakens the right exercise of its faculties. (Source)
To conclude, the
Let us then return good for evil, love for hatred, mercy for judgment. Let us pray for these poor lost souls whose eternal salvation is seriously endangered, and let us humbly pray for own faith, hope, love, and final perseverance.