I recently asked members of the FB community if they would like to ask the Westboro Baptist Church any questions directly. There were many questions, too many for anyone to respond to thoroughly. So Shirley Phelps -Roper, daughter of Fred Phelps, and member of the Phelps family most prominently featured in the film – sent a response to the first question asked. My agreement with her was that I would post her answer, unedited – which I have done below.
Some may ask if I’m merely giving the WBC the opportunity to use my film and site to “spew their hateful idealogy”. The answer to that question is “yes”. Although I would rephrase it as, “I’m giving the WBC the opportunity to express their belief system.” Why? The first step in dialogue is to listen. No matter the message. If we aren’t willing to listen – we can’t dialogue – and if we can’t dialogue then there can never be understanding. Period. So I have posted the following below, for an opportunity for understanding. For those of you who only read “hateful idealogy” I’m sorry. And for those who say, “They don’t want to understand me”. It doesn’t matter, try to understand anyway.
QUESTION FOR WBC: Does God punish innocents for the immoral deeds of their peers?
ANSWER FROM SHIRLEY PHELPS-ROPER:
Begin with this: NO INNOCENTS!
Romans 5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
12 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:
13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
14 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.
Second, YES! We are all guilty! If you do not love your neighbor, one of the requirements for being acceptable before God, you get your own GodSmackin!
Matthew 22:34 - But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Love thy neighbor is a most important doctrine! It is all over the place and it is YOUR duty! It is called the perfect law of liberty and the Royal Law. Check it:
James 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
So, WHAT IS IT? Love thy neighbor! God would not leave the clueless earth dwellers to define such an important term! So we look to the beginning of the discussion and sure enough, we get definitions up in here! J
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…but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
You better warn your neighbor that his sin is taking him to hell! If you don’t do that, God’s word for it, you hate your neighbor in your dark, evil heart!
How will you do that? Oh, how convenient, Christ told us how to do it, to wit:
Mark 16:14 - Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
THAT my friends is what WBC is doing! God is confirming our words everywhere and always! We told you now for 20 years, every single day on your streets, IF YOU GO THE WAY OF SODOM, you will suffer her fate! You went the way of Sodom, no, your destruction is IMMINENT! Trying to hook this humble little flock of slaughter up with murdering brute beasts won’t change that, it will only hasten your trouble!