|"Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins." -- Ecclesiastes 7:20|
Why a page on this subject? Well, there is a well known "Westboro Baptist Church" in the USA that is famous for its actions and protests against homosexuality. The motto of this this church in the USA is "God hates fags."
This webpage gets lots of visitors from surfers searching for the famous "Westboro Baptist Church" in Topeka, Kansas that is well known for their anti-homosexual protests. As you have noticed, the name of our church is also called "Westboro Baptist Church" and you may be wondering if we are affiliated in any way with the church located in the USA which shares the same name.
Well, the answer is no. We are not associated in any way, shape, or form with the "Westboro Baptist Church" in the USA. However, since you are here, perhaps you are interested in reading what the Bible really says on the matter of homosexuality. If so, read on...
First of all, why do we have the same name as this group in the USA?
Well, the answer is that it is simply a coincidence. Our church here in Ottawa, Canada chose the name "Westboro" in its title because it is located in a section of Ottawa known as "Westboro." Westboro used to be a separate town long ago, but is now a part of Ottawa, just west of the downtown core.
It is also important to know that "Baptists" are not a denomination. Baptist churches are not like the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Wesleyan, etc denominations where there is a structural hierarchy. Baptist churches (in general) are independent of each other. In other words, they are autonomous and self-governed. There is no central organization which "governs" Baptist churches.
Often, Baptist churches may identify themselves with a "fellowship" to take advantage of some shared-tasks such as sending missionaries to foreign lands or organizing conferences. However, the churches are still independent of each other. So, in conclusion, there may be at least two "Westboro Baptist" Churches in North America, but there is no connection between the two other than the coincidence of choosing the same name in their titles.
So what does the Bible actually say concerning homosexuality?
Does God really "hate fags" (like the motto for the church in Kansas claims)?
"God hates fags" is an ambiguous statement. To examine this we will divide the issue into two issues: Marriage _ Sin. The first marriage (and the example of all subsequent marriages) is recorded in the book of Genesis. God created Eve to be a helper for Adam. Not a slave, but a helper to complement Adam. The male and the female have different strengths and weaknesses, so joining two together complement each other perfectly.
"So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man." - Genesis 2:20-22
This was the first marriage. This is the example for all marriages. It is between a man and a woman.
"Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." - Genesis 2:24
Does scripture ever record a same-sex marriage? No. Every example of a God-pleasing marriage is in reference to a male and a female.
Sex is designed by God to be enjoyed in marriage. Pre-marital or extra-marital sexual relations are clearly identified as sin in scripture. A "one flesh" relationship is designed for the context of marriage.
This leads us to the next topic: God hates sin. That is evident. Sin requires punishment. Because of the fall of man (Genesis 3), every human being is born a slave to sin (Romans 5:12, 6:20). Everyone has sinned, and is deserving of Hell. However, there is good news for those who admit their sin and seek God for forgiveness (see the "born again" link on the lefthand menu).
Is homosexuality a sin? Yes. See the following verses:
Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:18-32, I Corinthians 6:9-11, Jude 7, I Timothy 1:10.
Homosexuality may be a sin, but so are many other things: lying, stealing, adultery, pride, etc. God hates all forms of sin. Are homosexuals any worse than any person living any other sinful lifestyle? No!
"There is none righteous, no, not one;
There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one."
- Romans 9:10-12
"All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way" - Isaiah 53:6
A homosexual is technically no differnent than any other sinner in the sense of his guilt before God. We are all sinners. God hates sin.
Does God hate sinners? Well, He sent his only Son to die on the cross for His people.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." - John 3:16
Therefore, the statement "God hates fags" (the beloved motto of the church in the USA) is completely ambigious and misleading. God hates sin of any form, but God loves sinners enough to sacrifice His only Son to pay the price for the penalty of sinners.
We are all guilty in the sight of God... none of us deserve His Grace. There is no particular group of people who are "worse off" than the rest of us. Every one of us who is without Christ is as spiritually "worse off" as we can be. Friend, if you recognize your need of Christ today, trust Him today.