Fred Phelps kicked the bucket, but you missed the point

Infamous Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps assumed room temperature today. Most people’s responses have generally been along the lines of, “Good,” “Rot in hell,” “He was a douche,” etc.

I’m not arguing that he wasn’t a douche.

Lost among the “God hates fags” signs, general assishness and media attention, however, is the fact that their very, very, very core theology is actually pretty solid Reformed theology. The problems arise when they start working out from the core and applying and communicating it.

You don’t say.

In fact, they actually made some good points. Allow me to explain before you take metaphorical and literal dumps on my doorstep.

1) Repentance is vital to the Christian life. – This often gets lost, especially in the mainstream/liberal Christian crowd. They’re not just ripping on gay people; they’re calling people to turn from sin and trust in Jesus. That’s a good thing. It’s all in the delivery, kind of like Aroldis Chapman (shameless plug).

2) America is a corrupt nation. – If you don’t believe that, you haven’t been paying attention for the last couple hundred years or so. We’ve endorsed treating people as property, cheating people out of their property, murdering babies, unjust wars, etc.

3) America will be destroyed sooner or later. – Before you go all GOD BLESS MERICA on me, just understand that we’re a nation full of corrupt people doing corrupt things in corrupt ways. It’s bound to happen one day.

4) People are inherently evil. – Yes, this partially goes back to the first point, but they actually do understand that God must do the regenerating. Salvation isn’t based on what we do, but we do choose to give God the finger and send ourselves to hell.

5) God is sovereign over every single event in human history. – God didn’t send someone to shoot up a school, but he had to allow it in order for it to happen.

6) God finds sin and the sinner hateful. – A lot of people trip over this. God is love, but he’s not all-loving. He can’t love sin, since it spits in his face. There really are verses in the Bible about God hating people, but we have to remember that his hate is different than our hate. Our hate creates bitterness, but God’s hatred of sin spawned his eternal plan to send Jesus as an atonement for our rebellion. Really, God’s hate is rooted in love.

7) God’s sovereign grace through Jesus is the only hope for anyone. – Believe it or not, this is actually what drives WBC. They claim their tactics have worked in bringing about repentance and trust in Jesus. If they believe it works, then of course they’re going to do what they do. They may act like a bunch of dicks, but they at least have the core message down: The only hope for anyone is in Jesus, but most of us are content to fart in his general direction while playing in our own filth.

Thank God for a dead Fred Phelps, if only so we can reorient the discussion.

The Dalai Lama’s endorsement of gay marriage is hypocritical

The Dalai Lama came out last week in support of homosexual marriage, saying that sex of any kind is fine as long as it’s consensual.

I have to take this opportunity to show you that this stance is entirely hypocritical. In fact, Buddhism itself is illogical.

And has some serious freakin’ ear lobes.

Buddhism’s chief goal is to eliminate desire, and it says that desire is the root of every problem. The inconsistency is that any kind of marriage, sex or relationship is based in some kind of desire. Mr. Lama is encouraging his followers to pursue the exact thing his religion is seeking to eliminate.

Oops.

Honestly, the problem lies within Buddhism itself. It’s goal is to end desire, but that’s a desire. It’s a self-defeating system.

I know I’ll piss off a few people, but I have to call them as they are. Dalai Parton is the head of a religion that literally works against itself, and he just encouraged more failures of his own system.

Here’s all that needs to be said about Arizona’s religious freedom bill

Here’s all I need to say about the bill in Arizona.

If you own a vegan restaurant, I won’t force you to serve bacon.

Bacon isn’t a universal human right, yet.

If I don’t agree with the morality of holding a gay marriage on my property or otherwise endorsing one, I have every right to refuse that.

And you have no right to run me out of business for refusing, like what happened in New Mexico when a gay couple was refused a cake. Just go somewhere else instead of forcing what you believe down their throats (That sounds like the left’s own argument. Hypocrisy, anyone?).

The discussion should end there.

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson only said what the rest of us were thinking

Honestly, Duck Commander/Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson didn’t break any new ground in his “gay bashing” comments that got him suspended from the show indefinitely by A&E.

This was probably his reaction.

But his comments to GQ weren’t really that harsh. They were just truth. He even clarified that he loves everyone.

“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job,” he told the magazine. “We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus — whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

Here’s what Robertson said that pissed off everyone, including his paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there — bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

“Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

“It seems to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking, ‘There’s more there! She’s got more to offer.’ I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

And he has a point. That’s where poop comes from, and poop is gross. For real, that junk is nasty, and it’s okay to say that, and it’s just factual. The biological function of the anus isn’t sex. It’s poop. It also just happens that I find other dudes’ junk gross as well.

But GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz had to go and try to tell Christians what they believe.

“Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe. He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”

This was probably his reaction.

It just happens that Cruz has probably never read the Bible (here are some verses on the subject at hand, minus two that are in there for no good reason). It also happens that he doesn’t know science, which is clear that there is no gay gene (though they try to weasel their way into saying it’s epi-genetic, which still doesn’t make any sense in their Dawinian system).

So, in the name of their god called “Tolerance,” people are once again being, shockingly, intolerant. True tolerance be damned. If you don’t agree with them and affirm what they believe, then you’re not tolerant.

And this is the basis of what for now is verbal persecution, which we’re promised numerous times in the Bible. People love their sin (you know, that whole total depravity thing), and they’re not fond of the truth.

Until then, Phil will count it as happy, happy, happy.

This IS his happy face.