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Controversial Westboro group targets Billy Graham
« on: January 21, 2016, 05:55:29 PM »
Members of the Phelps family of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church display hate messages at the funeral of a soldier killed in action.

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The controversial Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. targeted the headquarters Tuesday of internationally revered evangelist Billy Graham at The Cove near Montreat, which is located in the North Carolina mountains.

Westboro was founded by anti gay activist Fred Phelps and is known for disrupting church services, funerals, and military memorials in order to spew hate filled memes at attendees.

Critics say that Westboro is neither Baptist nor a church. The membership consists almost entirely of Phelps' family, and the only known doctrine and activity of the group is an anti gay, anti Jew, and anti Catholic agenda that expresses itself in targeting individuals and groups for vitriolic epithets.

Many of the individuals and groups jerseys from china that are targeted are not even associated with the support of the so called "gay agenda."

Billy Graham, for example, in his long career as a preacher has never expressed any personal support for those who consider homosexual rights to be a civil rights issue. He has, however, preached that in the Old Testament account of Sodom and Gomorrah the decadent activity in which the residents were engaged that led to their being destroyed was the attempt to initiate homosexual activity with two angels whom God had sent to do an assessment of the debauchery.

But at the same time Graham has never directed any hate toward gays or anyone else, stating consistently that "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." His invitation has always been that "all sinners are welcome to come Dt5FW6a9x to God in 'repentance'" a word that in Christian circles denotes a willingness to turn from one's wayward lifestyle and turn toward God through Jesus Christ.

In this sense homosexuals are no different from anyone else since all persons "stand in the need of God's forgiveness and grace," as Graham puts it.

The real motivation, thus, for the Phelps' hate fest at the Graham headquarters is unknown.

Curiously, Paulette Phelps, the daughter in law of Westboro's pastor, maintains that Graham is more interested in wealth and power than in preaching the Gospel, nike usa soccer jersey stating,

Billy Graham is one of the most influential men in the world, but he has not used his bully pulpit to preach the Gospel. He has preached the feel good Gospel and not the true Gospel.

The true Gospel says if you don't obey, you're going to reebok nfl jerseys perish. There are consequences for not obeying. Homosexuality is all bad, all day. You can't get around that.

The facts, however, seem to contradict Phelps' statement. When Graham set up the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in the late 1940s, he insisted that it be run by a Board of Directors that would handle all of the finances. Graham did not wish to involve himself with the money in any way whatsoever so as to avoid the potential charge of scandal.

Further, Graham directed the Board to place him on a salary that they would determine. Sources have stated through the years that the salary was set and kept at $60,000 per year, a meager sum when one considers the vastness of the Graham global ministry.

During the entirety of Graham's ministry and in his retirement, the evangelist and his late wife Ruth lived in a log home in the mountains of North Carolina near Montreat. Graham continues to live in that home today.

Graham, who will turn 94 years old this year, in all likelihood never knew that the Phelps' group was in the area. Local news outlets stated that only a dozen protesters showed up for the event, but 20 counterprotesters from area churches gathered to dispute the message of the Westboro group.

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