For some reason I was thinking a lot about Westboro Baptist Church today--I don't think they need any introduction. Their site has apparently finally gotten past the recent hacker attacks and has come back up. I perused it, as well as listened to the accounts on Youtube of ex-members and disowned children and grandchildren. I also searched the forums to make sure this hasn't been discussed before. It's obvious the members are cultish at best in their behavior, and might just be doing it for money or attention. However, I was bothered by the question--what makes us (whatever other Baptist denomination you choose) different from them in basic belief structure? They appear to preach the Bible itself, hyper-literally of course, but many of their beliefs are Scriptural. Some things I thought of: 1. WBC believes homosexuality is the greatest sin. As far as I know, there is no "greatest sin" as all are sinful equally in God's sight. 2. We don't know the mind of God. We don't know if God is blessing America or is biding his time with wrath. WBC claims to know this, and also claims to know what misfortunes are tied to which sins. 3. They cause grief to families, Christian and non-Christian, which is not how Jesus instructed us to behave. 4. They believe the wicked were created specifically for damnation for the greater glory of God. 5. They exercise judgment of people and nations outside the bounds of allowed judgment by Christians. I'd be interested to hear what others think. When I debate with atheists or other religions this often comes up--that the Bible allows churches like WBC to exist because they are technically interpreting Scripture correctly, even if we loudly refute them as insane. :BangHead: If this topic has been done or would spark a problem, feel free to pull this post.