Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Thursday, May 06, 2010

God Hates Fags?

The Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, it turns out, is a Primitive Baptist Church and believes in the five points of Calvinism.  My grandfather, Elzie Hand, and my great grandfather, Hiram Hovis Hand, were Primitive Baptist ministers.  While I would not endorse all the harsh rhetoric the WBC uses, they are at least consistently biblical and Calvinist.  The Bible does indeed teach that God hates the sinner unless and until they have been regenerated and effectually drawn to saving faith.  Even the elect are under God's wrath until they have been justified by faith and faith alone.

While the statement is not politically correct in the civic realm or the realm of broad evangelicalism, it is true that God "hates" faggots.  Of course, given the definition by the WBC, a "faggot" would include all sinners who have not repented of their sins and not just homosexuals.  WBC's approach seems a bit harsh but actually the church is more in line with traditional Evangelical preaching, including the old Methodists and Presbyterians, than with modern "tolerance."  Tolerance is code for liberalism, common grace, and compromise.  I would suspect that the Westboro Baptist Church does not believe in the "gracious offer" or the "three points of common grace".

Sincerely in Christ,


  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;

    Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

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