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You can't preach the Bible without preaching the hatred of God.
John Whitehead: Your theological position is that God hates America. Why does God hate America at this particular time? Why do you feel that you have to get out there and proclaim this message?
Margie Phelps: Our role is simple. We are prophets and prophetesses. Throughout the history of humankind, there have been some people on the Earth who have an unction with God, whose hearts He impresses with light, knowledge, and understanding.
Will God do a thing and not tell his people? Of course He won't. As the passage in Isaiah says, God won't spring something on His people without showing them what He will do. It is like the example of God telling Abraham that he was going to destroy Sodom; or like the example of telling Noah that after 120 years he was going to destroy the world by a flood.
As to why we say "God hates America," of course that is an elliptical term that fits on a sign that captures people's attention so that you can flush it out. And the flush-out is a nation that forgets God will be turned into Hell. We are not talking about a nation where there are some sinners over in a corner who either quietly, privately engage in sin, or they engage in a sin and then it becomes public and they are remorseful and they repent. That is not what goes on in this nation. This is a nation that has institutionalized sin at every level.
I was talking to a young man on the street the other day. I said, "Tell me an institution in this country that does not aggressively teach fornication, adultery, divorce, and remarriage, which Christ said is adultery, idolatry, greed, pride, murder." Well, he puffed up his chest and said, "The United States military." I laughed out loud. If I had to list the institutions in rank order by who's doing it the worst, right after the churches would be the military.
This nation had enormous blessings from the Lord God--like people in the pulpit who preached about Hell, who warned you about your sin, who actually told you what the Bible really says. And that went well for a while, but then, like King Asa, they commenced giving themselves the glory.