Malaysia Airlines crash site
An Emergencies Ministry member walks at the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region Thursday. (Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev)

The hate-filled Westboro Baptist Church's founder may be dead, but the cultish "church" is still spewing forth hurtful statements in the wake of tragedy.

The group, best known for picketing funerals with "God Hates Fags" signs, is now proclaiming that the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot out of the sky by militants last week—a catastrophe that left about 300 people dead—was an act of God.

Westboro is basing its false prophetic judgment on Jeremiah 6:15. The group is offering a barrage of tweets with "compelling evidence" that all 289 souls who died are "this day in hell."

"GodSmack! Malaysian Plane Down," the group tweeted, along with a blog post that supposes, "When God wants your attention, He knows how to get it. @WBCSays warned you that if you refuse to repent of your many whoredoms Dutch, Malaysians, Aussies, Indonesians, Germans, et al. YOU WILL PERISH!"

The blog posts also connects Jeremiah 6:15 to the tragedy: "Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord."

Let me state emphatically: The shooting down of this airplane was not God's judgment. I see far too much cursing going on in the name of God, and it grieves the Holy Spirit.

This is sickening and Twitter should shut this down. At the same time, we need to remember that the Westboro members who are uttering these words of death are themselves in bondage.

Rather than returning evil for evil, we need to sincerely pray that members of this cult—and the many others who don't make headlines—break free from the deception and stop deceiving others. Westboro may be full of hate—and God is not pleased with their actions—but He still loves them.

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