The below is transcript of Westboro Baptist Church’s latest video news, which you can watch here: https://youtu.be/WJ5yfGO21Ok
Charles Barkley is a well-known personality in America, and elsewhere. He is a retired professional basketball player and current television sports analyst. Barkley answers to the nicknames “Sir Charles” and “The Round Mound of Rebound.” Throughout his storied career, Barkley has created no small controversy by consistently insisting that sports figures should not be considered role models. We agree; they shouldn’t. But in reality, they are!
It didn’t use to be that way in America. In his book Crusader Nation, author David Traxel makes the point (at page 284) that it was just about a century ago – when the United States was entering WWI – that this country began making heroes out of entertainers and sports figures. He writes:
Up to this point in American history, the great heroes had been men and women who had accomplished something important: politicians blazing with the charisma of William Jennings Bryan, warriors as stalwart as U. S. Grant, inventors as doggedly creative as Thomas Edison, humanitarians with the sympathetic heart of Clara Barton. Few actors or sports figures had been viewed in a heroic light. Now the connection between renown and achievement was changing, and fame was becoming easier to manufacture.
Unfortunately that trend continued, and now this country idolizes sports figures like Barkley; he has made millions on his professional basketball and tv personality occupations. He can be seen frequently in on-air commercials, especially this March Madness time of year. Companies would not be forking over big bucks to Barkley for those commercials if they didn’t think the public looked up to him and bought their products on his recommendation.
Like his fawning audience, though, Barkley is a violent thug. Take a look at the video TMZ posted.
While we at WBC are disappointed with this revelation of Barkley’s true character – inciting violence against the Lord’s church – we are not surprised. The Bible informs us. “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:37). And how were those days of Noah, you ask? That question is answered in the first book of the Bible – Genesis – where the days of Noah are characterized this way: “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.” (Genesis 6:11, 12). Did you catch that? The earth was “filled with violence!”
One Bible scholar says this on that topic: “It was filled with violence – with the outward exhibition of inward carnality.” The video you just watched vividly shows you Barkley’s “inward carnality.” “Carnality” is defined as “pertaining to or characterized by the flesh or the body, its passions and appetites; not spiritual; worldly.”
Another expositor writes this: and the earth was filled with violence; with doing injury to the persons and properties of men; with oppression and cruelty, by tyrannical decrees and unrighteous judgments; or with rapines and robberies, . . . ; and with rapes, . . . . [T]hose men were very insolent and addicted to unjust actions; for they neither kept their oaths, nor were hospitable to strangers, nor gave ear to suppliants, for which reason they were destroyed.
I hope you noticed in the short video we played earlier that Barkley’s immediate reaction when hearing the name of this church was to spout forth a barrage of filthy, hateful words espousing and encouraging violence towards this small church. And why? — because of our Bible-based words and preaching. He then proceeds to encourage the most recent sports-figure sodomite in his vile sin. In this, Barkley well symbolizes this violent and God-hating nation in these last days. He’s right that he should not be a role model; but in reality he very much is. He’s also a powerful symbol of this decaying nation!