Christian Pastor: ‘The Book of Mormon’s Written by Satan’

One more from Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona:

At 43:38:

Now who here agrees that the Book of Mormon’s written by Satan? [Looks around.] Alright, pretty much the whole room.

After that, Anderson talks about racist passages found in the Book of Mormon, passages you have to interpret literally to come to that conclusion.

I’m just amused by the idea of a man who takes a silly book literally laughing at another book that other people may take literally.

He fails to see the irony.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Cattleya1

    Authoritarian absolutists never have any sense of irony…

  • C Peterson

    Interesting theory.

    If we take Satan as the source of misery and suffering, it makes sense that he started by writing the Old Testament (or presenting the stories, anyway). That caused untold misery for a thousand years or more, but was perhaps wearing thin. So Satan went on to write the New Testament, which was maybe even more effective at creating misery and pain. But after a couple thousand years, that was starting to lose its effectiveness, too. So Satan created the Book of Mormon- not so much something new, but a sort of booster shot for the New Testament, particularly in parts of the world where people are more easily victimized intellectually.

  • Lori F

    Hemant, you really have to quit watching this guy. I know, he’s like a train wreck. But unless you are playing a drinking game, [take a shot every time Anderson says 'it's in the bible'] leave this guy alone.

  • The Captain

    The Book Of Mormon written by Satan, really? Trey and Matt just can’t get any credit.

  • randomfactor

    Satan would’ve done a better job.

  • Svelaz

    The very beginnings of the Mormon Church alone should be a clue to any Mormon questioning his/her faith. It was founded by a man convicted for fraud. He used the scam of having some sort of magic rock that could find treasure. When this was soon discovered to be a scam he was sent to prison. Upon getting out he used the same method, magic rock, to find the golden tablets. Only this time it blossomed into a full fledged religion. I gather this would be a great example of how someone can turn anything into a religion. It just takes few gullible dolts and with that in hand it spreads like wildfire.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    I can’t listen to this dark clown for less than a minute without hearing goofy circus calliope music playing quietly in the background. If someone were to dub that subtly into the soundtrack of this Bible buffoon’s sermons, it would give it a whole new dimension and a much more appropriate connotation.

  • JohnJay

    The real irony is that I bet he was rooting for Mitt Romney for president.

  • corps_suk

    The book of mormon has the same author of the bible, torah, and quaran…MAN.

  • Jferris

    Now, does he mean the religious tome that a large number of people consider their book of faith, or is he talking the broadway musical written by the guys from South Park? He needs to clarify here…it is possible he’s correct. According to the South Park guys, Satan is into musicals….

  • C Peterson

    On the other hand, keeping guys like this in wider visibility is one of the most effective approaches I can think of to maintain the trend of people away from Christianity.

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

    I hope at least he is a good tipper. I pity the poor waitress and waiters at this family-style seafood restaurant if he’s not. It’s one thing to be a bad tipper, but it’s a whole other level of evil to be a bad tipper and to subject the wait staff to hours of tinfoil-hat-level speeches.

  • sam

    That wasn’t the only cult started by a convicted criminal.

  • Ryan Hite

    I did a better job… At least I beat Jo Smith in word count… Hehe

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw m6wg4bxw

    Satan Smith! I dig alliterative names. I hope his opponent has an equally appealing name. Could it be God Goldstein? Jehovah Jacobson? Yahweh Yankelowitz? Lord Leibowitz? I hope this revelation comes soon!

  • Tor

    Don’t forget that midway between New Testament and Book o’ Mormon, Satan also found time for the Koran.

  • baal

    The RCC has worked over the years to keep Satan’s agency somewhat limited. If you start giving him too much credit, you wind up at a good god / bad god duality like zoroasterianism. The RCC doesn’t like that heresy so it went down the “free choice” route instead (or predestination route for a goodly segment of the protestants).

  • rhodent

    I have no doubt that he has consumed gallons of waitress spit (and FSM only knows what else) in his “water” over the years.

  • Capital A

    But he did end up dead, not wealthy!! Guess he did not have the blessings he professed

  • rhodent

    Given the number of times that people who take a silly book literally have started wars against people who take another silly book (or even the same silly book) literally, I’m fine with him laughing at the book instead.

  • katiehippie

    That backdrop he has makes me think of Moses parting the Red Sea. Is that what’s he’s going for?

  • JangoMadango

    Believing this sort of stuff seems oddly common amongst Evangelical pastors. Mark Driscoll thinks that Zeus actually existed, but he was a demon god that went on to inspire Hitler in Nazi Germany (I shit you not): http://youtu.be/Ifh6ikEHh2g

  • DougI

    So if Joseph Smith is Satan, and Smith is dead that means Satan is dead therefore the entire point about the Tribulation and all that can’t come true. Therefore Christianity is false. And who is the Father of Lies? Satan. Therefore Christianity is clearly the work of Satan.

  • kpax2012

    I used to live with Mormons. One day Jehovah Witnesses came to the door. She turned them away, explaining that they came to a Mormon household. Then laughed about how they added their own passages to the bible. Pastor Steven reminds me of the same hypocrisy as the bible is left up to personal interpretation (inserting their own meanings). By the way, the Book of Mormon is just one of the many Mormon literature they follow and consider to be above the bible. They also have the Pearl of Great Price and Doctrine and Covenants.

  • kpax2012

    If the book of Mormon is a work of Satan, I’d say Satan was on an awesome acid trip that day.

  • Katwise

    How do you have the time and fortitude to listen to a thing like this all the way to the end?

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

    I’m a masochist.

  • averydashwood

    I don’t have time to listen to this. I’ll just assume he’s talking about a fish he almost caught.

  • Katwise

    You made me laugh, but I don’t believe you.

  • JET

    He might have been one of those who did the Jesus write-in thing.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    I’m expecting the number of Pastor Anderson posts to drop once you get married.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

    And make it that much scarier.

  • Robster

    Wouldn’t it be fun with a big bunch of mormons, JW’s, Seventh day whatever they are’s and the rest of their equally silly cult rotted deluded friends into a room and then lock the door! There’d be magic undies, wine and crackers, golden lost arks, space monsters, gaudy magic gold plates, ancient torture devices and more flying merrilee about as the protagonists gouged each others eyes out in the name of their favourite god fantasy. Be a winner on pay per view.

  • islandbrewer

    Gosh, who to choose? Satan or lame nineteenth century con-man? Satan or lame nineteenth century con-man?

  • UWIR

    Are you really claiming the Mormonism doesn’t have serious racism issues?

  • EvolutionKills

    Now who here agrees that the Bible was not divinely inspired? [Looks around.] Alright, pretty much the whole blog.

    *Fixed that for him.

  • EvolutionKills

    If they did, they probably wouldn’t be authoritarian absolutists…

  • Randay

    I just watched the end and was glad to find out that he doesn’t care about money, that money is not important and can even be harmful to your soul.:)

  • Randay

    It is not just racism, Mormons should be famous for their crimes like the “Mountain Meadows Massacre” where they murdered 120 white non-mormons just traveling through Utah to California. You can look up Mormonism and violence on Wiki.

  • Randay

    When I first read your post, I read “Jesus” instead of “Zeus”. Anyhow, same difference.

  • http://gloomcookie613.tumblr.com GloomCookie613

    19th century con-man posessed by Satan. BOOM! Everybody’s a winner! :D

  • Latraviata

    I am fascinated by this couple because his wife is from Germany (I am Dutch/French) and she is as crazy as a doorknob. She used to be a cradle catholic and decently educated, Grammar School and university. It is beyond me how somebody is leaving everything they learned and experienced for this deluded nonsense.She told me she even accepted evolution untill she met Steve and then she realised the bible was right about everything. In their courting days they had a brawl about the death penalty for gay people, she didn’t agree with that, now….well read her blog, very revealing!

    stevenandersonfamily.blogspot.nl

  • busterggi

    The BOM was written by Satan? Then Satan was a hack and a plagarist.

  • busterggi

    Like the bible doesn’t?

  • busterggi

    Face front True Believer! Stan Lee wrote all these religious books as prototypes for the MU.

  • busterggi

    Smith was L. Ron using time travel to work out the kinks so he could sell Mormonism 2.0 as Scientology.

  • Tainda

    Religious people who make fun or denigrate people of other religions drive me NUTS!!!!!!! I have a friend who makes fun of Mormons/Jewish/Scientologists/Jehovah’s Witness/etc. people constantly! One day I got pissed off and said “You are ALL delusional so get over it!” We didn’t talk for a few days after that lol

  • allein

    I appreciate Hemant transcribing the “fun” parts because I can’t listen to the guy at all.
    .
    Though if you added the music I might give it a try.

  • Latraviata

    What is it you don’t believe?

  • Tainda

    Mind. Blown.

  • Tainda

    I live about 30 minutes from Independence, MO. The Mormon population here is thick and most of the kids I went to school with are Mormon. I myself was raised RLDS. They are all nuts!

  • Katwise

    Besides the supernatural? That Hemant is a masochist.

  • Katwise

    Read a bit of her blog: frightening!

  • Latraviata

    I read it every day for the past three years. I feel I am a family Anderson expert………

  • Shaun

    Please stop giving this guy free publicity. He’s an embarrassment. his “church” already has only a few members. Stop giving him publicity that can attract more.

  • Katwise

    Okay, you ARE a masochist.

  • sbstarlite

    Who in the hell does he think wrote his own bible? It wasn’t G*d, in fact the book has nothing to do with G*d. It was written by some brainwashed scribes who were told to put down anything that would permeate, strengthen and increase the fold (as in an enclosure for sheep).
    At least the book of mormon, right or wrong, is a bit more realistic in its authorship.

  • Spuddie

    Nothing shows the Christian love more than sectarian sniping. Of course it is a well worn tactic of small sects to attack much larger established ones in order to pretend to be on equal level. (see Seven Day Adventists and other minor Protestant sects vs. Catholicism)

  • latraviata

    I suppose I am LOL, but….I am also a psychologist and that is my excuse to observe the Andersons, you know professional interest………

  • Spuddie

    It has to be the tome. The musical is awesome.

  • Keane Sanders

    ̀Look, not every work can be his best, okay? He has shit to do.

  • Without Malice

    Written by Satan? Hell no! It was written by a con-man named Joseph Smith. At least the Mormons know who wrote their book; unlike the Christian and Hebrew scriptures whose authors are unknown but who were obviously just as big as con-men as Smith.

  • Gus
  • Gus Snarp

    After that, Anderson talks about racist passages found in the Book of Mormon, passages you have to interpret literally to come to that conclusion.

    It’s worth noting that the entire LDS church took the racism in the Book of Mormon very literally until 1978. I don’t think a church gets any kind of a pass on racism that happened in my lifetime, more than a decade after the Civil Rights Act.


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