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…

    • EvolutionKills

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

  • 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.

    • 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).

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • Ryan Hite

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

  • 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.

    • sam

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

      • DB

        As I recall Jesus Christ was imprisoned and sentenced to death also, but it doesn’t make him a fraud.

        • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

          Lots of people have died for things they knew weren’t true. But Mormons seem to think Smith’s death in particular was some kind of proof.

          • TR

            Just pointing out that it doesn’t make him a fraud. The proof is in the fruits of what he brought forth. Read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. The Spirit witnesses the truth.

            • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

              I’ve tried. I can’t help rolling my eyes at all the “And it came to pass”es. It’s like someone trying to fake biblical language.

              “The Spirit witnesses the truth.” A Muslim once told me just about the exact same thing about the Qu’ran. Although he did say you had to read it in Arabic.

              As for the church and Mountain Meadow, yes, eventually the church accepted it. Brigham Young himself was happy to blame the Indians.

              • TR

                I don’t care to argue and would much rather have a logical discussion where we both seek after truth. I appreciate your comment that you tried to read the Book of Mormon although it seems you didn’t give it a fair shot. I believe the same recipe to know if the Quran is true applies as well, read it and pray about it. The Spirit will witness the truth of all things which are true.

              • TR

                I think you misunderstand the Mountain Meadows massacre. It is true that those involved,but not Brigham Young developed a plan to blame the massacre on the Native Americans. Brigham Young was notified of the plan of the attack, but it was too late. Brigham Young received a letter about their intent to attack the same day it happened. When he learned what was contemplated by the militia leaders in Parowan and Cedar City, he sent back a letter stating the party was not to be meddled with, and should be allowed to go in peace. Of course Brigham Young’s letter arrived two days too late.

                • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

                  I think we have reached a fundamental disagreement on the history. Admittedly mine is a bit old, and I know it’s kind of lame for me to tell you that your sources are biased, when mine are equally likely to be biased.

                  But- I do hope that you have not relied solely on LDS approved readings to reach your conclusions.

                  But to attempt some common ground- no the Book of Mormon is not the work of Satan, and yes, Jehovah’s Witnesses are remarkably closed to the idea of evaluating anyone else’s evidence.

                • TR

                  I appreciate your comment. My info came from Wikipedia, but I agree it is a bit more complicated to understand. Thanks for a good, logical and non heated discussion which is rare on these comment boards. Although we disagree I appreciate that.

    • Capital A

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

    • busterggi

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

    • DB

      And it just takes a few ignorant people to perpetuate the nonsense you put forth in your statement.

  • 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.

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

      And make it that much scarier.

    • 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.

  • 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….

    • Spuddie

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

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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!

    • busterggi

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

  • 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

    • Randay

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

  • 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.

    • Tainda

      Mind. Blown.

  • 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.

    • 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!

    • TR

      Funny, I always try to have a discussion with the Jehovah Witnesses and try to exchange literature, but they won’t touch the Book of Mormon with a ten foot pole just like most others, including Christians. Why so afraid of a book? Yes there are other books of scripture and revelation continues? Has God ceased to speak to prophets, if so why?

      • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

        How do you feel about the Qu’ran?

  • 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.

      • Katwise

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

        • Latraviata

          What is it you don’t believe?

          • Katwise

            Besides the supernatural? That Hemant is a masochist.

      • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

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

      • 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

        • 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………

            • Katwise

              Okay, you ARE a masochist.

              • 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………

  • averydashwood

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

    • 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.:)

  • 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?

    • http://gloomcookie613.tumblr.com GloomCookie613

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

  • UWIR

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

    • 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.

      • TR

        You attribute mistakes of individuals to the Church. Just to correct you the church never endorsed the crime.

        • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

          The church likes to hide individual mistakes and pretend they didn’t happen. The church is also happy to buy documents that they think prove Smith was a fraud, and then hide them.

          • TR

            With the Mountain Meadows massacre the church has been very clear about what happened and even excommunicated those for their crimes.

    • busterggi

      Like the bible doesn’t?

  • EvolutionKills

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

    *Fixed that for him.

  • busterggi

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

    • Keane Sanders

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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 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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