Understanding Steven Anderson, Pastor Faithful Word Baptist Church, Tempe, Arizona

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEditor's note: This is a post from 2015 in which Bruce explains everything you need to know about the Anderson family. Since there's currently a firestorm going on in the media over Anderson's remarks about the Pulse nightclub terrorist attack I thought we should try to educate the public as to who this man is and what he believes. We've bumped the newest chapter of Aletha's 'Created To Need A Help Meet' review back a week to showcase who the leader of a church listed as an official hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center actually is.Steven Anderson is the pastor of Faithful Word Baptist Church, an … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Christians Are Supposed To Be Judgmental?

by Steven L. Anderson from Faithful Word Baptist Church - Pope Francis and His LiesEditor's note: A recent sermon by Anderson in which he makes some pretty ridiculous claims, such as that the Catholics copied the idea of monks and nuns from the Buddhists, that Pope Francis is some sort of agent of the Anti Christ and that all Catholics do is sit around all day worshiping Mary.  In this morsel of word salad from that sermon Anderson claims that it's perfectly fine for Christians of their ilk to judge Catholics, the Pope and anyone else that isn't exactly like them. … [Read more...]

How Abstinence Only Sex Education Led Me Down An Unexpected Path

by Amber Barnhill cross posted with permission from her blog Atheist By Accident.This was posted earlier in the week at Hemant Mehta's Patheos blog The Friendly AtheistWhen talking about my religious past, I often find myself referencing movies. How else are mainstream humans going to relate? Neo waking up in The Matrix. The barely-audible Asian chick in Pitch Perfect. And, in this case, Drew Barrymore‘s role in Never Been Kissed. If you’ve never seen the movie, the title really says it all.Imagine being an almost-24-year-old, intelligent, moderately-attractive-yet-socially-awkward female venturing into the real world for the first time, having never even held hands with a guy an … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: IFB Going Soft on Sodomites?

by Steven L. Anderson of Tempe, Arizona's Faithful Word Baptist Church - Dr. Bob Gray Goes Soft on SodomitesEditor's note: Anderson is doubting down on his 'Death to All  Gays' stance and apparently furious that no one else much in the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist church will cooperate with his views.  He's not happy that they are calling it a sin like any other. While sexual orientation isn't something you can really control, meaning it's no sin, having the IFB willing to allow anyone from the LGBT community attend their church is a big step forward for them. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Hindus Out ‘Soul-Winning’ Just Like IFB?

by Pastor Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church - Hinduism in Light of the BibleEditor's note: This 'story' of his would be much more believable if Anderson substituted the word 'Mormon' or 'Baptist' or 'Jehovah's Witness' for 'Hindu'. In all my years on this planet, and even in places where Hindus were prominent I have yet to ever see proselytizing Hindus. If you make something up to prove a point in a sermon is it still considered a 'lie' or an acceptable omission for the Lord? I'm curious, where is that 'lie line'? … [Read more...]

IFB Preacher Mack Ford is Dead

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser Notorious child abuser and molester, Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) preacher Mack Ford is dead. Ford, for many years, operated New Bethany Home for Girls in Louisiana, along with group homes for boys in other states.  If you do not know anything about Ford, please read Sexual Abuse in the Name of God: New Bethany Home for Girls. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Ready For Anything?

by Zsuzsanna Anderson, wife of Steven L Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church on her blog Are They All Yours? - Oh My, My, Where To Start?Editor's note: Ever since reposting the warning to Steven L. Anderson that claims Israelis are coming to perform vivisection on Zsuzsanna and the children I've been sort of worried, combing through the news reports of homicides in Tempe, hoping their names do not pop up. So far, so good. While I dislike intensely their theology I would never wish anything horrible upon even this family.Then this morning I ran across this posting in Zsuzsanna's blog where she's irately answering a comment critical of her and she had this to say back in 2010 … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Threats, Martyrbating and Hating the Feds

by Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church from his blog Steven L. Anderson.Editor's note: Checking on on Anderson this morning, the same pastor Anderson that called for the death of all gay people by Christmas to rid the country of AIDS, I found three different noteworthy things to share. Decided to put them in one long Quoting Quiverfull instead of individual ones. What makes all of this so note worthy is that it speaks to the Quiverfull Fundamentalist IFB mind set of 'Us Against THE WORLD!' Some martyrbating and some anger when treated like Evangelicals like to treat gay people. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Bill Gothard’s Teachings Are in Prisons?

by Jinger Duggar from the book 'Growing Up Duggar' pages 211 - 212Editor's note: The first time I read these passages I was struck by Jinger's judgmental description of the female inmates faces as having 'lines of grief and bitterness' but after rereading this some months later it feels much more outrageous that the teachings of Bill Gothard and the IBLP are being taught in a tax payer funded facility. Is this just a bunch of humble brag or is it the best thing they could do for the ladies in the jail? Thoughts, dear readers? … [Read more...]

Forced To Believe In Jesus or How Not To Do A Salvation Call

by Suzanne Calulu cross posted from her blog Seeking The LightTrigger Warning for spiritual abuse and manipulationThere's an interesting debate going on at Bruce Gerencser's blog: The Way Forward. Part of me has been enjoying watching Bruce's readers point out to some roving internet Pastor his incorrect conclusions. Gives me something to do while I'm stuck with my right leg enrobed in a brace, propped up and covered with it's own winter wonderland of ice in a bag. Stillness is so boring.One of Bruce's critics, Pastor Bob, is very busy painting all of the readers and commenters with a paint roller dipped in Sherwin William's newest shade - "Atheist" and issuing 'Come To Jesuses' … [Read more...]


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