Quoting Quiverfull: Women Keep Silent?

Quoting Quiverfull: Women Keep Silent? March 27, 2014

by Steven L Anderson Pastor of Faithful Word Baptist Church as quoted by Alter Net – Pastor Who Prayed For Obama’s Death Has a New Cause: Shutting Women Up In Church

“Now obviously, before the service begins, there’s chatting and talking going on, that’s perfectly legitimate. When we all sing praises to God, of course the ladies should also lift up their voices,” Anderson, who is also anti-gay, said.  But once services begin, it’s shut-up time.

Women are to learn “in silence…When the preaching of God’s word is taking place — and first of all, it’s not for a woman to be doing the preaching, and second of all, it’s not for women to be speaking,” he said.  “Even if they were to have a question, they’re not to ask that question in the church, number one. Number two, even if they want to ask that question to their husband, they should wait until they get home.”

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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully

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Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment‘ by Janet Heimlich

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  • Nea

    I’ve got an even better way of not talking in your church, dude — not going in the first place.

    Enjoy your tiny moment of notoriety, and know that you are unable to roll back one single thing that women have gained outside your doors.

  • Allison the Great

    The greatest thing that women can do in the church is stop going. If this is the attitude that pastors and churches are going to have, then we as women can not go, and we can choose not to subject ourselves to this crap.

  • Edie Moore McGee

    This is crazy Zsuzsanna’s husband. I wish SHE’D shut up.

  • Nightshade

    He also says he doesn’t want to hear women saying amen when he’s preaching. Why would any woman WANT to say amen during a sermon of his?

  • Trollface McGee

    Gotta love fundies – any excuse to promote hate and they’ll take it. Pretty much every Bible verse has multiple interpretations, it’s telling that they will only accept the most oppressive ones.

  • texcee

    I voted with my feet years and years ago. I haven’t been in a church except for a wedding or a funeral for about 20 years now.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Have you been following all the drama with her latest pregnancy? I thought perhaps what they went through might soften some of both of their views but it looks like it’s just business as usual for those two.

  • Nightshade

    I was stupid enough to read what she had to say about hyperemesis gravidarum (yes, I’m a glutton for punishment), which I had during pregnancy. What. The. F. It basically amounted to no matter how bad it is a woman is obligated to go through pregnancy as often as her god allows and trust him to take care of everything.

  • Astrin Ymris

    Or you could join a feminism-friendly mainline denomination if you’re attached to Christianity and churchgoing. There are even LGBT-friendly Evangelical denominations you can go to if you prefer Evangelical-style services– I’d assume they’d be woman-friendly, too.

  • tulips

    I’d expect it to be reinforcing actually at least in the short term. With such a substantial emotional investment in being holy and favored and ~right~ the biological reality of not having been magically protected needs some propping up. Now, as the pregnancies continue on the same continuum as her aging process…and things become more uncomfortable + more complications with each one + existing children become more complicated/sophisticated…that is when I’d expect the wear and tear and to possibly give occasion for pause. No guarantees though, by that time her investment is quite deeply rooted and reinforced socially. Walking away or even modifying would be very socially costly.

  • guest

    He’s just an attention seeker. Gays? Stone them! Obama? Pray for his death! Get stopped by the police at a check point because one of their dogs approached your car? Refuse to answer questions or have your car searched and get the situation to escalate so you can claim victimhood.

    I know that sort of Christian preacher. They will make as much noise as they have to to stay in the spotlight.

    The line “once the services begin it’s shut-up time -for the women-” just shows what an arrogant jerk he is. Not worth listening to.

  • ArmyChick


  • I think this just shows his immaturity. Children need rules to keep them safe because they don’t have the maturity to think for themselves. He obviously can’t cope with freedom in Christ.

  • What, Steven L Anderson, did the word go out from you men alone? Or did it reach only you? No, right from the beginning – from the time the woman at the well told her village, from the time women followed Jesus, from the time the women proclaimed the empty grave, the word went out from women too!

    God’s message was to seek earnestly to prophesy, and that all should bring their teachings and prophesies and other speaking to church. Women are part of all!

    (I did not make my own argument here. I was paraphrasing the passage from which he paraphrased his favorite words out of context. The context of the women-keep-silent words he gets his idea from seem to be: “What, did the word go out from you (males) alone? Or did it reach only you?”, refuting the ridiculous argument the Corinthians made when they said women should be silent.)

  • This article, on the topic of leaving the church over things like this, is interesting. The point is that the message of Jesus is killing the organized church: “What if the next institutions to be levelled by the Christian ideal of equality are the churches themselves?” http://theweek.com/article/index/258520/why-churches-should-brace-for-a-mass-exodus-of-the-faithful?utm_source=links&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=facebook

  • Rebecca Anderson

    Okay, hands down best comment ever on NLQ.