Bonus Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – How to be a ‘Bad’ Church Member?

Bonus Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – How to be a ‘Bad’ Church Member? July 3, 2016

quotingquiverfullby Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church – 3 Ways to be a Bad Church Member

Editor’s note: Really Steven? The first one is never argue or say anything negative to the pastor?  The number one thing I think on how to be a bad member is to freaking gossip about the other members, or sit on the pew doing nothing yet feeling free to criticize those that do the work of running the church. Does anyone really ever try to force the pastor to change the church just for them before they will join? Sounds like a fake story, like one of Michael Pearl’s ridiculous lies.

Lately Anderson has been filling his blog more with his opinions on how to have unity in the church and why you need a budget than pushing his Jew-hating videos and other conspiracy theories. But I don’t think anyone is fooled. Mixing in the occasional non-toxic post is sort of like trying to put delicious icing on a rotting steak and trying to pretend it’s actually a cake.

1. Try to Change the Pastor

First of all, you need to realize that no two Christians believe exactly alike on every single thing. Find a church that you agree with on the important things and then overlook the rest. One person met with a pastor several times trying to get him to change the entire structure of his church before he ever visited even once. This person should have either adapted or gone somewhere else. It’s fine to humbly ask your pastor questions about verses that support your differing belief, but don’t sweat the small stuff. You might even be the one in the wrong. Just get your butt into a good church, and sit down and shut up.

“Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;” 1 Timothy 5:1

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders, cultural enforcers and those that seek to keep women submitted to men 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.

moreRead more about Steven Anderson’s toxic theology:

Steven Anderson Lied to a Bunch of Rabbis


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  • Poster Girl

    And in that one “tip,” he sums up everything that is good about the congregational model of church governance (used by the UCC, conservative congregationalists, and I think the Reformed Church in America, among others). Ministers do not “plant” churches; rather, the congregation establishes itself and then the council, itself elected by the congregation, hires the pastor. WAY more accountability.

    The CP, WF, Funda-gelical way is inherently set up to lead to cult of personality and hero/pastor worship. Reading this made my skin crawl.

  • Friend

    “Sit down and shut up” is not advice I would take from any pastor.

  • KarenH

    Yes, the more wingnuts like Andersen blather on about “my church” the more I like the idea that Methodists (the laity) own/run the church, not the pastor.

  • Jennny

    ‘…….you need to realize that no two Christians believe exactly alike on every single thing’
    Seems to contradict all of this despicable man’s teaching, that unless you agree 100% to hating/killing gays, adulterers and muslims, you are going to hell. Not to mention all the other must-have ‘doctrines’ too numerous to mention that he’s completely right about and every other church leader in the world is wrong about.

  • Saraquill

    Has he been getting dissent in his church?

  • Mel

    That was my first thought 🙂

  • SAO

    Check your brain at the door.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Yeah, I considered that too. He’s had another post about ‘church unity’ this week and about being a good steward of money. I’m thinking there’s something lurking behind the scenes of his church that is not very good. I just hope it comes out publicly. Someone I know well is looking into his claims that all the internet payment processors are rejecting him. Could be some very odd financial behavior going on would be my bet.

  • How to get in bad with Rev. Anderson:
    1) Disagree with him.
    2) Be a woman.
    3) Be a woman who disagrees with him.
    If I was fool enough to attend his church, I’d be out on the street after a quickie disbaptism and disassociation.

  • Astrin Ymris

    Steven Anderson claims to be able to “disbaptize” people?

  • Astrin Ymris

    To Steven, the true essential of Christianity is “privileging white cisgender Christian men”.

  • Aloha

    As iron sharpens iron, so “sit down and shut up” leaves a pastor as dull as ever.

  • Friend

    Maybe they’ve decided to use the hawala system for accepting tithes, because they don’t like U.S. banking laws and regulations.

  • Not sure, but if you’re kicking people out of your church, it would seem like a logical step.