Controversial Christian Pastor Steven Anderson defends slavery “because the Bible’s always right.”
In a twisted sermon recently uploaded to YouTube, Pastor Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church defends the institution of slavery as presented in the Bible “because the Bible’s always right about every subject.”
A passionate Anderson explained to his gullible congregation why his Christian faith demands that he accept the righteousness of slavery as presented in the Bible:
People will try to come at us — usually atheists or people like that — they’ll come at us and say, “Well, the Bible is wrong because the Bible condones slavery.” We’ve all heard that before, right?
But here’s the thing about that, is that if the Bible condones slavery, then I condone slavery. Because the Bible’s always right about every subject…
At one point in his twisted sermon, Pastor Anderson, trying to claim that slavery is about unpaid debts, and noting that “going bankrupt isn’t biblical,” suggests that slavery is better than debtor’s prison:
… locking someone in prison is more inhumane than slavery. Prison destroys people’s lives.
While it may be true that prison destroys lives, it is also true that a lifetime as a slave is just as destructive if not more so than any prison sentence.
After expounding on the nuances of Biblical slavery, Pastor Anderson concludes his sermon by saying:
are there certain situations where God did indicate slavery, or for people to beat their servants? Absolutely. Absolutely. Of course! But you know what? It’s all right. And I agree with all of it. Why? Because the Bible is God’s Word. That’s why.
For those unfamiliar with Pastor Anderson, he is an obnoxious Christian extremist with a history of preaching a hateful and extreme Christian fundamentalism. Previously the Arizona pastor has called for the public execution of gays and lesbians, and more recently prayed for the death of Caitlyn Jenner.
Earlier this month, the controversial pastor used the Bible to explain why women should not have the right to vote, the right to work outside the home, or the right to seek a divorce.
Bottom line: Pastor Anderson is a dangerous Christian extremist who takes the Bible literally, even when doing so leads to morally reprehensible positions, like defending slavery.
(H/T Friendly Atheist)