Anti-Obama Pastor: ‘Women’s Opinions Should Be Silenced in Church (Even When Saying ‘Amen’)’
A pastor who garnered the national spotlight in 2009 for his statement that ‘Obama should be stricken with brain cancer’ thinks women should not be allowed to express their opinions at church or even say ‘Amen.’
This Sunday, Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona told his congregation that while it is alright if women chat before the service begins, he does not want them expressing their opinions about God during ‘learning time.’
Now obviously,” the Pastor instructed, “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.”
“But when it’s learning time,” he emphasized with a wrap on the lectern, “it’s silence time.”
Citing references to women being silent found in 1 Corinthians 14 and 1 Timothy 2:11, Anderson stressed that the Bible was very clear that only men should talk in church.
“Even if they were to have a question, they’re not to ask that question in the church, number one,” he taught. “Number two, even if they want to ask that question to their husband, they should wait until they get home.”
He added that this meant if a woman was moved by something heard in the sermon, she should not even say ‘Amen.’ To do so, according to Anderson, is to express an opinion, something that is insulting to the man at the pulpit.
“When I’m preaching and I say something that you agree with and that you believe in, and you say ‘amen,’ you’re saying ‘that’s true,’” he explained.
“So here’s the thing, when I’m preaching, women should not express their opinion, even if it’s a positive opinion, even if she agrees with me,” he said.
He then told the story about a woman who dared to contradict the pastor’s opinion. “I kind of blew up at her,” the pastor told his congregation emphasizing that the woman clearly did not know her place.
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