2.9.09

The Pastor Who Prays for Obama's Death

"Pastor" Steve Anderson has made the news for praying for Obama's death and preaching a message entitled, "Why I Hate Barack Obama."  After reading about him on several news sites, I recalled that this was the "pastor" who was shot with a taser a while back.
 
As I researched him in the past, I found that he was an idiotic "King James-Only" preacher who makes little sense in his YouTube videos.  (Search YouTube for Steve Anderson and pisseth on a wall for a clear example).  On his church website there is this blurb under the "Our Pastor" section:
 
"Pastor Steven Anderson started Faithful Word Baptist Church on December 25, 2005.

Pastor Anderson holds no college degree but has well over 100 chapters of the Bible committed to memory, including almost half of the New Testament.

Today, most Baptist churches are started by Bible Colleges. However, the Bible makes it clear that the church is the pillar and ground of the truth, not a school. Faithful Word Baptist Church is a totally independent Baptist church, and Pastor Anderson was sent out by a totally independent Baptist church to start it the old-fashioned way by knocking doors and winning souls to Christ. This is the scriptural method.

God has blessed Faithful Word Baptist Church tremendously. Hundreds have been saved, many have been baptized, and many more have learned to win souls both door-to-door and in their day-to-day lives."
 
Okay, I can find a lot wrong on the site, but this is what I will focus on.
 
1. "Pastor Anderson holds no college degree but has well over 100 chapters of the Bible committed to memory, including almost half of the New Testament."  Is he boasting that he has no college degree?  Granted, it is not written in stone that you need a college degree, but not having one is not a reason to boast.  While I admire his claim to have "well over 100 chapters" of the Bible memorized, I would like to see some proof.  Anyone can claim anything.
 
2. "Today, most Baptist churches are started by Bible Colleges. However, the Bible makes it clear that the church is the pillar and ground of the truth, not a school."  What? Document this! This statement has no basis in fact.  He is just trying to make a case for not being college educated.  Listening to him preach makes it clear that a college education may have been helpful, but he may just not have been college material.
 
3. "Faithful Word Baptist Church is a totally independent Baptist church, and Pastor Anderson was sent out by a totally independent Baptist church to start it the old-fashioned way by knocking doors and winning souls to Christ. This is the scriptural method."  The phrase "totally independent" is meant to be inflammatory.  As if non-Independent Baptist churches are not independent, being under the control of a central authority.  Most independent KJV-only churches are most opposed to Southern Baptist churches, and SBC churches are independent and autonomous.  If the SBC comes down with a directive, local churches are not bound by it.  The SBC does not, and cannot, appoint pastors for local churches.  Local churches cooperate with the SBC, they are not controlled by the SBC. Additionally, I hope Mr. Anderson is not making the claim that knocking on doors is the Scriptural method.  It is not.  However, "winning souls" is the way to increase the kingdom and build a local church.
 
4. "God has blessed Faithful Word Baptist Church tremendously. Hundreds have been saved, many have been baptized, and many more have learned to win souls both door-to-door and in their day-to-day lives." How many people attend this church? From the YouTube videos it looks small.  How many of the "hundreds" that have been saved regularly attend services? 
 
Based on my investigation of Faithful Word Baptist Church and "pastor" Steve Anderson, I think he might benefit from some college.  Or even high school.  He makes outlandish statements just to seem relevant.  I did not address KJV-Onlyism, even though it is a cultish doctrine, but it is well refuted at the Alpha & Omega Ministries site.

1 comment:

Cindy said...

Pastor Steve would do well to read the Bible verse that states Vengence belongs to me. According to my concordance God says this in Deuteronomy 32:35 and is repeated three times in the NT. He and his church would do well to pray for Obama's heart to change. I liken this to the Westwood Baptist Church who believes more in vengence and forgiveness. Right now, Jesus is in the forgiveness mode and we must be there too. We need to recognize sin, tell others about it and report that Jesus will forgive it now. There' a time coming when forgiveness will not be available. I for one, do not want to see Obama go to Hell or another else. "Faithful Word Baptist Church" had better read the Word if they are going to be faithful to it!!!