A Missouri pastor is on leave after delivering a sermon telling women to lose weight and submit to their husbands’ sexual desires to keep them from going astray.
Pastor Stewart-Allen Clark took leave on Tuesday from Malden’s first Baptist general after widely criticizing his sexist sermon in late February. Besides weight loss and sex, Clark told women to wear makeup, dress well, choose appropriate hairstyles, and appear less “clogged.”
Although the church in Southeast Missouri has removed videos from its website, a recording of the sermon appears on Facebook.
“Now look, I’m not saying every woman can be the epic – the epic – the all-time trophy wife like Melania Trump. I’m not saying that at all. Most women can’t be trophy brides, but you know … maybe you’re a participation trophy, ”Clark said as a photo of the former first lady appeared on screen. . “I don’t know, but all I can say is not everyone looks like this. Amen! Not everyone looks like this. But you don’t have to look like a bite, either.
The first Baptist general is a denominational Baptist general church, which released a statement Monday saying Clark’s sermon was “not in line with the organization’s positions and values.”
“General Baptists believe that every woman was created in the image of God, and they should be valued for that reason,” General Baptist Ministries posted on Facebook. “Further, we believe that all individuals, regardless of any other factor, are so loved by God that Christ died for them.”
Reagan Williams, who posted a video of the sermon, lambasted Clark’s post in a Facebook post.
“He continues to blame women for the actions of men and says it is from God and should be accepted as normal,” Williams said. “Instead of teaching men and boys to take responsibility and control themselves, he degrades women, blames victims and points the finger at their very existence. He does not use Bible verses to substantiate his nonsense. “
Clark includes a Bible verse in the sermon – which he told the husbands of the congregation to post on the headboards of their beds.
“The wife no longer has all the rights over her body, but shares them with her husband,” he said, quoting the verse. “So whenever she’s not in the mood, search your Bible.”
Clark only briefly mentioned the second part of the verse, which says “in the same way the husband does not have authority over his own body but cedes it to his wife.”
According to Clark’s church, he is “now seeking professional advice.”
Here are some more quotes from Clark’s sermon:
• “Why is it so often that women after marriage let themselves go? Why is that? Why are they doing this?
• “Men need their women to look like women. Sweatpants don’t cut it all the time. Wearing flip flops and pajamas at Walmart – it won’t work. There is nothing attractive about it. This is not the case. And men want their wives to be beautiful at home and in public, can I have an Amen!
• “Ladies, this is how God created us. This is how we are. The men will watch. He made us watch. You want them to watch you. Don’t let yourself go.
• “Let me tell you something. I have a friend. He put a ‘divorce weight’ on his wife. That’s how important it is.”
• “Listen ladies, we are not lust monsters. We are not that monster of lust that chases you into bed every night. We can’t help it. God made us that way. He made us that way. Listen, can I tell you this? It may never cross your mind when you say “yes”, but I’ll tell you it’s hers. This is the main reason he married you.
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