Misogynistic Missouri Pastor Taking Leave Of Absence To Reevaluate Some Things
Pastor Stewart-Allen Clark of the First General Baptist Church in Malden, Missouri, has not had the greatest first week of March.
Last week, he went viral with his disturbingly sexist sermon about how much Jesus haaaates it when women "let themselves go" or gain weight after marriage. Specifically, he told women they should aspire to be trophy wives like Melania Trump — or at least "participation trophy wives," as he so cleverly quipped.
Now look, I'm not saying every woman can be the epic, the epic trophy wife of all time, like Melania Trump — I'm not saying that at all. Most women can't be trophy wives, but, you know, like her — maybe you're a participation trophy. I don't know. But all I can say is not everybody looks like that! Amen?! But you don't need to look like a butch either!
He seems nice.
During this sermon, Clark also told the story of how, when he was doing marriage counseling, he saved a marriage simply by encouraging a husband when he called his wife a "fat bitch." He told the story of how one of his friends put a "divorce weight" on his wife, which seemed to mean he would divorce her were she to hit that weight. (Perhaps divorce would actually be her best option for getting rid of some dead weight.) He said men like to look at stuff and also like having pretty ladies on their arm. Women, on the other hand, absolutely love to be seen in public with a guy with a full-on serial killer name who goes viral for saying a whole bunch of misogynistic crap.
Nota bene: I am not saying anything about his looks. These statements would be just as crappy coming from a nominally attractive man.
Clark also explained that this was not just him saying this, but God, citing 1 Corinthians 7:4, which says "The wife has no longer all rights over her body, but shares them with her husband."
Well gee, that does sound fun.
Prior to this, Clark was set to be a featured moderator at the General Association of General Baptists (really?) conference, but now it seems he is a general pariah. The church issued a statement generally distancing itself from him and his sermon, explaining that women are great and Jesus died for them.
General Baptists believe that every woman was created in the image of God, and they should be valued for that reason. Furthermore, we believe that all individuals regardless of any other factors are so loved by God that Christ died for them.
Now local television station KCTV is reporting that Clark is seeking psychological help and is officially on leave. The full sermon has also been deleted from his church's website.
The thing is, it seems really unlikely this was the first time this guy said anything like this. This doesn't just come out of nowhere.
Somebody should listen to the rest of his sermons!
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