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Worst Preacher Ever Contestant

May 29, 2009

Perhaps, some of you remember the Worst Preacher Ever Championships that was contested at Scotteriology last summer that was captured in the end by Benny Hinn after he had beheaded all of his opponents and screamed “There can be only one” in a cascade of electrical strikes… OK maybe not, but that would have been awesome.

Anyways, you may also remember one of the other contestants: Steven L. Anderson. You remember he’s the pisseth against the wall guy.

As I opined at the time:

Many of the contestants in this competition are well known with large TV ministries. Anderson? Not so much. However, someone has to stand up for the little guy. Steven L. Anderson is that person!

Week in and week out there are horrible preachers who abuse their audiences with a cascade of words that hit their forlorn parishioners and fall to the ground, hopefully, to be forgotten the second their foot crosses the threshold of the church to freedom.

Fortunately, we never have to hear the tripe that escapes that theological abyss. However, for some unknown reason Anderson recorded this sermon and it found its way to YouTube; thereby, leaving a generation of pastors and exegetes scratching their heads and thinking, “Did he really say that? is this a joke?”

At least Anderson shows a modicum of self awareness when he acknowledges in his sermon, “You’re not going to like this, but you haven’t liked the sermon up til now….” No Steven, they probably haven’t.

So many riffs I could make off of that statement… I’m guessing that’s a pretty constant theme through a lot of his preaching, “You haven’t liked the sermon up til now….”

I figured that someone who obviously has the sheer awesome potential that Anderson has to win the Worst Preacher Championship at some point in his carreer would eventually pop up again.

Buckle up and put in the mouth guards for another four minutes of pastoral insanity:

Oh, and just so you know, “Jesus Wore Pants!”

This guy is so offensive and what he says is so wrong on so many levels that he may win the next Worst Preacher Ever Championship by default before it even begins.

Listen to “Pastor” Anderson describe how he witnessed Jesus to a border patrol by being an obnoxious tool. Policeman, whoever you are, wherever you are: Well done. God gave Jesus a fist-bump and smiled as you repeadetly tasered Anderson.

If someone is this obtuse when it comes to merely opening his trunk when he has nothing to hide out of some misguided need to be “right” then imagine how much fun it is to discuss the Bible with him. Add to that fact that he is nothing more than a gnostic when it comes to the Bible, and I will always prefer something like the Weslyan Quadrilateral for doing theology then some dude and his Bible being “taught” by the Holy Spirit so you can avoid crackpots such as this.

It simply staggers the imagination that someone could be this ignorant, misguided, crude, misinformed, stupid, judgmental, and idiotic.

And yet Steven maintains a Youtube page where he continues to put up some of the most offensive dilletante dreck I have come across in a long time.

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29 Comments leave one →
  1. May 29, 2009 4:13 pm

    Oh

    my

    goodness

    *jaw is presently on floor, refusing to return to rest of face*

  2. May 29, 2009 4:14 pm

    Man those sorry Germans, thank you Jesus for letting us not only walk on the grass but wee standing up.

    Yup, he gets my vote too!

  3. May 29, 2009 7:44 pm

    We have a winner!

  4. May 29, 2009 9:15 pm

    But clearly if you do not agree with this guy you must be some Greek-loving philosopher in a dress and not a real man who stands up when he goes to the bathroom 🙂

  5. May 29, 2009 9:23 pm

    I think I would rather listen to Osteen…Better to avoid Jesus than misrepresent him!

    I can’t imagine why Christians have such a bad reputation in some parts of the world…

  6. Dave Down Under permalink
    May 30, 2009 12:44 am

    I think they’d probably heard him preach on Youtube and couldn’t believe that they finally had an opportunity to beat the crap out of him for all the stupid things he says!

  7. Jake permalink
    May 30, 2009 7:00 am

    “I don’t need some dress wearing queer to tell me what the Bible says!”

    That’s my new opinion regarding this Blog…

    • May 30, 2009 9:38 am

      Uhhh… that would be a queer in a dress and sexy black lingerie. Come on man, get it right!

  8. May 30, 2009 11:27 am

    What an idiot. Someone should tell him that constitutional rights aren’t in the Bible – let’s see how far he is willing to take, or rather follow, his biblicism. It’s mighty convenient to be “faithful” to the Bible when you’re only using it to sanctify your hatred and anger. It gets slightly harder when it tells you to do something you don’t want to do. He’s just an unpleasant person hiding behind the Bible.

    • Phillip Holbrook permalink
      January 22, 2011 11:58 am

      I really don’t see how his profession (?) and morose opinions are relevant where his constitutional rights as a US citizen are concerned. So, someone of a weird, whacko fundamentalist christian persuasion does not have the right to expect law enforcement to be legal, fair and just in upholding his rights? Is he bound by a diferent constitutional law than we?

  9. Doug permalink
    May 30, 2009 2:33 pm

    Is there a kind of (anti-)theological equivalent of Tourette’s syndrome, where you simply can’t control the words that come out of your mouth? If so, I think this guy has it.

  10. June 1, 2009 10:52 am

    His “sermons” are of course laughable, but what happened to him at the checkpoint was terrible. Our government has no idea what to do about legitimate security problems, so we are subjected to “security theater” that has no actual benefit, and to police authorities with no regard for the constitution.

  11. June 1, 2009 1:24 pm

    I had seen this story online, but I didn’t realize it was the Steven Anderson…

    I was all ready to decry the predation of the modern American state, but in this instance, maybe I can forgive just a little…

    • June 3, 2009 9:25 am

      Nope, can’t do it.

      Jack-booted thuggery like this is one of the hallmarks of a police state. To impy as you do, Scott, that “If someone is this obtuse when it comes to merely opening his trunk when he has nothing to hide out of some misguided need to be ‘right'” somehow justifies the BP’s actions is to miss the point.

      The natural rights that define the English Common Law upon which the legal systems of Great Brittain and at least four of her daughter states are founded are not utilitarian in nature. This is a point that has become somehow lost, especially in the last several decades. Neither does the State have an original right to private property; the “due process” err, process built into the system (expressly for the protection of the individual from the predatory and confiscatory State) has been eroded — always and forever to the benefit of the State and the State alone — to the concept of “probable cause,” which, like “Just War,” can be twisted into whatever meaning the State wants to give it.

      Anderson is beyond doubt a functional moron, a bully, and a misanthrope. But the Border Patrol and whatever Arizona state police organ was involved far exceeded the bounds of propriety and constitutionality — not to mention morality — when they busted the window in his face, much less when they tased him, pushed his face into the broken glass and asphalt, and refused immediate medical treatment while mocking his injuries.

      The officers involved should be facing trial, discharge, and imprisonment. But because the same State responsible for the injury is the arbiter of the incdient’s propriety, Anderson and not the Brownshirts will be facing jail time.

      • June 3, 2009 9:34 am

        Brian, you seem to have bought into Steve-o’s reality of events. Have you already judged the officers without hearing their side of the events. In our current judicial system, we are innocent until proven guilty. Seems to me that you are already calling for jailtime for the ‘brownshirts.’

        I mean, the guy goes off half-cocked 99% of the time, an yet this time, he is automatically believe without question?

        • June 3, 2009 4:01 pm

          Don’t take my word for it:

          Granted, the video leaves much to be desired and has been edited by Anderson, but I think there’s plenty of evidence of police brutality. I mean, “I’m a police officer, and you have to obey me”? Really? An officer in what police force? The Stasi?

          In our judicial system, we are only nominally (de jure) innocent until proven guilty. As often as not (de facto), prosecutors in an effort to clear their dockets for as little cost as possible–and in order to stack their “win” columns–quite often pile on outrageous amounts of indicments, seek excessive jail terms, bury evidence, and other subterfuge in an effort to strong-arm a plea-bargain from the accused. Pardon my bluntness, but giving the state the benefit of the doubt in these situations is becoming increasingly naive.

          Additional commentary:

          Note well that the tasers were out before Anderson had time to put up any violent resistance. This provides an example of yet another crime routinely committed by police nation-wide: The use of the Taser as a “pain compliance” instrument (that is, an implement of electro-shock torture), rather than a less-lethal alternative to a firearm. The pitiful screams of the unresisting Baptist pastor attest to the Taser’s barbarous effectiveness in that role.

          It’s interesting and appropriate that the last part of the video is set to the strains of the Christian hymn “Be Still My Soul,” which takes its melody from “Finlandia,” composed by the heroic Jan Sibelius. At once patriotic and proudly subversive, the “Finlandia” Hymn was a protest against the political repression of the Finns by the Russian Empire.

          We’ve clearly reached the point at which any authentic American patriot is going to be treated as a subversive by the armed enforcers of Washington’s empire.

        • Phillip Holbrook permalink
          January 22, 2011 11:39 am

          Their side of the story??? Did you happen to see THEIR video?

  12. June 3, 2009 6:49 am

    Doesn’t he look/sound like ‘Jack’ from Lost?

  13. Dave R permalink
    June 3, 2009 8:37 am

    I agree with every evaluation of his preaching, but if what happened to him with the border patrol is even half true, that was way over the line. Because he’s a jerk does not mean he’s not worthy to be treated with justice, and yes, respect. I’m sure Jesus’ teaching on how to treat your enemies also applies to even unpleasant people hiding behind the bible. And the mocking reactions to what happened to him causes as much or more harm to the kingdom than whatever idiocy he may have said.

  14. Jake permalink
    June 3, 2009 2:17 pm

    Why is it that this stuff will always, always, ALWAYS happen to the loud, ignorant, obtuse buffons that get all the airtime and attention? *headdesk*

    I find myself in a hard position though regarding his treatment at the border. Brian’s statement about the erosion of “due process” gives rise to a whole host of issues within the American justice system and I think a lot of that “Big Brother” ambience that seems to be hanging over you lot south of the 49th can be attributed to the previous administration. Hold your breath to see if the policies and procedures change with the current one…

    But while the citizen is certainly entitled to his or her due process, I think there needs to be a fundamental change in procedures that protect our law enforcement officers. What those guys have to deal with coming over the borders from Mexico and state lines is mind boggling and downright terrifying. For those Border guards to have to put up with that arrogant human pimple is insulting. Their behaviour in this situation should bring scrutiny upon the whole method in which the State enables its law enforcement officers to do their job safely.

    • June 3, 2009 3:19 pm

      Jake, why is anyone buying into his side of the story without hearing from the other side. We don’t even know if half the stuff he is saying is true.

    • June 3, 2009 6:56 pm

      But much of the human drek that oozes across the southern border is in essence a self-inflicted wound. Exportation of the War on Drugs has made Mexico’s northern states into the OK Corral writ large; the failure of DC and borderland gubernatorial/legislative pols to actually enforce the borders and immigration policies makes it impossible to identify who’s friend and who’s foe; tyrannical prohibition laws drive both the WoD industry and the criminal alien problem, as well as closing off an entire family of consumer goods that would add to the tax base and relieve revenue shortfalls–goods that are often far less addictive and destructive than alcohol. Against the backdrop of this panorama of madness, the increasingly militarized sundry police forces across the country have become emboldened by complicit prosecutors, judges, and politicians (and apathetic voters) to abrogate individual liberties with impunity.

      Meanwhile, while real crimes — robbery, murder, rape — are being perpetrated against innocents in every corner of the country, cops are piling four and five deep on some–admittedly mouthy idiot–whose only offense appears to have been asking why he was being singled out for searching.

      I agree that the system is fundamentally flawed; I simply disagree on the character of the flaw. I think the state has empowered police too much, not too little. To the contrary: the individual has been emasculated.

      It’s just disappointing that Anderson is being held up as a poster child for liberty.

    • Phillip Holbrook permalink
      January 22, 2011 11:44 am

      Yes, I am certain these badge-wearing outlaw thugs were fearful for their lives! The poor things.

  15. Jake permalink
    June 3, 2009 8:48 pm

    I think you’re completely right Brian. I’d like to believe that it’s better here in Canada but in reality, it may even be worse. Instead of merely immobilizing with tazers, our police officers like to use them fatally. See: Vancouver Police Taze Crazy European Dude to Death.

    And polycarp, that was pretty much my entire point when I described Anderson as an “arrogant human pimple”. His side was always going to be pretty biased…

    • June 3, 2009 9:11 pm

      Yeah, Taser International recently decided to stop billing their wares as “non-lethal” for that very reason. People keep getting themselves dead when used for target practice.

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