Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The "Rev." Steven Anderson - He Who "Prays" for the Death of the President

After seeing the video of this guy, who says he hates the President and prays for his death, I decided to do a bit of research about him. His church's website was a good place to start. There I found that the "Rev." "holds no college degree but has well over 100 chapters of the Bible committed to memory, including almost half of the New Testament. " This, apparently, qualifies him to be a preacher.

The 27 year old, so-called preacher has had several run-ins with the law in recent months. Most recently, in April, he was detained at a Border Patrol checkpoint, when drug sniffing dogs hit on his car. After refusing to talk to agents, he was forcefully removed from his car and tasered to bring him under control. There have been other incidents of his confronting law enforcement authorities. It seems he has decided that border patrol checkpoints are unconstitutional and he is not going to obey them. Interestingly enough, he claimed police brutality, but never filed a complaint. One has to wonder why the drug sniffing dog hit on his car.

Anderson's church has an interesting doctrine. It is very fundamentalist and backward. The last three statements of that doctrine are as follows:

"We believe that life begins at conception (fertilization) and reject all forms of abortion including surgical abortion, "morning-after" pills, IVF (In Vitro Fertilization), birth control pills, and all other processes that end life after conception.

We believe that homosexuality is a sin and an abomination which God punishes with the death penalty.

We oppose worldliness, modernism, formalism, and liberalism."

Pay close attention to the first of these statements. I know that the Rev doesn't have a college degree, but it does not require a college degree to understand that invitro fertilization is not a form of abortion, nor are birth control pills. The next thing you know this bunch will be calling for the death penalty for doctors who perform vasectomies and stoning for men who have the procedure performed.

The second statement, not surprisingly, calls for death for homosexuals. One would expect this kind of hatred from one who openly preaches hate from his pulpit. The final statement is so wide sweeping, one has to wonder if Anderson really understands what he is saying. In fact, formalism, which is, basically, adherence to a strict doctrine, is very fundamentalist, a direct contradiction of his supposed beliefs.

Finally, he tries to get political with the rejection of liberalism and demonstrates that once again, he does not know what he is talking about. Freedom of speech and the basic rights of man are both tenets of liberalism. John Locke a proponent of liberalism wrote that "no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions." By including this term, the Rev. Anderson shows his great need for a college degree.

Anderson, an anti-Obamite fundamentalist is taking on the law enforcement agencies of the Federal Government, primarily. At this point it appears that he is probably trying to provoke the Border Patrol and others to try to make the right wing point that under Obama the government has become totalitarian. However, Border Patrol checkpoint policies have been in place for years and have nothing to do with the current administration.

Anderson is no more than a small minded fool, who is trying to fill his church coffers and make a name for himself by playing on the fears of those who are of similar ilk. He has started his church and feels a need to attain mega-church status, where he can live the life of Armani suits, private airplanes, and multi-million dollar estates. What better way to accomplish this that to appeal to the extremist right wing of society that is searching for leadership and a return to power and has an extreme fear of change.


Anonymous said...

If his goal is to get rich, he should move to Chicago and get into politics. I've read about how enriching that is.

Vagabonde said...

There are so many churches in this country that I think it is strange to find so much violence and hatred – it does not compute. In Europe, where I come from, there are very old churches and usually one church per town, even if there are 10,000 people living there. A “church” of the kind headed by this pastor would be considered a “sect” and not given tax free deduction. There they say that there is freedom of speech, yes, but also freedom to keep the population safe from hatred. In Germany you cannot have a “nazi” party – they know where it leads. I thought it was against the law to want to kill the president? Usually people who want the death of others only because they have different views are called terrorists - isn’t that true? I thought Homeland Security was holding them at bay....

Georgia Mountain Man said...

If only we in this country had Europe's experience with church states, we would understand the dangers of mixing religion with government. We have so many churches in this country, in part, because of the tax exempt status. Start your own church and get tax free perks that you can hide within the church. For example the church can buy an airplane and you can use it for personal use as long as you list the trip as church work.

Anonymous said...


Dear brother, Pastor Steve,

What a blessing it is to visit your website and read about you and yours page Greetings in the ever precious name of our lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It’s my honor to meet you through this e mail. (Eph 5:30).

How blessed I am called out to serve His holy name, here in India , for the salvation of many last souls.I am 35 years married with two kids, working for the lord last few years, as I am obeyed for His call and committed to serve God full time. I am well educated, B.Th, M.Div are my degrees, I know these can do nothing, but as a servant of God I must know what I am doing for the lord in this religious nation. Let what may come I will follow Him; even it is starvation, sword, affliction. Or to die for His glory in India, (Martyred).I write you to have your honest fellowship to work together; I want your help and love to spread the good news of Lord Jesus Christ to millions of people here in India.If you have really burden towards perishing souls. Please let us join our hands for this great work; I know one cannot do as Jesus sends two by two to serve Him.

Here is my vision.

Bible school,
orphanage (under privileged)
Taking care of old and widows.
church planting, and building the churches,
Come let us work for the lord honestly in these last days, looking to hearing you. Here is my e mail Salmon is my Christian name.

Your brother, in His service,

Rev Buli veerraju Gandham and family. India .

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I found your site on stumbleupon and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

Thanks for sharing....