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The Sounds of Fundamentalism: God Has Short Hair Says IFB Preacher Steven Anderson

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This is the one hundred and sixty-eighth installment in The Sounds of Fundamentalism series. This is a series that I would like readers to help me with. If you know of a video clip that shows the crazy, cantankerous, or contradictory side of Evangelical Christianity, please send me an email with the name or link to the video. Please do not leave suggestions in the comment section.  Let’s have some fun!

Today’s Sound of Fundamentalism is a video clip from a sermon preached by Steven Anderson, pastor of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona.

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    I must confess, I don’t usually comment on anything I haven’t read/listened to fully but can’t stomach watching these videos. But, as a commenter on another blog said – about beards and long hair being a sin…’So after creating Adam and Eve, god next created the shaving kit and scissors, did he?’

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    I find this message to be very sad and offensive in the way that he refers to gay men..( I generally don’t get offended easily.) I also wonder why the hair length of our Lord could even be an issue one way or the other.

    Sincere prayers for this gentleman. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to understand, really, how someone could know the love of Christ, and be drawn to this type of preaching. I can feel his contempt just sitting here listening to the video.


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      Steven Anderson is a closet case, an extremely self-loathing gay man, IMHO.

      …so I am guessing that there are no portraits of Christ in Anderson’s church, like the one that hung in my (white-dominated) childhood church, the one that portrayed Jesus as a blue-eyed, pale-skinned man with long, flowing, light brown hair…maybe Steven gets all tingly in his naughty parts when he looks at those pictures?

      Speaking of that…as someone else on this thread referred to, if Jesus actually existed, he probably was a dark-skinned man with short, wiry hair. Somehow I think your typical, White American Evangelical would crap themselves if forced to face that reality….

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    As a youngster, had I been the lucky recipient of this kind of depth in exegesis by a truly Christian visionary, I would probably be a preacher myself now. Or a barber.

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      When one listens to this Anderson fellow, one is reminded of how serious a virus this Chrisianity is and what it can do to a mind prepared to allow it to go untreated…

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    He says that god is invisiblw. He says that man is created in god’a image. He says that Jesus looks just like the invisible god. He says that men shouldn’t cover their heads because men are created in the image of the invisible god. He says that Jesus had short hair because invisible god has short hair (invisible short hair). Therefore men should have short hair. And all renaissance painters were gay. Everybody clear?

    The god who is more concerned with men’should hair length than he is with abused children, starving people, people with terminal disease, sounds like a great god to worship, doesn’t he?

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    The older I get the more amazed I am that I used to listen to assholes like this and think they had some sort of ‘in’ with the big guy. Now that I know there *is* no big guy it just makes them look childish and petty.

    I’d like to meet up with this guy and tell him it’s time to grow up. That he should wear his hair however he wants, but that he needs to STFU about how others wear theirs. It’s truly none of his goddamn business.

    What a twat.

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      Bruce Gerencser

      I agree. I find myself saying, Bruce you were a real dumb ass. Not only did I believe these things, I preached them to others. I’m grateful for a chance to live life differently. And I think my children are very glad Dad is no longer an Evangelical preacher.

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    Maybe the shoulder length hair that Jesus is typically portrayed with was considered short in his day. If women wear their hair down to their butt, then shoulder length hair would be shorter.

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