There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
I cannot find in my own
And He keeps His fire burning
To melt this heart of stone
Keeps me aching with a yearning
Keeps me glad to have been caught
In the reckless raging fury
That they call the love of God
~Rich Mullins, excerpt from “Love of God,” an unpolished performance at Wheaten College in 1997.
There’s quite a contrast between the Rich Mullins song lyrics above and the following sermon excerpt from Steven L. Anderson, pastor of Faithful Word Baptist Church (a fundamentalist independent Baptist Church).
“If one of my sons came to me and said, ‘Dad, I’m a homo,’ I would grab my son and I would hurl him, as hard as I could, out the front door of my house within ten seconds, The door would be slammed shut. He would be cursed in the name of the Lord and told never come back.”
He then insisted that his response would be the same if his sons committed other “serious” sins. So much for mercy.
On a positive note, from the following sermon, it’s evident that Steven Anderson hasn’t voted and will not vote in the future, encouraging his followers to do likewise.
I particularly liked the moment at 3 min. and 20 sec. where he rants, “Listen, you listen up to me right now! Don’t zone out on me!” I think Preacher Anderson might be a major asshole in his day-to-day life.
Kindly, I think you are right. I think there’s a passage that comes to mind: “ Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” I had to look up the citation: Matthew 5:7.
Seems to me his attitude would qualify as one of those “serious sins” that he would not tolerate. I hope God is more merciful that I would be on Judgement Day for this fellow.