A Baptist minister who came under fire for telling married women to “lose weight” and look less “butch” to please their husbands is now eating his words — and temporarily stepping aside.
Pastor Stewart-Allen Clark of 1st General Baptist Church in Malden, Missouri, delivered an enthusiastic sermon on Sunday, which included advice specifically for the wives in his congregation.
“Ladies, here’s the thing you need to know about men: Don’t give him a reason to be like this ‘distracted boyfriend,’ ” Clark began, referencing the popular meme, in his controversial message, which was first reported by the site Friendly Atheist.
“Why is it so many times that women, after they get married, let themselves go?” he questioned.
“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,” the pudgy pastor continued. “Not everybody looks like that! Amen?! But you don’t need to look like a butch, either!”
Backlash following Friendly Atheist’s report prompted 1st General Baptist’s parent organization, General Baptist Ministries, to issue a statement, saying, “The sermon included comments that are not consistent with the position and values” of their denomination. Meanwhile, 1st General has since discontinued their social-media presence, removing all past content as well as their direct contact details.
“In keeping with our structure, the Executive Committee recommended that the Council of Associations and the MoArk Presbytery research the statements and take appropriate action,” they wrote March 2 on Facebook.
When contacted by The Post, General Baptist Ministries declined further comment but noted a statement on the church’s website: “As of March 2, 2021, Pastor Stewart-Allen Clark has taken a leave of absence and is seeking professional counseling.”
The Post was unable to obtain contact information for Clark.
In his remarks, the minister went on to present a scenario in which a husband and wife enter his office for spiritual guidance, asking how their marriage could be more successful.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Hannah Sparks