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Posted: August 06, 2016

Pastor mocks misogyny, challenges any woman to arm wrestle him

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

TEMPE, Ariz. —

A pastor in Arizona who insists that the “husband’s the head of the wife” offered a challenge to any woman who thinks otherwise.

Pastor Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe is challenging women to arm wrestle him.

The YouTube account associated with Anderson offers the following description: “Independent, fundamental, soul-winning, King James Bible-only, Baptist Church in Phoenix Tempe, AZ pastored by Steven L Anderson.”

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In a sermon posted Aug. 3 on YouTube, Anderson lamented that in modern society, husbands have no authority over their wives, even though the Bible teaches that the husband is the head of the wife. He mocked the concept of misogyny, saying it is a “stupid word” and “like a new word.” In fact, the term’s origins date back to the mid-17th century.

Warning: Gay slur used, viewer discretion advised

Anderson said he rejects such “trendy concepts” and that “people have been doing it my way for the last 6,000 years — in all cultures, pretty much, in all nations of the world, and it’s worked out great for a lot of people.”

Anderson used a gay slur to refer to modern society’s take on marriage, where men and women are supposed to be the same, urging Christians to follow a “Biblical lifestyle” when it comes to their marriages.

The pastor said that women are happier when men take the leadership role because women are “not wired to want to be in charge or rule over a man.”

Anderson gave his take on what women are looking for in a man, saying “women don’t want to be married to a weakling.” Anderson said that even feminists deep down want men to rule over them and be their leader.

Near the end of the sermon clip, Anderson said he’s called a misogynist because he thinks women are weaker than men and challenged women to prove him wrong by arm wrestling. He claimed that if any woman in the audience arm wrestled him and beat him, he would admit that women were as strong as men.

No women in the audience took the challenge.

Anderson said he has made the offer before and about five women have taken him up on it, with Anderson claiming all five women “went down, and they went down hard.”

The pastor said he even made his wife take the arm wrestling challenge, though she didn’t want to do it.

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