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A Missouri pastor is on leave and in counseling after he told his congregation in a sermon last month that wives should make themselves sexually available to their husbands, “lose weight,” and look less “butch.”
Stewart-Allen Clark at the Malden First General Baptist Church is temporarily no longer preaching after a video of the sermon went viral.
The article goes on to state the following:
“As of March 2, 2021, Pastor Stewart-Allen Clark has taken a leave of absence and is seeking professional counseling,” the Church said in a statement on its website.
In his “sermon,” Clark asked, “Why is it so many times that women, after they get married, let themselves go?”
“Now look, I’m not saying that every woman can be the epic trophy wife of all time like Melania Trump. All I can say is not everybody looks like that, amen? But you don’t need to look like a butch either!” he told the congregation.
“I’m the preacher man, so I can say it… your man needs an attractive wife,” Clark declares.
Artist Reagan Williams shared an account of the incident on her Facebook page on Sunday, Feb. 28. She wrote:
On this lovely Sunday morning I spent my time getting ready listening to a head pastor in Malden who so nonchalantly decided to exercise pastoral abuse towards women. His name is Stewart Allen Clark and he preaches at First General Baptist.
He goes on to blame women for the actions of men and says it is of God and it should be accepted as normal. Instead of teaching men and boys to take accountability for their actions and control themselves, he degrades women, victim blames, and points the finger at their mere existence. He fails to use Bible verses to back up his nonsense.
He says that lusting after other women in a relationship or marriage is acceptable if you are not perfectly up to par with the man’s expectations and implies you should be blamed if the man cheats or fails you. He objectifies women, antagonizes them, and practices sexism, all while acting like it’s hip or cool.
He also claims your looks should be only of what the man wants and you should have zero bodily autonomy and zero individuality which is abusive and controlling.
He states he no longer practices marital counseling which is a good thing. He should not be in that kind of space with his toxic and damaging ideology. Honestly, he should not be a preacher either.
As far as I know, this isn’t his first time doing this. According to someone whose family members attended his last Mother’s Day sermon, they walked out because his message was worse than this, and toxic and degrading.
I believe he hasn’t been reprimanded, taught better, or held accountable for his actions, and that is so desperately needed.
Women, teach your friends and daughters to not put up with this abuse and behavior. Men, teach your friends and sons to take accountability for their actions, to not victim blame, and to be better than this. Christians, hold your peers accountable and teach the truth about the gospel. Do not support these things.
This deserves recognition outside SEMO as an example, even if he eventually is held accountable. This is one example of the abuse in churches and religion that is still practiced today. It shouldn’t be swept under the rug. It’s disgraceful and embarrassing and disheartening to those who know better.
Let’s do better.
Edit: he’s apparently extremely homophobic and transphobic too. He also encourages marital rape.
I also want to add this is a video recording of a sermon he did February 21st that was brought to my attention today by a friend. Although he did preach at the same church today, this specific sermon did not occur today, but last Sunday instead.
Below are additional clips shared on Twitter and YouTube from his bizarre rant about women needing to lose weight:
The pride and joy of Missouri, Pastor Stewart Allen Clark, letting women know that we can’t all be trophy wives, but should still aspire to get a participation trophy. And not even trying to be hot is unacceptable! pic.twitter.com/BGBEjDCQzu
— 🌺Bri Ribalta🌺 (@BriRibalta) March 5, 2021
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