Steven Anderson

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Steven L. Anderson is the senior pastor at Faithful Word Baptist Church, an Independent Baptist congregation in Tempe, Arizona. Anderson describes his style of preaching as "hard preaching," and he adopts a King James only position for his church as well as the usage of "classic hymns." The church describes itself as "an old-fashioned, independent, fundamental, King James Bible only, soul-winning Baptist church" on its website. Faithful Word Baptist Church believes in a post-tribulation return of Christ, which is different from most Baptist churches which believe in a pre-tribulation return.

Anderson has garnered criticism by the mainstream media for his strong stance against homosexuality, often calling the homosexuals "homos" in his sermons. After the Orlando nightclub shooting, Anderson said that there were fifty fewer pedophiles walking around and claimed that all homosexuals were pedophiles. [1] Anderson rejects the ex-gay movement because he adheres to the “reprobate doctrine” which says homosexuals cannot cease to be homosexual due to "reprobate mind," and seeks instead to kill homosexuals under what Anderson describes as a "righteous government." The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies Anderson's church as a "hate group."

Anderson was also injured by border guards when they smashed the windows of his car when Anderson refused to leave his car for it to be searched per his Fourth Amendment rights [2]

A number of Christians have been critical of Anderson over his anti-Semitic comments, calling Jews "Jesus killers." Anderson has specifically called out televangelist John Hagee of San Antonio, Texas, for his views that Jesus Christ not a savior for the Jews.[3]


  1. Tempe Pastor Hails Orlando Massacre for Leaving '50 Less Pedophiles in This World'
  2. Pastor Tased and "Beaten" at Checkpoint Plans to Sue; Admits He's Been Resisting at Checkpoints for Months
  3. Pastor Steven Anderson: John Hagee the Heretic from Hell

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