Stewart-Allen Clark, pastor of the First General Baptist Church in Malden, Missouri, is under fire after telling women to lose weight to keep their husbands. He also suggested that women try to emulate former First Lady Melania Trump in a discussion about remaining attractive after marriage.

Not a one off: Clark has shared similar messages in previous sermons, which have been deleted by the church 

According to Religion News, leaders of the General Baptist Council of Associations “have recommended an investigation” of Clark because he suggested that women practice “weight control” to make their marriages better.

“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. Most women can’t be trophy wives, but you know … maybe you’re a participation trophy,” Clark said as a photo of the former first lady appeared on screen. “I don’t know, but all I can say is not everybody looks like that. Amen! Not everybody looks like that. But you don’t need to look like a butch either.”

First General Baptist is a church in the General Baptist denomination, which released a statement Monday saying Clark’s sermon was “not consistent with the positions and values” of the organization.

“General Baptists believe that every woman was created in the image of God, and they should be valued for that reason,” General Baptist Ministries posted on Facebook. “Furthermore, we believe that all individuals regardless of any other factors are so loved by God that Christ died for them.”

Reagan Williams, who posted a video of the sermon, blasted Clark’s message in a Facebook post.

“He goes on to blame women for the actions of men and says it is of God and it should be accepted as normal,” Williams posted. “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.”

Clark includes one Bible verse in the sermon — which he told husbands in the congregation to display on the headboard of their beds.

“The wife has no longer all the rights over her body, but shares them with her husband,” he said, quoting the verse. “So whenever she’s not in the mood, dig out your Bible.”

Clark only briefly mentioned the second part of the verse, which says “in the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife.”

According to Clark’s church, he’s now “seeking professional counseling.”




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