After telling women ‘you need to get hotter’ Pastor forced to take leave
By Danielle Jarvis
March 7, 2021
A Missouri pastor has faced a backlash after part of his preach was discovered on Youtube telling women how they need to be hotter to keep their men.
Stewart-Allen Clark, who is the pastor of the First General Baptist Church in Malden, Missouri, has some advice for women, even if he might not be following this himself. It’s Clark’s belief that women’s marriages would be better if they would stay in shape.
His video below from late February catches him giving women advice on just how they need to look after themselves.
“Ladies, don’t give him a reason to be like this distracted boyfriend (pointing to an image in the video above),” he tells them, without them asking him for advice. “Don’t give him a reason to look around.
“Why is it that women, after they get married, let themselves go?” asks the pastor, who, dare I say, may have let himself go a little.
“Most women can’t be trophy wives, but all I can say is that not everybody looks like that (referring to Melania Trump).
“If you were sitting in my office, here’s the first thing I would say to you, and boy, I am glad I don’t do marital counseling anymore, is: weight control. How important is this? Let me tell you something: my friend has put a divorce weight on his wife. That’s how important this is.”
On makeup: “Makeup is a good thing. One little boy said, ‘Why do girls wear makeup?’ The answer is that ‘they are ugly and they stink’. You don’t want to be ugly and stink.”
The Pastor took a leave of absence last Tuesday from after widespread criticism of his sexist sermon. His video also caught the ire of General Baptist Ministries, who believe his teaching is not in line with Baptist values.
“The Executive Committee of the General Baptist Council of Associations met today, March 1, 2021, to address concerns related to a sermon from Stewart-Allen Clark at the Malden First General Baptist Church that has received significant exposure,” the group stated. “The sermon included comments that are not consistent with the positions and values of General Baptists.
“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. Pastor Clark was to be the moderator of the General Association of General Baptist meeting in July 2022. He has resigned from that position.
“General Baptists believe that every woman was created in the image of God, and they should be valued for that reason. Furthermore, we believe that all individuals regardless of any other factors are so loved by God that Christ died for them. Each General Baptist church has autonomy from the national organization, and as a result General Baptist Ministries does not have authority related to the employment of any pastor or church leader in a local congregation.”