Pastor Steven Anderson preaches that Sodomites cannot be saved “Reprobate Doctrine”

One of the doctrines that is a distinctive of the new IFB movement is what they refer to as “the reprobate doctrine.” The doctrine starts out with the statement that there are some people who are so far gone that they will not get saved. Anderson’s error is not here – it is obvious that some people won’t get saved. They have had the opportunity to do so and have rejected it time and time again, and they never will come around. Anderson’s error is claiming to know who will or will not get saved. The New IFB puts every person who ever commits the sin of sodomy into this category of unsaveable. There are no ifs, ands, or buts. If a person ever commits sodomy, they cannot be saved. Because of this, nobody in the IFB movement cares about correcting those who are sodomites or witnessing to them. Instead, Anderson tells them that he hopes they get brain cancer. Roger Jimenez mourns that the Orlando Nightclub shooter didn’t finish the job and kill everyone else in the nightclub, saying “The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die.”

Anderson’s first message where he solidified this doctrine is found below. He identifies sodomites as all unable to be saved. At the 42 minute mark, He claims that temptation of homosexuality is not part of the sin nature. (i.e. that no sinner, unless reprobate, will desire to or will commit sodomy)

Anderson’s error is equating the sin of sodomy as mentioned in Romans 1 with being impossible to be saved. He also states at the 58 minute mark that all homosexuals are child molesters and rapists.

Anderson claims that he knows who it is that God will not save. Although there are those who will not receive Christ, we don’t know who they are, so it is our responsibility to preach to all. But Anderson refuses to do this, and instead prays for the death of those he considers to be reprobate.

Post Author: Joshua Lindsey

My name is Joshua Lindsey. I live in Minnesota, and with my wife and baby daughter am a faithful member of my local independent Baptist Church. I have taught Sunday School classes and children’s classes, and also had the opportunity to preach at several churches. I teach Bible college classes on the Pentateuch, Atheism and Faith, Comparative Denominations, Bible Preservation (A defense of the underlying texts of the KJV), Bible Geography and Customs, Church Graphic Design, and some others. My father is an Independent Baptist Pastor in Wisconsin, and I grew up in a home full of love for the Lord. My parents raised me in the Bible, and are faithful to this day in witnessing and discipling. Although I was constantly immersed in biblical teaching and preaching, I did not personally believe in Jesus as described in John 3:16 until my freshman year in Bible college. In the many years since then, I have grown in grace and the Lord has given me opportunity to serve him in ministry. Among other ministries, I run my church’s print shop and participate in door-to-door evangelism. In doctrine, I affirm the truth that has been passed down from church to church since the time of Christ. I affirm the deity of Christ, his death, burial, and bodily resurrection, the personhood of the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, the virgin birth, the inerrancy and infallibility of the scriptures, the inspiration and preservation of the scriptures, the imminent return of Christ and his future literal millennial reign. I accept the canonicity of the 66 books of scripture, I believe that God commands all men to repent, that Christ draws all men to himself, that any person can believe and be saved. I believe salvation cannot be forfeited or taken away. I believe Christ’s command to go to all the world and preach the Gospel is still applicable to us today. I believe in a future literal judgment seat of Christ and a Great white throne judgment. I believe that no person will enter heaven except through Jesus Christ. I reject all false religions: Islam, Judaism, new Age, etc. I reject the teaching that God elects some men to damnation, giving them no chance to be saved. I reject the idea that God did not preserve his words and that recent manuscript discoveries provide us with a more accurate Bible that was not available to past generations of Christians. I reject the concept of a universal church. I reject the idea that Baptism plays a part in salvation. I believe many things additionally not listed here. My views align with the scripture and with the beliefs that faithful churches have held since the time of Christ, and have held under the title of “Baptist” for many centuries now.

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