By Elisabeth Parker | 15 November 2014
Megachurch Pastor Paul Chappell says folks often ask why he’s so “old-fashioned,” and we believe him. For starters, it may have something to do with his views on women, which are way beyond “old-fashioned.”
We’re talking Old Testament troglodyte here.
Raw Story got hold of a video with one of Chappell’s sermons from his bible-thumpin’ Baptist megachurch in Lancaster, CA, and it’s a scary thing to behold. Posted by a YouTuber who goes by the handle “StuffFundiesLike,” the video shows Chappell waving his Creep Flag high as he luridly describes his views on women, premarital sex, and modesty. Apparently, he didn’t like some criticism he received about a “Purity” ceremony he recently held, which was attended by hundreds of totally-not-thinking-about-sex teenagers.
And of course, Chappell blames loose women for the way our society has totally gone to HELL, and compares modern-day Jezebels who have sex before marriage to “filthy dishrags.”
“One wonders, whatever happened to purity? Whatever happened to that? Whatever happened to the days when girls said, I’m not going to be touched by every guy? I’m not going to walk down the aisle like a filthy dishrag on my wedding day. Whatever happened to that day?”
Whatever happened to “purity?” Did we ever have “purity?”
Chappell then says he doesn’t “want to be weird,” and — as always happens when someone doesn’t “want to be weird” — he proceeds to get really freaking WEIRD.
“I don’t want to sound weird tonight, (but) there’s a reason when ladies come up here to sing that the rule, if you want to use it, the standard – I don’t care what you call it, call it legalism, call it control – I don’t care what you call it, there is a standard in this church that the dresses are going to come down to the knee when a lady stands up here.”
Um…. Okay… and who’s going to measure the ladies’ skirts to ensure they pass the “not-making Chappel’s erection feel weird” test? Why, Chappell, we bet! Because he’s doing it to save all those skirt-chasing men in his congregation from the base desires women (and sometimes young boys and farm animals) keep deliberately awakening in them.
Amid a chorus of baritone “Amens,” Chappell declares:
“I’ve counseled too many men to know that if we don’t have everything covered just right they’re not going to wonderful grace and Jesus.”
Then Chappell sounds his barbaric yawp, and roars:
“I get so sick and tired of going to weddings and, it’s the bride’s day, and here’s some Jezebel with hardly any clothes on strutting around the wedding. Look – you come to a wedding around here, show some respect to the bride. You go to a funeral, women do the exact same thing.”
Dang, Chappell should at least give that “Jezebel” credit for keeping her lamp trimmed and burning, but in Fundie-World, no good deed goes unpunished.
“You come to the house of God, it ought not to be a flesh show! It ought to be a place where Jesus is lifted high and his holiness is remembered.”
Let’s just hope Chappell’s merry band of fundies don’t lift Jesus so high we can see up his robes, okay?
Here’s the video with Chappell’s sermon, if you can stomach it.
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