Stewart-Allen Clark, a preacher at the First General Baptist Church in Malden, Missouri, has been criticized as “sexist” for a sermon he delivered telling women to stay thin because sex is the “main reason” that men marry women.
In his February 21 sermon, Clark said that each man needs “an attractive wife.” Not all women can be “trophy wives” like former First Lady Melania Trump, he said, adding, “You don’t need to look like a butch either…. To him, you should look like the most beautiful woman in the room.”
“Don’t give him a reason to be looking around,” Clark continued. “Don’t let yourself go.” When rhetorically answering how wives can keep husbands from straying, Clark said, “weight control.”
He then dedicated an entire section of his sermon to that topic. The section included an anecdote from his days as a marriage counselor in which he said that a woman lost 100 pounds after being called “a fat b*tch” by her husband.
“I have a friend. He has put a ‘divorce weight’ on his wife—that’s how important this is,” Clark said. “One little boy asked, ‘Why do girls wear make-up and perfume?’ Because they’re ugly and they stink. You don’t want to be ugly and stink.”
Later on, Clark said that men can’t help but feel a strong attraction to “beautiful women” and to look at other women because “God made us this way.” He then said sexual attraction is the “main reason” that men marry women, adding, “It’s the truth. Men have needs.”
Clark said he no longer does marriage counseling.