Edwin Young Sermon Excerpt

The following is a transcription of a portion of a sermon delivered by Edwin Young, former pastor of Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church in Junction City, Kansas. I've added a brief commentary in italics where it might benefit a reader, and omitted a name. This is one of many examples where he ripped into members during services. And this person's transgression was to spend a few seconds answering the question of another as to what the minister said, whom Young mentions. Young took at least eight minutes to rant on about it.

The Sermon

...It wasn't one of those ERA spirits. And I know a lot of those ladies got quiet at camp when Bro ____ was preaching on that spirit the other night. (The camp preacher said, "He that desireth a wife desireth a good thing. Thing.' He called women things. That's why no one stood up at the service.")

(addressing the person who shared to another what the camp minister said) I'll do the preaching around here. You don't need to tell her what I just said! Excuse me. I'll tell you what I just said. Excuse me! Quit running your mouth while I'm preaching! She still hasn't... she still don't know I'm talking to her. I hope. Hmm? He was preaching on a women's lib spirit! God never expected a woman to run the house! God never intended for a woman to be a man!

God never intended for a woman to be a man! Sit down! (people had stood, cheering him on) I'm mad now! He ain't preachin', he's mad. God gets mad too. God hates too. Prov 6:16 (reader: These six things doth the Lord hate.) What? (reader: Doth the Lord hate!) He what? (reader: Hates!) Hates. And if God hates 'em, and if I'm an ambassador of Christ, I hate 'em. And if God's message is a message of "I hate these things" -well, his messenger is gonna preach the same message! God hates those things. But this messenger is not preaching it because it's a message. I hate them too. Because I love God. I love His word. I love His ways.

Sit down. (people had stood, cheering him on) If they have any questions, let 'em ask their husband at home. That's in your Bible. That means shut your mouth while I'm teachin'! That's why some of you ain't married. You don't want no man talking to you. You don't want no man telling you what to do. And that's why some of you are not happily married. Oh, it's your day, woman. (he was looking right at the woman who had whispered in service) Can you take it? (laughs) I was gonna say take it like a man. (laughs again)

You may be seated. Now, now watch this. (he demonstrates) A man wears the pants in the family. You may be seated. (people had stood again, cheering him on) Two things God can't stand: a henpecked husband and a bossy... (he has trouble remembering) A bossy woman and a henpecked man. And I'm not wearing pink shorts. I don't shave my legs! And I don't talk like this. (he uses a high squeaky voice) Eh. You may be seated. (people had stood again, cheering him on) You know why these men are standing? Because they don't wanna be identified with a homosexual spirit. (No, homosexuality was never mentioned until this point.) An effeminate spirit and attitude. Because they're men and they're every bit a man and they want you and everybody else alive not to make any mistake about it. You may be seated. (people had stood again, cheering him on) And women oughta shout the same way when I get on that bossy woman spirit. (there is an increase in the women's voices) And that woman running the house and running her mouth spirit.

The man was on it the other night. (speaking of the camp minister) They used to shout like men shouted because they didn't wanna be identified with a lesbian spirit. (No, that's NOT what he said.) That's where that trash comes from! You're not equal to a man! You're not a man! Take that spirit out of here! Shout now! (there is shouting as requested) You may be seated. All I said was the man was on it the other night when he hit that lesbian spirit. (directing this to the women who spoke) And I saw you ask her what did he say or what's he talking about, and it took her five minutes to take, to tell her one sentence. (He had no idea what was said & lied. It was 10-20 seconds.) I only said one sentence. I don't need an amplified version or a commentary on what I'm preaching. Shut your mouth while I'm preaching! Now, you ain't got no husband to tell you what to do, but you got a pastor that's gonna tell you what to do. Give the Lord a good hand clap. (there is clapping as requested) And I'm not gonna be messed with in this church!

You women shut your motor mouth! You can't tell your husband nothin'! Biblically, you can't tell that man nothin'! You can entreat him, you can talk to him, you can entreat him as a husband, about anything you want. (A man shouts, "That's right!") I know I'm right. But the buck stops here. He makes the final decision.

And the kids are coming in, I'm not gonna get to the next part, withholding yourself. You may be seated. (people had stood again, cheering him on) You're sinning. You're going to Hell. You're no better than a prostitute. You're no better than a prostitute when you do that. Oh, if the price is right she'll do it, too. Get QUIET on me! Come on! You wanna be identified with that lesbian spirit?! You really wanna control a man? You may be seated! (people had stood, again, cheering him on)

I'll tell you how to control a man. Man, man, give him that beautiful eye look. Oh, God! I can't look right now... (Starts flirting with his wife.) Oh, give him that soft voice. (mimics) Oh, you'll control a man alright. Baby, oh babe. What you want, what you want? What you need? What you need?

How in the world? Poor Hannah! She didn't have no lesbian spirit... How come... OH, I remember how we got on... All right. Here we go..." (back to Hannah and original preaching)

An in depth look at Edwin Young, Jordan Young and Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church is found here. If you desire to get an idea of how Edwin Young and Jordan Young preached, go here. To read a compilation of the rules at the church, click here.

Posted August 13, 2012 & Updated August 28, 2012


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