He’s Wrong, But We Love Steven Anderson

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Our ministry has recently come under fiery attack, mostly at the hands of a man named Steven Anderson [1]. I want to publicly address these attacks against my ministry, against my friends, and against me personally.

In some of his recent videos, Mr. Anderson has misrepresented our ministry and what we teach [2]. He has used that misrepresentation to publicly level false accusations against us. He has called us filthy names, used vulgar language, and has chosen to bear false witness against my friend Joshua Agan by accusing him of heinous immoral behavior—without any evidence or proof. His vitriolic hatred toward us has inspired others to respond in like manner. Some have called Joshua all sorts of filthy names, some have told him to go to hell, and some have chosen to parrot Mr. Anderson’s false witness—again, without proof. In all, these actions are not becoming of a child of God.

Joshua works with me in the ministry. He is not a public figure, but he is my friend. Joshua is a faithful laborer who works behind the scenes to salvage lives. Personally, I would love to see him preach in churches all over America one day—his love and zeal for Christ is amazing. For this reason, I have taken the time to challenge the misrepresentations with those few who seek to know what we truly teach, but certain individuals are not concerned with facts, choosing rather to repeat the lies without care for the truth.

I’m not angry at Mr. Anderson. I will categorically reject his false witness, but I do not hate the man for doing what he has done. Rather, I would like to outline a few reasons why I love Steven Anderson.

First, I love him because he has chosen to make himself my enemy, and I am commanded to love my enemies.

I cannot control how Mr. Anderson misrepresents me or my ministry. I cannot control how he chooses to speak evil of my friends or falsely accuse a godly man like Joshua of such immorality. I cannot control how he chooses to openly curse us to hell, hate us, and revile us.

What I can control is how I respond, and I choose to love him. Jesus defined loving my enemy as blessing them that curse me, doing good to them that hate me, and praying for them. So that is what I choose to do.

Second, I love him because I am his neighbor.

The rich young ruler’s encounter with Jesus always fascinated me because Jesus turned the tables on him, and it taught me a valuable lesson.

The law of God commanded the Jews to love their neighbor as themselves. In that day, however, Jews hated Samaritans. They considered Samaritans to be dogs, mongrels, and half-breeds, and—in light of God’s plain command—they needed an excuse for not loving these people.

So the rich young ruler asked Jesus, “who is my neighbor?” You see, if he could identify who was not his neighbor by definition, then he could excuse his hatred for those people.

Jesus answered the young ruler with the story of a man who had fallen among thieves and was left for dead. Two Jewish leaders—religious men—passed by without trying to help. Of all people, a hated Samaritan stopped to help the fallen Jew, bound his wounds, and even paid for further care.

Jesus then brilliantly turned the tables by asking the young ruler, “Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

Notice how Jesus asked the question: He was not concerned about how the young ruler wanted to define his neighbor, but rather, who acted neighborly to the fallen one? Are YOU a good neighbor? What a lesson!

Mr. Anderson may not be a nice neighbor to me or Joshua, but that is no excuse for me to call him names and hate him. Granted, I genuinely do not want a neighbor who curses me, hates me, and falsely accuses me. Nevertheless, I choose to be a good neighbor to him and love him anyway.

Third, I love him because he is a sinner just like me.

The Bible tells us in Romans 5:8 that “God commendeth (that means to demonstrate or prove) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Just two verses later, Paul adds, “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

You see, God set the example for us by loving His enemies—by loving us while we were His enemies. I was an enemy of God, yet He demonstrated His love toward me. Therefore if I am to be like Christ, I will love all other sinners with the same love that Christ showed me.

Fourth, I love him because of his passionate stand against sin.

I can sincerely state that I admire the passion with which he stands against sin, even though I disagree with the way in which he does it.

Mr. Anderson appears to believe that you truly hate sin only if you viciously curse the sinner. He appears to view being kind and compassionate as approval of their sin. Therefore, since we show grace and compassion to those in the “gay” community, we “obviously” must not stand against the sin. Thus, he falsely accused us of making excuses for sin (even though our book Born That Way After All has an entire chapter which says there is no excuse for any sin). He also falsely accused us of trying to preach tolerance and acceptance of sin, even though we have never taught this.

No—Mr. Anderson and I both share a zealous hatred for sin. I hate sin because it is our sin that condemned Jesus to die. I have no problem calling all fornication a sin and same-sex fornication an abomination, just like God’s Word calls it an abomination.
…and calls my pride an abomination.
…and calls bearing false witness an abomination.
Likewise, God calls ALL wickedness an abomination before Him.
I will firmly stand on those truths and boldly preach them all.

However, we must speak the truth in love as Ephesians 4:15 commands us, and we must love not only in word or tongue, but we must love them in our deeds and in truth according to 1 John 3:18.

Joshua Agan has often said “No man stood more strongly against sin than Jesus Christ who died to destroy it, yet prostitutes, thieves, and demoniacs found love and grace at His feet—not vitriolic condemnation” (see Luke 7:36-50).

Think about that.

When Jesus preached in Luke 4, the people “wondered at the gracious words that proceeded out of his mouth.” Was Jesus soft on sin? Absolutely not, but He preached truth with love and grace.

God’s goodness in love toward us as His enemies did not excuse our sin, but rather His goodness led us to repentance, according to Romans 2:4. Likewise, my godly love toward another sinner does not excuse their sin against God, but reflects His goodness, His longsuffering, and His forbearance toward us.

If there is a house fire, who hates the fire most: the one who stands and curses the fire, or the one who runs in to pull people out?

I sincerely appreciate how much Mr. Anderson hates sin because there is no excuse for any sin. However, while he chooses to stand and curse the fire, I see men like Joshua choosing to run in and pull people out through the preaching of the cross.

Lastly, I love him because he has helped our ministry.

Although Mr. Anderson misrepresented my ministry and deliberately bore false witness against my friend, God has used that evil for good. We have gained exposure to the niche group he belongs to, and some of those people have begun to look into what we actually teach, rather than simply listening to the misrepresentation.

As a result, even more doors have opened up to us and we have been able to help those who contacted us. It always does my heart good when yet another soul sees the light and leaves the darkness behind. Indeed, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. I love seeing the transformational power of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the life of someone who receives the truth of God’s Word.

Mr. Anderson has now helped us reach many others within that camp, and for that I am thankful.

No matter the cursing, the hatred, or the false accusations, I choose to love Mr. Anderson as Christ chose to love me.

In Christ,
Dr. Johnny Nixon


Footnotes:

[1] We call out Mr. Anderson by name only because he chose to falsely accuse us in a very public manner. Due to the vulgar content and dishonest representation of Mr. Anderson’s videos, we chose not to publicly link to these videos directly from our website. If you doubt the harmful severity of his false accusations, feel free to directly contact us and we will send multiple sources to validate our claims. [Go Back Up]

[2] You can read what we teach and believe HERE, in contrast to how Mr. Anderson’s videos misrepresent what we teach. [Go Back Up]
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Dr. David "Johnny" Nixon is a church planter and former pastor. After retiring from the army, he earned his counseling degree, co-authored "Born That Way After All," and co-founded the inCourage Counseling Center in Byron, Georgia.
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