Last year, October 2013 or so, I received an email from a guy named Steve Anderson who asked me if I would be interested in being interviewed for a documentary he was making on the King James Bible. He told me up front that he was a King James onlyist and wanted to find individuals who were in the opposite camp so he can represent their position fairly and accurately by letting them speak for themselves.
The name Steve Anderson didn’t really click with me at first. I had to Google him, and when I saw who it was, everything came together in my mind: Steve Anderson! The pissing pastor!
For those of you who may be new to Steve Anderson, he is something of a IFB KJVO wonder kid sensation. A few years ago, he posted a video snippet of one of his sermons in which he goes on a rant regarding the text from 1 Samuel 15:22 about cutting off all the males who “pisseth against the wall” as the Hebrew idiom is translated in the KJV. It was spectacular. It launched Steve’s career as a go to Youtube viral fundy crackpot for all the wrong reasons. I wrote about the pissing sermon if anyone cares to read it.
Needless to say, once I found out who the Steve Anderson was who was making the documentary, I wasn’t too keen on participating with its production. My fear was that I would get railroaded and made to look like a fool at the backend of the editing process. So I declined the invitation.
But I did ask him why he hadn’t asked James White. Both of them live in the Phoenix metro area, and James wrote probably the definitive book on the subject of KJV onlyism. Steve replied that James was gone for a few months out of country. A few months? He was like in South Africa for a couple weeks. I corrected Steve’s misconceptions about James’s travel schedule and told him to at least give it a shot.
A few days later, when I listened to the Dividing Line radio program, James announced that he was going to be doing an interview with Steve Anderson on a documentary about the King James. I thought wow! My suggestion worked.
They met, and the discussion lasted for almost three hours. Just small sections of it made it into the finished documentary. At the behest of James, Steve released the entire raw discussion. I have only heard snippets, but it provides us a great opportunity to learn how to interact with KJV only apologetics,