Stewart-Allen Clark, the Baptist minister from Missouri who caused an uproar with a widely panned sermon that told women to make themselves attractive for their husbands, along with several other messages deemed misogynistic and sexist, has offered a public apology.
"To the ladies within the church, ladies in the community, and those viewing our Livestream; I want to say I am deeply sorry for any and all pain or distress that my words brought on you," Clark said in a statement to the church.
After his sermon went viral, the General Baptist denomination issued a statement declaring it to be inconsistent with its values and teachings.
Clark took an official leave of absence from the church to seek professional counseling. He has since been reaffirmed by the church's deacons, although there has been no announcement about when he will return to preaching.
"I want to say to the church that I'm truly sorry that I embarrassed you," he said. "I recognize and understand that what I said was imprudent and discourteous. I sincerely ask for your forgiveness and to be restored as your pastor. I genuinely believe this is the best way forward."
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