Gotta Be Trendy and Relevant – The Church Wants Your Sex (Part 3)
Don’t you love how the average conservative Christian has fits that approximately 70% percent of Christians admit to having sex outside of marriage, but then, they turn around and endorse tasteless, provocative sexy sexy sermons in their churches about sex, or provide sexually salacious content on their You Tube church videos or church blogs?
Oh yeah, they like to remind listeners that “sex is only for marriage,” but they don’t seem to care that there are un-married Christians listening who are trying to refrain from sex.
It’s bad enough people are flooded with sex in TV, movies, and secular magazines day in and day out, but preachers insist upon sexing up their sermons and blogs too.
I do want to point out that not all singles struggle heavily with sexual temptation or sexual sin. Too often, singles are depicted as raging hormonal horn dogs. Some of us do experience some sexual desire, but we are not all wanking off to naughty photos or have insatiable pr0n addictions.
But still, the constant refrain on sex by churches means that the issues of virginity and celibacy are ignored. There are celibate singles sitting in the pews, but churches offer them no sermons, tips, advice, or encouragment.
I would assume that a lot of these churches that push these sensationalized sex series think they are being cool, trendy, or relevant. Maybe they think the secular culture considers Christians uptight fuddy-duddies when it comes to sex, and they’re trying to change that perception.
The Bible already says that the world (secular society) is not going to embrace Christians or Christianity. So why would a pastor expect, or even care about, how Non-Christians think how Christians view sex?
Some types of Christians keep saying they want to be “counter cultural.” Well, you know, since secular culture is already steeped to the hilt in sex- it’s in all the advertisements and so on – how “counter cultural” is it really to give church attendees more of the same?
As a Christian woman who has remained a virgin at age 40+, despite all the pressure from secular society to Do The Deed, and in spite of all the feminists in the 1980s during my teen years telling me I’m repressed or not as empowered if I’m not Doing It, and in spite of all the Christian pressure to pair off and marry just to have sex and pop out a kid, I’m already pretty “counter cultural.”
I have noticed in most of the ads for these church-sponsored sex sermons, a female form is chosen for illustrative purposes.
In one graphic for one church’s advertisement, a woman’s feet in pink stiletto heels is shown. In another, part of a woman’s face with red lips is used (that picture included with this post).
Why are these churches not using buff, sexy hot young shirtless men in their ads? Why show close-ups of female body parts? It’s hypocritical and sexist. And notice that the females they choose are always young and white. So we have possible racism and ageism going on as well. / Sexism Alert Over
“The Museum of Idoltary” (alittleleaven.com) has many examples of what it calls “Christian Erotica” that Christians and churches are pushing on the Christian community. Here are a few examples.
- Adult film actor Ron Jeremy spoke of business, God
Published : Sunday, 21 Oct 2012, 6:53 PM EDT
HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) – Hundreds of people attended a Hudsonville church Sunday to hear a famous adult film actor speak at an event.
Ron Jeremy spoke at Daybreak Church in Hudsonville, causing some curious conversations among members of the church.
“Some of the people I work with and some of the people I know were wondering why would he ever be coming to speak at our church,” church member Julie Murphy said.
Jeremy played piano and harmonica to warm up the crowd before his light and upbeat message. He was invited as part of a duo; he spoke alongside California pastor Craig Gross. Gross runs the website http://www.XXXChurch.com, a ministry aimed at helping those with an addiction to pornography.
Whoa. I just read the description next to the “Jesus is Bringing Sexy Back” video on the video page (I haven’t watched the video), and this preacher ties the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ to sex? And this is part of his Easter sermons series? What?
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The video description from their page:
- Judah Smith · April 8, 2012
This Easter message continues with Part 7 of our series on sex. It discusses the word TORMENT, and how Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection give us freedom in every aspect of our lives, including our sexuality.
Story from alittleleaven:
“Seeker-Driven Church Thrown Out of Elementary School For Wanting to Preach Obscenity”
- Great Lakes Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin has replaced the offense of the cross and the Gospel message that Christ died for our sins with the offense of sex and porn talk and the elementary school where they were meeting threw them out. (How sad is it when unbelievers ‘get it’ but these seeker-driven goat herders don’t?)
Is this a case of Christian persecution? Absolutely NOT! But if you’re concerned that Great Lakes Church will not have a venue to preach their gospel of ‘great sex’, don’t worry. GLC found a movie theater that will allow them to worship their sex god. That’s appropriate since Great Lakes Church is rated R.
There are other links to stories on the site about churches handing out condoms in services; selling sex toys (Granger Community Church); youth ministries putting on sex videos for youth (New Spring Church).
To promote the Sex for Sale message series at Granger Community Church, these radio spots were created and played at two local radio stations – driving people back to imnotbuyingit.com. ((Link): Watch the video on You Tube)
There are many more examples from the Museum of Idoltary site. Every time I see these church – sponsored sexified gimmicks, I think of that George Michael pop song from the 1980s, “I Want Your Sex.” Here is the George Michael video: