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Congregation Attempts to Attract New Attendees With Controversial ‘I Love Sex’ Billboard

04 Sep

Congregation Attempts to Attract New Attendees With Controversial ‘I Love Sex’ Billboard.

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – A Pennsylvania congregation seeking to attract new attendees has also generated controversy as it recently purchased billboard space that features the quote “I love sex,” attributed to God.

Restored Church, a non-denominational assembly in Wilkes-Barre purchased the billboard to advertise its upcoming sermon series on sex and the Song of Solomon.

“It’s in every single sitcom. It’s on the radio. I mean, you go on any major news media outlet and there’s stories about sexuality,” leader Dan Nichols told local television station WNEP. “If the culture can be so bold, I think the church can be so bold and speak directly on the subject and be up front about it.”

The billboard appears on Route 309, and some state that they were a bit surprised that the advertisement was posted by a church.

“[I was] thinking maybe it’s advertising the 309 Cinema, but it’s actually advertising a church,” said local resident Joyce Smetana. “I just thought it was a little off the wall.”

Vincent Boyle, pastor of Church on the Square, wrote to his local newspaper to express an objection to the billboard, opining that it is a wrongful and unbiblical means to attract new visitors to the congregation.

“I know that Pastor Dan is a man of God and he means well. But the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation for those that believe, and the love of God and His grace are for all who will receive it,” he wrote to the Times-Leader. “We don’t need shock and awe to market a loving God; we need to respond to a loving God.”

“Our holy God is not a commodity that is to be marketed like a new line of clothing, new car or a new business,” Boyle outlined. “[T]he world uses sex to sell everything. The church is supposed to be different from the world.”

He said that if churches wish to purchase billboard space they should not try to be provocative.

“Make it truth,” Boyle advised. “It’s the truth that sets mankind free.”

Hear, hear!

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33 responses to “Congregation Attempts to Attract New Attendees With Controversial ‘I Love Sex’ Billboard

  1. Chillingworth

    September 4, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Some would say that churches should be run by priests, not marketing people…

     
  2. Will S.

    September 4, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    By clergy, yes, exactly.

     
  3. Jehu

    September 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Is he planning to teach the full gospel as regards sex, with nothing added or taken away?
    That being that sex is to be had between married couples only. That sex is to be practiced by said married couples OFTEN, and that neither party is to weaponize sex to obtain other concessions in the relationship or to deny the other? That the husband is to love the wife as he loves himself and that the wife is to respect the husband and obey him? If so I’ll forgive a little sensationalism, because a non-Churchian Christian message is very much needed in the culture, and especially in the church.

     
  4. Will S.

    September 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I wouldn’t hold my breath, if I were you.

     
  5. Jehu

    September 4, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I’m not. The closest I’ve seen to that sort of preaching was when our pastor ‘laundered’ that message through his wife. Churchians are allergic to the notion that women have any duties in a marriage or that husbands have rights.

     
  6. Will S.

    September 4, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Indeed.

     
  7. Eric

    September 4, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Churches like these ending up making more converts to Islam than they make to Christianity.

     
  8. infowarrior1

    September 4, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Gee they could have taken some pages from the eastern orthodox church:
    http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/42390.htm

     
  9. Will S.

    September 4, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    @ Eric: I hope not, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case…

    @ infowarrior1: Yes, if they were serious about attracting MEN, and female-allies-of-men, sure.

    But they seem to want more women, who after all are more pliable, more easily manipulated by the leadership, and who can then turn and manipulate their mangina men.

     
  10. infowarrior1

    September 4, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    @Will S.

    Sometimes I wonder why God will allow the church to be feminized for 8 whole centuries. I pray for a more male-oriented focus in his church.

    Likewise more Male-oriented churches grow and do not decline:
    http://churchformen.com/men-and-church/why-men-matter/

     
  11. Will S.

    September 4, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    @ infowarrior1:

    Sometimes I wonder why God will allow the church to be feminized for 8 whole centuries.

    I don’t know.

    “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”

    – Romans 11:33

    I pray for a more male-oriented focus in his church.

    As do I.

    Likewise more Male-oriented churches grow and do not decline:

    Indeed.

     
  12. feeriker

    September 4, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Churchianity at its most typical, gimmicks, trendiness, sensationalism and all.

    A couple of years ago, as part of men’s “Bible study” [sic] at the last churchian franchise I attended before I kicked that habit altogether, we read a book called Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala, who pastors an inner-city church in New York (I knew right away it would be a good book when our CEO, er, “pastor” made snarky remarks about the book and how he regretted selecting it). Among the things Cymbala stresses in the book is how he learned early on that outreach is USELESS unless it is backed up by prayer – fervent, focused, CONSTANT prayer: something most churchians do little or none of, and then wonder why they and their congregations don’t grow, spiritually or in numbers. Maybe this church in Wilkes-Barre should consider that approach if they’re really sincere in bringing people to the Word of God rather than just putting butts in the pews on Sunday morning.

     
  13. Red

    September 5, 2014 at 2:24 am

    The church could offer something of actual value: Like marriageable age, submissive, virgin daughters and a commitment to a punish adultery via the harshest measures. You might attract a lot of decent men that way and start building strong families. That’s a tangible real world benefit that can’t be obtained for all the money and power in the world these days.

     
  14. Will S.

    September 5, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Indeed, Red.

     
  15. stolywizard

    September 5, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I agree with a sacred space for Christian, Godly sex. The Boyle comment is correct, we are supposed to be vastly different than this corrupt and Hell bound world.

     
  16. Will S.

    September 5, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Indeed; there’s no need to be tacky and tasteless like the billboard, though I have no issue with encouraging Christian married folks to have godly and fulfilling sex lives.

     
  17. infowarrior1

    September 6, 2014 at 12:47 am

    @Will S.
    The church could offer something of actual value: Like marriageable age, submissive, virgin daughters and a commitment to a punish adultery via the harshest measures. You might attract a lot of decent men that way and start building strong families. That’s a tangible real world benefit that can’t be obtained for all the money and power in the world these days.”

    The early church had this in spades with the resulting god-fearing women that are married to pagan men leading often to their conversion.

     
    • Will S.

      September 6, 2014 at 12:50 am

      True. Though the catch is, we’re not supposed to be ‘unequally yoked’ to unbelievers; but, if conversion of one spouse in an unbelieving pair happens, sometimes conversion of the other follows, eventually. And of course, sometimes people do wrongly get unequally yoked, but are used by God to bring about the other’s conversion, anyway.

       
  18. Eric

    September 6, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Will,

    What do you think of this article?

    http://kshatriya-anglobitch.blogspot.com/2014/07/discarding-delusions-why-young-men-seek.html

    He’s been writing a series lately about the failures of Western culture and the Churchians to give men a stake in society; and how that failure is fueling the Islamic movements in the West. I think he’s onto something with this idea.

     
  19. Will S.

    September 6, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Maybe. Islam only attracts a very small number of Westerners thus far, though. Perhaps that will change, though, in the future; maybe more and more Western men will come to embrace Islam, esp. as they see that Muslims are exempt from having to be politically correct, and get away with it.

    As an interesting, possibly related aside, a couple decades ago, I was into Black Muslim rappers like Public Enemy; this was in my early adult years. Part of the appeal to me was their sheer political incorrectness, and their unbridled masculinity, which I had noticed they could get away with, while ordinary white men could not…

     
  20. Eric

    September 6, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Will:
    Where I think Dr. Kshatriya has a point is that Anglo-American elites not only don’t care about male alienation—they openly encourage it. The Islamic Jihad, on the other hand, is exploiting this glaring weakness by offering men a movement where they have an actual respected place in society again.

    In a less extreme form, look how many Anglo-American men (myself included) admire President Putin. Putin is a real leader who men would follow: he not only stands tall in the interests of Russia; he’s not afraid to take moral stands against the effete liberalism promoted by degenerates like Obama and Cameron.

    That’s what I meant in the earlier post that men would turn away from churches like the one in the article, because it doesn’t offer men any ideals worth fighting for; and the same is true of Western Culture generally.

     
    • Will S.

      September 7, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Ah, okay, I get ya. In that case, I agree completely. I, too, have made no secret of my admiration for Putin. 🙂

      And I left behind evangelicalism over a decade ago, partly because of their pandering to women, their allowing (in some denominations) female pastors, etc.

       
  21. Will S.

    September 7, 2014 at 8:03 am

    And yes, it’s certainly true that Islamic fundamentalists do not disdain men as men, but encourage masculinity, albeit to serve their ends, regardless of how many or few Westerners they do manage to attract.

     
  22. Eric

    September 8, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Will:
    This reminded of a story that happened here a few years ago. I used to have a house next door to rental house where a college students lived. One guy came over one day and showed me the course syllabus for his US History class and told me that he was going to drop out of the University. The syllabus basically broke down US History into a series of ‘class struggles’ first, the evil white men exploited the Indians; then there was a struggle for blacks to liberate themselves from the white man’s yoke; then there was capital vs. labor (the latter of course were heroic freedom fighters) and ultimately, modern times with women and gays liberating themselves from the evil Patriarchy.

    His professor, BTW, was a white liberalist male.

    What he said did it for him was that there was a group of 3-4 Saudi exchange students in his class. He heard them talking after class; rolling with laughter and talking about what pussies and losers American men were; how that they would sit through lectures and let themselves and their cultures be denigrated like that. One said that, if some professor said such things in a Saudi school, their fathers would have marched on the school, dragged him out of the building, and publically beaten him. But here, they don’t protest at all—and even reward such teachers!

    The young man was so humiliated and mortified that he couldn’t continue school. I advised him to drop out; go to a trade school and start his own business. I think he ended up doing that. But this story has always stuck in my mind when I hear of young men turning to Islam.

     
    • Will S.

      September 8, 2014 at 12:50 am

      @ Eric: Crazy. Understandable reaction, indeed.

      Re: young Western men turning to Islam, I just read this article by Gavin McInnes this evening:

      http://takimag.com/article/what_the_hell_isis_going_on_gavin_mcinnes/print#axzz3CghpdXTp

      It is fairly unique, how, at this time, we have such high profile cases of this kind of thing. I’m sure there WERE some young Allied-country men who became Nazis during WWII; certainly, we know of some who wore the swastika in protest and were anti-war, including one who went on to become Canada’s most liberal Prime Minister… But there weren’t many, and they didn’t receive that much publicity, AFAIK. Maybe that’s just a difference in media coverage today plus social media’s effect, today. But one wonders…

       
  23. infowarrior1

    September 11, 2014 at 7:15 am

    @Will S.
    Looks like some Eastern orthodox men are being infected with feminism:
    http://www.davidjdunn.com/2013/08/19/the-manliest-church-of-all/

    The facebook comments below testify to the extent of the infection. There is no escape other than the red pill I suppose.

     
  24. Will S.

    September 11, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    We should pray for them…

     
  25. infowarrior1

    September 11, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    @Will S.

    That’s a good idea.

     

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