This certainly is a strange 'praise and worship song' to be singing in a "Christian" church. We thought that praise and worship songs were supposed to be about Jesus, but in today's narcissistic self-help centers, like Ignite "church" in Joplin, MO it makes sense to sing a praise song like this.
Here's a teaching on that important "Christian" doctrine of the carrot and donut. This ought to give you an idea as to what kind of 'church', Ignite is...
Apparently, "pastor" Miles McPherson believes we all have a lot that we could learn from an unrepentant porn king.
"He's not a Christian, he's living a sinful life in people's eyes and his lifestyle is contrary to the Bible but still, we're obligated to love him," said McPherson. Despite all of these things that Biblically prohibit Ron Jeremy from speaking in Church, McPhereson invited him anyway so that he can "share" some things this Sunday, during church. The rest of the story can be read here.
The Seeker-Driven obsession with sex sermons has finally reached the frozen tundra of Alaska (Don't fault them for taking this long to catch up. They're about 8 years behind the rest of the world).
The video below is for the "I Think Sex Is?" sermon series from Alliance Christian Fellowship, Eagle River, Alaska. But, don't worry, they're attempting to be as relevant as the first Seeker-Driven Leaders who pioneered these types of sermons back in 2004. They're following the template perfectly and have already built a website for the occasion at IThinkSexIs.com. They've even sent out a sexually offensive postcard mailer to all of their neighbors inviting them to hear these sex sermons.
Wow. How original and innovative!! <<<----That's sarcasm.
If you're trying really really really really hard to build a mega church then you've got to tap into the marketing power of sex. A great way to do that is to combine the topic of Sex and Easter just like Judah Smith did this Easter.
Yah know, if you attend a church that uses a hymnal and doesn't have a stage you'll never have to hear/see this song performed during a "church" service. But if you attend Ed Young's church Sex Therapy Group then you had to endure this hymn alternative this past Sunday.
Talk about sermon leftovers! Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Chandler, AZ is hopping back on this tired old band wagon. These types of sermon series were all the rage in the Purpose-Driven scene back in 2007. What are they thinking? How can Cornerstone stay relevant if all they're doing is the same things they've already done? This should be named "My Church's Lame Sermon Series". But, since they're really going through with this we thought we save a few of their artifacts and exhibit them here at the Museum of Idolatry.
The website put up by Cornerstone, MyLameSex.com actually promises that God will help people improve their lame sex lives. Seriously, has Jesus now become the Dr. Ruth of religious leaders? If people's sex lives don't improve with the help of Jesus can folks at Cornerstone get there tithe money back? Here's the quote from the site:
"Is your sex life what you hoped it would be? Does something inside of you believe it could be better? And is better ultimately about a new technique or the latest lotion?
Is it possible that what we don’t know about sex itself (about how men and women are wired), is actually what we really keep stumbling over? Is it possible that the one who created sex would actually have some insights into sex?
Surprisingly, God is pro sex and wants us to have an exciting and deeply fulfilling sex life. The problem is that most of us only experience a second rate imitation of what God intended it to be!
Would you be willing to keep an open mind and open heart while we have a conversation? All you have to lose is your lame sex life.
This is what happens when churches think that preaching the gospel, the good news of Christ's substitionary death on the cross for our sins is not enough, so they feel like they have to spice up the message by adding some more exciting worldly elements to the message. The message of the cross doesn't need sex added to it to make it more appealing. Furthermore, Jesus NEVER promised that if you believe in Him that the sex in your marriage will improve. In fact, believing in Jesus has caused many marriages to fail.
Buyer beware: Attending a purpose-driven church to get intimacy advice for your marriage is like visiting your local veterinarian and asking her to perform open heart surgery on you. You might wake up either spayed or neutered.
Remember to practice "safe worship" while attending a sermon series like this.
Preaching about sex is supposed to be relevant. It's supposed to be a way to show the world that your church cares about their felt needs. It supposed to be a way of letting pagans know that the church is cutting edge, hip and bolder than other churches that are sexually puritanical.
Here's an example of a relevant 'church' that ended up morally offending pagans through their sex series advertising.
Do you want a better marriage? Do you lust after more gratifying sex? No problemo!! All you need to do is attend this stand up comedy show with your spouse and you'll learn the Biblical secrets to better sex and a better marriage. And because its all wrapped up in stand up comedy, you'll never suspect that you're actually doing the important work necessary to make your marriage succeed.
What's Next...The Calvinist Theology Comedy Tour? How about the Lutheran Doctrine Laugh In or Baptist Bleeps, Bloops and Blunders?
Is it any wonder why so many people think that because Christianity keeps trying so hard to make itself appear relevant that it has instead become a complete joke?
Rather than doing their job of preaching and teaching sound Biblical doctrine and making mature Christian disciples that are so thoroughly grounded in the scriptures that they won't be blown here and there by every wind of false doctrine, the folks over at Oak Leaf Church have instead decided to use sex to "sell" their church and draw a large crowd.
There's only one BIG problem. The Bible doesn't promise that Christians will have "Storybook Sex".
Christianity isn't primarily about making your life on earth better. For many Christians, repenting of their sins and trusting in Christ alone for their salvation costs them their marriage.
Anyone who "decides to become a Christian" in order to spice up things in the bedroom probably isn't even a Christian to begin with. Jesus wasn't calling out in the wilderness, "come to me all who are bored with your sex life and I will give you storybook sex." Instead, Jesus calls us to deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow him (Matt 16:24)
“For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.” (Romans 16:18)
Does anything strike you as inappropriate in this advertisement? Anything come to mind? Anything?
If not then maybe this is the website where you can trade in your Lame Relationship for something a little more exciting. Who knows you might even find a gal that would be willing to give one of those 30 Day Sex Challenges a try.
The United Church of Christ is pressing for a new type of 'sex challenge' for their churches. They want UCC Churches to be condom distribution centers.
Highlighting the need for churches to be places of spiritual and physical wellness, UCAN, Inc. (United Church of Christ HIV and AIDS Network) has issued a statement encouraging condom distribution at places of worship.
The statement, presented to the UCC’s Wider Church Ministries joint board meeting in Cleveland March 19, comes on the heels of a renewed focus on the global HIV/AIDS epidemic
Wow, we missed that mandate in the scriptures. We had no idea that fulfilling the great commission included handing out condoms so that people can engage in sinful sexual activity without fear of contracting a disease.
We'd like to know how these sex tools will help the people at Granger learn about salvation by grace alone through faith alone through Christ's work alone? (47% of those attending Granger don't believe in salvation by grace and are heading to hell.) How will these sex tools and this "Sex for Sale" series help people believe in the authority of the Bible? (57% of those attending Granger don't believe in the authority of the Bible and risk facing God's wrath and judgement) How will these sex tools and this sex series help the people at Granger believe that Jesus is the ONLY way of salvation? (56% of those attending Granger don't believe Jesus is the ONLY way of salvation and risk dying in their sins.)
This was performed during the 'church' service at Granger during their 'Sex for Sale' sermon self-help series. See if you can spot the portions of this performance that exalt and glorify Jesus Christ, magnify the King of Kings, glory in the cross of Christ, reinforce the great Biblical doctrines of the Christian faith, or proclaim repentance and the forgiveness of sins in Jesus' Name.
Apparently, Granger Community Church wasn't joking when they sent out 80,000 postcards advertising 'sex for sale'. They've drunk the 'sex challenge kool-aid' and have now issued their own "30 Day Sex Challenge". Oddly enough, Granger is following the lead of Paul Wirth, head Pastor Goat Herder of Relevant Church. (Wirth is as theologically sharp as a bag full of wet mice and is famous for such vapid sermons as his Kung-Fu Panda Sermon and Dark Knight Sermon. By following Wirth's lead, the Pastors Goad Herders at Granger have proven that they lack even basic Biblical discernment and like a crack whore needing a fix will chase after the idol of relevance at all costs.)
Granger Community Church has apparently abandoned their commitment to fixing the the miserable results of their Reveal Now study. Remember, their Reveal Now results showed that 47% of the people attending Granger do not believe in salvation by grace, 57% don't believe in the authority of scripture, and 56% don't believe in Jesus is the only way of salvation.
Just like a dog returns to its vomit, only seven months after Granger revealed their Reveal Now survey results they are returning to their old failed Purpose-Driven methods and chucking out sound Biblical preaching in favor of scratching itching ears.
Here is Granger's latest marketing gimick for their upcoming sermon self-help series entitled Sex for Sale. Below you can listen to Granger's latest radio spots as well as view the postcard mailer they sent to 80,000 households in their neighborhood.
***The Last Word*** - Chris Rosebrough, the curator of the Museum of Idolatry, reviewed Granger's latest marketing gimick on the Fighting for the Faith radio program. Click Here to Listen
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.
The Purpose-Driven / Seeker-Sensitive obsession with sex marches on. Not too long ago Pastor Life-Coach Steven Furtick was 'Bringin Sexy Back'. Now he's going to be preaching giving self-help advice on 'Visionary Love and Best Sex'. Why? Because sex is sooooo relevant for those 'far from Jesus' and it is a great way to draw a crowd.
Pastor Life Coach Paul Wirth of Relevant Church, the man who made national headlines because of his 30 Day Sex Challenge, has just released his sex challenge in book form.
Apparently, Pastor Life Coach Wirth hasn't done his homework. 30 Days of sex is no longer considered relevant by the culture's standards. In fact, 30 days is a drop in the bucket compared to the latest, greatest and most relevant books on sex and intimacy. One of these books is entitled "Just Do It: How One Couple Turned Off the TV and Turned On Their Sex Lives for 101 Days (No Excuses!)" and the other is called 365 Nights: A Memoir of Intimacy. (It is also important to note that neither of these 'new' books require you to read Bible verses before you take your clothes off. All you need is a willing partner.)
It looks like Relevant Church had better go back to the drawing board. 30 Days of sex is now considered passe, boring and irrelevant. It may be a good start for beginners and wimps but the real aficionados of intimacy have something much better to offer us.
We predict that some enterprising and relevant Pastor Life Coach at some Seeker-Sensitive Church Self-Help Center will figure this out and will soon release their 365 Day Sex Challenge. Afterall, we have to give seekers what they want and meet their felt needs.
What exactly does XXXChurch hope to accomplish through this particular campaign (other than offending just about everyone)?
Let's pretend that through the magic of this marketing piece that everyone who sees this decides to stop 'floggin their dolphins'. Does that mean that they've become Christians and are now saved? We don't think so.
Genesis, chapter 2 verse 24, says a man "shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh." But how liberally to define cleave? That was the very special Bible query the Rev. Stacy Spencer and his wife Rhonda took up last month with 252 married people at their New Direction Christian Church in Memphis, Tenn. And the Spencers' answer was ... encouraging. Does frequent sex have a place in marriage? Yep. Oral sex? Read the Song of Solomon 2: 3 for assurance. How about role-playing? One participant expressed a yearning to see her husband dressed as a police officer. The Good Book offers no specifics on that, so Stacy Spencer allowed that it was up to the woman, "as long as you're not lusting after a particular officer. Jesus talked about spiritual adultery, and that could be spiritual adultery. But if it's just a generic cop, go for it."
The church's slide into complete apostasy continues unabated. The latest evidence of this comes from a website that is proposing "Christian" pornography (warning: explicit content). Here is their proposed framework for "Christian" porn.
• It must depict only married couples engaging in sexual acts.
• It must portray sex within the context of a Christian marriage.
• It must be instructional.
• Husband and wife must both receive their due benevolence. (This means that both sex partners must be shown getting equal pleasure and sexual attention from one another)
• No extramarital sex, unless it is to illustrate the downfalls of adultery.
• It must be uplifting and inspirational, focusing on strengthening Christian marriage and Christian faith.
• No profanity.
So basically as long as we're looking at instructional pornography the depicts "Christian" married couples having sex then we should embrace this as edifying and blessed of God.
Is Christianity being turned into a fertility cult?
The story of Elijah versus the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel is one of the best known stories of the Bible. What many people don't realize is that those who worshiped Baal were followers of a fertility cult.
With so many "Christian" churches taking their focus off of Jesus and the message of "Christ crucified for sins" and instead placing their focus on sex we wonder if Christianity hasn't been polluted by the false religious ideas of pagan fertility religions.
How controversial are all these Sex Sermons that all these seeker-sensitive churches are doing?
Well that all depends on how you look at it.
Did you know that the churches that are doing these Sex Sermons are also the ones manufacturing the controversy?
It's true. Here is how the chain of events works.
1. Seeker-Sensitive Church decides to use Sex Series to fill empty seats or accelerate growth.
2. Seeker-Sensitive Church picks racy and controversial name for their Sex Series along with racy and controversial sermon titles for each sermon in the series.
3. Seeker-Sensitive Church puts up racy and controversial website for their Sex Series and takes out racy and controversial billboard advertising announcing their racy and controversial Sex Series.
4. Seeker-Sensitive Church simultaneously sends out a press release to the media that talks about 'the controversy' surrounding their racy and controversial Sex Series. (this is controversy that they are creating)
In other words, from beginning to end, Seeker-Sensitive Churches manipulate people and manufacture "controversy" in order to make themselves look brave, bold and counter cultural while making their opponents look prissy and legalistic. All of this is done in order to fill seats.
Please note: This press release was purposely written to create controversy. Flipside Church was being provocative and controversial ON PURPOSE so that they could get free media coverage and use the controversy that they generated about their sex series to fill their empty seats.
Yes, you read that headline correctly. We simply cannot make this stuff up. According to the Religion News Blog:
Demand for an Afrikaans sex magazine that targets married, Christian women and shatters prissy Calvinistic stereotypes has increased so much that an English version will hit the shelves next month.
The launch edition of Intimacy - which features lap-dancing, submission and a tricky question about parental sex on the cover - follows a 300 percent growth in demand for Intiem magazine, which was launched in 2006.
“We strive to empower Christian women not to feel guilty for enjoying this God-given pleasure which is sex, but rather to embrace it,” said managing editor Liezel van der Merwe. Writing on sex from a Christian perspective had been a difficult challenge, with sex and religion both highly sensitive topics and few guidelines in the Bible, said Van der Merwe
Why is it that these churches think that when they do a sermon series on sex that they have to take out billboard advertising and announce it to the whole world? Do they really think a sex series is an evangelistic tool? Its as if 'Sex Sermons' have become the post-modern equivalent of an "Evangelism Sunday".
Reading between the lines, what this billboard is really saying is "come to church and 'get some'".
Pay close attention to what the news anchors say at the end of this story about the 30 Day Sex Challenge.
They say that Pastor Paul Wirth MARKETS his church by tackling unusual and controversial topics. In other words, this is a marketing campaign that is using sex to sell his church. They've replaced the scandal of the cross with the scandal of using sex to market their church.
Relevant Church in Tampa, Florida is 'bravely' confronting one of the most pernicious problems of our day. They are going to solve the problem of "people NOT having enough sex". (This is not satire). They've launched a 30 day sex challenge and here is what their website says:
People are not having enough sex. An epidemic of breakups prove the needs that lead to a great sex life are being overlooked. Dirty dishes, frumpy clothes, and a lack of authentic connections are killing the romance. A great sex life is a challenge and takes focus, determination, and planning. Some say it’s an unrealistic goal, but we disagree. We believe you can have a great sex life, in fact we believe God wants you to have a great sex life.
Relevant Church is proposing a challenge encouraging married couples to purposely engage in sexual activity for 30 days and singles to intentionally forgo sexual activity for 30 days.
Below is the graphic that is posted on their site for this 'sex challenge' and their YouTube promo video.
Is this why Jesus came to earth, sweat drops of blood, was scourged, nailed to a cross, hung naked and bleeding with a crown of thorns on His head and died?
1Cor. 2:1 And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
Is 'Great Sex' the real hallmark of a Godly Marriage? And are Christians really 'in the dark' when it comes to sex? How difficult can this be?
Seriously, why should a CHURCH be teaching people how to have 'Great Sex'? Pastors are not trained sex therapists. Plus, doesn't the church have more important things to be doing than teaching people how to have a better sex life?
Matthew 28:18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
It's not as if being 'great in the sack' is one of the ways that you can identify Jesus' disciples, or is it?