Seeker-Sensitive Absurdities: “Come to our Church, We’ll Help Improve Your Sex Life!”

 A local church in my city recently ran this “Pure Sex” advertising campaign to attract the non-churched to come to their services.  They drove around the city with this banner on a trailer.  First, I thought it was an advertisement for a porn shop.  I was stopped dead in my tracks when I realized it was an advertisement to come to a church.

Does the seeker-sensitive model have no limits?  Now our message to the lost is “Come here and we’ll teach you how to have a better sex life?”  Is that the message God has entrusted us with?  

1 Corinthians 15:3-5,11 ESV

 3For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.”

Speaking about the other Apostles and what they preached:

11Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

 The Cross is the message we are to proclaim.  Period.  Get back to doing it. 

 D.A. Carson has said “I fear that the cross, without ever being disowned, is constantly in danger of being dismissed from the central place it must enjoy, by relatively peripheral insights that take on far too much weight.  Whenever the periphery is in danger of  displacing the center, we are not far removed from idolatry.”

 Note to Carson,  I think we are close to that now.

Side note:  Consider this:  Does anyone honestly believe the lost are going to come to church with their girlfriends so that some pastor can teach them how to have better sex? 

What do you think?  Did they go to far here?

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If you would like to read more about this topic check out this article “Amazing Grace and Kool-aid Christianity” by my friends over at The Cross is All blog.

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Posted on December 4, 2010, in Christianity, Contemporary Church Culture, The Seeker-Sensitive Church Model and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Wow. As if there isn’t enough porn type stuff out there. Our TV’s are full of it, magazines sell well because of it, movies feel they need to include it – yes, sex sells – but it is the cheap version and we shouldn’t be buying into that hype, or operating in the world’s way.
    We are ‘in the world but not of it’.
    Do they think that only non-christians indulge in sex? God created sex and designed it for “pure pleasure”. (We don’t want the non-christians getting in on that secret!)
    Let’s do things God’s way.
    It may be thought unpopular – but so different that some out there might like to even give it a go. People want to see that there’s a difference, otherwise why would they bother coming to investigate?


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