Too Sexy for Church

A pastor trying to market his upcoming sermons on healthy marriages sent out 50,000 flyers that read “RED HOT SEX”… needless to say, many of the recipients weren’t amused.

Joshua Cody at Church Marketing Sucks says this:

The long and short of it left a community asking hard questions like, “Why didn’t the church spend this money on the community?” And it left the pastor saying he would do it all over again, but he wouldn’t do it again. If that makes sense.

You’ll see what that comment is referring to when you see the CNN video report (if you’re at work, turn the sound off).

You know, if Pastor Gene Wolfenbarger was just a … umm… good speaker, he wouldn’t have to resort to shock-value techniques to draw people to church.

He says in the video that people wouldn’t have come to church if he had written “holiness” or “have a good marriage” on the envelope. That says more about him than it does his congregation.


[tags]atheist, atheism, church, Jesus, Christian[/tags]

  • Rick Miller

    He says in the video that people wouldn’t have come to church if he had written “holiness” or “have a good marriage” on the envelope. That says more about him than it does his congregation.

    It also says that he knows what people really want, and that he’s intentionally pulling a bait-and-switch.

  • http://gretachristina.typepad.com/ Greta Christina

    “The long and short of it left a community asking hard questions like, ‘Why didn’t the church spend this money on the community?’”

    My question: How is trying to improve the sex lives of married people not spending money on the community?

    Presumably there are married people in the community. Presumably these people have sex (and if they don’t, it kind of proves the pastor’s point). Sex is important. How is publicizing a sermon about improving their sex lives not helping the community?

    Don’t get me wrong. This was a pretty silly, ill-advised move. (Although it’s not clear to me whether the “RED HOT SEX” was on the outside of the envelope or the inside — if it was on the outside, then that was seriously invasive and stupid.)

    But I hate the trivialization of sex, the idea that anything to do with sex is de facto less important than anything else you might have on your list.

    Okay. Rant over.

  • http://merkdorp.blogspot.com J. J. Ramsey

    Although it’s not clear to me whether the “RED HOT SEX” was on the outside of the envelope or the inside — if it was on the outside, then that was seriously invasive and stupid.

    Judging from the video, it looks like it was on the outside. One of the critics seemed pretty worried about it being easy for his kids to see.

  • Mriana

    What I want to know is, does this mean Christians don’t know how to have “Red Hot Sex”, so they need to be told how to have it?

    Humm… Maybe they need to visit some Trek websites. I have a delightful one with hot/cold chocolate starring Troi/Riker not to mention one with Kira/Odo that is so HOT that I had to hide it as adults only, Elorie over at J/C Eternal (no that’s Janeway/Chakotay) has some hotties too, not to mention I have a whole slew of HOT, SEXY Trek fanfic writer links and if they want, I could lead them to S&M, SBDM, M/M, F/F Trek writers too. They could learn a lot just from that. They’d be shown, not told. :lol:

    Oh I’m sooooo BAD!


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