Thursday, January 15, 2009

About those 30-day sex challenges...

HT: Lighting the Way

Barry Smith of Impact Community Church in Sacramento, California is the latest pastor to issue a challenge to married couples in his church to have sex for 30 consecutive days. This is yet another church that claims to use "cutting edge techniques," but in this matter they're so 2008.

It was in February 2008 that Pastor Paul Wirth of Relevant Church in Ybor City, Florida issued the same challenge to his congregation. I'm not aware if any follow-up has been done to see if there has been a baby boom at Relevant Church in the last couple of months. The statement of Relevant Beliefs provides more evidence that you can't be a satirist anymore. The reader of these "beliefs" may notice that there's no clear statement that either Jesus or the Holy Spirit is God.

In November 2008, Pastor Ed Young issued a 7-day sex challenge to his congregation at Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas. I suppose that Texans figure that they can accomplish in 7 days what it takes the softies in Florida 30 days to accomplish. The results of Pastor Young's challenge have yet to be determined.

These "pastors" talk about sex with all the maturity of 12-year-old boys who equate naughtiness with courage. I hereby challenge the above-named pastors and others of their ilk to refrain from talking about sex from the pulpit for 30 days; it would be a refreshing change. Those of us who are single and trying to live lives of obedience to the Lord aren't getting much help from churches.

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