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"Porn Sunday" in Church

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I saw this in the news and was wondering what people's thoughts are. A former porn star is going to be speaking in church, along with a pastor, about pornography.

 

A Virginia church is raising eyebrows for what it's calling "Porn Sunday."

Pastor Joel Brown of Church at Hampton Roads plans to preach this week about the dangers of pornography....The signs promoting the event, with former porn star Shelley Lubben discussing her experiences, are attracting plenty of attention.

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/virginia-church-to-hold-porn-sunday/

 

 

Do you think you'd go if a church in your neighborhood did this?

 

Do you think this is a good approach for a church to take?

 

Are you interested in hearing what a former porn star would say?

 

 

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I've watched quite a few of Shelley Lubben's videos online, and I find her really interesting, and I think she has a great testimony. She does a lot of work going to porn conventions, and witnessing to current and former pornstars. She is very blunt, and doesn't sugar coat things. I think it's a good idea, provided kids for example are old enough to attend with their parents' consent.

I'm not a big fan of them advertising it as "porn Sunday", but I can see they did it to get attention , which it did. I would probably go, and I have already heard what she has to say, so yes I would be interested. Like I said, she doesn't sugar coat things, and you are either ok with that or you aren't.

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My opinion, the name "Porn Sunday" is controversial. They should have named it "Porn Weekend" because some Christians worship on Saturday. 7th Day Adventists, ya know :)

 

Funny that, I think if they named it "Masturbation Sunday" everyone would get scared off, yet don't most people consider pornography worse than masturbation (since the former implies the latter)?

 

*sigh* this world that we live in!

 

It's all backwards to me! :D

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Haha yes, you can't forget the SDA!

Yeah, I would probably call it "The Dangers of Pornography Sunday", or something like that, but it's not as catchy, and needs more words, so wouldn't grab as much attention on a sign! It's why I don't work in the sign business I guess...

And yes, it is funny how porn may be considered worse than masturbation by more people, but "masturbation sunday" would be a much worse tagline. Maybe because it makes it sound like more of a participatory activity, rather than just a passive viewing. Though the viewing of pornography does imply masturbation, I think many people's minds, at least mine, think of just the viewing and not the following actions performed by the viewer. It's strange how the mind works!

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because some Christians worship on Saturday. 7th Day Adventists, ya know :)

 

 

Haha yes, you can't forget the SDA!

 

Ya'll Sunday worshipers just stick to doing whatever ya'll do best on Sundays (like what's mentioned in the news article). Just leave the Lord's Sabbath and mine alone :lol:.

 

The Holy Spirit moves in mysterious ways; transforming, healing and restoring people back to God. I would listen to the testimony of any sincere child of God any day of the week!

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I've gone to SDA churches on Saturdays sometimes. I like that. I have been moving a lot and pretty much go to any nearby church to see what they're like. I've had some good SDA vegetarian food too.

 

Do they not talk about subjects like pornography on Saturdays? Are there certain things they talk about on Saturday and certain things they don't? I want to know more about it.

 

How might an SDA church could go about addressing the issue?

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There are certainly no restrictions on what we can discuss about on Sabbath although there are certain talk we steer clear of - idle chatter like catching up on the latest cricket scores or movies or the week's gossip in general :).

 

I guess what is and what is not discussed at church also has a lot to do with culture. I live in a conservative Asian country and there are subjects that we would not openly discuss out of respect for the age / gender of the audience. I have never heard issues such as the above being the topic of a general discussion or a pulpit sermon in my local church. However, understanding, love and help are always near to anyone who is battling such an issue.

 

I am involved with the youth and among ourselves, we do touch on every topic that poses challenges / threats to the youth and their spiritual / physical well-being (in fact, a few Sabbaths ago we had a wide discussion on how we can be in the world but not of the world).

 

My local church primarily focuses on how we can spread the 3 Angels' message of Revelation 14:6-12 in my country where Christians are a very small minority with only about 4,000 SDAs :). Spiritual growth, grace, faith, the unchanging nature of God's laws, fulfilling the great Gospel Commission, living lives that are pleasing in His sight as we eagerly await our Lord's return, extensive Bible Study, worship music, where we can go next to visit the sick or needy are some of the common discussions on a Sabbath day in my local church.

 

I wouldn't know if things are different in a SDA church in the West but I can imagine that the said issue and the dangers would be discussed more openly within a wider age group (well, maybe not in the dramatic fashion employed by the pastor in the news article :)).

 

PS: We have potluck every quarter. You're most welcome to join us if you are travelling to my part of the world :).

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Interesting topic here and the views on SDA Sabbath.

As I've stated on these forums a few times, I attend a mega church here in Nevada.

(Its the 9th largest church in the country I believe as researched and found out a while back.)

Anyhow my church is quite radical with our teaching and worship style.

First, the idea was kicked around the idea about "masturbation Sunday", that'd be a terrific talk I think.

But in most churches, pastors wouldn't dare touch something, a topic like that in the general Assembly.

Instead, at least in my experience we've touched upon those things in a more intimate setting.

(Hahahaha, no pun intended though!)

To answer the questions above, ...

We've had speakers at my church with similar backgrounds, and yes the house, all five services across the weekend were packed.

Did I attend, yes, I try not to judge personally.

I mean, yes I have my own views and opinions about porn and sexual behaviors outside of a marital relationship.

However I try, though again, yes I struggle, like any human being.

And finally must I state that yes even Jesus Christ, associated with, befriended Mary Magadelene.

And another not so known woman was Rahab and what if'd she'd not took those spies in. Surely Jericho wouldn't have fallen.

Second question,

Yes I do think it's a "good" approach for a church to take.

Well if and only if the activity isn't glorified, which I'd doubt it could be in a Christian teaching.

But you know anything is possible and it's good to welcome everyone into God's house i believe.

And it'd be good I think for us fellas, to see the effects of the adult industry.

Not just the actors as inhumane characters appears appearing upon a screen for your pleasure.

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I applaud them because this is definitely a topic that needs to be addressed as porn is a dangerous disease and drug that not only affects non-religious people, but practicing religious people fall into it too.

 

On the other hand, I probably wouldn't make it the official Sunday sermon. Rather, I'd make it a separate lecture on a different day of the week.

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