Justin Timberlake, theologian

Church banner

This banner has been flying outside Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church in Chandler, Arizona, to promote their Greatest Sex Ever series, because, well, where else would you go for a series of lectures on sex? The Home Depot? Still, there’s something disquieting about the whole thing, quite apart from the fact that it’s yet another manifestation of the unfortunate fact that church marketing sucks. Maybe it’s the missionary position? Or perhaps it’s just the idea that someone feels it’s necessary to push the envelope, as it were, to get people’s attention to what are supposed to be Eternal Truths and such. More to the point, I object to the very idea of “bringing sexy back”: contrary to popular belief, it never really left.

(Via Dawn Eden.)


  1. Rosalind »

    1 September 2007 · 5:20 pm

    It shouldn’t be disquieting. God is the one who created sex after all! He had a plan for sex that has been lost to many people, including some Christians, because all the church did for so long was say “don’t fornicate or you’ll go to hell”. But, they never talked about why or what God had in mind.

    I think it’s perfectly appropriate for the church to re-educate Christians about sex. Worldly influences have done much harm and now we have all kinds of sexually transmitted diseases, some of which will kill. It was NEVER God’s plan for sex to be harmful or deadly! So, yes, I think the church in Chandler has the right idea about bringing sexy back… the RIGHT way.

    One of the sexiest books ever written is in the Bible. It’s called Song of Songs. This is what God’s plan for sex is… in marriage. Check it out.

  2. Andrea Harris »

    1 September 2007 · 8:54 pm

    I’m tired of hearing about sex. I think a lot of other people are too. Everywhere you go in the US and Europe all you see is sex sex sex blasted at you 24/7. Younger and younger girls are being sold the idea that the proper way to look is like a hooker. Men now expect respectable women to put out, the way they used to expect them to be virgins. It’s gone full circle from the days you fear and deplore. Though why? I really don’t think women were all that miserable when they weren’t being badgered to have sex all the time and be sexy all the time. I think we’ve been sold a bill of goods by the educationists, social planners, and ad agencies. And churches like these are merely showing how desperate they are, how lost from the message they are supposed to convey. Which is, in part: there is something more important than sex. All this advertisement does is reinforce the idea that we should be obsessing about being sexually attractive and having sex.

  3. Michael Bates »

    2 September 2007 · 12:19 am

    No, Home Depot is for do-it-yourselfers.

    Maybe it’s a lack of imagination on my part, but I can’t figure out how two pairs of feet can wind up in that configuration and still be attached to their owners.

    Also, I want to know if the church hired professional foot models for their ad campaign. Those are very well cared-for tootsies — not a corn, callus, or bunion in sight. Or perhaps they just recruited a couple of the church’s evangelists for the photo shoot.

  4. Michael Buckingham »

    2 September 2007 · 11:41 am

    I think it’s kind of funny that we would think this as pushing the envelope. Sex is a gift from God. Religion has made it dirty and timid. It is time that we again claim this gift as something beautiful given to us from God, something to be celebrated and explored in marriage.

    It’s time that the church stand on the mountain tops and stop hiding in the shadows. The world laughs at us when we say that showing a pair of feet is outrageous and then claims to be relevant at the same time.

  5. Mister Snitch! »

    2 September 2007 · 3:58 pm

    Sex is a gift from God.. Religion has made it dirty and timid.

    Well, give Larry Flynt some credit.

  6. Victory Soap v. 2.0 »

    2 September 2007 · 5:45 pm

    Sex sells…. everything?

    This one is for Kathy: I wonder how many people will head on over to this church, singing “I’m a believer”? Will they have sexy nuns? (Well, it’s not a Catholic church…) By the way, apropos that last linked — OMG, David Duchovny and his bedmate are…

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