Unorthodox Religion: Pastor Puts Stripper Pole In Pulpit To Curb Members’ Lascivious Ways

April 3, 2012 ‐ By

It’s one thing to say open your Bibles to Acts Chapter such and such so I can tell you what God has to say about sexual immorality, it’s another to install a stripper pole in the church as a constant reminder. A pastor in a suburban Cincinnati church has opted for the latter and it’s sitting right smack dab in the center of the pulpit.

As part of his “Battle of the Sexes” series, Pastor Mike Scrugg of Light of the World Ministries is using some strong visual props to drive home his messages.

“With our bed on one side is what men want or desire–your stripper pole, your video games, your sports. The woman’s side is orderly, neat, it’s all about love, candy, teddy bears, roses and being wined and dined and cherished.”

From Pastor Scrugg’s perspective, single people are having too much sex and married couples aren’t having enough; he says it’s his job to get through to the members.

“We talk about sex, we talk about drugs, we talk about faith, we talk about relationships; things that people are dealing with on a day to day basis.

“We push the envelope that’s true. I definitely don’t take it out of context. Some people might say he’s going to hell, he’s wrong. We want to talk about it we don’t want them to guess at it assume it’s wrong it right we want to talk about it.”

The pastor’s approach is certainly radical, considering some churches barely even discuss anything dealing with sex, other than to tell people don’t do it if they’re not married. Pastor Scruggs said he prefers to lay it all out on the line.

“We try to make it relevant, straight forward; we don’t sugar coat anything,”

He’s not lying about that and there’s no harm in preachers having an open and honest discussion about the questions it’s members no doubt have in reference to the bedroom anyway. I just don’t know if you need a stripper pole to do it.

What do you think about this pastor’s approach to sharing the word?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • Appassionata

    This is so ridiculous. The more Christians try to appeal to the world, to be like the world, the more of a joke we become. You CANNOT use carnality to preach against carnality. You put a stripper pole in front of a bunch of men, what pops into their minds? How are they supposed to pay attention to what you are saying now that they are visualizing (or trying to not visualize) Peaches dropping it like it’s hot?  lol

    • Olivia

      Exactly!!! This is just another worldly false prophet using shock value to preach his carnal message and attract as many followers as he can. The Bible has given Christians a blueprint on all kinds of matters including sex and if one actually reads it they will find that it is completely relevant, even today. The book of Romans makes it clear that no one seeks God. It is only the Holy Spirit that can draw men to Christ. Instead of using sexual props in the pulpit, this foolish “pastor” ought to be relying on the power of the Holy Spirit to preach the Gospel as Christ intended.

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  • I always figure that when Christians have sexual relations (married, of course) it can seem pretty bland and forced. Although I am not in their bedrooms, I can just imagine. I mean, they already feel ashamed about having sex, so I figure that they lay there with their eyes closed and get it over it. Idk. 

    • really???

      what a load of nonsense.Christians enjoy s*x as much as anyone else.

  • “…single people are having too much sex and married couples aren’t having enough.”

    Hi hater.

  • FromUR2UB

    He actually had one installed as a visual aid?  haha!  How many sermons does he plan on giving about that?

    Um..does he insist that the congregation tithe in singles?

  • Wow!

    If men want their wives to be strippers they should be seeking out women with stripper mentalities to wife up.  However as the saying goes “can’t turn a h-o into a housewife, and in retrospect you can’t turn your housewife into a h-o, well you can but then they’d be mad about that too because h-os aren’t exclusive. 
    What a conundrum some men find themselves in, just like there is no such thing as a “gentle thug” there’s also no such thing as a “lady in the streets and a freak in the sheets”.  If men are still looking for strip club loving then the best place to find that “wife material” they are looking for would be……the strip club. Why bring that mess into church.

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  • dddooonnnttt

    That justs creates an opportunity for someone to buss it open in the church. This gets a serious side-eye. 

  • Tee

    I wonder if that Pastor is a freak himself.  He probably is…and he is telling the married women they had better be open in the bedroom because if they are not, a “cheating” man is going to sleep with a woman who will do it all.

    • Rachael

      Well you can be a Pastor and still be a freak- so long as the only one getting their freak on with you is your spouse.

  • Rachael

    I agree with the author. I totally agree with his message, but the pole in the pulpit is ridiculous. 

  • Jen

    Ok so to get his point across about what single people are doing and what married couples aren’t?  Well I’m kind of confused…I understand what he is attempting to say however the visual prop wasn’t necessary ESPECIALLY in church!  It’s okay to be outspoken but this is a little too much for a Sunday sermon.  I surely hope he didn’t ask anyone to demonstrate!  Can you imagine?  Do what you do best Pastor but next time leave the props.

  • Netdandri

    I saw this story on CNN, and I’m not sure how it made national news. The stripper pole is a lot in church; it’s pushing the boundaries. I’m not quite sure how I feel about that. But I think you should talk about more real issues in church other than don’t have sex unless your married and let’s not talk about it at all because, you know, sex is dirty. I think people need to take off their “overly religious” shields and be more real. But once again the striper pole might be pushing the boundaries a little.

  • Younggentleman1

    Looks like Onyx and the Players Club got some new competition at the HO-ly temple. Lolol ain’t nothing sacred anymore. People used to go to church to escape the freakiness of the world. Now they telling you back it up and break it down for the lord. Lolol I wonder what’s the cover charge and is it a 2 drink minimum of the holiest of whines. And do that lap dacnce come wit a free baptism or 30 percent off your next funeral. If you show up 3 Sunday’s in the same month do you get to anoint that azz wit the holy staff. Lolol I’m done.

    • tastythoughts