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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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