Sex and religion might not seem like the most natural association, but it is precisely this relationship that one church in Pennsylvania is trying to explore.
In fact, Restored Church of Wilkes-Barre, Penn. paid for a billboard along Route 309 that proclaims this very message, loud and clear.
The billboard was put up on Wednesday morning and reads, “‘I love sex.’ –God” in an attempt to promote the church’s new sermon series, which will focus on the biblical Song of Solomon.
Although the billboard has drawn mixed reviews, with particularly harsh criticism coming from other Christians, Restored Church’s Pastor Dan Nichols believes it introduces a topic that resonates with a wide variety of people.
“What we want to do is let people know that the Bible is relevant to everyday life. When it comes to sexuality…God is the inventor, author and creator of it,” said Restored Church’s Pastor Dan Nichols.
“If the culture can be so bold, I think the church can be so bold and speak directly on the subject and be up front about it,” the 26-year-old pastor said.
Indeed, the Song of Solomon does open with some surprisingly sexy passages, including, “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth / for your love is more delightful than wine…”
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Nichols said the he hopes that the billboard will attract millennials from local colleges to the church. The pastor, who is married, noted that although the church’s overarching message emphasizes sex between a husband and wife, one of the sermons will address sex in single life.
“We want to reach college kids, but the message is multi-generational,” Nichols said.
The series will begin on September 7 with a sermon by Dr. Mark McGinniss of Baptist Bible Seminary, who wrote his doctoral dissertation on the Song of Solomon.
Restored Church opened on September 8, 2013 and has a congregation of roughly 100. The church’s first billboard, which was erected for its grand opening, read, “No perfect people allowed,” which Nichols explained was with the intention of highlighting Jesus’ own perfection.