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Church billboard about sex catching attention

Church Billboard Causes Major Controversy

WILKES-BARRE -- A billboard that says God loves sex was put up Wednesday and it didn't take long for people to take notice.

WNEP reports: A non-denominational church in Wilkes-Barre put up the billboard and it is already doing what it was intended to do: attract attention.

Some pastors had a plan when they ordered the design for this billboard along Route 309.

Restored Church is trying to bring in new visitors -- but some people driving by think this message crosses the line.

From baseball legends to solar panels and pharmacies, people driving from Mountain Top into Wilkes-Barre pass by several billboards -- but this new one along Route 309 is turning heads.

"It's [awfully] strange. You might see something like that in Phoenix, but not here."

Rich and Joyce Smetana were surprised when they came back to Luzerne County from Arizona to visit family and saw a billboard with what they consider a questionable quote from God.

"Thinking maybe it's advertising the 309 Cinema, but it's actually advertising a church. I just thought it was a little off the wall," said Joyce Smetana.

The sign was ordered by Restored Church on North Franklin Street.

"It's in every single sitcom. It's on the radio. I mean, you go on any major news media outlet and there's stories about sexuality."

Pastor Dan Nichols says his congregation of 100 has been meeting for just one year. He hopes the billboard will draw new people to the church next month when the sermons will focus on sex in the bible's Song of Solomon.

"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."

Some other religious leaders disagree. The pastor of Church on the Square wrote a letter to a newspaper editor, saying the billboard is misleading at best, and a gross misstatement at worst.

"It really doesn't rattle us when we get negative feedback. We really put a lot of thought into this," said Restored Church Pastor Tim Walker.

Pastor Walker says Restored Church is receiving a lot of praise and some heat for its choice of words.

Workers with Lamar Advertising who replaced a beer ad with the church's message say it's hard to ignore this billboard.

"This pretty much gets the point across. It gets you to look up at the sign," said Eric Durst.

The pastors at Restored Church in Wilkes-Barre say their focus is on the purpose of a healthy marriage and taking the shame out of sex.

The billboard is scheduled to remain along Route 309 in Wilkes-Barre for the next four weeks.

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Herb August 28 2014 at 11:54 AM

I am 77 years old and a Christian for 62 years and think the sign is great. God created sex and has a lot to say about it in the Bible. God does love sex, not dirty sex that TV and Movies show but sex as the ultimate showing of love between a husband and wife. God calls the church "The Bride of Christ" Sex is an intimate relationship and reflects the relationship between God and his children.

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Daddy O August 28 2014 at 11:45 AM

Can you believe not one story about race on AOL this morning.

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mayerfam2000 August 28 2014 at 11:59 AM

The sign is doing exactly what the church intended it to do. Good for them!! My church did the same thing and the series they did on sex was excellent!

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eaglephoenix2 August 28 2014 at 3:07 PM

Of course God supports sex. There are so many references to incest, adultery, coveting thy neighbors wife, homosexuality, rape, prostitution, with most of the participants actually heroes and heroines where the acts are not denounced, contrary to popular belief..

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chuckwillswidows August 28 2014 at 3:10 PM

God is Love, God created male/female and allowed sex to happen to perpetuate the species to need and enjoy each other. Sounds good to me.
What made sex "filthy" is sin.

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jcbstz August 28 2014 at 12:09 PM

There is absolutely NOTHING WRONG with the sex act. It's Gods perfect plan for MARRIED COUPLES. Our church teaches sexual experience is part of the loving relationship between man and wife. NOW, when you talk about PERVERTED SEX, God condemns it and promises that anyone who participates in it is outside His law.

So, why the hassle.?? It's part of Gods perfect plan.

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deruwid9 August 28 2014 at 1:12 PM

See? You can't pigeonhole the church's stance on sex. Just don't try to cornhole it!

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uriahheep7275 August 28 2014 at 11:37 AM

"Restored Church?" It sounds like one of those shows on HGTV

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MICHELLE uriahheep7275 August 28 2014 at 2:51 PM

Everyone can use some fixing up, one way or another!

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'57mad August 28 2014 at 1:14 PM

and? for the later post on this site -there is no such thing as a homosexual marriage - it is physically impossible for them to procreate or consummate their unholy unions. and any church performing homosexual weddings they are not a church of God'....they are mocking God .

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golffrdlrs August 28 2014 at 1:29 PM

Religions have always relied heavily on the carrot and stick (heaven and hell) marketing plan to hook people. Looks like this one is using a little more carrot. Sex sells.

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