Ethics: Men Invited to Evangelize at Strip Club

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What would you do Wednesday!

This scenario is directed at Christian men. Christian women are welcome to comment and probably have just as much insight on this topic, especially, if married to one of the men at the following prayer breakfast.

Men, your alarm sounds at 6 am Saturday morning. It is time for the monthly men’s prayer breakfast at church. As much as you’d like to roll over, you enjoy the much needed Christian fellowship more than the extra shut-eye.

As usual, the breakfast starts with brief prayer before eating followed by a testimony or two. After testimonies are shared, opportunities for local outreach are presented by whoever has an opportunity.

One of the 100 men in attendance goes to the podium to speak. He says he has an exciting witnessing opportunity. He has been sharing the gospel once a month for the last six months on a Saturday night in a unique setting. Jesus hung out with sinners and shared the gospel with them. He had an idea to reach out as Jesus did in a place where the gospel probably never reaches.

He says, “Brothers, I invite you to come with me tonight to a local, unreached group of people – strippers. Come with me  tonight to the strip club downtown and pass out gospel tracts to the dancers.”

What would you do?

Here I blog…

Mark

(HT: Jared Moore)

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The above article was posted on September 18, 2013 by Mark Lamprecht.
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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 rhology September 18, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I’d be OK with hanging out OUTSIDE the club. Inside the club? Not a chance in Hell. Literally.

2 Mark Lamprecht September 18, 2013 at 10:12 pm

@rhology I would not even stand outside the strip club.

3 BrennanMcCafferty September 18, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Outside, yes! Inside, no way!

4 Mark Lamprecht September 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Would you check with your wife first?

5 Zack Stepp September 19, 2013 at 9:16 am

Mark Lamprecht I’m curious: why not?

6 Mark Lamprecht September 19, 2013 at 9:21 am

Zack Stepp I’m not sure my wife would approve.

7 Cathy M September 19, 2013 at 10:59 am

I wanted to see how the men answered this one before I weighed-in.  A man who convinces himself that going to a strip club is his “ministry” is deluded.  If there is no other way to reach out to those women, then a group of women should go, but not inside.  Plus, at least one of the “female-stripper-evangelists” should have a permit to cary a concealed weapon; and all should have pepper spray and slap-jacks.  IMHO  
Mark, mark, mark… sometimes I wonder if you make this stuff up.  Actually, sometimes, I HOPE you make this stuff up.

8 Mark Lamprecht September 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Cathy M Sometimes I wish I did make this stuff up. 🙂

9 One Step In Faith September 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I would ignore the invitation, and go on serving those who I’m called to serve. If I had a personal relationship with the man, I would try to talk some sense into him. I don’t think standing outside the club would be even remotely effective. It’s likely not even the case that strippers haven’t been reached – they’ve likely had just as much exposure to the good news as any other non-believer. Some of them may even consider themselves to be Christian! Who knows… 
But the point is, it’s not, “who isn’t being reached”, it’s “Lord, where and how can I be most effective for your Kingdom”.

10 Jared Moore September 20, 2013 at 10:10 am

I’m surprised by all the negative reactions to this. If you lived in Corinth in the 1st Century, and were able to go into the Temple of Aphrodite and share the gospel with the Temple Priests and Priestesses (Prostitutes), then go. Automatically dismissing a brother with a stronger ability to withstand lust than us is unwise. Sure, warn him, but I believe Jesus and Paul could do it. Also, think about those Christians who attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans, for the purpose of sharing the gospel. These types of ministries are needed. Maybe we don’t need to be the ones doing it, but if a brother can do it, why encourage him not to?

11 Robert Vaughn September 21, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I would:
1. Not go.
2. Advise him not to go.
3. If he were still determined to go, talk to him about his wife’s feelings about the matter, and if I could not talk him out of going, urge him to take his wife with him when he goes. And if she won’t go with him, again advise him not to go.
Finally, I wonder two things. 1) Is there no other time and place to reach strippers than while they are actually stripping? I don’t think so. 2) Is there any biblical example of evangelism that is like going to a strip club to share the gospel while people are in the process of taking off their clothes to entice people with their bodies?
Oh, and one more thought. Men, if the scenario is reversed would you support your wife or girlfriend going to a male strip club to evangelize?

12 072591 October 23, 2013 at 1:02 pm

While it is true that Jesus was around the sinners, he did not go to the places where they sinned, nor to the places made explicitly for sin. Further, we are commanded to not even appear to sin, so even being in the strip club, for any reason, would be wrong.

13 paperhymn December 8, 2013 at 10:07 pm

I would ask two things- first- at the very least, why does it have to be inside the strip club? Why not outside the doors, talking to them before the go in, or talking to them as they’re leaving? Why does it have to me in the moment when they are nude and doing their act? In the same vein, Jared, what is the material difference with this situation, and going down to the local film studio and witnessing to porn stars on set while they’re filming their scenes?

14 Sayuri July 30, 2016 at 8:10 am

Men could pass out the devotional Scriptures for Strippers with a flyer from their church. They should also make sure they allow the work if the church to follow up with them.

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