WHITE OAK, Ohio — A local pastor said he put a stripper pole on his pulpit to help preach his message.
It may raise some eyebrows, but Pastor Mike Scruggs said he’s hoping it will save some marriages.
Scruggs admits he’s anything but a traditional pulpit preacher.
“We try to make it relevant, straightforward. We don’t sugarcoat anything,” he said.
On Friday, Scruggs’ sermon series drew a packed house at the Light of Word Ministries on Colerain Avenue.
“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,” Scruggs said.
The series of sermons is called the “Battle of the Sexes,” with some rather interesting visual props.
“On one side, (we’ll have) what men want or desire: your stripper pole, your video games, your sports,” Scruggs said. “The woman’s side (is) orderly, neat. It’s all about love, candy, teddy bears, roses and being wined and dined and cherished.”
Scruggs said his church focuses on real situations and brings godly solutions.
“We push the envelope, that’s true,” he said. “Don’t take it out of context. Some people 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’s right. We want to talk about it.”
The church has also been involved in interesting outreach programs, like a free gas giveaway and a gun buyback project.
Scruggs said his mother is a member of his church and she approves of his message.