Good Samaritan Baptist Church Pastor Ed Rice
TO: Dresden Special Advisory Committee
on Regulation & Licensing of Adult Entertainment Business
PO Box Dresden, NY 14441
Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are writing to clearly voice our concerns about the moral impact of sexually oriented adult entertainment on the families of this community, and this local area. First we want to commend this village for taking the initiative in regulating this dangerous entertainment away from this community.
The goal of this Church is to reach this area for the Lord Jesus Christ and to impact their lives with His teaching in such a way that they lead moral God fearing lives before their creator. The impact of using sex as an entertainment medium for business profit certainly dashes into the face of this Godly goal. The Bible clearly warns:
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galations 5:19-21)
Clearly an entertainment based on the top four of this list, an entertainment based on the promotion of adultery, fornication, uncleanness, and lasciviousness, although it does appeal to the flesh, and has found itself profitable as a business, such a business directly wars against the purposes of this Church to establish families that have their basis in God's moral laws which are against these activities.
Dr. R.G. Lee an outstanding and renowned Baptist Preacher states in an article entitled Sex- It's Mastery, Menace and Ministry:
Sex is a gift from God, it is not a smutty theme nor is it a materiel for cynical jokes nor irony. A man reveals his character by the laughs he gives or causes others to give. Sex is a gift from God. From its reverent and intelligent use there comes to us home-life, the innocent laugh of children and culture and progress and a paradise on earth as happiness; there comes the happiest memories of the race and the noblest goals of the future in this world. Religion sanctifies sex and reinforces this gift in its legitimate use. It's abuse brings misery, wrecks homes, swells the wails of the exploited and the disillusioned on earth, turns many a home into mourning over a paradise lost. It's abuse throws down filth and uncleanness in the physical and moral fibers of the individual and of a society through all generations.
We thereby recommend that this community take whatever steps possible to prevent the establishment of any 'sex for entertainment' business in this area.