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Published:November 21st, 2011 11:30 EST

Pastor Holds Kissing Contest During Worship Service! Gimmick Or Blessing?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A New York pastor is using public kissing contests during services to help teach married couples how to keep romance alive in their marriages. His Sunday sermons have been described as the s[e]xiest in town.


With sermons, titled "The Power and Pleasure of Romance," New York Post reports that Pastor Maurice Johnson of the non-denominational Winners Church in Queens highlights the importance of marriage in the African-American community"


Four married couples kiss for five minutes in front of the congregation, and the audience chooses the winner. The winning couple receives $50 to spend on a date.

Kissing is an expression of love and intimacy, and there are no losers when a couple engages in a long and passionate kiss. When a couple kisses in public, not as an expression of tenderness, but to win a contest everyone is a loser. The pastor`s sideshow cheapens the concept of love -- a good preacher doesn`t need gimmicks to drive home the point of his sermon.

Five minutes is a long time to make out, the minister is taking a big risk, one of the couples may decide to go all the way, in front of God, the congregation and the hustler preacher.

The kissing contests may have untended consequences, the amorous couples may get a kick out of performing in public. I wouldn`t be too surprised if one or more of the couples in the kissing contests will become swingers.

You can`t expect anything good to come out of a house of worship named "Winners Church." Only a brain-dead Pollyanna believes everyone is a winner; I bet the congregation sings "Kumbaya" in every service. There are a few winners in life, and a hell of a lot of losers.

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