by Max Brantley
Thanks to blogger Jason Tolbert for attention to what he calls the weirdest story ever from Baptist Press. It also has a local angle.
It seems that Dennis Rainey of Little Rock, whose Family Life ministry includes a syndicated national radio program, had his program cut off in mid-show recently because of a guest. Dick Bott, who distributes Christian programming, ordered the plug pulled because Rainey was talking to a controversial Seattle pastor, Mark Driscoll.
Driscoll sometimes uses coarse language in his sermons and is infamous among conservative Christians for a 2007 sermon that gave the raciest interpretation yet of the Song of Solomon.
During the sermon, which was entitled "Sex, a Study of the Good Bits from Song of Solomon," Driscoll interpreted Song of Solomon 2:3 as referring to oral sex and then said, "Men, I am glad to report to you that oral sex is biblical.... The wife performing oral sex on the husband is biblical. God's men said, Amen. Ladies, your husbands appreciate oral sex. They do. So, serve them, love them well. It's biblical. Right here. We have a verse. 'The fruit of her husband is sweet to her taste and she delights to be beneath him.'"
Driscoll went on to tell an anecdote about a wife who he said won her husband to Christ by performing oral sex on him. Driscoll said he told her that giving him oral sex would be following the admonition of Scripture. A transcript of the sermon quotes Driscoll saying he told her, "1 Peter 3 says if your husband is an unbeliever to serve him with deeds of kindness," referring to oral sex.
There's more. Lots more. But this is a family blog. (Really, much of the article is about theological disputation. Interesting, but not necessarily spicy.)
Network operator Bott told the Baptist Press he still respected Rainey and supported his programming. Without Driscoll.