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'Strip Church' ministry helps Tennessee exotic dancers shed their pasts
FoxNews.com ^ | 9/17/2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller

Posted on 09/17/2013 2:02:45 PM PDT by RoosterRedux

Stevens said she’s met with roughly 100 exotic dancers among Nashville’s 10-15 gentlemen clubs, many of which are dens of debauchery leading to higher rates of drug use, alcohol abuse and potentially prostitution.

“A lot of them have pasts that they can’t get over, so I just say Jesus knows all that you’ve done and still sees you as 100 percent forgivable,” Stevens said. “His love is unconditional and that seems to resonate with these girls. I tell them, ‘God sees you as valuable and I see you as valuable.’”

Stevens points to a 23-year-old mother of two who stopped working as a stripper shortly after meeting her last year as proof that the approach works. The former dancer, whose name is being withheld to protect her identity, has since quit smoking and now wants to work in law enforcement after completing her degree in criminal justice.

“She wants to be a cop now,” Stevens said. “She has taken giant leaps of faith and she has really stepped up. She came to know the Lord; she left and didn’t even have another job lined up.”

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1 posted on 09/17/2013 2:02:45 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

What?

That’s ridiculous!

Oh wait...that’s “past”...not “pants”...

Never mind.


2 posted on 09/17/2013 2:06:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: RoosterRedux
“She wants to be a cop now,”

From stripper to whore to cop. There's a joke in there, somewhere, I'm sure.

3 posted on 09/17/2013 2:08:48 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: BenLurkin
LOL

The are plenty of "helpful" Christian pastors who would be delighted to help them shed their pants ("just, please, honey chile, don't let the word get back to the church").

4 posted on 09/17/2013 2:10:29 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux

This is a good thing this couple is doing. People can change with love and help from God.


5 posted on 09/17/2013 2:12:00 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededicaton to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Something to do with andcuffs, perhaps.


6 posted on 09/17/2013 2:12:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: 3Fingas

Yep. Jesus/Yeshua has a powerful effect on broken lives.


7 posted on 09/17/2013 2:13:56 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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8 posted on 09/17/2013 2:16:41 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: 3Fingas

I agree. I actually just sent a small donations FWIW.


9 posted on 09/17/2013 2:21:43 PM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: BenLurkin

I read the headline as removing their pasties.


10 posted on 09/17/2013 2:24:36 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: safeasthebanks

Go on you. I’ll do the same.


11 posted on 09/17/2013 2:28:29 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I bet they all have a divine right, if they wish to attend. ;^}


12 posted on 09/17/2013 2:34:32 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Waiting for the Golden Screw to be removed from Obama's navel and his a$$ falls off!)
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To: safeasthebanks; All
That would be "good on you."

For any who want to donate, Strip Church is apparently nation-wide. Here is their website...stripchurch.com

13 posted on 09/17/2013 2:38:12 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: BenLurkin

LOL.

I guess I’m not the only one that read “pasts” as “pants”.


14 posted on 09/17/2013 2:45:28 PM PDT by -YYZ- (Strong like bull, smart like tractor.)
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To: -YYZ-

I didn’t know they needed help.


15 posted on 09/17/2013 3:04:32 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Mark Steyn: "In the Middle East, the enemy of our enemy is also our enemy.")
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To: RoosterRedux

I thought it said pasties.


16 posted on 09/17/2013 3:09:58 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: RoosterRedux

Strip Church; Two words I never expected to see side by side.


17 posted on 09/17/2013 3:10:00 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: RoosterRedux

I hope they’re doing something to keep girls from this in the first place, but it sounds like they do good work with the resources they have.


18 posted on 09/17/2013 3:12:40 PM PDT by OldNewYork (Biden '13. Impeach now.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Actually, if they do not participate in any of the “side” activities associated with stripping, the occupation is not illegal and would not disqualify them from consideration.

Would it be looked at very hard in the background process. Yes. Could they get hired. Yes. Just like any other job


19 posted on 09/17/2013 3:18:49 PM PDT by 5Madman2 (There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber)
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To: RoosterRedux; Lazamataz

I believe Mr. Lazamataz may be a deaon in this church.


20 posted on 09/17/2013 3:50:02 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Buck Off, Bronco Bama)
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To: RoosterRedux
“A lot of them have pasts that they can’t get over, so I just say Jesus knows all that you’ve done and still sees you as 100 percent forgivable,” Stevens said. “His love is unconditional and that seems to resonate with these girls. I tell them, ‘God sees you as valuable and I see you as valuable.’”

This is beautiful.

Too bad so many feel the need to mock.

I guess it's because of their spiritual superiority in the eyes of God.

21 posted on 09/18/2013 12:24:56 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
From stripper to whore to cop. There's a joke in there, somewhere, I'm sure.

I must have missed the whore part. It said she quit stripping, and quit smoking, but nothing about whoring.

22 posted on 09/18/2013 12:31:49 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Talisker
Too bad so many feel the need to mock.

I guess it's because of their spiritual superiority in the eyes of God.

I don't think they meant to mock.

It's just that sometimes matters of extreme profundity go down best with a bit of humor (it's like gallows humor in reverse).

The subject is actually so intensely powerful and important that it would be difficult for some to even speak of it without tears...hence a sprinkling of humor balance the mood.

23 posted on 09/18/2013 5:20:10 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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