Originally posted by James
I don't know. I am not sure that Christianity as outlined in the teachings of Jesus really has a problem with strippers.
However, I think a lot of people, especially women, have used various scriptures to censor women all through out human history.
I'm not trying to get into a theological debate with you because I'm not necessarily one of those women who is anti-stripper. But there are several relevant verses in the Bible that express God's distaste for anything that creates lust or sexual desire outside of the marriage relationship.
You have heard that it was said by them of old time, "you will not commit adultery." But I say unto you, that whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.
-Matthew 5:27, 28
Proverbs 15:18-19 (NIV) says "Let your fountain be blessed: rejoice with the wife of your youth. Let her be as the loving fawn and the pleasant roe: let her breasts satisfy you at all times, and be ravished always with her love." Proverbs 15:20 (NIV) goes on to say "And why will you, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?"
James 1:14 (NIV) says "each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death."
And for the strippers...
I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety... with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.
-1 Timothy 2:9, 10
Anyway, "hate the sin, love the sinner" and all that good stuff. But going to a strip club is basically placing yourself in a den of lust. I can see why a strong Christian woman would not want her husband to have a stripper at his bachelor party. It's not censorship of women, because the verses should be applicable to both sexes. It's about respecting the marriage (or impending marriage).