24 April 2012
Pastor Opens Sex Shop For Christians
The missionary's new position
While lust might be considered a deadly sin by many Christians, one former Dutch pastor is on a crusade against lust "phobia".
He has opened an online sex shop for Christians in the hope of improving their private lives and helping them to embrace sexuality.
Marc Angenent was on his way to his Protestant church in the centre of Utrecht, Holland, for his Sunday sermon. His question that day: "Dear God, what's your take on eroticism?" God, Angenent says, said nothing.
God made bodies and with them came lust. Why then were so many believers unsure, he asked?
Now Angenent sends erotic goods on demand: condoms, gels to protect against premature ejacu1ati*n, dildos, prostate stimulators, erection rings and more.
The battery-powered, 22-centimeter-long purple silicone "Iris" vibrator is currently his best selling product.
His Christian website Liefdestuin.nl or "Love Garden" has been live for four weeks now.
No to Whips, Yes to Lubricant
Before he set up his business, Angenent sat on his sofa with his laptop on his knee and clicked from one erotic shop to another to find out what kind of products he should include in his inventory. Latex? Leather? Whips? Lubricant? No to whips, yes to lubricant.
And he also decided to take orders. Any request he gets, he simply orders from his supplier.
It's profitable, he says. But for him it's not about the money. What's important is his mission: Lust.
One married Catholic couple wrote Marc Angenent a despairing email. They hadn't slept together for five years. They thought they could only sleep together when they wanted to conceive a child.
Angenent had already been a minister for quite some time when he began his training to become a sex therapist.
In the winter of 2011 his first patient, a pilot, sat at the glass table in his living room. He was a good-looking young man wearing shades, someone who could set a woman's heart flying as high as he could a Boeing. He suffered from erectile dysfunction. Marc Angenent told the pilot to stop demanding top performance of himself all the time. A p*n**s wasn't an airplane: a delayed take-off wasn't a disaster.