Some of the island’s prominent church leaders have acknowledged that members of their congregations are turning to sex toys to satisfy their needs or spice up their relationships, and the pastors are not in any hurry to condemn this practice.
According to the church leaders contacted by The Sunday Gleaner, Christianity does not relieve anyone of their sexual needs and it is not their place to pass judgement.
“For years, I have been addressing this issue. I have had letters and calls from women who say they are Christians and they say they use sex toys.
“I remember receiving a call from someone in the Church of God who wanted my opinion because she uses sex toys and masturbates, and her pastor preached against women in the church who were not having sex with men, but with themselves,” said the Reverend Aaron Dumas, counsellor and radio talk-show host.
Using toys for years
Dumas said he believes the story of a 47-year-old Christian woman, who says she has been using sex toys for several years.
“When I went in the church, like most women in there, it was to find a husband, start a family and praise my God. I went into the church with needs and I still have them. Twenty years later, I am without a husband or children. I still have needs, so the forgiving God that I know, is He going to condemn me to purgatory because I use a sex toy? I don’t think so,” said Marvette.
She argued that more women in the church are using sex toys much more than we would all like to believe, but many don’t want to talk about their sexual needs.
“Some of the women say they use sex toys because they don’t cheat. But they don’t pass on sexually transmitted diseases either. I am a professional. I deal with every case on its merit and I don’t condemn anybody.
“If a woman feels she has to use sex toys because she can’t do without pleasing herself, I am not prepared to condemn her at all,” said Dumas.
He argued that many men in the church have accepted the usefulness of sex toys.
“Men are going away and they make sure they purchase vibrators and leave with their wives and say use this, and whether it is Pentecostal or Church of God, they do,” insisted Dumas.
Pastor of the Portmore Missionary Church Reverend Garnet Roper said the subject was not foreign to him.