Sevier County Church's Mailing Causes Stir

Mailing for a series of couples seminars being hosted by The Gathering, a Sevierville church.

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A church trying to draw people to a marriage seminar instead created a scandal when it sent out hundreds of postcards printed with the words "Red Hot Sex."

The mailing invites residents to hear pastor Gene Wolfenbarger and his wife "reveal truths of what the Bible says about sexual relationships in marriage" in a series of classes with titles like "Sex! What Makes It Red Hot."

Wolfenbarger, who leads The Gathering church in Sevierville, has apologized to anyone who was offended by the mailing but he's also defending his actions. He says people should be alarmed about the rate of teen pregnancy in Sevier County, not the postcards.

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