Sep 28, 2017 by Will Maule

Christian Leaders Respond To Death Of Hugh Hefner: "I Shared The Gospel With Him"

The man who created the adult magazine 'Playboy', Hugh Hefner, has died aged 91. Hefner, who founded the sexually explicit men’s lifestyle magazine in 1953, died at his home, the Playboy Mansion in LA. A controversial figure, Hefner lived with a number of young models, and even married two of them, who were decades younger than him. 

“My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom," said Hefner's son, Cooper in a statement. "He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history.”

Some Christian leaders have responded to Hefner's death, with many openly criticizing his legacy of hedonism and the exploitation of women. "The death of any person is a tragedy. Hugh Hefner is no exception to that. We can't though w his obits call his life "success" or "a dream," tweeted ERLC president Russell Moore.

"Hefner did not create, but marketed ingeniously the idea that a man's life consists in the abundance of his possessions and of his orgasms," Moore continued, adding: "Reject the Hefner ideal of success. Find a way that leads past the grave. His name is Jesus. But it's a lonely path."

Check out some of the other responses below. 

"It's striking to me that he left this world one day after Saving a Sick America was released, featuring a chapter titled, "From Playboy to Purity: Reversing the Sexual Revolution,"" writes Dr. Michael Brown.

Note: We will add to this as influential Christian leaders continue to respond. 

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