Tags

, , , , , ,

While researching pornography addictions, pornography producer-turned-pastor Donny Pauling spoke of XXXChurch.com.  The domain name sparked my interest, so I looked into it. I watched Missionary Positions, a documentary on the history of XXXChurch.com.

What is XXXChurch?

XXXChurch calls themselves “the #1 Christian porn site”, and their motto is “Jesus loves porn stars”. Created in 2002 by two Californian pastors, Mike Foster and Craig Gross, the site is aimed at bringing awareness to the issue of pornography.

How are they different?

I would have stopped looking if they were the same as any other Christian anti-porn site, but from the very beginning, XXXChurch tried new methods of reaching out to people. In fact, the first event they attended was AVN Adult Entertainment Expo.

Through their efforts, they’ve set up billboards, had commercials produced  by pornographers, they’ve utilized online memes, and have had debates with porn star Ron Jeremy, as well as other creative activities.

So?

Their methods are unprecedented and controversial. Other Christian lobbyists will argue with XXXChurch at adult film conventions, and Christian TV host Pat Robertson disliked founder Mike Foster’s remark “Jesus would be at a porn convention”.  They get joked about often by radio hosts, news broadcasters, and other Christians.

Though, they have been featured in Time, Playboy, CNN, The Today Show, GMA, Anderson Cooper 360, as well as many other media outlets. Why? They utilize new technology and reach out in a way which modern society understands. They have a message board, known as a Prayer Board, they have an email service, they have accountability software called x3watch, online workshops called x3pure, etc.

Will XXXChurch really succeed?

Maybe. Maybe not. The founders admitted they know, and do not intend, to save the whole world from pornography. They have an easy going and realistic view of their product. What is interesting is their approach. I feel it will impact and change at least some people’s lives. Isn’t that success?

Advertisements