|Founded||January 1, 2002|
|33-0823570 (Fireproof Ministries)|
|Slogan||Jesus Loves Porn Stars|
XXXchurch.com is a non-profit Christian website that aims to help those who struggle with pornography. It targets porn industry performers and consumers. The organization describes itself as "the #1 Christian porn site designed to bring awareness, openness and accountability to those affected by pornography."
The organization launched in January 2002 when the founders, Mike Foster and Craig Gross, set up a booth inside the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas to promote the website as an alternative to porn, and it continues to attend porn conventions worldwide. The group has given out thousands of Bibles with "Jesus Loves Porn Stars" on the cover at these conventions, a facet of their ministry which has been featured in American national media.
In 2005, the independent film Missionary Positions was released, which documented the origins of XXXchurch. The film was produced and directed by documentary film maker, Bill Day. The film documents Mike Foster's departure from XXXchurch in 2004.
Pornographic film director James DiGiorgio took photographs for XXXchurch and lost business as a result of becoming affiliated with the organization. DiGiorgio was not a Christian, but said that he was helping XXXchurch because the sex industry is "always trying to preach freedom of speech [so] anyone in this industry who has a problem with [XXXchurch's] message is a fucking hypocrite. You can't have it both ways."
Craig Gross is also a published author, having written Questions You Can't Ask Your Mama About Sex, The Gutter, Dirty Little Secret, Pure Eyes, Eyes Of Integrity, Jesus Loves You This I Know, Starving Jesus, and Open. Craig Gross appeared on an episode of MTV's True Life, in which he counseled a man addicted to porn.
The founder of XXXchurch.com, Craig Gross, along with friend and colleague Donny Pauling, regularly debates porn star Ron Jeremy in an event called "The Porn Debate" on college campuses across the United States. In 2008, the debate was featured on ABC News' Nightline both on air and online, with the segment becoming the most watched in Nightline's online viewing history.
XXXchurch.com produces accountability software (specialized web-surfing monitoring software) called X3watch. The software maintains a log of questionable websites that a user accesses based on content type, and then sends a report to an "accountability partner" of the person's choosing. Such software can be useful for individuals trying to avoid pornography use.
Podcast and radio
In 2008, the organization launched a video podcast that documents the current campaigns of XXXchurch, which is released every two weeks on XXXchurch.tv and iTunes. It also has several radio public service announcements airing across the US and abroad on various radio stations and syndicated programs such as RadioU, Refuge Radio, Malone University Radio, The Full Armor of God Broadcast and Fuel Radio
- XXXchurch.com has been featured in Time, Playboy, GQ, The Today Show, CNN, Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, The View, Anderson Cooper 360, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and ABC News Nightline.
- The organization's "Porn and Pancakes" event was mentioned on the February 3, 2007 episode of Saturday Night Live during Weekend Update.
- The organization was discussed in an episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit relating to pornography and attempts to do away with it.
- Anti-pornography movement in the United States
- National Feminist Anti-Pornography Movement
- Stop Porn Culture
- Hoolihan, Megan (2011-11-15). "God and Porn: A pastor and a porn star debate to provide diverse discussion". Eagle News (Fort Myers, Florida). Archived from the original on 2013-06-19. Florida Gulf Coast University.
- "The Game Plan". xxxchurch.com. Fireproof Ministries. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-04.
- Kingsbury, Kathleen (2006-05-07). "Saving Souls in the Porn World". Time.
- Bashir, Martin (2008-08-01). "XXXchurch: ABC News Nightline" (Video). Retrieved 2011-05-30.
- Missionary Positions at the Internet Movie Database
- Foster, Mike; Gross, Craig; Stevens, Jarrett (2002). "Faith for the 21st Century, Part 2: XXXCHURCH.COM". willowcreek.com. Willow Creek Association.
Mike and Craig give encouraging words to those who struggle and those who want to do radical things for God. They share what it really means to be a light in a dark place
- Schniper, Matthew (2007-09-13). "XXXtra credit: By venturing into the belly of the beast, Craig Gross earns respect". Colorado Springs Independent.
[We've] had some pretty good endorsements. In the Christian world, Bill Hybels and Rick Warren have given us quotes.
- Wood, Gaby (2006-02-12). "What would Jesus do? Former $2000-a-night stripper Heather Veitch, now a born-again Christian, tells Gaby Wood why she's bringing the gospel to the 'adult industry'". The Observer (Guardian News and Media). Archived from the original on 2014-05-23. Retrieved 2014-09-15.
- Gross, Craig. "Craig Gross". craiggross.com (Blog). Craig Gross. Archived from the original on 2013-11-09. Retrieved 2013-11-09.
- Gross, Craig (2009-03-29). "I'm Addicted to Porn". mtv.com (Video). Viacom International.
- Gross, Craig; Jeremy, Ron (2010-11-15). "The Great Porn Debate". porndebate.com. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
- Gross, Craig; Jeremy, Ron (2008). "Nightline Face-Off: Is America Addicted to Porn?". ABCNews. Archived from the original on 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
- Clark-Flory, Tracy (2013-07-10). "Porn blockers — not just for kids". Salon. Retrieved 2014-09-15.
- "XXXchurch.tv". XXXchurch.tv. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
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- "Christian Rock, Christian Metal, Christian Hard Music". FuelRadio.fm. 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
- By Jason Rovou CNN (2007-04-06). "'Porn & Pancakes' fights X-rated addictions - CNN.com". Edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
- Bashir, Martin (2007-02-02). "The Porn Pastors: XXXChurch.com - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
- "SNL Transcripts: Drew Barrymore: 02/03/07: Weekend Update with Amy Poehler & Seth Meyers". Retrieved 27 September 2014.
- "Penn & Teller: Bullshit extended interview Craig Gross". YouTube. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
- Israelsen-Hartley, Sara (2013-07-08). "XXXchurch reaches out to people 'messed up' by the pornography industry". Deseret News.
- Nye, James (2013-07-29). "How the 'World's Hottest Pornstar' found God at the XXXChurch which campaigns to get sex workers to see the light". Daily Mail (London: Associated Newspapers). Archived from the original on 2013-10-15.
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