Are you curious as to who we are, what we do, and what this XXXchurch is all about? You’re in the right place.
Two decades ago, a young twenty-something youth pastor named Craig Gross had one issue consistently coming before him from his students. They were becoming entrapped by pornography. He and a close friend had this idea to start a ministry to help those consuming pornography but also those producing it.
They launched their ministry at the AVN sex industry trade show in 2002, and the rest is history. Check out this New York Times article. Craig and his wife Jeanette gave two decades of their life helping people through XXXchurch before they confidently handed the reins to Brittni and Rich De La Mora.
Brittni is a former porn star that the original XXXchurch outreach team met while she was still working in the industry. After seven years of telling her Jesus loved her, she finally believed it.
Our team fostered a relationship with her as she began hers with Christ. If you don’t know Brittni’s whole story, then you might be thinking, “What? This woman is now running a ministry?”
Brittni loves Jesus. She has a contagious smile and spirit full of joy. Her husband Rich is a pastor and comes from a family of ministers. He has a compassionate heart and loves to help people find victory in their lives. Together they champion this ministry.
JESUS LOVES PORN STARS
We believe that Jesus meets people where they are. We don’t subscribe to the belief system that God only loves those who live the way we or religion think they should live. We believe that it is when Jesus meets, loves and accepts us where we are, no matter that place that we are transformed by that crazy kind of love. ..
We long to live and love like that. In 2002 our then very small X3team went into the first AVN convention to love on both the consumer and the workers there. This approach was very different from other “religious” organizations present outside of the convention with their posters and megaphones preaching a message of law and hate. Over a decade + later our love is just as strong if not stronger for those inside the walls of the sex industry.
The JLPS tee first debuted in 2004. Our friend Jason Locy created the original art. The message is simple that no matter who you are or what you have done, Jesus loves you. We give out thousands of these shirts every year for free at the porn shows we attend. The shirt is the most popular shirt we have for sale at the X3store as well.
The JLPS Bible debuted in June of 2006 at the Erotica L.A. convention in Los Angeles. We gave out over 3,000 of these Bibles for free in less than 24 hours. The Bible outreach was covered by Time magazine, the LA Times, ABC World News Tonight, and was one of the top stories of 2006 according to the Associated Press. In 2007, we gave out over 15,000 of these Bibles at four different porn shows we attended.
We say it a lot here at XXXchurch. It’s kind of our thing.
But what does it even mean?
Sure, it gets a lot of looks at porn shows, and it generates a lot of disbelieving chuckles, some of them shocked at the audacity of such a statement; some of them wondering whether it might actually be true.
Jesus does love porn stars.
Jesus also loves the porn addict.
And the porn producer.
And the drug user, the alcoholic, the CPA, the nanny, the doctor, the patient.
The person who medicates their pain with a palm full of pills.
And the person who medicates with hours on the treadmill.
The president of a country.
And the president of the PTA.
The outspoken atheist.
And the unspoken believer.
The present and the absent.
The lived-in and the vacant.
The experienced and the virgin.
The one whose life is on display for all to see, who has it all and then some.
And the one whose life is hidden in a corner, who guards their heart against the pain.
The one with all the likes, shares, and retweets.
And the one with all the strikes, scares, and defeats.
Truth be told, no matter who we are, we could all use a little bit of love.
WE MEAN THAT JESUS LOVES YOU
That’s all. That’s everything.
A lot of people want to preach a lot of rules about behavior. They want to tell you that you have to act a certain way or become a certain person in order to follow Jesus.
We say otherwise.
We say that Jesus doesn’t really care about the way you behave. Not at first, anyway. Because we don’t believe Jesus’ love for us—for you—changes based on what we do.
He loves us just because He does.
HE LOVES YOU JUST BECAUSE
He doesn’t want your actions, or your behavior, or your obedience to a long list of rules that other people give you.
He just wants your heart. All of it. The whole thing. And then the rest of it—the lifestyle changes, the behavioral modifications, the thought alterations—all of that will follow. (We can help you with that stuff, too, if you need it.)
So what will you do with Jesus’ love?
Does it make you chuckle uncomfortably? Do you want to shift your eyes around, nervously avoiding His steady gaze?
HE WON’T STOP LOVING YOU. EVER.
How will you respond?
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