XXX ‘Church’ Is Back in the News

XXX Church BibleThe XXX ‘Church’ is back in the News this week. I wrote a series of posts on the XXX ‘Church’ last summer and questioned the wisdom of attending porn conventions in order to do evangelism.

On Wednesday, Dr. Albert Mohler raised the same question about the XXX ‘Church’s’ ministry methods at this summer’s erotica convention in Los Angeles. On the program, Dr. Mohler said, “I can tell you, I don’t think I could be at this convention without sin. Think I can pretty much promise you that” (source).

Dr. Mohler will discuss the XXX ‘Church’ on ABC News tomorrow evening, Sunday, June 25. The topic will be the XXX ‘Church’s’ effort to distribute Bibles at the porn convention that say “Jesus Loves Porn Stars” on the cover (see picture above).

There has been some controversy already about this Bible because the American Bible Society refused to print them for the XXX ‘Church’ (see story). But NavPress subsequently agreed to print the Bibles (see story in TIME), and they have been distributed at the convention.

For my view on the XXX Church’s ministry, please see my previous posts.

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9 thoughts on “XXX ‘Church’ Is Back in the News”

  1. Wow. This is the first time I have heard of all this. That would be a challenging ministry. I agree that I would not recommend coming close to one of those conventions. Maybe hanging around a local Ihop or hotel dinery or something might be a good place for a contact point. Someone who would go into one of those conventions cold turkey evangelism is either naive or has another agenda…know what I mean?

  2. Al asked in his interview, “would you pass out Bibles at a porn convention?” What a terrible question. I wish I could. I wish I had trained myself and developed a taste for the sweetness of God in such away where porn would ONLY repulse me. Of course I would… if I could. I don’t know why Christians wouldn’t IF they could resist the temptation.

    If you listen to the interview and get a little informed about who these people are and what they do, in no way do you get the impression that this is just some stunt. They are really serious about helping people defeat their addiction to porn and sharing the love of Christ.

    I think Mohler’s comments and reasoning are silly. For example, he said that he would have difficultly buying booth space at this convention, implying that supporting such an event with our funds could be wrong. Do you know how much crap we put our money to on a daily basis? Do you know how many products we buy where the profit goes to people who value and treasue everything God abhors?

    Rather than praying and lifting up these people, Mohler and others simply want to contemplate whether it is a “step too far” or not. Just because Mohler (and me) can’t minister in this environment doesn’t mean others can’t. May God bless them and supply an abundance of grace to them.

  3. Brian W,

    Good points all the way around. Could it be that these guys are genuinely concerned about these people’s eternal destination so much that they go to them and do their best to send a shocking message of grace? Hmmmmm… that almost sounds Biblical.

    I really believe that there are many Christians who would be frustrated with Jesus for sparing the adultrous woman from the stoning of the pharisees. My only concern with these guys would be, are they communicating the message of “go and sin no more”?

    All I can say is that if their motives are to bring the good news to a group of people who desperately need it (and I have no reason to believe that is not their motive), go for it. These guys might need to be rewarded rather than criticized.

  4. Steve,

    I think Christian love moves us to give brothers and sisters the benefit of the doubt in these kinds of situations. Ultimately, we don’t know exactly how well xxxchurch.com will do. But for brothers and sisters who demonstrate shared beliefs and convictions and who have also displayed solid motivations and past effectiveness, it’s beyond me that the first response from others in the family of God is criticism… in the press no less! What a terrible example we giving. Rather than putting them on his radio show, if Mohler is that concerned, why wouldn’t he address them one-on-one and leave it at that? Instead, he brings him on his radio show for the world to hear his criticism (nobody can listen to Mohler in that program without getting the obvious position that he had already made up his mind on the issue and was very cynical).

  5. Denny,

    I did listen for myself. And while he did affirm and believe their intentions are good, I hardly consider his candor generous. What you heard as cordial, I heard as civil with an edge of arrangance and cynicism.

    But again, if this is his concern, why would he confront his brother on the radio? Why not in private where the added pressure isn’t there? Also, why go on ABC and give them the soundbites to paint Christian against Christian?

  6. My question would be, did the guys from xxxchurch ask Mohler for his opinion on the wisdom of their actions. Do they have an accountability relationship with him? Why is he so interested in the wisdom of their actions? Why are any of us?

    Is it just so we can shake our fingers and furrow our brows at them while we wonder if those boys are being wise in their faith? Is it so that we can feel authoritative and wise? Why aren’t you writing blog entries on whether or not I am wise by raising my kids the way I do?

    If these guys screw up and make a mockery of the faith by having some overnight porn fest, criticize away. Until then, they seem to be the only people putting Bibles in the hands of those in the porn industry. Mohler wonders aloud “what people think when they see that cover?” My response would be “Probably not the same thing as the president of Southern Baptist Seminary.” What does he want them to do, pass out leather bound Bibles? Is Mohler now telling us that those are the only “real” Bibles that you can pass out to porn stars?

    Look, Mohler has a great ministry, but I doubt he’s reaching too many porn stars in his seminary classes, or on his radio show. He’s probably only reaching drooling students who hang on his every word, and conservative minded folks who are prone to tune in. Let’s face it, those of us who live in the Seminary/Church world probably have rare opportunities to run into heathens and impact them for Christ on a regular basis. We leave that to those wacky XXXchurch guys, and those like them. We’re much more Godly than that. We prefer to stay where it’s nice and clean and lob Holy Ghost grenades at the rest of those crazy “Christians.” After all, they’re not very wise.

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