Bizarre: Church attempts to support sexual purity via Pancakes and Porn meeting

Bizarre: Church attempts to support sexual purity via Pancakes and Porn meeting

Yes, I’ve made it to my 40s still a virgin and the secret was pancakes. Yes, I ate lots and lots of pancakes. Not. WTH is up with this?

(Link): Porn And Pancakes

    FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST
    Saturday, June 8, 8:00 a.m.
    West Auditorium

    Men, you’re invited to come to this free pancake breakfast and learn how to gain victory in the area of personal purity. We are hosting Craig Gross, Pastor of XXX Church, who has a ministry that helps equip men all over our country to win the battle against pornography.

    Dads, you’re encouraged to bring your sons age 11 and up so they can be equipped to win the battle as well. Pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide, and its use has become epidemic in our culture. Learn how to safeguard your home and your life from its devastating effects.

    The free pancake breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m. and seating is limited so be sure to come early.

    Even if purity is not a personal struggle for you, come be a part of helping all of our men walk in purity and learn how you can help others in this battle!

(Link): ‘Porn & Pancakes’ fights X-rated addictions

    Apr 2007

    Every second, approximately 28,258 Internet users are viewing pornography
    • Breakfast event helps men discuss how pornography affects their lives
    • Craig Gross founded XXXChurch.com to battle against porn industry
    • A Kentucky organization uses biblical counseling to break addictions

    By Jason Rovou

    MORTON, Illinois (CNN) — At 8 o’clock on a recent Saturday morning, more than 250 men gathered at New Life Christian Church in Morton, Illinois, for a breakfast of porn and pancakes.

    The event, not as titillating as it sounds, is the brainchild of Craig Gross, founder of the online Christian ministry, XXXChurch.com. Gross concocted the idea of “Porn & Pancakes” as a way to get Christians and church officials to talk about pornography addiction.

    It’s a problem, he said, that is growing, among Christian communities.

    Over the smell of maple syrup and sausage, Gross and other guest speakers — including a former producer of pornography — talk to the men about how pornography negatively affects their lives, including relationships with their families and with God. The men who come to hear them speak want to make sure they don’t develop a problem themselves.

    “A lot of people think Christians sure don’t struggle with this,” Gross said. “The stats don’t lie: Christians are consuming pornography. And to me, it’s not a surprise.”

    … ‘Jesus Loves Porn Stars’

    Gross started his ministry to spark discussion on a topic he found to be largely ignored within religious circles. The breakfast meetings are just part of that ministry.

    His organization attends adult industry conventions, handing out bibles to pornography fans and workers that read “Jesus Loves Porn Stars.” Gross travels the country having friendly debates on college campuses with iconic porn star Ron Jeremy on the effects of pornography. And XXXChurch.com also offers free accountability software, which Gross says has been downloaded by 300,000 people. It works by sending reports to a couple of trusted persons — a friend, a wife, a pastor — about which Web sites have been visited.

    While Gross’ ministry tries to prevent Christians from developing a problem, other organizations cater to those who say they have nowhere else to turn.

(Link): Porn and pancakes, a meal educating about porn dangers

    The Salvation Army is hosting a “Porn and Pancakes” breakfast seminar after many years learning about the pornography industry’s effect on families, marriage and children.

    Captain Patrick Gesner, a Salvation Army minister, works closely with families who have been damaged by internet porn addiction.

    “I think there is not any pastor in America who has not run into the issue of pornography affecting a married couple or children,” said Captain Gresner. “The culture in America is very over sexualized, from movies, art, TV.”

    He has seen many couples lose their marriage because of the easy accessibility to porn. One of them was his friend.

    “He had a testimony that he gave about how pornography had wrecked his life,” said Gresner. “A pastor’s son, he grew up in the church all his life. So we sometimes think if you’ve grown up in the church it won’t affect him but he gave a heart wrenching testimony about how it affected him.”