Tuesday, June 27, 2006

JESUS AT A PORN CONVENTION?

This past weekend there was the annual erotica convention in Los Angeles California. An incredible cess pool of products, events and people promoting the tragic pornographic industry. At this same event, in fact having a booth in the exhibit area was Pastor Craig Gross who runs an anti-pornography ministry. He was handing out Bibles with covers that said, "Jesus love porn stars". He believes that Jesus would attend these conventions, from the wires;

"I believe Jesus, he'd be in the show with us," Gross said. "He'd be mixing it up with these people. 'Cause he doesn't look at them as porn stars, or porn producers. He looks at us as all the same."

I appreciate this brothers desire to see people come to the Lord. I think it is an admirable zeal but I also wonder if it is misplaced. While I agree that Jesus would speak to prostitutes and people in the porn industry, I do not believe He would attend a porn convention, or condone having a booth there. I also do not believe that a Bible with the title Jesus loves porn stars is a good idea. I believe that this pastor is an example of an evangelical church that is culture driven and not driven by the Word of God. We are instructed to flee from such things as porn conventions not give our money to them to have a booth with the hope someone will be saved.

God is the one who saves and His call to us is to go into all the world with the gospel, but that does not mean exposing ourselves to celebrations of sin. I have to wonder and pray for this pastor as it occurs to me that he is at great risk playing with fire in this "ministry". With his theory there is nothing wrong with going into a strip bar to hand out tracks. Our job is to be salt, living for the glory of God, so that the world will see us and be thirsty for what we have. Whether we eat or drink whatsoever we do is to be for the glory of God. But does that mean this? So again, I admire his zeal, but believe it is misplaced and feel he is in need of our prayers for protection.

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pastor tom