This week I met a good friend and trusted advisor, Josh Griffin for coffee and we had an amazing hour together. I’m unique in that one of the mentors in my life, is younger than me but I can’t begin to tell you how much he has guided me on the path of working with students. One of the things we talked about was major issues facing students today. In my opinion pornography and pornography addictions are right up there with spiritual emptiness. If those of us in the trenches don’t address this issue with students and if we try to pretend it’s not there, it will keep getting worse and more teens are going to suffer. If you’re a female leader of a girl’s group please don’t stop reading here, girls are getting addicted to porn too!
If you don’t know who Craig Gross is…you should. He’s the founder of XXX Church.com. Recently Josh sat down with Craig and asked him five questions. Here’s a tease of the post here. You can find the entire post here. Please read this carefuly…it might make a huge difference in a student’s life if you do.
As a young pastor in Southern California, Craig Gross began to notice a recurring theme among those he cared for – a struggle with pornography. Boldly and courageously, he decided to address the root of the problem, so he went to the porn industry to ask some questions. This passion led him to start XXXChurch.com a website devoted to telling the truth about porn. It now has had over 70 million visitors to the website and almost a half of million people using X3Watch Accountability Software.
1) what are you most proud of in your work with the church and sexuality/pornography?
I am most proud that we have taken an issue that was silent in the church but widespread and in the 10 years we have been doing this we have seen openness to talk about this issue now like I never would have imagined. I find myself speaking at different churches each weekend in different parts of the country that I always ask myself.. are we sure this is the right place? Along the journey, I have met a lot of people that tell me they are accountable now using our software. It’s not about the software, it is about the relationships that I believe are changed and challenged because of this conversation and that means a lot to know that we have 1 million people now using our accountability software.