Local church plans porn weekend

Feb 7, 2011, 2:34 AM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:46 pm

An Eastside church says it’s “pulling America’s dirty little secret out from under the mattress” with a full weekend dedicated to discussing pornography.

HasselbeckYesterday was “National Porn Sunday” with about 350 churches nationwide dedicating their sermons to discussing the evils of the porn industry. Several NFL players talked about pornography in a 38 minute video on the subject, including the Seahawk’s Matt Hasselbeck.

“If that guy can fall or stumble, and that marriage can crumble [because of pornography], you gotta really put up safeguards in your own life and in your own marriage,” Hasselbeck says.

Along with Hasselbeck, the video featured Jon Kitna, Eric Boles, Josh McCown and others talking about pornography.

“I can speak to some things first hand that I’ve been going through,” he says. “So many marriages of our friends that are ending up in divorce, you look back to the pattern. You see this disconnect where a husband and wife aren’t being transparent about things and husbands have secrets.”

Hasselbeck says his advice to all of his friends is “don’t let it go there” because it’s so hard to get trust back into a marriage after it spirals out of control from dishonesty, pornography, lust and other temptations.

Next month EastLake Community Church in Bothell plans to bring the issue front and center again with a debate over pornography featuring Craig Gross, pastor of XXX Church which created yesterday’s event, and Ron Jeremy. Name sound familiar? Jeremy has appeared in over 2,000 adult films. Could be an interesting discussion to hear both sides talk about the adult industry and the effects it has on people.

It’s a big business too. The porn industry accounts for over $90 billion a year worldwide and there are over 25 million porn sites circulating the web.

“The American church doesn’t need the “sex talk” it needs “the porn talk,” says pastor Craig Gross. “We have to respond to this devastating problem. We are sick of watching people lose everything to porn.”

Their porn discussion event is the first weekend in March. Ladies will discuss together at a “porn and pastries” event Friday night, and a “porn in the morn” event will be a venue for the guys on Saturday. The actual debate is open to the public and will be held on the evening of the 5th.

“At Eastlake, we recognize there are many people in our community struggling with porn addiction who don’t have anywhere to turn for help. The result is destroying marriages and families,” says Ryan Meeks, pastor of Eastlake Community Church. We want to be a place of hope and healing for people, providing resources to protect families and help people break the bonds of addiction.”

Meeks admits his church might be “rocking the boat” with the atypical discussion. “EastLake is certainly taking a stand against the idea that church is boring,” he says.

 

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