San Diego Churches(This is an article written for my weekly San Diego Reader column on spirituality and places of worship.)

Wally the Wiener, a 15-foot inflatable penis, stands erect behind XXXchurch’s “Erotica LA” booth. Wally is just one of XXXchurch’s attempts to get attention from the 40,000 pornography fans and stars at the convention. “We have to use outrageous methods to get people to pay attention,” said Craig Gross, a pastor, and one of the founders of XXXchurch. In 2002, Pastor Gross and Pastor Mike Foster founded XXXchurch to create porn awareness, accountability, and recovery to people inside and outside the church.

Pastors Foster and Gross have received a lot of attention because of their involvement in the pornography industry. “At the Erotica show, people are wondering why two pastors are here,” said Gross. “But this is exactly the place Jesus would go. He wouldn’t stand outside picketing the porn industry. He would want to meet these people individually.” This year, XXXchurch’s booth gave “Jesus Loves Porn Stars” T-shirts to porn stars. “We handed out 245 free T-shirts. This is a way for us to plant seeds with porn stars and help them get out of the industry,” said Gross. “We stay in contact with many of the porn stars to keep a dialogue going.” Last month, Trinity James was the first porn star to leave the industry through this campaign. “Trinity was living in Las Vegas and has been doing porn and legalized prostitution for four years. She realized that this is not something she can do any longer.” XXXchurch raised $14,400 to assist James’s transition, which included the cost of the move to Indiana and tuition to cosmetology school. Gross said he hopes this is the first example of many porn stars’ exodus out of the industry.

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  • michael

    July 11, 2008, 12:31 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the XXX church is Ron Jeremeys creation and He financed it…like big tobacco has anti smoking campaigns…
    even the 700 club is in on this supporting XXXchurch
    I rebuked Pat Roberson for supporting this evil…! he is wicked!

    on 700 club..

    Imagine showing up to church next sunday and finding a 30 foot high erect phallus on top of your church or in the church parking lot announcing a sermon series on Pornography. “Absurd and ridiculous”, you say. “No Christian Church or Ministry would ever resort to something as shameful as a giant phallus”, you say. Sadly, you’d be wrong. (Warning: Explicit Link)
    According to Wally’s Website:
    Mike and Craig of XXXchurch dreamed up the idea of Wally one afternoon in sunny southern California. XXXchurch exists to bring awareness, openness, accountability and recovery to the church, society and individuals in the issues of pornography and to begin to provide solutions through non-judgmental and creative means.

    the “way of the master” is against XXX church’s dragging the church down and making it look bad, there is a blog on the way of the master,, radio where they say XXX church is real wrong..they show a video of XXXchurch’s porn puppet and a porn producer Ron Jeremy telling children at a grocery store porn is not for children but is for adults,,, this is abomination check it out..

  • miguel

    October 21, 2008, 1:04 pm

    i just have a question…i don’t mean to come here and disrespect anyone nor to offend anyone. please take this lightly…but for the last couple of months, xxxchurch has helped me out of my porn addiction. now i know they are not perfect, neither are we, but through all the help they gave me i no longer have an addiction. It was all God, do not get me wrong, but they just showed me the way in a very different way. now saying this, does this mean what they helped me with is evil? i was reading michael’s comments here about them evil, and started questioning myself because you know they helped me out. So am i evil? I mean i can totally walk in freedom because they helped me out…i was just curious with this. Hope to hear from you all soon, blessings 🙂


  • INFO

    November 15, 2008, 11:36 pm

    Any church that is of the world or doing that which is
    of the world is NOT a Christian church!
    xxxchurch is doing that which is of the world in order to gain attention which IS NOT what Jesus did.
    I find it very disturbing. The t-shirts they promote are
    also that of the world and look just like everything that
    a church should not stand for. This church really needs
    to take a step back and realize this is not the way of
    GOD to be as those that deny GODS word.
    Remember not all churches are that of GODS.
    There is only 1 truth and to compromise that truth is
    a lie no matter how you try to bend it.

  • Steven

    April 11, 2010, 2:49 pm

    Though people often want others to be delivered from things such as the porn industry miguel the xxxchurch aim is not to bring true deliverance. He uses the statement JESUS would go in to get the Porn stars. No he would not, in scripture it says Jesus ate with sinners, but he did not pursue going to their functions. He went out and about speaking the word and bringing miracles and sinners were drawn to him.
    Jesus said if I be lifted up I will draw all men unto me. Not if you take antics and inflatable sex things (which is far from biblical key note is to be biblical as in line with God’s word) then people will come.

    We have this mentality in this country and its very sick and a sick way to think that we need to be like the world to draw the world. Let me tell you something over 200 times Jesus mentions hell and damnation over 200 times, and he got great results because he not only spoke of that but he spoke of salvation well over 200 times as well. The point is delieverance by the power of JESUS his spirit, his Holy Ghost.

    Jesus said, “Apart from me ye can do nothing” and trust me when I say their church is all antics and awareness like “AA” for alcoholics etc. No true deliverance is at that church. Why do I say that? Though people stop looking at porn they still look at porn. Why because they are around those places where porn is blown-up and made popular trying to spread it in the middle of the mix. So they still get porn in their mind because now they meet the porn stars along with what they watched at one time. Where’s the deliverance? Deliverance isn’t meant for you to stay around them as a ministry its meant to get them free through the ministry.

    I use to think this church was okay until I learned more and more about the bible and God actually delivered me from “porn” as in no more porn not by antics cause I tried theirs and it lasted a little bit but by his Spirit was I truly delivered as in don’t want it no more its not apart of my life and I’m fine with that and it did not take antics it took the Holy Ghost which ain’t preached no more they teach Holy Ghost as the lesser but JESUS said the Holy Ghost would give you the power to live above sin.

    I pray these guys get into the true church baptized in the name of JESUS Christ upon repentance because they are a laughing stock to the devil and his kingdom. New things aren’t always new things sometimes they’re old things with new faces. Trust this has probably been tried before.

  • Steven

    April 11, 2010, 2:51 pm

    The way of the Master is no better, Michael because they themselves cut the work of the spirit out and try to put themselves in the delivering position. I’ve heard their witnessing and commentaries and so-called teaching and all they do is portray Jesus as though his spirit; his true spirit were not necessary. People are getting tired of them too. I pray they all get for real.