April 3, 2006
LOS ANGELES – The American Bible Society is refusing to print New Testaments with covers that say “Jesus Loves Porn Stars.”
California pastors Mike Foster and Craig Gross, whose anti-porn ministry is called www.xxxchurch.com, had ordered 10,000 of the customized Bibles to hand out at adult film conventions.
But the edgy cover led the publisher to cancel the paid order. The American Bible Society said that while it appreciates the pastors” mission, the words “Jesus Loves Porn Stars” are “misleading and inappropriate for a New Testament.” In a statement released on the Web site, the pastors said that they believe the publisher is wrong.
“We think this goes with the central message of the gospel and Jesus loves you regardless of your profession,” the statement read. “This is not about shock tactics, this is about trying to get the word of God to places most say would be impossible but we have found a way to do it.”
The pastors said they are confident the Bible will be printed, saying someone will step up and help in the effort.
The American Bible Society might want to consult Corinthians 5:8-10.
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