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Gross said it has taken time, but many in the porn industry have come to accept the ministry and appreciate its efforts to help those affected by it, including some people who perform or work behind the scenes in adult films.
"They'll actually go, 'This is good because there are people that do have a hard time with this,'" Mahon said.
Donny Pauling was an adult film producer working in the Los Angeles area when he first ran across Gross handing out Bibles at a porn convention. They started talking and then stayed in touch after the show, developing a friendship that culminated in Pauling quitting the industry, giving up a lavish lifestyle and becoming a born-again Christian.
In May at a meeting of area church pastors held at Daybreak Community Church in Hudsonville, about 10 miles southwest of Grand Rapids, Gross and Pauling spoke about pornography and Pauling's decision to get out of the business.
Pauling, whose father was a clergyman, said he lost a large home, expensive cars and a costly boat by giving up his $500,000-per-year job. He now lives in a 250-square-foot efficiency in Redding, Calif., where he makes a living maintaining online sites for automobile dealers.
"None of that matters," he said about losing his largest material possessions. "I'm not saying it's not difficult, though."
Gross has also befriended porn star Ron Jeremy, and together they have held several friendly debates at college campuses and other venues throughout the country.
"Away from porn, Ron is a normal guy who has needs, has feelings, has doubts, has questions," he said.
XXXChurch.com is promoting Oct. 7 as "PornSunday," a day that its pastors hope churches everywhere will use to address the problem of porn addiction in their communities.
"We're trying to get as many churches as we possibly can throughout the nation to talk about this issue on one day," McGinness said.
McGinness, who has been married for more than 10 years and has children ages 8 and 3, said he is not ashamed of talking publicly about his former problem because he hopes to help others by doing so.
"I want other people out there to know there is a way to get away from this."
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