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XXX Church reaches out to those suffering from porn addiction

To help many who struggle with porn addiction, XXX Church has claimed to offer genuine freedom from porn.

Pastor Craig Gross invited those addicted to pornography to join his church's "My Pilgrimage" experience in order to attain true freedom and peace. He promised this experience would win over any skeptics just like him.

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"I believe it because the people who have been given the chance to go through the My Pilgrimage experience with one another have actually discovered a freedom they never have before," wrote Pastor Gross on Aug. 17. "They've actually found a freedom that they can feel. A peace that certainly surpasses this skeptic's understanding – and yet there it is:peace."

The pastor shared that he received a letter from a friend the previous day who asked him whether "it is possible to be free from addiction to pornography anymore or if we're just selling false hopes and future failures under the guise that freedom is actually real."

He said the sentiment sounded harsh, yet, it made sense to him as he's witnessed marriages and lives falling apart as well as people losing hope, giving up and drowning in self-hatred just because they failed to overcome this strong temptation.

He also acknowledged that many offer hope just to earn a quick buck from it. Yet Pastor Gross insisted that "My Pilgrimage" experience would set free all those trapped in the bonds of porn addiction.

While renowned preacher Billy Graham did not offer any program like Pastor Gross did, Graham instructed a husband, who claimed to be secretly addicted to porn, to fervently resist the temptation through the help of Jesus.

Graham's instructions included staying away from places or things that lead the temptation, turning to Jesus by confessing one's sins and asking for His forgiveness and strength to overcome temptation.

While Graham advised resisting, megachurch Pastor Rick Warren said one should give in and not make things worse by resisting.

"The key to changing a habit is not to resist it, but to replace it," the New York Times best-selling author of "The Purpose Driven Life" told Oprah Winfrey on "Oprah's Lifeclass."

Pastor Warren continued, "Not to resist, but refocus ... Listen, here's a pastor telling you this: Do not resist temptation."

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