From Pornographer to Family Media: A Web Developer’s Conversion
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By Patrick B. Craine
June 28, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The former owner of a multi-million dollar pornography business is now sharing his testimony about how he left the industry and found faith in Christ, and how he is now using his skills to advance God’s glory through Christian, family-friendly media.
Jeff Myers, whose porn sites had hosted millions of images and thousands of hours of video, shared his story on The 700 Club, a live program for the Christian Broadcasting Network. “My life was a disaster. I was a drug-addicted, alcoholic pornographer that ruined millions of lives,” he told The 700 Club. “[God]’s taken my life and turned it around. He loves me in spite of my mess.”
It all began in his 30s, he said, when he began frequenting strip clubs more, which eventually led to a divorce. “My soul was sterile; it was dead. I really had no conscience whatsoever," he said. "It was all about me. It was about making as much money as I could possibly make."
Myers said that he first got involved in pornography after he was asked by an exotic dancer to help her start a porn site. "I’m thinking in the back of my head, 'Well, I could do that,' and so I did,” he said. “The first week we did $6,000 in sales, and I was instantly hooked. Within a year I had 19 web sites. We were doing sales of $30,000 to $40,000 a month for our sites. In two years I sold my whole program for 2.5 million."
Myers continued producing pornography for three more years and started taking ecstasy. "It was about a 150 hours a week of drug-induced fake happiness that is as far from real as you can get,” he said. “I knew I was destroying lives at this point. It caught up to me mentally that what I was doing was just disastrous, not only just for the models that worked for me, but for people in general. I knew something was going to have to give, but I stuck to it, and this drug kept me happy. As much as I had people around me, I was so completely alone. I had many nights just by myself just alone."