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From porn star to Christian to pastor


Crystal Bassette and her husband Credit: YouTube capture -- This Morning show

Crystal Bassette and her husband Credit: YouTube capture — This Morning show

It’s a story that is sure to turn some heads.

When she was 21 years old, Crystal Bassette performed in her first porn video. According to the British Newspaper, The Sun, after the shoot she sat in her shower and cried for two hours.

She was supporting a son after becoming pregnant at age 16 and was working in a California bar with dreams of becoming an actress.

And though initially uncertain about continuing, the draw of a monthly salary of $25,000 proved too much and a month later she did her second porn shoot. Over the next several years, she would make over 100 porn movies.

With the money the lifestyle provided, she lived in a mansion complete with a maid, a gardener and seven cars, but to cope Bassette turned to alcohol and drugs.

But that all changed in 2014 when she had a serious car accident where police charged her with impaired driving. After the crash, Bassette attended her sister’s church on Easter Sunday and became a Christian after the pastor preached a sermon aimed directly at her — or so she felt.

But even after becoming a Christian, contractual obligations required her to do two more porn shoots before she was able to completely break free.

As she read the Bible, Crystal believed the Spirit of Jezebel had been the force manipulating her into the porn industry.

Crystal pushed through, met her husband, attended a pastoral training school and today they pastor New Beginnings Christian Life in Fulton, New York.

Down through the centuries many Christians have thought Mary Magellan came from a similar background working as a prostitute.

However, there is no conclusive evidence she was. What we do know is that Jesus delivered her from seven demons, a fact attested by both Luke and Mark (Luke 8:1-3; Mark 16:9).

Luke says that Mary, along with other women, were providing financial support to Jesus’ disciples and because of this some linked her to the unnamed prostitute who poured expensive perfume over Jesus’ feet in Luke 7:36-50.

But despite any clear connection, Pope Gregory I named her as this prostitute in a sermon preached in 591 AD and the reputation stuck.

Whether she is or isn’t, Mary plays a very prominent role in Jesus ministry and the Gospel writers mention her more times than many of the lesser apostles.

She is mentioned by name as being a witness to Christ’s crucifixion (Mark 15:40; Matthew 27:56). She was also involved in Christ’s burial where she along with Mary the mother of Jesus and Salome anointed Jesus’ body with spices in the tomb (Mark 16:1). Again through this act some see a connection with the unnamed prostitute who anointed Jesus’ feet.

She is also mentioned as one of the first to witness the empty tomb (John 20:1) and was the first person to see the resurrected Christ (John 20:16; Mark 16:9).

And curiously, it was Easter Sunday, that Crystal’s journey from porn star to Christian first started.

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