Grand Rapids - A Grand Rapids video store that rented x-rated movies has a new "best" customer. The Tabernacle Community Church in Alger Heights.
The three pastors recently purchased 200 videos in hopes of keeping the DVD's off the streets. The move came shortly after the video store decided to go "porn-free".
Dan Fochtman, the General Manager of Video Maste,r says adult videos were a third of their business. He says he had some devoted customers, but others in the community, complained about the adult video section. "We knew it was a conservative neighborhood. We got the vibe by the neighborhood coming in here."
Fochtman says he had to make a moral decision. He got rid of the adult video section and started selling off the inventory. When the church next door heard about what was going on, they wanted to help. They offered to buy the videos.
Pastor Marvin Williams says, "He(Fochtman) was a bit unsure. Not so sure about that because he didn't want the church money to be invested in something like that." But, Pastor Williams says the church didn't want the videos to end up in someone else's hands.
"We're taking a stand. As a faith community. We've seen how destructive it can be."
The church went out and bought an industrial shredder. On Sunday, they will destroy the DVD's. "We believe this is one of the ways we can help men as well as women become better Christ followers."
The church also believes that by getting rid of the videos, the community will respond and do business with the store. From now on, they will only sell movies rated “G” through “R”.
Fochtman says he's hoping for the best. "We've been getting a lot of vocal support from the community and business around here so, this is a quaint neighborhood. It feels a lot better."
The Tabernacle Community Church will destroy the videos at their 10 Am service on Sunday. They purchased the pornographic videos for 10-dollars each.