Explorations Films, Faith-Based Film Distributor, Drops Joshua Harris Documentary After His Decision to Leave Christianity

Joshua Harris speaks with Jessica Van Der Wyngaard, the director of “I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye.” | Courtesy of DOCS-ology/I Survived IKDG

A film distributor that specializes in family and faith-based movies announced that they are dropping the Joshua Harris documentary “I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye” following the best-selling author’s public decision to leave Christianity.

Explorations Films, which had been distributing the Harris film, made the announcement on Monday, with spokesman Stephen Penn citing a “lack of transparency from Josh.”

“Unfortunately, Josh did not tip off his film team partners of these surprising changes before his public post—nor how this would change our company’s distribution efforts of the film he had worked with us on to promote,” stated Penn.

“Personally, we still wish Josh the best. We know he is searching for answers … But due to the lack of transparency from Josh, we have no other choice but to halt promotion of the film. Hundreds of DVD’s have already been returned as a result of his statements.”

Penn went on to note that Harris’ current views on Christianity “counteracts his authority to speak on how Christians should approach relationships.”

“Discussions of this nature happen throughout the film, and the former pastor’s public statements on marriage and especially Christianity undermine key parts of the film. It puts our team in an awkward position to promote it,” he added.

A former pastor, Harris wrote the best-selling 1997 book I Kissed Dating Goodbye, which rejected traditional courtship and argued that it was sinful to engage in any physical intimacy before marriage.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski