Retired porn star Ron Jeremy found himself at an unusual place this past Sunday: Daybreak Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. Jeremy, who is one of the nation’s most well-known adult stars, wasn’t in the audience, though. Instead, he spoke to the 2,000 people in attendance from the pulpit.

His message? That “a lot of porn stars believe in God.” Rather than being out-of-control heathens without any regard for the Almighty, Jeremy, who has acted in more than 2,000 porn films, said that the “majority” of adult stars embrace God.

WZZM-TV has more about the controversial appearance:

“I don’t think it’s a problem having my kind of lifestyle as long as you’re honest,” he told the congregation. ”We’re not robots. “We don’t just play ‘hide the bacon’ and then go home and believe in atheism.”

Jeremy was invited to the church to speak alongside Pastor Craig Gross, a faith leader who runs XXXChurch.com. Gross’ ministry works to help Christians overcome pornography addiction. The rationale behind Jeremy’s appearance was that he has the ability to bring people to church who wouldn’t otherwise attended, WZZM-TV reported. The community was, naturally, divided about whether having him attend was a viable idea.

Goss has also ignited controversy in the past for working with Jeremy on an advertising campaign to better educate parents about the dangers of internet pornography. Below, see one of the ads produced back in 2011:

Today, Jeremy, though still referred to as a “porn star,” is retired from the industry. However, he still believes wholeheartedly in recreational sex. Among the other comments he made at Daybreak Church, the star admitted that pornography can harm families and that he only believes people who are happy and healthy should partake in it.

Jeremy framed the divide between himself and many evangelical Christians as hinging upon divergent views on pre-marital sex, The Huffington Post reports.

“The Lord is fine with marriage. We all agree on that,” he told the audience. “But where we differ is that I believe in recreational sex, and the religious folks don’t.”