The executions of Christians by ISIS in the Middle East and religious liberty issues in the United States may concern believers, but one Christian leader said there is something far more threatening to faith in America.
It’s pornography, according to Christian apologist Josh McDowell. McDowell talked about the rise of porn in an podcast interview on The Church Boys.
McDowell said the fate of this country’s faith is dependent on pastors and their reaction to this topic.
“If pastors don’t wake up and Christian leaders…[and] do something – and I mean radical, then the devastating consequences [for] our children will be upon the shoulders and conscience of those pastors,” he said.
McDowell said porn has been given more exposure in the United States because of new technology. He warned that porn addiction will get worse as virtual reality products gain momentum in the marketplace. He said that virtual reality will give rise to more porn use and subsequent addiction.
“We haven’t seen anything yet,” McDowell said.
The apologist said he began to notice a rift in society several years ago, but didn’t know what was causing it. All he could see is that the rift was “effecting belief systems [and] behaviors.”
“Normally I can pin it right away,” McDowell said, adding that he couldn’t figure this out. “So, I started studying. Oh, did I have a wide awakening: it was pervasive Internet pornography.”
McDowell began a study on the issue and wrote a report revealing some troubling trends. More young people are looking at porn more often, with many adults viewing it first before hitting their teenage years. Christian ministry is affected also, with 14 percent of pastors and 21 percent of youth pastors admitting in the study they struggle with it.
McDowell is coordinating the “Set Free Summit,” a four-day session in April which will attempt to address the problem of pornography.