Young Christians highly involved with porn

Thursday, February 4, 2016
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

man using computer in dark roomJosh McDowell says a new study shows the pervasiveness of pornography in the church and among Christians.

The well-known evangelist and apologist commissioned the research by Barna Group. To his disappointment, the statistics proved what he had already feared – pornography has infiltrated the church, especially among young adults.

"Of young adults 18-24 years old, 76 percent actively – and these are Christians – actively seek out porn," he tells OneNewsNow.

Another astonishing statistic shows the skewed perception of morality that many have. He reports that while 52 percent of young Christian adults "would say that not recycling is morally wrong, only 32 percent would say watching pornography is morally wrong."

McDowell tells OneNewsNow young people have a cavalier attitude towards porn.

McDowell

"Of 13- to 24-year-olds, 96 percent would say that when they talk to someone about porn – their friends, which most of them are Christians now – they do it in either a neutral, positive or encouraging way," he says.

The respected Christian speaker recognizes incredible peer pressure plays a role, there is some good news. "The practicing Christian who goes to church and gets good teaching is far less active than anyone else in pursuing, watching and being addicted to pornography, and that's encouraging," he says.

McDowell is putting together what he calls the most comprehensive conference for Christian leaders about Internet pornography. Called "Set Free Summit," it will take place in April in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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