Explosion of loneliness, porn addiction imminent after COVID: McDowell

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

man using computer in dark roomA well-known Christian author and apologist is sending a dire warning out to the Church amidst the coronavirus pandemic – not for its physical health, but for its spiritual and mental health.

Josh McDowell is exhorting church leaders to prepare for an “avalanche” of new issues to flood their ministries as the number of COVID-19 cases appears to be diminishing in the United States, which is triggering local, state, and federal governments to start reopening in the coming days. Among those issues, says the evangelist, is “exploding loneliness and porn addiction” that becomes much more prevalent with many living in isolation.

With more than a half-century of research under his belt, McDowell knows what to expect coming out of a crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic. Through his just-released online document “What Comes Next?,” he provides an outline of challenges that the Body of Christ – including churches, church organizations and individuals – are expected to face as the outbreak begins to wind down.

The ministry founder and president understands that the government’s tactics to stem the virus – including lockdowns, quarantines and social distancing – are taking a toll on the mental, emotional and spiritual health of the Church.

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"Since before the pandemic, pornography addiction and loneliness were the top issues facing the Church, and now they are exploding," McDowell proclaims in a press release. "Isolation caused by the COVID-19 lockdown has only exacerbated loneliness, pornography, anxiety, depression and other mental health problems."

With more than 1 million coronavirus cases and with the death toll in the U.S. rising to 57,000 – nearly 10,000 more deaths than the number of American soldiers killed in the 20-year Vietnam War – the bestselling Christian author knows pastors have to be ready to answer some weighty questions.

"The Church will need to be ready to address issues relating to God, and why He would allow such devastation," he urges.

Summing up the effects of COVID-19 over the past weeks, McDowell compiled a comprehensive 55-page research paper, “Ten Challenges Facing the Church,” which details critical trials Christians must face before advancing in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ in the next five years.

"Our global society has created a complex and destructive scenario and environment that all Christians face in their everyday life – including within the Church in every culture of the world," McDowell asserts.

He anticipates an elevated interest in spirituality following the coronavirus pandemic, but warns that this gravitation won’t necessarily be toward the God of the Bible, and that Christians must be prepared to give an answer to seekers.

"During this crisis and in all circumstances, we remain committed to pointing others to the hope found in Jesus,” the international speaker vows. “That's our calling and privilege as believers, and we must make every effort to offer others hope that only He can provide."

McDowell has written or co-authored more than 150 books, some in 128 languages, and addressed more than 46 million people in 140 countries.

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