My guest on “The Enrichment Hour” for Thursday, February 11th, is noted Christian evangelist and humanitarian, Josh McDowell, founder of Josh McDowell Ministry. Showtime is 7 PM Eastern; 6 PM Central; 5 PM Mountain; and 4 PM Pacific. To listen live, go to: www.WSRadio(dot)com, and click on STUDIO B/Live at the designated time zone hour. (The show will also be permanently archived on The Enrichment Hour page at WSRadio(dot)com).
Josh McDowell Ministry’s website is at: www.josh (dot)org. Josh has written or co-authored over 145 books in over 100 languages, including, “New Evidence That Demands A Verdict” – named one of the 20th Century’s top 40 books and one of the thirteen most influential books on Christian thought in the last 50 years by World Magazine.
Josh is embarked on a campaign to raise awareness about the negative impact of pornography on the Church and our entire culture. He says, “Pornography violates all relational values between the individual and self, the individual and society, the unity of our families and our moral fabric and fiber as a nation.” Josh says that “when we objectify and demean life by removing the sanctity of the human person, our future is at risk,” adding that “nothing erodes a person’s faith faster than Internet pornography.”
For these reasons, Josh McDowell Ministry commissioned a respected research organization, The Barna Group, to conduct a ground breaking study and survey that has revealed the pernicious nature of pornography’s impact on the American population and the Church. These results are particularly evident among teens and young adults – and even among pastors. The findings reveal that more teens and young adults – 56 percent – believe that not recycling is “usually or always wrong” as opposed to 32 percent who say the same about viewing porn – showing that young people view not recycling as more immoral than consuming adult entertainment.
The study also reveals the shocking news that more than half of youth pastors reported that at least one teen had approached them for help with dealing with porn use over the past year – and furthermore that 21% of youth pastors and 14% of pastors admitted that they currently struggle with porn use – and 12 percent of youth pastors believe they are addicted, as are five percent of pastors.
Josh McDowell Ministry and another Christian organization, Covenant Eyes, are sponsoring a major gathering of Christian leaders, called The Set Free Global Summit in Greensboro, North Carolina from April 4th to 7th. Thirty eminent Christian thought leaders will present practical advice on addressing pornography in the Church and among individuals. Greater details will be revealed from the survey, and denominational leaders, pastors, school administrators, camp directors and other ministry leaders are urged and welcome to attend. For more information, and to learn how to register for this important event, go to: http://setfreesummit.org.
The Summit’s topics are:
* The true impact of Internet pornography
* Neurological, psychological, cultural and spiritual implications of
* Culturally effective and practical solutions
* Proven methods and resources for leading the fight