As I am writing this, I’m in Greensboro, NC for The Set Free Global Summit. Josh McDowell and Ron DeHass from Covenant Eyes have pulled together church leaders from all over the world to focus on the issue of Internet pornography.
As you know, some of the men I work with, struggle in this area. I am hoping that this week will help equip me as well as the other 800 people here to help men and their families win this fight against pornography. Josh shares, “The Internet is shaping the morality of today’s culture. Two decades ago, parents could largely control the information our children consumed during their early years. No more. Incredibly, recent studies show that 67% of young men and 49% percent of young women consider viewing pornography to be acceptable behavior”.
Barna Research shared these statistics:
57% of young adults seek porn at least once a month.
51% of all Americans seek out porn at least occasionally.
49% of young adults say all or most of their friends use porn regularly.
46% of men seek out porn at least once a month.
27% of older Millennials started viewing porn before puberty.
1 in 5 youth pastors and 1 in 7 senior pastors report currently struggling with porn. That’s more than 50,000 church leaders.
Despite awareness of porn, most churches do not have programs specifically designed to assist those struggling with porn use. Only 9% of churchgoers and 7% of pastors say their church has a program to help those struggling with porn.