Josh McDowell: The greatest threat to the Body of Christ in 2,000 years is…

A very provocative Josh McDowell says that pornography is the greatest threat to the body of Christ in 2,000 years, according to quotes reported in the Christian Post.

Here is part of the article.  WARNING:  It is graphic.

McDowell emphasized that young people are increasingly becoming addicted to pornography, adding that it is the greatest threat to the body of Christ in 2,000 years.

“This is destroying pastors, youth pastors and more Christians than anything by far in history,” said McDowell. “The number one demographic is 12- to 25-year-olds, there’s no difference in and out of the church.”

He added that 50 percent of fundamental, evangelical pastors watch porn while 80 percent of youth pastors have a problem with porn as well. McDowell pointed out that porn provides only a momentary satisfaction and porn addicts often seek other opportunities to satisfy their sexual desires.

“The average person starts with heterosexual sex then after a while, that no longer satisfies, then there’s anal, from anal there’s oral, from oral to homo, from homo to bestiality then to children,” said McDowell.

He continued, “The sad thing is, after child pornography doesn’t satisfy, where do you go? Pornography is why sex-trafficking, sex abuse and rape are major issues, they (addicts) end up living it out, it becomes a reality.”

He also advised parents to not shelter their children from “what’s out there” but rather prepare them for the first time they will inevitably encounter information overload on the Internet and porn.

“You cannot protect your child from watching pornography, if you think you can, then you’re the problem, mom. If you’re sitting there thinking, ‘I can protect my child,’ then you’ll end up losing them and the stats are on my side.”

He added, “It’s as dumb as saying, ‘you can’t ever listen to music,’ in our culture. You can’t go through life without listening to music, and now, you’re not going to go through life without watching porn. Those mothers who say they’re going to prepare their child will win, those who say they will protect them will lose.”

Wow.  There’s a lot to unpack there.

A lot.

But I’d like to first hear what stands out to you from this little excerpt.

What stands out, and do you agree?

Please leave your comments below.




  • j October 14, 2013 Reply

    One thing that stood out to me is that it sounded like he was only taking the moms into consideration in the excerpt (unless I missed something). I would imagine that it would be helpful to have mom and dad on board. I do like the idea of preparing people for what will most likely find them. It’s not like it was in the 70’s where many would have to go out and find porn-porn seems to find us these days.

    I did like that he didn’t make the mistake so many pastors unfortunately make by making it sound like it was a ‘male only issue’. It was encouraging to see that.

    • Gary Sweeten October 14, 2013 Reply

      The best book on this topic is by Philip Zimbardo, one of the most famous Psychologists in America. He explains the seriousness of the problem. However, he nor Josh offer any kind of satisfactory form of prevention, healing and recovery.

      After several decades of training Christians to care, counsel and cure the souls of our people I have some strong conviction about what will work and what will not work. I may be wrong but I have studied influence, change, motivation, family therapy, prayer therapy, and souls care for some time.

      1. The greatest cause of Porn use is a lack of healthy interpersonal male/female relationships.
      2. Male anger at women.
      3. Broken homes
      4. Compulsive drives

      Unless Christians learn how to foster great male/female relationships with prayerful inner healing of past wounds porn users will not be able to change.

      Preaching against Porn ill make the problem worse.

      Fear Preaching will make it worse.

      Condemnation will make it worse.

  • Gary Sweeten October 14, 2013 Reply

    I forgot to mention the name of Zimbardo’s book. “The Demise of Guys”.

  • Chad W October 14, 2013 Reply

    I’d like to see the evidence for sighting the progression that leads to deeper sexual sin. McDowell says, “The average person starts with heterosexual sex then after a while, that no longer satisfies, then there’s anal, from anal there’s oral, from oral to homo, from homo to bestiality then to children.” This seems to be a strange progression and I’d like to know the source that suggests this. Who is the “average person” he speaks of?
    There is nothing more in the full article that gives greater insight to his claims. While it may be true that we need to prepare our children in relation to seeing pornography, we can also protect them from it to a degree. There is software that helps block sites, the ability to allow access to the internet at determined and limited times, and so on. McDowell seems only to focus on preparation without addressing the tools to help avoid.

  • Gary Sweeten October 14, 2013 Reply

    I agree with appears that Josh is promoting more heat than light on this subject. There is little evidence of the crossover of sexual preferences from one to another. In counseling it makes no difference whether the type is hetero, homo, video, or audio the wounds at the root are similar so the healing process is similar. I do agree that the situation is likely to expand. But the Great Physician has healing in His wings!

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