Pastors Who View Porn Should Resign or be Fired, Say Christians, According to New Survey

Amanda Casanova | Religion Today Contributing Writer | Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Pastors Who View Porn Should Resign or be Fired, Say Christians, According to New Survey


A new study found that 41 percent of adult Christians believe that pastors who view porn should be fired or asked to resign. 

Josh McDowell Ministries and Covenant Eyes commissioned the new Barna study, "The Porn Phenomenon." According to the Christian Post, the findings were presented in New York City this week. 

Faith leaders who participated in the study said they often accidentally stumble on porn online. More than half of the pastors who participated said they struggled with porn in the past or are currently struggling with it.

"I'll tell you right now, there is not one church, one Christian leader, one pastor, including myself, that has an answer for it," said Josh McDowell, founder of Josh McDowell Ministries, after the findings from the study were presented. "No traditional message of solution will work."

More than 3,100 pastors and leaders participated anonymously in the survey. 

McDowell and Covenant Eyes are hosting the Set Free Global Summit in April in North Carolina for pastors struggling with porn. 

More than 70,000 have been invited and only seven have registered for the event. 

“Right now the Church, to its disgrace, is trying to fix broken men and we are not raising healthy children. Everybody says when it comes to children, parents are on the frontline. I say no, the pastor is on the frontline. Because if the pastor, the church does not take its responsibility and work with parents, train parents, educate parents, and I don't just mean biblically — scientifically, medically culturally," said McDowell.

Publication date: January 20, 2016

 

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