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January 27, 2016 – Christianity Today

Barna Group – More than half have wrestled with it, but less than 1 percent recommend telling their congregation.

Most pastors have struggled with porn.

That’s according to an online study of nearly 3,000 adults, teenagers, and pastors by the Barna Group. The study included 432 pastors and 338 youth pastors, and was commissioned by Josh McDowell Ministry and Cru for an April summit.

The study examined pornography’s effect on pastors, churches, the general population, and young people.

“Most pastors (57%) and youth pastors (64%) admit they have struggled with porn, either currently or in the past,” Barna reported. “Overall, 21 percent of youth pastors and 14 percent of pastors admit they currently struggle with using porn.”

More than 1 in 10 youth pastors (12%) and 1 in 20 pastors (5%) said they’re addicted.

In comparison, 47 percent of men and 12 percent of women in general seek out porn at least once or twice a month. And about 27 percent of Christian men and 6 percent of Christian women actively look for porn during that time.

Half of youth pastors and 37 percent of pastors have visited a website they knew was pornographic, though they didn’t necessarily respond to or engage with it.

Another 46 percent of youth pastors and 37 percent of pastors have flipped through adult TV channels or movies, and 30 percent of youth pastors and 12 percent of pastors have searched for porn on social media.

About a quarter of youth pastors (27%) and pastors (23%) have obtained printed porn, like a magazine.

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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Morgan Lee


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