Porn has become 'greatest threat' to Christ's cause in modern world, Christian author warns

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The Internet has made life in the modern world so much more convenient: information can be accessed in just one click, and communication between people miles apart from each other is easier than ever.

With these conveniences, however, the Internet has brought with it a menace - pornography - which a Christian evangelist is branding the "greatest" threat to the cause of Christ in the modern world.

A landmark study released by the research company Barna Group this week, aptly titled "The Porn Phenomenon," highlighted the pervasiveness and the seemingly growing acceptance of pornography among modern Americans. The study surveyed a total of 3,771 Americans from different ages on their views about porn.

While 54 percent of adults aged 25 years old and above said viewing porn is wrong, only 32 percent of teens and young adults (13-24) who participated in the survey shared the same view.

Roxanne Stone, editor in chief at Barna Group and one of the lead analysts on the study, said these figures highlight a generational gap in terms of acceptance towards pornography.

"One of the primary themes we saw emerging in our research are these generational differences," Stone explained in a statement released by the group. "There are wide gaps between how younger and older generations not only behave toward porn—but also what they believe about porn."

"Much of these changing views and behaviors are likely the result of context. Teens and young adults are living in an environment where porn is more acceptable—and more ubiquitous than ever before. As access to pornography has increased, the stigma toward it has seemingly decreased," she added.

For Christian author Josh McDowell, however, the study underpins the scale of the challenge for the Church in changing this culture.

"I would personally say from all my knowledge now that pornography's probably the greatest threat to the cause of Christ in the history of the world," McDowell told CBN News.

"It's that serious. While we're out trying to win the world through Christ - pastors preaching to the community -- pornography is coming right in the back door," the Christian evangelist added.

He further said that viewing porn has already become in "our culture today, particularly among teens and young adults."

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