Christian apologist Josh McDowell gave his testimony of surviving years of sexual abuse as a child, including wanting to die at 11-years-old because of the ordeal, to tens of thousands of millennials at the Together 2016 event on the National Mall on Saturday.
“As I share, you need to realize you meet people every day just like me,” McDowell said, noting that he knows based on national statistics that in a crowd this large many must have also experienced sexual abuse.
The 76-year-old evangelist and bestselling author shared in an emotionally-charged testimony that between the ages of 6 and 13, he was raped on a weekly basis by a man his mother had hired as a housekeeper. Every time his mom went out of town for the weekend she would demand that he obey this man and threatened him with harsh punishment if he did not comply.
When McDowell was 9 he mustered the courage to tell his mother of the sexual abuse but she refused to believe him and instead took him out to the backyard and beat him with a switch for 30 minutes. He finally screamed “I’m lying” to get her to stop.
It was when he was 13 that things came to a head when the man was about to assault him again but McDowell grabbed the man’s throat, shoved him against the wall, and said “If you ever touch me again, I will kill you.”
“And I would have,” McDowell recounted.
Such dark experiences caused him to live in abject terror of men.
When a small group of Christians at his college in Michigan initially tried to talk to him about God as a loving heavenly father, it did not register with him because his earthly father was an alcoholic and also abusive.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post