Read What Leaders Are Saying About TrueLife.org’s Powerful New Video: “Why Does God Allow Abuse?”



TrueLife.org is extremely grateful for the tremendous response of leaders in the SBC, once again, to our new video Why Does God Allow Abuse? featuring Josh McDowell! We trust you will enjoy reading the following quotes!


“Powerful! Brutally honest about unjust pain suffered! And yet, this testimony is filled with the hope of the gospel and the healing available to all who come to Jesus. I was deeply moved and you will be too.”

Dr. Danny Akin – President – Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary – Wake Forest, NC

Dr. Danny Akin is the current president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, now, our largest seminary in terms of enrollment.  He has held this position since 2004.  In 2012, his book Engaging Preaching was named Book of the Year for “Enhancing the Preacher’s Skill” by Preaching Today.


“Josh McDowell has been such a great leader speaking in our culture to the issues that so often hit home for many. In this video, he does that once again. My heart breaks every time I hear a story of abuse. Yet I know that how my heart feels is nothing in comparison to the crushing blow the victim must feel. When abuse happens, one question seems to be so difficult to answer, 'Why would God allow this to happen?' In this video, Josh speaks to this question and others to help us all understand the sovereignty of God, but also God’s great love for us all."

Jonathan Falwell – Pastor – Thomas Road Baptist Church – Lynchburg, VA

Jonathan Falwell is the senior pastor at the Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is the son and successor of the late Reverend Jerry Falwell, and the brother of Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr.


"This video reminds me that God does not cause abuse but when it's allowed to happen, He turns all things into good when trusted. Josh McDowell will help your perspective on abuse thanks to TrueLife."

Dr. Johnny Hunt – Pastor – First Baptist Church – Woodstock, GA

Dr. Johnny Hunt is the pastor of one of the largest churches in the Southern Baptist Convention and served as the SBC President from 2008-2010.  He has been the senior pastor of FBC Woodstock since 1986 and in that time, the church has grown from approx. 1,000 members to over 19,000.  Pastor Johnny is also an accomplished author and much sought after speaker.


"Josh McDowell and TrueLife.org have done millions of people an invaluable service by providing this video on abuse. For the manifold numbers of people who have been abused and cried out, 'Why?', Josh furnishes compelling answers in his incredibly transparent testimony detailing his own victimization and how he found emotional and spiritual healing in Jesus."

Dr. Richard Land - President - Southern Evangelical Seminary - Charlotte, NC

Dr. Richard Land is the current president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC. Prior to this he served Southern Baptists for 25 years as the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC.  Dr. Land is also the executive editor of The Christian Post, and in 2005 Dr. Land was named one of the "25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America" by Time Magazine.


“Please listen to this video as a powerful portrayal of a true life example of the effect of evil and the desire of God to help us grow through the impact of evil. This true life story of Josh McDowell and the abuse he suffered as a child is a compelling story about what God can do to redeem and restore. May God bless all those who have been abused with the same kind of maturity of understanding that Josh has experienced.”

Dr. Frank Page – President – SBC Executive Committee – Nashville, TN

Dr. Frank Page is the president of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.  He has served in this role since October 1, 2010.  Dr. Page was also the President of the SBC from 2006-2008. Prior to his current post, Dr. Page has served as a pastor and teacher for over 30 years. 


"Most of us know the name, Josh McDowell. I challenge you, however to view this video by him, 'Why Does God Allow Abuse?' This video is poignant, powerful, and redemptive, all at the same time. I thought I knew Josh, but I never knew of his horrendous childhood of years of sexual abuse. In the midst of the horrific story, though, is a story of how the love of Christ came into his life and made all the difference. Please watch this video. And share it with many people. We need to hear again and again how our God is working all things together for good for those who love him."

Dr. Thom Rainer – President – LifeWay Christian Resources – Nashville, TN

Dr. Thom Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources.  Prior to LifeWay, he served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. In addition to speaking in hundreds of venues over the past 20 years, Rainer led Rainer Group, a church and denominational consulting firm, from 1990 to 2005. The firm provided church health insights to over 500 churches and other organizations over that period.