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Atheist Tuesday: My first “100,000+” YouTube video

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There is a New Testament principle that God uses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise as part of His plan to bring glory to Himself.  I’m very happy to let you know that I  am indeed part of that plan…as the foolish thing, of course.

I’ve made nearly one hundred evangelistic videos to date, and for the most part, things have gone pretty well. I try to accurately share my faith by using the Law and the Gospel so that sinners will know how they will be held accountable on Judgment Day when they die (according to the Bible). I want to give them a fighting chance for Heaven.

I am not above putting videos up that make me look bad; I want others to see how things can sometimes go wrong in the evangelistic field. But in this video, “Why Christians Don’t Argue with Atheists,” things really went wrong. I had a yammering atheist named Ted (not unlike some of the atheists who contribute to this blog, just not as vulgar) who would not, could not—refused—to let me get a word in edge-wise. I stammered, hesitated, and lost my train-of-thought, all the while looking very confused at times—yet still got to declare the Gospel three times to my target audience: unbelievers, most of them atheists!

This is the video God chose to let go semi, kinda-viral at 112,000+ views* and counting.

And that’s just fine with me! Why? Since my target audience is made up of scoffers and mockers and the irreligious, they all get to hear the truth whether they believe it’s the truth or not. Everyone who watches this video will be held accountable. Everyone who sees this can never say ( if they end up in Hell, God forbid!), that they never had a chance to hear the Gospel. (For a further explanation on how this works, click here.)

So I’m proud of my 3,800 dislikes and the 6,600+ comments that deride me as being “the dumbest person I have ever seen” and “a verbatim Ray Comfort knock off” (these are the kinder comments).

As Spurgeon once wrote, “To be laughed at is no great hardship to me. I can delight in scoffs and jeers. Caricatures, lampoons, and slanders are my glory. But that you should turn from your own mercy, this is my sorrow. Spit on me, but, oh, repent! Laugh at me, but, oh, believe in my Master! Make my body as the dirt of the streets, but damn not your own souls!”

*The viewing total is based on the counter on the main YouTube page. after a search request. On my page the counter stopped at 98,088 a few weeks ago.

16 Comments

  1. I just made some evangelism videos for the first time last month giving moms tips on how and why to share the Gospel, someone went though and disliked them all within just a few hours of me posting them and it broke me! I was already so scared putting myself out there. Then, the Lord gave me mercy and reminded me that they dont dislike me, they dislike Him, if I stand for Him I get the thumbs down too. It immediately turned my thoughts back to Him and the fact that if they watched the videos before they clicked that little dislike button they still got the Gospel and were forced to listen to a woman (me!) who is passionate about equipping moms to get out there and share the Gospel in this awesome season of our lives with our children in tow. I know eventually I will have the atheists banging on my door telling me I am indoctrinating my children and telling other moms to brainwash their children (which is what I would have said when I was an atheist many years ago!) but for now I chuckle at the occasional dislike and pray the Gospel goes forth even in my feeble attempts to get it across! 🙂 If it makes you feel better I am sure your videos will be part of what I use when I start to train my older children to open air!

    • Awesome mom. You just keep doing it and smile, shake your head, and pray for every disliked. I will post very soon about how everyone should shoot videos. Stay tuned.

    • Hi Jenn,

      I can only speak for myself, but from my experience the “dislikes” are not for God/Jesus, and not really for you, either.

      The “dislikes” are for the style in which you present the gospel, is my bet.

    • Awesome Jenn!!! God bless you as you go forth with the gospel!!!

    • Then, the Lord gave me mercy and reminded me that they dont dislike me, they dislike Him, if I stand for Him I get the thumbs down too.

      Hmm… not quote. Sorry to be a party-pooper, but just can’t let you play the martyr card here.

      YOU are not being disliked. (For that matter, neither is the Lord.) What’s getting the thumbs-down is the subject matter.

      So you’re half-right. Don’t take it personally that somebody hit “dislike” on your video. But please pull yourself off the cross – the slings and arrows flying your way aren’t going to get you canonized, either.

  2. Steve, I know you’re not super tech-savvy, but 100,000 views in over a YEAR is not semi-viral. It’s not quasi-viral. It’s simply…not viral.

    • I apologize if I was too curt, but Ray keeps claiming that things go viral when they obviously haven’t. Becoming a bit annoying.

  3. Steve,

    You are an inspiration. The world would be a better place if there were more people like you. The Kingdom of Heaven would be bigger too.

  4. Are we actually allowed to post on this one Steve or are only Christian Sock Puppet Trolls allowed to post?

  5. Atheists you are on the road to perdition.Repent and believe the Gospel and live forever with God and His saints.

  6. Because the quran has no fulfilled prophecies in it that prove it is inspired by God, but the Bible has hundreds.

    • Name a non-vague, non-self-fulfilling prophecy.

    • Val, Muslims will tell you that the Quran contains many fulfilled prophecies. Google “scientific miracles or the quran”.

      They also have “the challenge”, which to them proves that the Quran was authored by God.

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