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My First “200,000+ Views” YouTube Video

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It’s baaaa-aack!

I cannot believe that this video continues to get over a thousand hits  a day, but I’m really glad because the Gospel gets preached—three times in a scant four minutes—to my target audience: unbelievers!

Facts:

  • Over 11,000 people have left comments (mostly, really nasty ones, so be warned.)
  • 561 likes
  • 6,577 dislikes
  • I believe the interviewee is still unsaved.

Why would I post a video that makes me look bad? Why am I proud that so many have watched it? Simply put, the Gospel is preached. But I have other reasons:

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. (See my multi-part series called “Evangelism Gone Wrong) But in this video, “Why Christians Don’t Argue with Atheists,” things really went bad. 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 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. (Read my article, “The Most Powerful Christian Argument by clicking here.)

So I’m proud of my my multitudes of dislikes and thumbs down  and the 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!”

Look for a re-post at 300,000!!!

69 Comments

  1. If all of the believers share Steve’s videos with their friends we can make Steve’s videos almost as hot as 180. We can also make 180 even hotter by sharing it too. I don’t know very many atheists but I want to live in a world where I only know former atheists.

    • Brilliant! Helping others help spread the Gospel. I would call that an “atheist proof plan”!

    • Sign me up to implement said plan.

      🙂

      Pam,

      Lol. Is an “atheist proof plan” similar to a “fool proof plan?”

    • I don’t know very many atheists…

      Unless you spend all of your time going from house to megachurch and never meet people outside of those areas, you probably know more than you’d think. You’d probably be surprised. Especially if you’re an outspoken Christian, a lot of them probably just don’t share the Good Word with you.

      …but I want to live in a world where I only know former atheists.

      Tends to go in the other direction, actually. It’s hard to UN-learn to think for yourself (although some do manage it).

      • Sharing the Gospel to strangers can be difficult but shooting an email to someone is a piece of cake. I will tell the atheists that I know about your blog Steve. I think even the hedonistic atheists that I know would be interested in what you have to say. Maybe some of them with repent and believe in Jesus Christ.

        Steve your blog has inspired me to share the Gospel with more people or to point people to your blog where they can get the Gospel message.

      • It’s never worked in all the years I’ve been reading Ray and Steve’s blogs Dog, but I am sure Steve’s Ego will be embiggened by the increased levels of attention though.

        Remember Folks, never use your built in audience of unbelievers to actually work out how to improve your Evangelism. Stick to your same old routines that have been shown not to work, include gratuitious amounts of snark, then pat yourself on the back.

      • Donald, I do not require you help, I am extremely happy and fulfilled with my life.

  2. I think it comes up so often (i.e., I see it in the side panel for many other videos) due to the title containing both the word “Christians” and the word “atheists”.

  3. Of course it wouldn’t take much to be bigger than 180. There are videos of skateboard bails with more views. Seriously that video is failure squared. Especially since it seems that everyone watching it is either already anti choice or is mocjing it mercilessly.

  4. Actually this is a pretty good example of marketing. “Why christians don’t argue with atheists” sounds like it’s going to be a pro-atheist parody or a comedy piece, combined with the two common search terms in the title, means it appears in the ‘suggestions’ list a lot and people click it based on the title.

    It’s not viral though, and neither is 180. To be viral, a video needs to have enough universal appeal for, on average, every person who watches it to forward it on to more than 1 other person. That results in exponential viewership growth. Video’s like the one of that guy shooting his daughters laptop after she threw a facebook tantrum: that’s a viral video, because whether you agree with it or not, you forward it on and discuss it briefly with others.

    That sort of thing only happens within the die-hard pro-choice living waters fan community for 180, and it doesn’t happen at all for this video. I’m not disputing that both of them are “reaching” (ie. being booed and spat on by) a large audience (relatively speaking. Large by “unpaid ad” terms, small by “actual viral videos” terms) but they’re not viral by the definition of “viral”.

    Just as an example of the other end of the spectrum, I chose a strictly utilitarian naming scheme for my game development video’s (“Species Deveopment Video #1”, “Species Development Video #2”) and very few people have found them via youtube. This doesn’t surprise me in the slightest: I really wasn’t trying much when I wrote those titles. If I’d typed in an eye-catching title with a few good keywords like Steve did, I would have got far more attention (something like “Awesome Free Realistic Evolution Game”, perhaps? But then again, I’d feel dirty advertising it as “free” when the alpha isn’t even released yet (not for a few months)).

  5. Hey I checked the calendar and it’s… ATHEIST TUESDAY!!!

  6. Great job Steve!
    The apostle Paul states: Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
    Yes, and I will rejoice! (Philippians 1:18 ESV)
    May it reach 1,000,000 hits and may many come to repentance and faith in our dear Lord Jesus Christ!

    • May it reach 1,000,000 hits and may many come to repentance and faith in our dear Lord Jesus Christ!

      Steve, do those 200K hits on Mr. Sanchez’s video mean 200K unsaved have watched it? Is it possible that some of those hits were from Christians who already accept the (supposed) validity of the Gospel?

      More succinctly, why do you assume that the number of hits an evangelical video receives correlates with the amount the Gospel has been shared with unbelievers?

      • Your reply has absolutely nothing to do with my final sentence!

        “and may many come” … get it?

  7. Praise GOD! Love your videos Brother. Truly inspiring to those who preach His WORD in season and out of season. To GOD be the Glory!

  8. I emailed 5 people with the link to 180 on YouTube. I asked them if they could email 5 more people and pass on instructions to email 5 more people and so on. 180 is going to be hotter than Christopher Hitchens.

    • Can’t tell if that’s a popularity joke or a hell joke…

    • See it’s that sort of comment that really displays the Love of the Holy Spirit, don’t you think?

    • I just emailed 7 people links to 180. I told them to visit “Stone the Preacher” too.

      I will be spreading more links to more people soon.

    • How Christ-like of you to mock those in hell. I thought Christians were supposed to follow Jesus, who happened to preach TOLERANCE!

      • Uh, who mocked? And Jesus never preached tolerance. Ever.

      • Jesus never preached tolerance. Ever.

        Welcome to “Jesus is a Liberal”

        We created this website because we believe the historical, Biblically documented teachings of Jesus
        Christ clearly show that Jesus is a Liberal. His philosophy, based in compassion, equality,
        inclusion, forgiveness, tolerance, peace and – most importantly – love, is 100% Liberal.


        Was Jesus Tolerant?

        To the sinners Jesus was an enigma. They loved being around him and he them. In spite of their transgressions, the God of the universe, not ony tolerated being with them, but seemed to thoroughly enjoy it!

        Matthew 12:1-8

        1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. 2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”
        3 He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. 5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6 I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’[a] you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

        ======================

        Christians and the Bible disagree with you, Steve.

      • I’m tolerant like Jesus is then. I agree.

        What did he mean when he said that people who didn’t believe in him are “condemned already”? That’s a rough one.

      • Steve Wrote: “What did he mean when he said that people who didn’t believe in him are “condemned already”? That’s a rough one.”

        I think this means that people that don’t understand or believe his message (golden rule) are cruel people and will do what they want to anyways, not caring if they hurt others.

      • Sanchez, are you sure about that?

      • Steve: “Nope. Guess again.”

        My guess is as good as yours. Some might say better even.

      • ‘Cept mine is no guess.

      • Steve: “‘Cept mine is no guess”

        and there in lies your problem. Interesting how you can fool yourself into being so sure.

      • I would the same for you. No harm done if I don’t believe in your interpretation, except, of course, in this life.

      • Steve: “I would the same for you. No harm done if I don’t believe in your interpretation, except, of course, in this life.”

        Ah the ole PeeWee Herman rebuttal. Why would my explanation harm you in this life? are you a cruel person at heart? Would you not be able to live by the golden rule without the fear of hell and eternal damnation?

      • Oooops. Meant to say no harm done in this life if I believe in you interp. The next life, of course, would be cause for some concern…

      • Rykunderground 180 went viral. 180 is shared by word of mouth (person to person). That makes it viral. I think it is going to change society’s view of abortion. God bless Ray Comfort for producing it and God bless everyone who promotes it!

    • I got some responses from a few of my friends that I sent 180 links too. They all liked the video and wrote me that they will forward the 180 links onto others.

      180 is going to get into the Guiness Book of World records for being the greatest viral video of all time. Ray Comfort is going to be a legend for stopping the massacre of innocent babies.

      • This is satire, right?

      • Erikalynn Marie that is fantastic. Great job. 180 saves lives and you have helped to make 180 even more popular.

      • 180 has not even hit any of the benchmarks of being considered a “Viral Video” at all much less the greatest.

        I just don’t get why you guys try to be so deceptive. It doesn’t help your cause any and it makes you look dishonest and stupid. It makes no sense, if you made honest statements and simply called it “widely viewed” or somesuch you would be on solid ground. Calling it viral however is not only a lie but leads to the conclusion that Comfort and his disciples are rather uneduccated.

      • Hot!

        Hottest anti-abortion/evangelism video with Ray comfort…on the Internet!

        There! Fixed it.

        ‘Nuff said?

      • When is expressing an opinion considered to be “deceptive”? If someone wants to call something “hot” or say that something has gone “viral” that is their opinion. Who cares?

        There isn’t a standard definition of “viral” as far as I know. If there is I would like to know what it is.

      • Carl expressing an opinion that is very far from the truth as if it were fact is deceptive. While viral may have no official definition it certainly only applies to videos with extremely large amounts of views and shares per day. 180 is not even a blip on the radar in that department.

        Your claim that it is not deceptive to express an obviously false opinion is naive and stupid. Would you not consider it deceptive if I claimed “all Christians rape children”. After all it is just an opinion so it couldn’t possibly be deceptive right?

      • 180 is hot! Probably the greatest pro-life video ever produced!

  9. SO WHAT!! There’s tyrants all over the world as are there wars; only problem is, the media never brings them to light!

    • The point was that that the Kony video is actually a viral video unlike 180.

    • Actually they DO Steve, Kony’s been in the news before, but rarely does anything on the 24 hour news networks go viral, unless its a Freudian slip, random accident on set, or screw up. The reason being is that because the news is ‘always there’ people tend to take it for granted or don’t pay attention to it because its like oxygen, its useful but not appreciated due to its abundance.

  10. “I don’t have to give evidence.” That’s your argument? If I got enough letters of recommendation that you should go to heaven for you to give to God, would you please kill yourself?

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