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THURSDAY, OCT 17, 2013  |  12 comments
Response to Billboards Witnessing to Atheists 'Exceeded our Expectations,' Says Creationist Leader

The head of a creationist organization that recently posted several billboards in the United States meant to reach out to atheists has said the response "has exceeded our expectations."

Earlier this month the group Answers in Genesis posted billboards and a digital ad at Times Square that included a link to their websites and the statement "Thank God you're wrong" which was directed at atheists.

Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, told The Christian Post that since the ad campaign began the group has seen a 30 percent increase in viewing traffic for their website and increased social media activity.

"Social media is way up, web traffic is way up, significantly up," said Ham, whose organization has posted three more billboards in the Los Angeles area earlier this week. ...


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News Item10/18/13 5:59 PM
Dolores L | Texas  Find all comments by Dolores L
Will, I'll be looking forward to more post from the y generation and you sound like you will be giving some interesting posts. At least it will give us older posters a chance to hear from the younger folks and maybe a fresh look at things going on around us.
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News Item10/18/13 3:48 PM
Will | Mississippi  Find all comments by Will
Thanks Dolores, I do indeed love my southern home, and the people who still have some sense that live down here. Anyways, I agree that it's reasonable, although perhaps he could have more tactfully advertised but really no problem with it.
Anyways, I'll prolly check in from time to time to ask questions and what not. One interesting piece of bio that could become relevant at some point is that, while it's a shot in dark, I'm may be the only under 20 Generation Y user.
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News Item10/17/13 10:34 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
apologia828 wrote:
I agree with you John but I would also ask what the billboard actually accomplished? And what was his intention with that phrase because it seems more like he's intentionally provoking rather than trying to reach the atheists. I would say it's not a biblical way of evangelism.
The Gospel is offensive. Should it not be given because it provokes?
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News Item10/17/13 5:05 PM
Dolores L | Texas  Find all comments by Dolores L
Well welcome Will, knew you were from the deep south because you used my favorite word( ya'll).. I still call Alabama home and I still say ya'll even though I'm a cowgirl from Texas now. I think your post is great. My two cents is what better way to spend your money than reminding people there is another side to the story and what a clever way to say it. So kudos to mr.Ham and two thumbs up!!
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News Item10/17/13 2:54 PM
Will | Mississippi  Find all comments by Will
First time poster here, and somewhat new(ish) here so please have a lil patience with me. But, Just get some of y'all's thoughts, what if Ham and his organization has put up the billboard but it had been advertising only, not provoking atheists?
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News Item10/17/13 9:29 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Jeremiah 23:29 KJV
29 Is not *my word* like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
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News Item10/17/13 9:25 AM
Jodi | USA  Find all comments by Jodi
God uses chastisement to get through thick skulls. God provokes people. God tells people off, calls them out.
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News Item10/17/13 7:33 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Christopher000 wrote:
Hey, John...I was just about to post something similar to your 1st paragraph. I don't see how billboards, etc, make any sort of a difference. I know that God works in mysterious ways but I have never been convinced that things like this do anything but waste money that could have helped someone in need. As for the increase in traffic, I would chalk it up to curious Christians, etc, not unbelievers who had an epiphany after reading the billboard. I could be dead wrong, but I see things like this as being non effectual wastes. I think it's a good thing for Christians to find the site though in order to educate themselves. Like I said though, I could be wrong. I guess if it gets even one person thinking differently and digging deeper, then it's worth it...
Yes Chris there's a big difference between "Thank God you're wrong" and a (quick and powerful) Bible text like "Prepare to meet thy God". The Lord used such a text painted on the side of a gospel hall near London in my own conversion. Biblical truth trumps sarcasm any day of the week.

Too many folks are laying great store by the internet, but it don't wash with me. Men need to get out God's word and read it, believe it, and get saved before it's too late.

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News Item10/17/13 7:09 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Hey, John...I was just about to post something similar to your 1st paragraph. I don't see how billboards, etc, make any sort of a difference. I know that God works in mysterious ways but I have never been convinced that things like this do anything but waste money that could have helped someone in need. As for the increase in traffic, I would chalk it up to curious Christians, etc, not unbelievers who had an epiphany after reading the billboard. I could be dead wrong, but I see things like this as being non effectual wastes. I think it's a good thing for Christians to find the site though in order to educate themselves. Like I said though, I could be wrong. I guess if it gets even one person thinking differently and digging deeper, then it's worth it...
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News Item10/17/13 6:51 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
apologia828 wrote:
I agree with you John but I would also ask what the billboard actually accomplished? And what was his intention with that phrase because it seems more like he's intentionally provoking rather than trying to reach the atheists. I would say it's not a biblical way of evangelism.
Yes, precisely. If the atheist is not loved by the Christians, they will find it hard to believe they are loved by God. We are called to be ambassadors of Christ, not warmongerers with billboards. The Christian culture is a counter-culture, and does not need the methods of the world. But it does need the presence and power of the Holy Ghost, without which there will only be religion which helps no-one.
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News Item10/17/13 5:56 AM
apologia828 | Santo Domingo  Find all comments by apologia828
I agree with you John but I would also ask what the billboard actually accomplished? And what was his intention with that phrase because it seems more like he's intentionally provoking rather than trying to reach the atheists. I would say it's not a biblical way of evangelism.
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News Item10/17/13 3:46 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
In the business world, an advertising campaign can result in an extra thousand people a month visiting the hypermarket, along with a corresponding increase in sales. But I don't think Christianity works quite like that.

God sends one reluctant man to a big city to condemn it in the name of God, and in the will of God, and the king of the place dons sackcloth and pours ashes, quickly followed by the entire population who were all converted. There were no billboards, no invitations sent out, no fliers, no newspaper adverts, no TV coverage, no after-meeting refreshments, no emotive music, no counsellors, no worship group, no sermon CD's and DVD's, no follow-up, no free Bibles, no tracts, no "Now you are a Christian - What to do next" booklets, no incentive but the wrath of God, no wine and cheese party, no men's breakfast with epilogue, no choir, no et al.

How on earth did Jonah manage?

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