Recap: 2020 (Top 10 Posts of the Year)

I contemplated not doing a post like this. However, after thinking this over, doing a post like this works as a nice ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) for 2020.

The top ten posts are determined by you, my readers. This article shows my top ten most-viewed articles for 2020. I also note how many likes the post received, so if you liked the article in reality but forgot to make it “WordPress official”, you can like it, thus making it more visible to others (I think that’s how it works).

Before I do the countdown, I give three articles I wrote an honorable mention.

HONORABLE MENTION #1: Book Review – “Everybody Always” by Bob Goff

DATE PUBLISHED: 7/4/2020

VIEWS: 202

LIKES: 1

Of all my posts this year that got 202 or more views, this is the only one not on the top ten (next most-viewed article had 160 views). It is also one of the most consistent posts as it pertains to getting views; it has gotten at least 17 views every month since being published in July (or perhaps republished since it was on my old site, albeit shorter than this republishing). Goff has been a popular name in evangelicalism for at least the last decade. I’m not sure why, though: he’s a bad theologian and he claims direct revelation from God. Furthermore, even though he claims to have a passion for people, he has me blocked on Twitter and he has yet to respond to the email I sent him in July. He may not be the forgiving type.

HONORABLE MENTION #2: Bible Question: Why Is It Unbiblical To Decree And Declare?

DATE PUBLISHED: 08/20/2020

VIEWS: 146

LIKES: 0

I’ve done twenty-six articles on Bible questions. This article is far and away my most-viewed “Bible Question” article. The next most-viewed article of this type has 41 views. I don’t find that encouraging. Perhaps I am labeling these articles wrong. Perhaps I am not addressing questions correctly. I’m really not sure; I don’t get too much feedback. Hopefully in 2021, God willing, more people will want to view these types of articles.

HONORABLE MENTION #3: Refutation: Faceless Teachers (Case Study: David McKay and Voice in the Desert)

DATE PUBLISHED: 12/4/2020

VIEWS: 124

LIKES: 2

Had I published this article earlier in the year, it may have made the top ten (or at least 200 views). Thanks to Glenn Chatfield’s sharing this article on his website The Watchman’s Bagpipes, it surpassed over 100 views in less than a month. Not every article does that. Moreover, only 23 of my 116 articles surpassed 100 views for the year. I really hope more people do mark and avoid both David McKay and the “Voice In The Desert” cult (Romans 16:17).

Now, the countdown begins.

10. Profile: Joseph Prince

DATE PUBLISHED: 8/30/2020

VIEWS: 231

LIKES: 0

I’m not surprised my post on Prince is on this list, but I am a little surprised the views are not as high given the article’s 8/30/2020 publish date. Nevertheless, the article has gotten double-digits in views in each month since being posted in August. Prince is one of the slicker Word-Faith heretics out there. Aside from this false prophecy he gave regarding the Coronavirus pandemic (pointed out by Chris Rosebrough of Fighting For The Faith), I think he has had a rather quiet year.

9. Profile: Henry Seeley

DATE PUBLISHED: 11/11/2020

VIEWS: 245

LIKES: 1

This post on Henry Seeley has shot up to the top 10 quicker than any other article on this list. Seeley is the “pastor” (using the term loosely here) at The Belonging Co in Nashville, Tennessee. I did this post at the request of another, for it appears these people in Nashville may be the next Hillsong, Bethel or the like. I hope not because, as I show in my post, the irreverence, narcissism and blasphemy runs wild in that place (especially from Seeley). Interestingly enough, there has not been an upload of a Seeley sermon at the “church’s” Youtube page since 11/12/2020, the day after I posted my article. I’m not sure if this article has impacted that or not. I hope it has; the fewer people that listen to the nonsense coming from that place, the better. Moreover, if this article brought Seeley to sorrow and contrition over the blasphemies he has committed, then the article did its job, for Seeley does need to repent and be forgiven for his failure to do his job as a pastor.

8. Book Review: “Experiencing God (Revised and Expanded Edition)” by Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby and Claude King

DATE PUBLISHED: 4/21/2020

VIEWS: 247

LIKES: 2

Over the last year, I have learned how influential this book by Blackaby has been (I’ve learned quite a bit overall since leaving seeker-drivenism, but that’s for another day). It’s rather scary because Blackaby is a twister of God’s Word. If you don’t believe me, that’s fine. Pastor Chris Rosebrough recently did an outstanding series on “Hearing the Voice of God.” In two videos, Rosebrough notes how Blackaby twists God’s Word. It’s scary how such a twister of God’s Word has influenced folk like false teacher and blasphemer Priscilla Shirer and other folk like her.

7. Book Review: “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren

DATE PUBLISHED: 5/20/2020

VIEWS: 264

LIKES: 2

I originally reviewed this book on my older blog faithcontenderblog.wordpress.com. When I re-published it on this site, I elaborated a bit more on it compared to the original publication (albeit not too much). During this pandemic, I’ve had the privilege of binge-listening to many old podcast episodes of the Fighting For The Faith program. A nice chunk of those episodes have shown how Rick Warren is a habitual mangler of God’s Word. Warren does this same thing in this book that unfortunately still influences many folk present-day. This article has gotten at least 14 views every month since being posted in May (with the exception of July and August, which produced 9 and 7 views, respectively).

6. Movie Review: A Shack of Lies

DATE PUBLISHED: 8/1/2020

VIEWS: 267 (253 in August)

LIKES: 1

Good Fight Ministries makes its first of three appearances on this list. In this expose (pronounced ex-po-say), Pastor Schimmel refutes the many heresies and blasphemies of the popular film and book The Shack. Schimmel exposes the author behind the book, William Paul Young, for who he really is (a heretic). Schimmel uses much Scripture and primary-resource research.

5. Book Review: “CrazyLove” by Francis Chan

DATE PUBLISHED: 2/1/2020

VIEWS: 275

LIKES: 3

A review that originally appeared on my “Faith Contender” blog (should be obvious based on the brevity of the review compared to my other ones), this book review has been one I have shared at times on Twitter. When I have shared it, its view totals have spiked (99 views in May and 95 in November). When I have not, it hardly generates any views. While my review was brief, I think I did hit the nail on the head when I stated it was a book that was heavy on the law and light on the Gospel. Sadly, Chan has gotten worse since then. These days he is spewing catechisms oozing with narcissism and blasphemy. He’s one of those false teachers that gets worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13).

4. Book Review: “Ten Indictments Against The Modern Church” by Paul Washer

DATE PUBLISHED: 5/28/2020

VIEWS: 283

LIKES: 3

254 of the 283 views happened in May and June. Talk about hitting a wall. Nevertheless, this short, sweet and “to the point” book by Washer is a flamethrower and a keeper. Moreover, it is the top book review (in terms of most views) of the year.

3. Movie Review: The Submerging Church

DATE PUBLISHED: 7/21/2020

VIEWS: 288

LIKES: 0

Good Fight Ministries was the engine behind this film. The ministry was also the reason for the number of this views this article has, for the ministry shared it on its Facebook page shortly after I published it. An unexpected amount of views for December (100 views) helped this review shoot all the way from outside the countdown to the top three.

In the film, Pastor Joe Schimmel does an incredible job exposing the heresies of the Emergent Church and the Purpose-Driven Movement. He also exposes such heretics as Rob Bell, Brian McLaren, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Tony Campolo and others. It’s a very informative film.

2. Profile: Todd Smith

DATE PUBLISHED: 10/2/2020

VIEWS: 320

LIKES: 0

When I was asked to do a post on this guy, I didn’t expect it to hit #2 for the year (not to mention the top “profile” post). I didn’t share this a whole lot shortly after posting it. Prior to December, it was around the bottom of the top ten. Then in December, Smith’s “church” caught the eye of at least one organization due to some irreverent “baptisms” that were happening there. That jumped the views a bit. Hopefully some people saw Smith’s “church” for what it is; a community of folk in bondage to the false doctrine and nonsense that is happening there.

TOP POST OF 2020: Movie Review: They Sold Their Souls For Rock And Roll (10-hour edition)

DATE PUBLISHED: 6/14/2020

VIEWS: 415 (295 in June)

LIKES: 1

Good Fight Ministries, the engine behind this rockumentary (and two other movies that appeared in this countdown), produced one of the most important documentaries done this century with this work. Pastor Joe Schimmel does arguably the best work he has ever done with this film. It especially hit home for me since I grew up idolizing a lot of the music artists covered in this documentary.

SO WHAT?

People don’t know what they don’t know until they know. My blog is simply one of a plethora out there in the blogosphere. My aim is to both exhort in sound Christian doctrine and refute that which contradicts it (Titus 1:9). Many times, I get very long-winded and thorough in my posts. If one doesn’t have the time to read all my posts, that is totally fine. One can do what I do when I don’t have time to catch my favorite sports teams’ games.

Check the highlights!

As good (or perhaps informative) as those highlights may be, they pale in comparison to knowing where you’ll spend eternity. Please understand that by default, we are all born dead in trespasses and sins.

Ephesians 2:1-10 explains:

2 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

The Bible is clear that people are born dead in trespasses and sins (2:1-3). God’s being rich in mercy makes one alive in Christ (2:4). Furthermore, it is by grace through faith that one is saved (2:5-9). It is not based on works (2:9). 

If you do not believe what Ephesians 2:1-10 states, I would ask you please look at the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17. Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever stolen something, even if it was small? Have you ever used God’s name in vain? Jesus said that whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery in the heart (Matthew 5:27-28). Jesus also said that if you ever get angry at someone, you’ve committed murder in the heart (Matthew 5:21-26). Just the mere thoughts of adultery and murder make you guilty of the very acts themselves.

Please understand that it only takes one murder to be a murderer, one lie to be a liar and so forth. David said in Psalm 51:5 that he was conceived in sin. Genesis 6:5 states that every intent of the thoughts of man’s heart is only evil continually. Clearly, man has a sin problem. Romans 3:23 states that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Man is in big trouble with God because of his sin. This is more amplified by the fact that perfection is the standard (Matthew 5:48). 

Now, some people try to justify their sin by trying to balance it out with the good deeds that they have done. However, if you were to try that in a court of law, the judge would throw the book at you. A good judge would not accept a bribe. He would cast you off into jail. God likewise will not accept a bribe, for there is no partiality with Him (Deuteronomy 10:17; Ephesians 6:9). Revelation 21:1-8 states the following (NASB):

21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among the people, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give water to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life, without cost. The one who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But for the cowardly, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and sexually immoral persons, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

The Bible is clear that all liars will have their part in the lake of fire. No adulterer, no murderer, no idolater, no unbeliever (among others) will inherit the kingdom of God (see also 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Sin has a very serious consequence.

Thankfully, Jesus Christ came to solve the sin problem over 2000 years ago (Isaiah 53:1-12). You and I broke the law. Jesus paid the fine (Matthew 26:14-28:20). This means that the judge can do what’s legally right in dismissing your case. He can say, “This person has broken the law, but someone has paid his fine. He’s out of here.” This is good news.

There are two things a person must do. He must repent. This means to turn from his sin (Mark 1:16; Luke 24:36-49; 2 Timothy 2:19-26; Acts 17:30-31). He must also put his trust in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31, 17:30-31; Romans 4:1-25, 10:1-17; Galatians 3:1-14; John 6:26-29). These gifts of repentance and faith are granted by God (Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Timothy 2:22-26). If you repent and put your trust in the Savior Jesus Christ, He will forgive you of your sins and grant you everlasting life (John 6:47). Oh may you know His mercy and grace today if you have never repented and put your trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. 

I hope you found this post helpful.

Published by Clint Adams

My name is Clinton Adams. I am a born-again Christian. I used to have the blog "faithcontenderblog.wordpress.com." After taking it down, I have since rebooted as "The Earnest Layman" as I earnestly contend for the faith once for all entrusted to the saints (Jude 3). I also promote sound Christian doctrine and rebuke that which contradicts it (Titus 1:9). I mainly do book reviews. However, I also do other types of posts (normally extensive). Should you request a certain topic, I will most definitely consider it. :) If you ever have questions or comments on anything you read here, feel free to comment with your feedback on any of my posts. You can also email me at earnestlayman@outlook.com. If you really like what you read here, you can always follow my blog. Thank you so much for reading!

3 thoughts on “Recap: 2020 (Top 10 Posts of the Year)

  1. Well, you probably don’t get credit for my views of your articles because I read them in my email. BUT, if I feel like commenting or want the link for my blog, then I go to the actual article. So you probably can add one more viewing to most of them!

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