Hope you folks have had the chance to visit the “Bible Study Forum”, and read through some of the conversations. I noticed today that Norm has visited again, and is not just looking for financial support, but also looking for help in handling the “volume of comments” on his youtube site and his blogs.
To be honest, I question Norm’s statement that his TV program “has a large audience”. Has Star 39 ever done any ratings studies? I’d be interested to know just how “large” his “large audience” is. I personally think it’s “largely” made up of three kinds of folks:
1) Members of the Church of Christ. Of course, maybe they have to watch. I don’t know, but you can always tell these folks because they call in to tell the Guys what a good job they are doing, or to underline how unbelievable it is that denominations teach this or that.
2) People who watch because they want to see just what nutty thing will be said next. I’ve been this person before – you watch like someone might watch Jerry Springer. Will someone call in and fall right into the doctrinal traps these men have laid? Or, on a really good night, someone like the caller named “Billy” will call in and say something that is just completely off the wall – like when Billy asked James about “a quarter, a dime, a nickel and a penny”. What? The best part of those calls is watching the Guys when it happens. James tries to be very patient with Billy, while Norm tries to get him off the phone as quickly as possible. Great stuff.
3) People who accidentally happen onto the program, thinking it’s a regular Bible-study program and then are shocked when they hear what Norm (and Johnny and James) teaches. These callers are usually the ones who call in and make rookie arguments, like “What about the thief on the cross?” It’s not a bad argument, but the Guys have a ready answer for that and don’t even need to think about it. They’ll usually just respond, “What church are you a member of?” I think Dr. Saunders over at the 7th Day Adventist church was a viewer/caller in this third category.
There might be one or two other categories, like family members or something, but really – a “large audience”? Really? Compared to what? The other programs on Star 39?
Anyway, we might start to see some new comments over on Norm’s sites from some of these men, but I doubt that they will say anything we haven’t heard before.