By Elizabeth Prata
This is the time of year when bloggers, reporters, other writers do the round up of their year, making lists. I think it’s interesting to look back and see what people were most interested in, on this blog anyway. What were the top read or viewed blog essays here at The End Time?
But first, some stats:
My readership seems to be holding steady at about half a million views per year. I don’t receive a huge amount of comments, nor lengthy back and forth arguments (I’m grateful for that one!)
I seem to get a lot of traffic from the referrers of Facebook, and also Android. As one might expect, my audience is mainly from English speaking countries, from the US, Canada, UK, Australia and South Africa. But also in the top ten countries from which visitors view The End Time is the Philippines, India, Singapore, and Nigeria. Welcome everyone!
After “Unknown search terms,” the #1 search term that brought people to The End Time was “types of glory” which pleases me.
- Home page / Archives
- Bullet points on why Joyce Meyer is a false teacher (2021)
- Dr David Jeremiah’s shocking apostasy, Updated (2015)
- Beth Moore is finally “home” (2021)
- Jackie Hill Perry comes out as a ‘prophet’ (2022)
- “The walls are coming down” says Dallas Jenkins of The Chosen. But should they? (2021)
- Two divorce cases: Summer White and Melissa Moore (2016)
- Exactly what ARE the ‘Treasures in Heaven’? (2021)
- According to prophecy the Nile River will dry up (2012)
- One more reason to avoid Lysa TerKeurst of Elevation Church (2016)
It amazes me that something I wrote ten years ago is in the top ten this year. Go figure. I hoope I wrote it right back then…
Eight of the top ten are discernment essays. The other one was prophecy. People are obviously interested in discernment, especially when it comes to Christian celebrities. Christian celebrities rack up huge numbers of followers. Some of those followers seem to have become concerned with the doctrine and lifestyle of whom they are following, so they google it. They may be looking for confirmation of a radar alarm of discernment going off in their head.
I remember in 2010, 2011 I was looking for information on Beth Moore. I’d become terribly concerned with her antics, her doctrine, and her growing cultish-celebrity following. I couldn’t find much discernment on her back then, except from Chris Rosebrough and Dale Ford. I’ve always been grateful to have found their discernment essays on that particular celebrity, confirming and putting into concise words based on the Bible of what I’d been sensing.
Or, people come to the discernment essays on The End Time perhaps are wondering IF they should begin to follow this person, absorbing their teaching or mimicking their behavior or their lifestyle. This is good. I applaud it.
The Lord instilled in me a drive for discernment and a Spirit-founded ability to smell something off from 20 paces. Errant doctrine grieves me almost physically, wounds me emotionally, and tears at me mentally. Since discernment is a gift from the Spirit, I won’t apologize for using it, nor for writing discernment essays. Exalting the Lord means we proclaim His excellencies, but we also cherish the brethren and protect them from wolves by warning them in loving discernment.
Also in the top 20 this year are essays about Beth Moore, Rick Warren, Jen Wilkin, and the IF:Gathering. More discernment seekers, good!
The all-time essay on this site consistently has been one I wrote in 2016: Two divorce cases: Summer White and Melissa Moore (2016). Melissa Moore is Beth Moore’s daughter. In that essay I compared two Christian women (or one who is and another who claims to be) and their reasons for and process of divorce. I culled public documents and statements from each lady, and wrote about it.
I remember catching a lot of flak for that, with Beth Moore groupies crying out that I had no right to delve into anyone’s life. Oh, but I do. A teacher of the Bible, especially a public teacher, must maintain lifestyle standards as well as doctrinal purity. We compare both their doctrine AND their life to the Bible. After all, if they teach doctrine perfectly but disobey the Bible with their life, they are still a rebel.
Personally, the essays I’ve enjoyed researching and presenting to the public this year have been:
The antichrist will conquer by flatteries, because I got to examine how people use language to manipulate, a subject of my college and graduate education, and afterwards. I love examining how language is used, and when it’s used in a Christian or religious context, all the better to look into it.
Why does mankind resist certain fictional narratives? I looked at the philosophy subset of “imaginative resistance”, another language essay.
I loved writing about The Attributes of God.
I’m curious about the natural history of vegetation and animals mentioned in the Bible. I wrote “What is the almug tree?” and I enjoyed researching that one.
Also comparing “Two Gardens, Eden and Gethsemane“.
I enjoy writing about the ladies of the Bible, here is one about Lois & Eunice, Euodia and Syntyche.
On January 9, in a week or so. I will celebrate the 14th anniversary of writing this blog. I’ve written daily here for 5,110 days straight, with few repeats. I praise the Spirit for His support of this ministry. I’ve written so many blogs…6,006.
Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let’s show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; (Hebrews 12:28)
The Lord will tell me whether my service has been acceptable. I pray it is. My prayer is that I continue with this ministry as long as the Spirit desires me to; that I remain doctrinally sound; that I stave off weariness in the doing good but persevere; and that I serve ladies of the faith well.
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with every good thing to do His will. And may He accomplish in us what is pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21.