If you’ve been a faithful (or even occasional) reader of Plugged In’s YouTube reviews, you might think that the “decent” channels are few and far between. Perhaps you’d even consider banning the social media platform altogether.
But there are, in fact, some decent channels on the platform—and some that are not only decent, but dare I say, profitable for your faith. Indeed, we’ve made a point of intentionally reviewing a Christian channel once every couple of months in order to expose readers to biblical YouTubers of which they may not have been previously aware. So before you block YouTube from your browser, it may be worthwhile to consider checking out these five channels that point back to the truth of Christianity and the beauty of the gospel.
Living Waters – 1.2 million subscribers
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20.
The greatest commandment of Jesus was to spread the gospel with all people. There is no greater love that we, as Christians, can show than to bring that message of salvation to all nations, offering restoration and forgiveness with our Father through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ on account of our sins. And Ray Comfort’s Living Waters channel showcases how he displays that love to strangers he encounters on the street. And he might help show you how you can more effectively share the “good news” with others, too.
Comfort offers an easy-to-understand walkthrough of the gospel. He begins by explaining the truth that we have all done evil deeds in the eyes of God, and because God loves justice, He will not allow evil things to go unpunished (Romans 3:23). He explains how Jesus, the Son of God, came to live a perfect, sinless life according to God’s law, and He is the only one who can stand before God as righteous. However, Jesus voluntarily laid down His life on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins, taking them upon Himself and bestowing His righteousness before God onto us who believe in Him as our Lord and Savior (Isaiah 53:4-7, 11). And finally, Ray explains that Jesus demonstrated His authority to declare this salvation by rising from the dead, having dominion over even death—and promising that we, too, would rise with Him after death (Romans 8:1-2).
But Living Waters shows us how to engage with all sorts of people—even those who might not be open to the message. Instructional and encouraging, the channel stresses that the gospel is for everyone, even for those not quite ready to hear it.
Got Questions Ministries – 314,000 subscribers
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:5.
Another Christian discipline that strengthens your faith is through apologetics—that is, learning how to defend your faith with various proofs. It’s one thing to believe something, but it’s an entirely another thing to be able to explain why you believe something beyond “just because I think it is true.”
There’re multiple instances in which we’re encouraged to equip ourselves with knowledge in order to spread the gospel and rebuke false doctrine. For instance, we’re told that “opponents must be gently instructed” (2 Timothy 2:25); that Paul entered the synagogue, “reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God” (Acts 19:8); that Apollos “vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah” (Acts 18:28).
It can be hard to know where to start in your journey, however, which is why it’s great to have a resource like Got Questions Ministries. The website and channel help to answer thousands of questions you or a friend might have about all things related to theology. Whether you want to know about the merits of a certain doctrine, popular interpretations of difficult Bible passages or something else entirely, Got Questions probably has it on their YouTube channel or website—and if they don’t, you can submit the question yourself! In this way, the next time someone tries to use a tired old argument against your beliefs, you’ll be well-equipped to convincingly defend the faith.
Engaging the Culture
Red Pen Logic – 90,500 subscribers
“Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” – Jude 3.
Even with your newfound apologetical assistance, there still might be some arguments that you just don’t know how to refute. Some of them have been around for a long time: “Can God create a rock so big He can’t lift it?” Others are relatively new: “Homosexuality was added to the Bible in 1946!” And a lot of these arguments, both new and old, are being authoritatively stated on social media.
But just because you might not have an immediate answer to such claims doesn’t mean they are correct. Fortunately, you’ll find some help with Red Pen Logic, a channel dedicated to “correcting bad thinking with good thinking.” It makes sense, as Tim Barnett is a speaker with Stand to Reason, a ministry that “trains Christians to think more clearly about their faith and to make an even-handed, incisive, yet gracious defense for classical Christianity and classical Christian values in the public square.”
On the channel, Tim addresses popular arguments found on social media, explaining why they don’t hold water against a proper Christian hermeneutic. Sometimes, he simply shows how the argument is made up of logical fallacies. Other times, he directly refutes the argument by showing what the Bible actually says about the topic. In any case, watching Red Pen Logic will certainly help you realize that those arguments you thought shook Christianity to its core actually crumble away when their foundations are exposed.
Drive Thru History with Dave Stotts – 60,400 subscribers
“Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.” – 1 Corinthians 10:11
Let’s be honest: though the Bible has stood the test of time as a verifiable document of antiquity that even secular archaeological experts admit has been unprecedently well-preserved, some people still refuse to accept anything coming from it. But because Christianity is based in history, we can expect that there will be extrabiblical evidence that proves the things written about in the Bible.
As it turns out, there is. To name a few non-Christian historical sources that talk about Jesus, we can look at the writings of Tacitus, Pliny the Younger and Josephus, to name a few. Archaeological findings consistently reveal insights referenced in the Bible rather than contradict it. And documents like the Dead Sea Scrolls give us confidence that our Bibles contain the same message people were reading thousands of years ago.
That historical bent of Christianity is what Drive Thru History with Dave Stotts focuses on. The older series takes viewers on-site to where biblical events likely happened. Each clip will help to bolster the faith of those watching. And while the channel also provides some insights into American history, the vast majority of its content is centered around researching the events spoken about in the Bible as historical realities rather than as ancient philosophical musings.
Daily Disciple – 151,000 subscribers
“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” – John 15:8.
Our faith is not one that we merely know about. Our faith changes us and causes us to bear fruit, living in a world as strangers who don’t conform to the world’s passions (Romans 12:2, Ephesians 2:1-10). Simply put, genuine Christians bear good fruit. They’re Christians on good days and bad; not just on Sundays or Easters, but every day.
In that regard, how, then, shall we live with lives so impacted by the gospel? Well, that’s what Isaac Mogilevsky of Daily Disciple helps to discern. How do we interact with a culture that is growing increasingly hostile to Christianity? How should we respond to charges made against our faith? How might we overcome our sinful desires? These and more are all questions that Isaac grapples with on the channel.
But the channel goes beyond helping us think about how our faith should impact the way we live; it’s that it continuously points us back to the gospel. The channel doesn’t promote living in a manner pleasing to God in order to obtain salvation or blessing—it’s the opposite. We have been saved and blessed; therefore, let us live in this way.
There are plenty of other Christian channels on YouTube that we have plans to cover—enough that we could create a “part two” to this blog post. Until that time, however, we hope that these five YouTubers encourage and strengthen you in your faith.
-Thank you for this list. I didn’t realize Drive Through History is now on YouTube and I plan on checking out the other channels too.
-Really great to see Isaac of Daily Disciple on here, I’ve been watching him for some time now and I hope this really helps drive traffic to his stuff. Very well thought out and encouraging!!
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