I was checking YouTube this evening and saw his most recent video — and in short, Bryan “husky394xp” has shut down all comments on all of his videos.
Now, to me, this is completely unacceptable considering the following things about the channel:
1) As stated by him, he’s had the channel for 9 years, and he’s always had comments on every video.
2) He didn’t choose to simply not do comments on any future videos and leave the rest as-is — no, he intentionally killed comments on every single video.
3) He says viewers can still contact him by email (however he stopped giving out his email years ago), but everyone else? Send snail mail to his P.O. Box.
Now, this is a guy who gained his 23,000+ subscribers due to word of mouth on YouTube, social media, and forums. None of his videos are gigantic hits, but he does many videos a week and each one gets a few thousand views typically. He also doesn’t monetize his videos and is supported by donations on his website.
What bothers me about this is that he is effectively saying what so many false teachers end up saying: “My opinion matters, and yours doesn’t — NEVER question me.” (Though I’m not necessarily saying he’s a false teacher on the level of Steven Anderson or Kenneth Copeland, but he’s on that extremely risky path…)
What I do have a core problem with is that for all the viewers — no matter if comments were good or bad — at least people could have discussions. They could thank Bryan for his work. They could criticize/send info if they had an issue with his sermons. But without a way to respond back to him in an open way or communicate with others watching the same content, he is basically going back to when he was mailing people DVDs.
He wants to preach at others, but wants near-zero feedback.
I will say this — some of his videos have been interesting and helpful. He did a good job exposing Hyles-Anderson College, Amish beliefs and comparisons of KJV bibles, for example. But some of his videos are (increasingly) just bizarre — topics like only eating raw/natural things to stay fit (what!?), no interracial marriage of any kind being allowed (what!?), church buildings being inherently evil (what!?), etc.
I would just avoid/unsubscribe from his channel now.