mikeedwards wrote:Why has it been read so many times in your opinion?
My theory is that the author, Stephen Gola, has a fairly significant web presence. As of this posting, searching for his name produces over 147,000 hits on Google. His FaithWriters profile is the 8th hit. Thus, it will display even for those whose Google search results display only 10 hits at a time. If you click on the profile link, the first article listed is the article you are inquiring about. So, many people probably click on it.
Three points of interest:
1. Gola's interpretation of the significance of the number 13, is not that of other biblical numerologists. So even assuming that this kind of biblical numerology is valid, he would have to address why 13 does not represent apostasy, etc. (Of course, He doesn't really "have to," but if he wants to convince people who think about these things, it seems wise to address why the majority view is wrong.)
2. Gola's main claim to fame—and therefore the main reason people would be googling him and finding his FaithWriters' profile—seems to be his teaching on divorce. From my perspective, his teaching is flagrantly (though not 100%) wrong.
3. When typing Gola's name into the google search box, google's first suggested autocomplete was "Stephen Gola false teacher" and several down the list was "Stephen Gola false prophet." Obviously, that does not PROVE anything (and I am not leveling any accusations), but it does give one pause considering how google generates its autocompletes.