Netflix isn’t just a binge-watching paradise, but also a powerful tool for saving souls, according to televangelist Ed Young. Young is one of four Christian pastors to have their sermons added to Netflix’s content library late last year. “I believe if Jesus were on planet Earth today in the flesh, he’d be on Netflix,” Young told the Colorado Springs Gazette. Young, an evangelical superstar, previously had a program on E! network, in addition to publishing a handful of books and hosting a podcast.
“Jesus said that we should become fishers of men. If I’m going to catch the most fish, I’ve got to put a lot of hooks in the water,” he explained to the Gazette. “But I’m most excited about Netflix right now.” Young was the main driver in getting Christian lectures onto Netflix, and helped bring the other pastors on board. Though these sermons are different from much of Netflix’s catalog, having a variety of “niche” content is something the Netflix sees as central to its service. Why? A big reason is because Netflix believes its international expansion will unlock value from niche shows. READ MORE