The other day I read a book on the Ken Ham/Bill Nye debate from 2014. Ken Ham said this afterward:
I told the secular media that if as a result of this debate, the conversation about creation vs. evolution and God’s Word is opened up with people who normally wouldn’t discuss such issues — then it would be a great success. And that certainly has happened.
Also, when I realized that this debate was to become a worldwide sensation (our conservative estimate is that upwards of 15 million people worldwide have now seen the debate in one way or another), I was greatly burdened to ensure I honored God’s Word and presented the Gospel. Knowing the platform the Lord was giving me, I understand the incredible responsibility to ensure the message of the truth of God’s Word and the message of salvation came through clearly.
If the Lord used the debate to save one person for eternity, there would be rejoicing in Heaven (“Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents,” Luke 15:10). Actually, I’ve heard quite a number of testimonies from people saved as a result of the debate — and numerous instances of skeptics who were prepared to discuss the creation topic with their Christian friends, whereas previously they would not do so.
Ham, K. & Hodge, B. (2014). Inside the Nye Ham Debate [ebook]. Master Books, Green Forest, Location 5502