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Navy SEAL Chad Williams on Fox News

Navy SEAL Chad Williams

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Veterans Day

It Cost an Arm and a Leg

The most common currency of freedom is blood. That is worth repeating and reflecting on. Freedom isn’t free, but paid for in blood on two distinct fronts: 1) Soldiers, who have shed their blood on the battlefield for the sake of temporal freedom. 2) The Savior, who shed His blood at the Cross of Calvary for the sake of eternal freedom.

Veterans Day is a time in which we honor and remember our living soldiers who have sacrificed much for the cause of freedom. Common men and women with an uncommon desire to defend an unalienable right bestowed upon us by our Creator. Forged by adversity, they selflessly rise to the occasion of our nation’s call. They are fathers and mothers, our brothers and sisters, our children and our friends! Let me just share a glimpse with you into the lives of two soldiers I was recently introduced to.

As I entered the room where we would be meeting these men, one of them jumped to his feet and reached across the table to introduce himself with a standard military greeting providing his name, rank, branch of service, and added that he served in Afghanistan. When I asked him how his experience was over there in Afghanistan he smiled and said, “I had a blast.” It was then that I noticed the markings on his face, neck, arms, and hands from the burns he had received after his vehicle was struck by the blast of a VBIED (Vehicle-Born Improvised Explosive Device). His burns were so bad that it would require skin grafting to patch the damage that had been inflicted across his body. I thanked him for his service as he shrugged and replied, “I was just doing my job.” In other words, his reasonable service.

The other veteran I sat next to was an older soft-spoken gentleman. Upon his discovering that I used to be a Navy SEAL he became more interested in asking me questions about the teams rather than discussing his own service. We all had a television interview to do and the time came for us to stand up and make our way to the studio. It was at that moment I realized that the man sitting next to me had no legs of his own to stand on. He lost them in the heat of battle. And yet he too, would later say, “I was just doing my job.” In other words, his reasonable service.

I am sure you have heard that figure of speech, “It cost an arm and a leg.” But for these men and many more like them, that is no figure of speech but a reality. Our freedom cost them an arm and a leg! Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to such examples of living sacrifice, and may they be an example to all us soldiers of Christ who ought to be a living sacrifice for our Lord. After all, it is our reasonable service (see Romans 12:1–2).

Navy SEAL Chad Williams

Author of SEAL of God

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What Is The Moral Argument?

The Moral Argument

 The Moral Argument (TMA) is a tremendously effective tool on the street. The reason TMA has so much force is because it reaches people on a more personal level. The bottom line is that the conclusions one draws from this argument will translate over to how they live their everyday life. In short, this one gets personal!

TMA comes in a handful of different variations and I have selected the most prominent arrangement for our discussion. It comes in the form of a logical syllogism, and therefore the conclusion will follow inescapably according to the rules of logic so long as one affirms premises (1) and (2) as true premises.

The Moral Argument Stated:

1) If God does not exist, objective moral values do not exist.

2) Objective moral values do exist.

3) Therefore, God exists.

Before expanding on this, I think it would be crucial to distinguish between what it means for something to be “objectively” or “subjectively” true.

By “objective” we mean: Something is to be true independent of human opinion.

By “subjective” we mean: Something is to be true dependent on human opinion.

Objective vs. Subjective Illustrated:

If I have a 5 Dollar Bill in my wallet, it will be objectively true that I have a 5 Dollar Bill in my wallet. To make it absolutely clear, it is objectively true that I have a 5 Dollar Bill in my wallet and this truth is wholly independent of what any human might feel or think about that.

With regards to the appearance of my wallet, it is subjectively true that it is a fashionable wallet. It is dependent upon my opinion and the opinion of others whether my wallet really has that voguish elegance.

Premise (1) the claim is that if God does not exist there is no justification or accountability for objective moral values. That is to say, if God does not exist there would be no foundation outside of the shifty subjectivism that human beings impart. Put another way, there would be no objective grounding or anchoring of moral values. In the absence of God, Richard Dawkins drives the point home for us in premise (1):

“In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication. Some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is at bottom no design, no purpose, no evil, no good; nothing but pitiless indifference.”

Thus, if someone wants to negate the affirmation of premise (1) the burden of proof will lay squarely on them. It will be their responsible to erect a basis for objective moral values in the absence of God.

Premise (2) objective moral values do exist. You would think that this might be a difficult premise to validate but; almost everyone –when feet are put to the fire- will affirm the existence of some objective moral values. Most of us do experience the reality of objective moral values just as we experience the reality of the physical world. For instance, certain actions like raping to fulfill sexual desires or torturing babies for pure entertainment are not actions of “pitiless indifference” equivalent to love and kindness as Richard Dawkins would have it; rather such actions are objectively wrong regardless and independent of what Dawkins or other human beings might think or have to say on the matter! There may be those that disagree with us on this point but that should not slow down those of us that do apprehend such objective moral values anymore than a color blind or deaf person ought to cause those of us that see color and hear fine to doubt we do. Such a person that does not perceive it to be objectively wrong to rape for pleasure or torture babies for entertainment would simply be morally handicapped in the same way a blind or deaf person is physically handicapped.

Conclusion (3) if a person affirms the first two premises then the logic is airtight and the conclusion will forcefully follow that God exists. God would be the transcendent foundation and anchoring of objective moral values, wholly independent of human opinion or feelings. God would be the very source of moral value as His Nature is the “The Good” and anything contrary to His Good Nature would be Evil.  

Are there common objections to these premises? Certainly, and there are very good responses too! I will be dealing with these common objections on an individual basis in my next handful of posts. As the common objections are dealt with I will provide links to them below:

Common Objections to TMA

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>Tracts: Even The Military Uses Tracts!

>The primary reason why we ought to use tracts is because the Holy Spirit has and is willing to condescend and move through His Word (Heb. 4:12) on printed tracts!

A good friend mine recently told me of his conversion. He was sitting on the side walk with his back up against a building as he watched the world go round in a heavily foot trafficked area. As he sat there he thought to himself that no one cares, people are self-centered and don’t even notice me here. As he was considering the absurdity of life alone in the universe his eyes turned down to the ground where he saw a piece of paper on the ground that stuck out amongst the crushed sun-dried gum on the pavement. He picked up the paper as the printed words came alive to him. He read about the true condition of man before God and for the very first time ever he learned of the message and majesty of God’s saving grace through the cross! Eyes filled with tears in that lonely spot on the ground God condescended to a young man through the written Word on a trampled piece of paper.

Tracts are an extremely effective way to get a message across! In fact, even the military recognizes this! As a Navy SEAL I was made aware of this as I entered the SEAL Team 1 compound for the first time. Looking up on the walls amongst the photos
that showed victorious battles, a photo of a C-130 dropping thousands of tracts caught my eyes as peculiar! I learned that the we drop tracts over enemy occupied territory, warning them of the danger and judgment that was about to come in battle if they don’t turn from their ways and surrender. Wow! I am seeing a parallel here, and by the way, it is not just a scare tactic….It is a fair warning of truth, the same as a fair warning about lung cancer to a chain smoker or kidney damage to an alcoholic.

Tracts are effective and simple! If the fear of confrontation is your obstacle to evangelism then use tracts. Again you can see how the military uses the same strategy to preserve the lives of soldiers! Make McDonald’s your “drop zone” or how about going into Barnes & Noble and take a little stroll over to the “New Age” section and strategically place them in the table of contents. You can even crumble up the Trillion Dollar Bill Tracts, toss them on the grounds, and do a little reconnaissance mission aka: “people watching” from a distance as you see pedestrians pick up the eye catching money and stash it in their pockets. It is actually quite funny when you see somebody acting shady about picking up the presumed money, unaware they have the Gospel in their hands!

I have much more to say on this and I think we shall visit it again…In the meantime I leave you with a nugget of wisdom from someone that knows a thing or two about evangelism. 

“When preaching and private talk are not available, you need to have a tract ready….Get good striking tracts, or none at all. But a touching gospel tract may be the seed of eternal life. herefore, do not go out without your tracts.”

-Charles Spurgeon

Posted By: Chad Williams StreetApologetics

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True and False Conversion

Last Saturday Ray, Scotty and I open air preached in sunny Huntington Beach which is our custom. Huntington Beach is my hometown, my stomping grounds as it were and it is where I initially was introduced to Ray.

I remember the very first time I saw Ray, it was from a distance and I wasn’t a Christian at the time. I had just gotten back off of a SEAL training trip and met up for lunch with my girlfriend (now wife) who worked across the street from the pier. Now though I was not a Christian I certainly was not an atheist… I knew God existed and that is worth knowing because of what follows.

When I spotted Ray from a distance I saw next to him a gigantic artificial ape that was standing about 6 1/2 feet high. So here I am, walking with my girlfriend as I something to the effect of “Look at this…I leave home for a while to come back and find I have got some moron evolutionist on display!”

I changed my course and headed straight for Ray with intentions of knocking him off his box and kicking down his missing link. My girlfriend saw the fire in my eyes as she latched onto me like a human anchor. She let me know quick that if I did anything stupid in front of her, I would greatly regret it later.

I remember thinking to myself that I would catch Ray some other time…Little did I know (because I was out of ear shot) that he was preaching the Gospel. Chances are I probably would have objected to the message anyways as at that time in my life I was suppressing the truth to suit my Navy SEAL downtown nightlife “rock-star” lifestyle.

About a year later I was a Christian and I saw Ray again…This time I didn’t want to knock him off his box with my arms; instead I wanted to engage in some rational combat with the evolutionist before me.

As I approached the chalk circle I was hit by total disorientation as Ray was preaching Christ next to the artificial “missing link” and some person in the crowd was calling him a Jesus freak. I suddenly realized Ray was a Christian and the hecklers were trying reviling at the preaching of cross. Talk about a turn around!

Ray didn’t know it at the time but I immediately became his body guard. I didn’t understand that Ray “wanted” to be heckled as I was doing everything within my infant Christian walk to contain myself from launching into a physical assault aimed at hecklers.

Anyways…Eventually I got to know Ray and he got me to step up on the box to see what it was like. Much more could be said to fill in the gaps of time but lets get to what this video clip above is about.

So last Saturday was very lively, we had many hecklers and one of them was the young man above (Joshua). I really felt bad for the young guy as I could sense he had some deep rooted hatred to Christianity and which unfortunately manifested in an outrage as he vented his frustrations with what sounded like a works righteousness attempt at belief.

Often times we will have atheists or agnostics approach us during an open-air, insisting that they once were on fire Christians for God but now they have a message to share…God is just imaginary. More times than not this anger they have is rooted in some hypocrites they encountered along the way in church. Two things are worth mentioning here.

One, a hypocrite should never be a test to the validity of Christianity! Jesus said “Follow Me” (Matt. 4:19) not his followers. In fact Jesus even forewarned that there would be tares amongst the wheat (Matt. 13:24-30). Just because there is a label on the outside of the bible doesn’t necessarily make it so.

Secondly, if you dig deep you will find that they never really knew the Lord which means they never really were Christians to begin with! If they didn’t know the Lord, then their false conversion experience was just that, an experience. They were never really born-again and thus it is advantageous to press and plead with someone like this to truly repent and put their faith and trust in the Savior rather than a works righteousness (Matt. 12:1-23).

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>Hate mail from someone identifying themselves as 666

>self-proclaimed 666 writes:

“God can not be trust. No money, god will disappear. I only trust physical. A truck runs over, you will die. God, angle, spirit, and ghost are not real and have no power. Everyone has different believe and religion. People use religion to control, power, money, and sex and lusty sex. The ten commandments is unreal because I am a man. I know self and therefore I know others intention.
People say have faith. Then I dare you to jump out the 10 floor building and see how much faith you have. You see! No matter what, people trust physical because if they jump out the 10 floors building and they will die.”

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Hello,

You are full of confusion, a slave to the power of sin and the god of this age (2 Cor. 4:4). Do not lean on your own understanding (Prov. 3:5) for to say God is not real is a foolish position (Prov. 14:1) God is displeased with your failure to acknowledge Him and His Word warns that He has a set a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness (Acts 17:31,31). Your knee certainly will bend before Him one way or the other (Phil. 2:10). He will not over look your willful ignorance and He commands that you repent, turn from sin for you are without excuse (Rom. 1:18-32).

You are an adversary to the Creator, a child of wrath (Gen. 1:1; Eph. 2:3) so quickly agree with your adversary while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison (Matt. 5:25,26). Your time to agree with your adversary is now because when your time on earth is done it will be too late(Heb. 9:27). You are not promised another day to live; your very breath is in the hands of the Creator (Job 12:10).

God gives grace to the humble, for a broken and contrite heart He will not despise (Ps. 51:17); but there is no good news for you as you attempt to trample underfoot the good things of God (Matt. 7:6). Fear the LORD as it is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom (Prov. 1:7; 9:10). Repent, turn from your wicked ways that are made known by God’s Holy Law (Rom. 3:19,20; Acts 3:19)

I leave you with a proclamation by the apostle Paul as it seems right that you read this:

“…He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being…since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:25-31)

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Make a Video Response To This!

So just threw this video together over at the ministry headquarters (Living Waters) and we are really looking forward to getting the live program “On The Box” going. It will have Ray Comfort and the Living Waters team consisting of Tony Miano, me, Emeal (E.Z.) Zwayne, Mark Spence, Eddie Roman ect.

The show is tentatively going to be getting its official kick start January 5th 11:30PST; though we have already done a couple of test shows with one more on the way tomorrow!

To see tomorrow’s test show go here and use this password: mark1615

Make sure you folks get your questions in to us via video response to the video that I have embedded above! We might even use your question tomorrow on the test show if you get it to us in time!

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Living Waters New Program "On The Box" (Opener)

This is the 30-second intro for Living Waters’ new program, “On the Box.”

“On the Box” will be a live, web-based program, which will air on UStream, Monday through Friday, and will be available on YouTube and other websites. Ray Comfort and members of the Living Waters team will appear on the program. The focus of the program will be, of course, biblical evangelism. But the program will tackle a host of topics and issues.

The projected premier date for the program is Wednesday, January 5, 2011.

Stay tuned to this channel for more details.

www.livingwaters.com

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200 Spider Monkeys & One Named "Banana Man"

The footage is being logged and captured now as I write these notes for our editor!

Ray, Tony and I (Chad) took an excursion yesterday out to Fullerton College along with a couple of our friends that visited the ministry. We endured Southern California’s Interstate 91 Freeway, all to be greeted by an empty campus upon our arrival at Fullerton College. It became apparent to us that due to the holiday season (Thanksgiving week) the college was on a reduced, minimal staffing and student attendance; thus we decided to flip our sails, change course and give open-air preaching an undertaking at an alternate college campus. The failure of Fullerton’s campus would turn out to be a blessing in disguise as our alternate campus “Cerritos College” would prove to be a day on sight none of us will ever forget.

Upon our arrival things seemed grey and somewhat bleak. It was cold out complimented by overcast clouds. I had mixed emotions about attempting to draw a crowd as it seemed questionable whether or not we would be able to draw a crowd with consideration of the atmospheric conditions and spotty student presence. Maybe this was merely going to be a day better suited for one to one evangelism.

Optimism was in the air as we decided to just go ahead and pitch tent, “lets break out the gear and see what happen!” Like clockwork and the natural law of flames following smoke we threw our smoke in the air with a set-up of the cameras, tripods, flip-chart, chalk ect. And so it worked, students egressed from the building doors just as our equipment set-up came to fruition!

5 people turned into 10, 10 into 20 and so on until before we knew it we were surround by one of the largest captive crowds I have ever encountered during an open-air preaching. There must have been close to 200 students in our area at it’s peaking moments and the only reason they were hindering around rather than going home was because they were beguiled by the event we were stirring up!

Not only did we have the largest O.A. crowed but we had the most abundant amount of participating hecklers I have ever seen in one day too! There were estimated 15+ hecklers that actually jumped up on our hecklers box alone; and those that stood on the box were only a fraction of the hecklers that were taking shot at us while enjoying the anonymity and vail of being obscured by the crowd.

We ran our machine of 3 cameras until the wheels fell off, our batteries died and it was time to leave. Things were becoming increasingly hostile as we attempted to pack our gear and evacuate the campus. The experience of last things was like trying to shake off a tribe of spider monkeys that have you surrounded, one of your friends is known as the “banana man” and the spider monkeys want to take a bite! [punt intended]

All in all, it was a stand-out memorable day. The Gospel was preached and articulated at least a dozen times. And as things came to an end we slipped away to find ourselves greeted by students of a different nature, who gave us encouraging words and giving thanks to God that the Gospel could be preached at their home school.

We will return!