It’s me again.
I’m a totally different person than when I last wrote an article on here. It feels strange typing this out. My goals have changed, my outlook has changed, I’m a new Cullen.
But it’s a good change. I feel deeper in my relationship with God than I’ve ever been before. I feel such peace in where He is leading me and I am so excited about the plans that He has for my life. Not because I’ve had huge victory in my life over struggles or because I had a vision in my sleep, but because I’ve learned things about Jesus Christ.
There have been many things that have happened in my life lately that have been HUGE in teaching me and challenging me. For over a half year I have been dating a unique and wonderful woman, Melinda W. Where exactly God is leading this relationship I don’t know for sure, but I have already learned so much about love. What it looks like, and more importantly, the source. I have also been reading books that have expanded my view of God tremendously. Most of them by C.S. Lewis. The Screwtape Letters, Out of the silent planet, and Paralandra. Highly recommended.
With this heart change I have decided to discontinue NationPains. When I started writing in 2008, 4 years ago, I wanted a platform to prepare for ministry on. Something to keep me sharp and to learn from.
It’s time to take the training wheels off.
This is one of the last articles that I will be writing on here. The final article will be an announcement of my next move into ministry. Something very big and scary for a person like me.
Thank you for being awesome readers. Thank you for the comments (489 of them), subscriptions (280 of you), and everything else that encouraged me.
Please keep your email in the list for when I make the announcement.
-Cullen J Webb
Ray comfort is confronting Abortion, using logic and common morals to do so. This is a powerful video to watch no matter what group you reside in. If you are pro-life you will learn apologetic truth to use to defend your stance. If you are pro-”choice”, you will learn a lot about why we don’t agree with you.
I learned how to share my faith from Ray Comfort. It was his “Hells best kept secret” that taught me the importance of evangelism, and our call to do so. If you haven’t read his books, I highly encourage you to do so.
Although he is Calvinist he is very polite and never ever brings it up. I read 3 of his books and still didn’t know anything about his Calvinist views until somebody close to him told me. So, don’t let his doctrine distract you from the truth.
Thanks for watching.
Recently I had a conversation with a man of God who we invited to speak at our church. He is a passionate sold-out Christian who is a full time evangelist. When he preaches it makes you want to leave in the middle of the sermon to hand out tracts, talk with strangers, or anything just to get the gospel out.
I decided that I wanted to make a video featuring evangelism, and it would use his sermons like my previous videos. I sent him an email asking his permission to post it online. I was genuinely shocked when he refused. Because the purpose of the video was to motivate Christians to share the gospel I couldn’t think of a reason he wouldn’t allow it to be put online.
His reason: “I noticed on your site that you have a bunch of Calvinist videos. I do not agree with the teachings of calvin. they are unbiblical.”
I agree with him. I believe Calvinism is unbiblical. But seriously? I don’t have Calvinist videos on my site. I have videos that have Calvinists in them, but the videos have nothing to do with their doctrine.
The early Church had a ton of differences to deal with. Read this article on why Paul and Barnabas separated. And furthermore they were molding together people from all over the world, both Jews and Gentiles. There’s a lot that wasn’t covered in scripture to face what they were about to go through.
Here is another issue they addressed:
“Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind.”
Paul did not say that one was right and the other was wrong. He didn’t say that one man had received Christ while the other was an immoral pagan who deceived other into thinking he was a Christian.
This does not concern immoral practices, which no Christian should commit, but is dealing with doctrine.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ will bring living water to a soul. Doctrine will determine how salty that water is.
Example. I believe that Paul Washer is a man of God. But he’s Calvinist. I don’t question his living water, I question his salt. I accept his teachings, and I admire his passion. But I don’t agree with this particular belief of his.
The man I mention earlier was in the wrong. Not because he believed Calvinism was wrong (Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind), but because he was unwilling to “accept the one who is weak in faith”.
Don’t let your doctrine become your Gospel.
-Cullen J Webb
You woke up this morning. Why?
You went to work today. Why?
You watched a movie, read a book, played a game. Why?
Don’t forget the reason we are here. This complicated life suddenly becomes very simple when we remember that His glory is the ultimate goal.
I haven’t forgotten about the “Questions about Hell” articles I promised. I’m still planning on it, but want to know what the next question to be answered should be. Leave your suggestion in the comments or email me.
I want to start writing sermons on a regular basis to get myself into the practice. And so here is the first in what I hope to be a regular flow of sermons-turned-article. As practice I’m going to start with the one I spoke to our youth group at camp.
Communicating with God
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.”
He is why we are here. He created us, and He gives us purpose. Therefore communicating with Him is incredibly important. Something that should be noted about the verse above, is that we are compared to sheep. I owned sheep once. Sheep are stupid. Vulnerable. Completely dependent on the Shepherd. We ought to go to him for everything.
Today we are unable to communicate with God as we were meant to. We cannot hear him with our physical ears anymore (With the very rare exception). I find it important to give an overview of why and how we got where we are today.
6,000 years ago
God created the Earth. It was perfect. God then created man. We were perfect. God gave man a spirit, also perfect.
So, here in the beginning of time we have things as they ought to be. A perfect spirit, in a perfect body, in a perfect world. Zero separation from God. He was able to literally speak with Adam and Eve. They had no sin, and could therefore endure his presence.
We had no sickness, no death, and perfect communication with God.
But it didn’t stay that way. (more…)
There has been a lot of discussion concerning Hell at our church in recent months. That, paired with the writings of C.S. Lewis, has stirred me to write about Hell.
Please note that little of what I have to say in this post has anything to do with essential doctrine. That is, you don’t need to know these things or even think about these things to obtain salvation. These are simply thoughts about what the Bible calls Hell, and looking into the deeper questions concerning it. I will be writing about these questions one at a time.
#1 – Where is Hell?
There is some division over this within the church. Some claim that it is located in the center of the Earth, others claim it dwells in the dimension of Eternity.
I believe both.
Here is an image to depict the location of Hell here in time:
As you can see, the circle in B.C. is divided. Let me explain why with the following verse:
“And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. ”
My Father pointed out that this was no parable. This was an actual event that Jesus is giving account of. If it were a parable, the scriptures would have told us so as with all the other parables.
From Luke we learn that Abraham’s Bosom and Hades are located next to each other. More on this a little later. Read the following verse concerning their location:
“For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
So we have learned the location! But, why was both Abraham’s Bosom and Hades in the center of the Earth? Because they were temporary locations. When God created us 6’000 years ago, He gave us perfect spirits and perfect bodies. We corrupt our spirit with sin. In order to redeem us, God had us prepare sacrifices as a substitute for a perfect sacrifice: Jesus Christ. And so, those who honored God’s law and kept his commands and sacrifices went to Abraham’s Bosom to await true Salvation from the Lamb.
Similar is so for those who go to Hades. The word used for “Hades” is the same word used for the garbage dump outside of Jerusalem. This is where the corrupt souls go to await judgement day. Once Christ died salvation was obtained immediately by those who were in Abraham’s Bosom, so it was removed from the center of the Earth. However, the souls within Hades have not been judged yet. We are still awaiting Judgement Day, and until then they shall remain within Time in the center of the Earth.
Another verse that convinced me of this is the following:
“And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
This was said to the Thief on the cross. The Thief would go on to spend 3 days in Abraham’s Bosom and then be taken up into Heaven once Salvation was complete by the resurrection.
It should be noted that Jesus Warned that evil would increase after his death. A little bit of me thinks this is because Hades isn’t confined by Abraham’s Bosom any longer. But this is pure speculation, and is not at all backed by scripture.
#2 – Where is Hell going to be?
This new Hell is what the scripture calls “The Lake of Fire.” It is composed of supernatural elements ( i.g. liquid fire that produces no light) and it lasts forever, so it must therefore reside in eternity.
Here is another image to pull it all together:
“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”
This describes the end of Judgement Day, in which Hades (the Earthly Hell) is cast into the Lake of Fire (the Eternal Hell).
Revelations 20 also tells us that during the Thousand Year Reign of Christ, Satan will be cast into a bottomless pit before eventually being cast into the Lake of Fire. I am unsure of whether that is located within Time or Eternity, but such an infinite prison is probably in Eternity.
All questions and comments are welcome. However it should be noted that such an optional teaching shouldn’t provoke anger.
Thank you for reading,
-Cullen J Webb
No, that’s not a typo or a repost. Harold Camping is admitting that he had the details wrong, but he wont admit that he’s totally wrong. He claims that October 21 is the “real” day of destruction. It’s for really real this time people. Maybe.
Camping says that God did come, and he has judged us. Claiming that we have all been judged spiritually and are now awaiting either destruction or deliverance on October 21st. So all his followers believe that it doesn’t matter what they do in the following months, because God has already judged them and the world is going to end anyway.
Do you see anything dangerous here?
If I told you that you could do anything you wanted today and God would still send you to heaven, and that if you get caught doing it you won’t stay in prison very long because the world is going to end tomorrow, what would your flesh recommend you do?
Needless to say, I won’t be sweaty in October. Harold will be, but I won’t. As Leonard Ravenhill put it, “Someday some simple soul will come along, read the Bible and believe it, and put all the so-called learned bible scholars to shame.”
During a Wednesday night service our Worship Pastor, Dawn G, shared this article with us. I thought it was phenomenal. It threw into perspective what worship does to a congregation.
Here it is:
Excerpt from Colossians 3:12-17
“…with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.”
Reflection by Quinn G. Caldwell, Associate Minister of Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts.
There are about 5,400 animal species that make complex, intentional, repeatable, musical vocalizations. That is, there are about 5,400 species that sing. The majority live in the trees, a few live in the oceans, a very few live underground, but there is one—only one—singing species that lives on the ground: us.
Humans are the only singing species with a precise and shared sense of rhythm, which is what allows us to sing together. Two birds might sing the same song, but they cannot sing it together.
If a roomful of people sings at the same time, they start to breathe at the same time as well. Some studies suggest that if the drumbeat or bass line is strong enough, their hearts will begin to beat together, too. And if we’re singing together and breathing together and our hearts are beating together, then it’s like we’re one body. And you know Whose body it is.
All the other species stop singing when danger approaches. But humans sing louder the closer the danger gets. We sing together, and we become large, and we do not back down.
So come racism and “We Shall Overcome” you.
Come fear, for “It is Well with My Soul.”
Come war, for tonight is your “Silent Night.”
Come death, for “Jesus Christ is Risen Today.”
Come, all ye faithful, and sing.
Lord, I can’t read music and I can’t carry a tune in a bucket. But I’m-a singin’ your praises anyway. Amen.
Yet another individual has declared a date in history to be Judgement Day. Doesn’t that make you sick on the inside when you hear about it? Thousands of people are hearing this and associating it with Christianity.
His name is Harold Camping, and he has an entire organization helping him with his endeavor. Family Radio is the organization. Family LIFE Radio is pretty upset about the whole ordeal, as there is bound to be some misunderstandings.
I have searched their website thoroughly for the biblical evidence that they claim to exist. The “gospel truth” as they put it. I was very surprised when they offered none. They don’t even have a single verse that points to a specific date. What evidence do they offer then? I quote:
“Judgment Day on May 21, 2011 is the culmination of five decades of intensive biblical study by Mr. Camping and other bible teachers who have discovered the same biblical data.”
Translation: “Mr. Camping is a smart dude.”
Apparently he has spent enough time in the scriptures that he doesn’t have to tell us what he knows. Because all they are willing to say is “there’s overwhelming evidence” or “Camping couldn’t be wrong” or “He’s right for sure this time“.
In 1994 he predicted the world was going to end and, in case you haven’t noticed, he was wrong that time too.
Enough of human reasoning. I don’t wish to argue about this any more when I could simply drop the bomb. Here is the Doomsday sayers nightmare:
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
Camping claims to know both the day and the hour. Jesus Christ did not even know the time which He was going to be sent back. ONLY the Father. So here we have 3 options:
- Jesus Christ was wrong
- Mr. Camping is wrong
- Mr Camping is god
Options 1 and 3 aren’t really options, I just put them there to make a point.
Will I be ready on May 21, at 6:00pm? Yes I will. And I will be ready at 7:00pm also, and 8:00pm. In fact, I will be ready the 22nd, the 23rd, and the 24th. I will be ready in 2011, 2012, and 2013. My Lord is coming when we least expect it, and no man will know the hour.
I want to share with you a few songs that have been stirring my heart lately. I listen to them almost daily, and they haven’t gotten old yet.
- All Around Me – David Crowder
- We Proclaim Him – Times Square Church
- Lead Me – Sanctus Real (I actually just learned of this one a couple days ago. Thanks Paul.)
- Take Me As I Am – Lecrae