Ethics

3rd November
2011
written by Cullen 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.
-Cullen Webb

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20th May
2011
written by Cullen Webb

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:

 

Matthew 24:36
“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:

  1. Jesus Christ was wrong
  2. Mr. Camping is wrong
  3. 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.

-Cullen Webb

 

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1st April
2011
written by Cullen Webb

I’ve been in many different types of churches, and many different denominations.  Most of them have rules for worship: what instruments they can use, what hymnals they sing from, whether or not you’re allowed to clap, how you may dress to attend worship, and the list goes on.

Why?

Are we God that we may decide how worship is to be conducted?  Having a musical preference is only natural;  I would even say it’s required to have any personality at all.  However, when somebody creates a rule book because anything other than their preference is apparently “evil”.

I’m not an emergent, a seeker friendly, or lightweight Christian.  I believe that God has required much of us, and will hold us accountable for everything we do or say.  But you’ve gone too far to preserve a useless tradition within your church if you consider drums evil.

Don’t just take my word for it.  Read what King David had to say:

Psalm 150:
“Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”

Just in case the scripture wasn’t obvious enough for you, I highlighted the instruments, places, and reasons for worship.
God is the only constant.  We, and our instruments, are the variable.

I find it interesting to note that the only instrument mentioned more than once are the cymbals.  There was a man who came to speak at our church who called our youth pastor evil and possessed because he played the drums for our church.  I would have loved 5 minutes alone with that man.
Ignorance wins many battles, unfortunately.  Most of them in peoples minds.
I want to introduce you to Worship.  Watch this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSdiKhVY4W4

That isn’t worship because it’s a song written a long time ago,  because it’s found in hymnals, or because of the instruments used.  It’s worship because the lyrics are lifting God up and putting ourselves in our rightful place at His feet.  It’s worship because it coincides with the Psalm we just read.

Now, let me introduce you to some more worship.  Watch this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWnrUgzlHyQ

Why is that any different?  Our Pastors say the same thing but slower.  In fact, he made good use of the cymbals, and remember that’s the only instrument mentioned twice.

There are more arguments against contemporary music, but I don’t care about them.  I’ve read through them and they don’t have a sentence of un-contorted  scripture to back them up.  Some believe it’s wrong simply because of the beat.  How silly.

Worship Him constantly.  And when necessary, sing too.

-Cullen Webb

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25th March
2011
written by Cullen Webb

Have you considered that the thing which we pray to be delivered from is, in some cases, sent by God?

John 11:4
“When Jesus heard [that], he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.”

There are several reasons that sickness, grief, pain, and tragedy in general befall our lives.  First and foremost: we are cursed.  There’s no away around the fact that we are a dying people because we broke a simple and straightforward command.  We get sick.  Be break.  We die.  Nothing can change that.

But today I am writing about one reason in particular that we experience tragedy: growth.

My Grandmother has spent several days in the hospital recently due to a broken hip.  While she was there she told me an analogy (on accident) about apple trees.

Apparently if you had an apple tree that had stopped producing fruit, you took an axe to it.  Not to chop it down, just to take a hunk out of the side.  This forced the tree into a state of emergency to repair itself, while at the same time producing fruit again.

Tragedy can pull us out of contentment and place us into a state of emergency and reliance upon God.  Then we produce fruit.

Examine yourself before the next time you pray for deliverance.  God may be trying to tell you something.

-Cullen Webb

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16th March
2011
written by Cullen Webb

I was greatly convicted by this sermon of Paul Washer’s.  It motivated me to change things in my life that are “trifle” and a waste of time.

It has some strong words for men and Christians.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMq25hxtvYw

 

May God bless and challenge,
-Cullen

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6th March
2011
written by Cullen Webb

It’s odd that, despite all the technical things of Christianity that I am comfortable writing about, I find it difficult to write about grace.  It’s the most fundamental and foundational aspect of my belief system, yet I don’t know very much about it at all.  Perhaps it is because grace is so unnatural; so contradictory with human nature.

I have been convicted lately due to the amount of emphasis I have placed upon my own works.  Somehow I transitioned to a place where I was a Christian based upon what I did and didn’t do, and how often I failed or succeeded.  I know, based upon scripture, that this is not true Christianity.

Titus 3:5
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

It’s hard for me to grasp the fact that God doesn’t need me to do good things to grant forgiveness.  This is totally incompatible with our social structure.  Imagine what would happen if nobody had to show up for work to receive their pay checks?

Grace works though.  It doesn’t result in thousands of sinning and apathetic “saints”.  Why?  Because anyone who is truly saved and redeemed will become a new creation, and live to please God.  It’s like getting a check in the mail, then going to work to see what the Boss wants you to do that day;  because He deserves it, without demanding it.

I see many people abusing this precious gift, though.  Claiming redemption when their lover is the World, and feeling justified because they prayed a little prayer and cried a little tear.  That’s getting a check in the mail and, without showing up to work, seeking employment elsewhere to get a bonus.

This is where works comes in.

James 2:24
“Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”

Repentance leads to salvation.  Salvation leads to a new creation.  The new creation, by it’s new found nature, will do good works.  Not because we have to, or to fill a quota, but because the desire of our heart has been changed.

This isn’t to say that you will be without sin.  No, the war is far from over.  The Devil is still upset about losing you.

Christ has purchased me.  He knew I was a sinner.  He knew I deserved the deepest, darkest, flames of Hell.  Yet He came, and payed a price I could never dream of paying myself.

Humbled by Jesus,
Cullen Webb

 

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7th February
2011
written by Cullen Webb

Sex. Alcohol. Nudity. More sex and alcohol.

The super bowl ads were full of all that garbage. Thankfully the host of the party had DVR so we could pause and fast forward all the crap.

What makes things worse is that the following ad was denied because it was too religious and offensive:

It leaves me speechless.  They allowed the ad to be viewed in 2-3 states, but the content wasn’t appropriate for a national audience.  I would go on about how this angers me, why this is wrong, and how it’s inconsistent, but I’m sure the gears in your head are turning too.

I’m thinking about what I want to do next year.  I’m offended by the secular ads, so maybe I wont watch the game.  Maybe I’ll write a few letters about how I cannot watch ads that worship sex.

Imagine a day when the ads were clean again.  It’s possible.  We just need to pray about it.

-Cullen Webb

P.S.  If even the mention of John 3:16 offends the world, then why am I, a Christian representing the Messiah, not offending the world?

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27th January
2011
written by Cullen Webb

My family has been upgrading their phones recently.  I’m a huge fan of Google, so when they asked me to help pick a few out, I pointed towards Android devices.  Mine hasn’t come in the mail yet, but I’ve been able to geek out on my parents phones.

I’ve been spending this time in awe of how such a small device can be so efficient and connected with things around it.  I’m not that old, but I remember when you could hurt your arm trying to pull the antenna out on the older generation phones.

I’ve been thinking about how clever we are to have harnessed the power of the sun, wind, and water.  We have cars that can travel miles in minutes, buildings scraping the sky, and medicine to cure illness.

And then I looked in the mirror and caught a glimpse of my eye.  I watched as it instantly reacted to different levels of light. How it seamlessly, and without my command, adapted to give me vision.

Instant humility.

We don’t even come close.  As Thomas Edison said, “We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.”

Jeremiah 1:5-6
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.  Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.”

-Cullen Webb

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19th January
2011
written by Cullen Webb

I don’t know a whole lot about Gov. Robert Bentley. In fact, I just heard about him today. I don’t know what his political and spiritual views are, but this is less about him than it is about how people have responded to his faith.

Almost immediately after his inauguration he made this statement: “Anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I’m telling you, you’re not my brother and you’re not my sister, and I want to be your brother,”

Is it a little harsh? Yeah, I guess. But people are missing the point when they accuse him of being biased towards Christians. When two Christians meet they have an immediate friendship and ‘brotherhood’ because their Lord and Savior are the same person.

It’s not that non-Christians have less value or are unimportant. It’s about the family of the church. We may disagree about doctrinal beliefs, but what family can you name that doesn’t have it’s own quarrels?

This statement by Bentley wasn’t a political one. He was reaching out with his faith. If he truly hated the non-Christians, he wouldn’t have said anything about Jesus at all.

-Cullen Webb

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11th January
2011
written by Cullen Webb

Over the past couple days I have been evaluating the immorality of both the Nation and individual lives.   Pondering where it comes from, and why it is so rampant in our country today in comparison with previous decades.  I’m no theologian but I came up with an answer that has satisfied me.

Our country does not have a lust problem.  Our country doesn’t have a racism problem.  Our problem isn’t hate, anger, greed, politicians, divorce, adultery,  hypocrisy, or false prophets.  Our evil outward appearance is only the result of an inward problem:  Jesus Christ deficiency.

Anytime that Jesus Christ ceases to be the cornerstone of society our natural tendencies to sin will corrupt what the devil doesn’t.

Put that into a personal perspective:  you do not lack self control so much as you lack Jesus Christ.  You are not angry so much as you are ignorant to the ways of God.  Do not waste your time chasing the vices of your life when you can simply and efficiently cut them down at the source.  You are a prayer away from complete and total submission.  No fancy tricks, no super Christian powers required, no televangelist needed to direct you.

How are we kept from our knees?  If God has provided a way out, and made it so simple to escape, then why have we not tapped this resource?  I’m not sure.  I imagine that it’s a mix of both the devil’s wise manipulation and our own lack of desire for holiness.

The point is summed up perfectly in my favorite verse:

James 4:7
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

No submission, no resistance.

-Cullen Webb

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