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Navy SEAL Becomes Christian Soldier

Author and former Navy SEAL shares how God changed his life while attending a Greg Laurie Harvest Crusade. Read Transcript


NAVY SEALS, THEY'RE THE

ELITE OF THE ELITE.

ONLY THE BEST MAKE IT

THROUGH TRAINING.

CHAD WILLIAMS WANTED TO BE A

SEAL HIS ENTIRE LIFE.

UNTIL HE ACTUALLY BECAME

ONE.

Reporter: WHEN CHAD

WILLIAMS DECIDED TO BECOME A

NAVY SEAL, HIS PARENTS TRIED

TO DISCOURAGE HIM.

THEY EVEN HIRED FORMER SEAL

SCOTT HELVISTON TO RUN HIM

THROUGH GRUELING ENDURANCE

TESTS TO CHANGE HIS MIND.

> INSTEAD, IT FUELED HIS

DESIRE TO IN LIST.

BUT TWO YEARS AFTER BECOMING

A NAVY SEAL --

I REALIZED IT HASN'T

DELIVERED FOR ME WHAT I

THOUGHT IT WOULD.

Reporter: IN HIS BOOK,

"SEAL OF GOD," CHAD SHARES

LESSONS HE LEARNED IN ONE OF

THE MILITARY'S MOST ELITE

FIGHTING FORCES AND WHAT

RADICALLY CHANGED HIS LIFE.

Pat: MAN, WHAT A BOOK,

?IEMPLET TH, "THE SEAL OF

GOD."

CHAD WILLIAMS IS HERE WITH

US.

AND HE LOOKS TOUGH AND

STRONG.

GOD BLESS YOU.

HEY, LISTEN, IT SOUNDED LIKE

YOU WERE DRUNK DURING MOST

OF THE TIME YOU WERE IN SEAL

TEAM TRAINING.

DID I GET THE WRONG

IMPRESSION IN YOUR BOOK?

I WAS DOING A LOT OF

DRINKING BEFORE I BECAME A

CHRISTIAN.

Pat: HOW DID YOU STAND

IT?

IT IS EXHAUSTING ENERGY, AND

YOU'RE BOOZING IT UP?

IT IS A BIZARRE THING

BECAUSE WHEN I WAS 19, 20

YEARS OLD, IT WAS ALMOST

LIKE THERE WAS NO

CONSEQUENCES FOR THE

DRINKING.

I WASN'T WAKING UP WITH

HANGOVERS.

I WAS ACTUALLY WAKING UP

LIKE, LET'S DO IT AGAIN.

Pat: YOU'VE BEEN

DRINKING ALL NIGHT, AND YOU

GET TO BED AT 5:00, 6:00 IN

THE MORNING, AND YOU GET UP

AN HOUR LATER, AND YOU'RE

OUT HITTING THE LOG ROLLING

OR WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING,

AND YOU WERE WINNING THE

COMPETITIONS.

ONE OF THE FASTEST RUNS I

HAD NEVER DONE, I WAS

THROWING UP ON THE STARTING

LINE AFTER A LONG NIGHT OF

TOO MANY SAKI BOMBS.

Pat: HOW DID YOU DO

IT?

BEING A YOUNG GUY AND I

WAS REALLY DRIVEN.

I WANTED TO DO IT ESPECIALLY

BECAUSE OF WHO SCOTT

HALVISTON WAS.

HE WAS LIKE A SECOND FATHER

TO ME AND A MENTOR, AND HE

WAS A U.S. NAVY SEAL.

HE WAS A HUGE MOTIVATOR FOR

ME IN MY LIFE.

Pat: HOW DID YOU GET

THROUGH -- THEY'VE GOT THAT

HELL WEEK, AND YOU'RE OUT

THERE SWIMMING IN FREEZING

COLD WATER, AND YOU'VE GOT

TO STAY OUT THERE FOR, WHAT,

A COUPLE OF DAYS?

HOW DO YOU DO IT?

THEY CALL IT HELL WEEK.

IT IS FIVE AND A HALF DAYS

LONG.

AND YOU GET FOUR HOURS OF

SLEEP.

THAT'S NOT FOUR HOURS OF

SLEEP A NIGHT.

THAT'S A GRAND TOTAL OF FOUR

HOURS OF SLEEP FOR THE FIVE

AND A HALF DAYS.

YOU'RE IN THE FREEZING COLD

WATER.

I REMEMBER I STARTED IN A

CLASS OF 173 GUYS, AND THE

INSTRUCTORS GOT US ALL

TOGETHER AND TOLD US ALL,

GENTLEMEN, LOOK LEFT AND

RIGHT, AND TAKE MENTAL

PICTURES OF THE PEOPLE

BESIDE YOU.

CHANCES ARE IF YOU MAKE IT

THROUGH SEAL TRAINING, THAT

MEANS THE PEOPLE YOU LOOKED

AT HAVEN'T.

OUT OF THE 173 GUYS, ONLY 13

OF THAT ORIGINAL CLASS

NUMBER MADE IT THROUGH TO

GRADUATION.

Pat: YOU'VE GOT TO DO

THE UNDERWATER STUFF AND

DEMOLITION AND WEAPONS

TRAINING.

WE HAD SOME SEALS WORKING

WITH US, AND I WENT OUT TO

THE PISTOL RANGE WITH ONE OF

THEM.

AND HE PUMPED THE MAGAZINE

WITH A LITTLE GLOCK -- HE

WASN'T OFF A

QUARTER-OF-AN-INCH.

I SAID WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?

AND HE SAYS, YOU SHOOT A

THOUSAND ROUNDS A DAY.

YOU GET TO THE POINT

WHERE YOU DON'T HAVE TO

THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE

DOING.

IT JUST WORKS OUT.

Pat: ARE YOU SCARED?

WHAT MISSION DID YOU GO ON

WITH THE SEALS THAT STANDS

OUT?

PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST

SKETCHY SITUATIONS I WAS IN

WAS OVER IN IRAQ ON THE LAST

OPERATION THAT MY PARTICULAR

SEAL PLATOON WAS INVOLVED

WITH.

I CAN'T GET TOO DETAILED.

WE KNEW IT WAS OUR LAST

OPERATION.

AND WE KNEW WE WERE GOING

AFTER A GUY MAKING THESE

I.E.D.s AND SUICIDE VESTS,

BUT WE DIDN'T KNOW WE WERE

GOING TO BE AMBUSHED THAT

NIGHT.

WE ENDED UP BEING ABLE TO

TURN THE GUN FIGHT AROUND.

THANKFULLY.

MEN THAT DIED THAT NIGHT,

NOBODY ON OUR TEAM -- THE

WORST THAT HAPPENED IS ONE

OF THE GUYS THAT WAS WITH US

GOT SHOT IN THE BUTT, AND

THEY WAS LAUGHING ABOUT IT

LATER.

Pat: THAT'S A BIG

HOOT.

[LAUGHTER]

Pat: AND THE REST OF

YOU GOT OUT?

YES.

YEAH.

SO WE GOT BACK ALIVE.

I ALWAYS APPRECIATE IT WHEN

PEOPLE SAY THANK YOU FOR

YOUR SERVICE, BUT AS A

SERVICEMAN, ONE OF THE

THINGS I THINK OF IS WHAT

ABOUT THE GUYS WHO HAVE PAID

THE ULTIMATE PRICE FOR THE

SAKE OF FREEDOM.

THEY HAVE LAID DOWN THEIR

LIVES.

YOU SHOULDN'T BE THANKING

ME.

I THINK OF THOSE GUYS THAT

HAVE KISSED THEIR WIVES AND

BABIES FOR THE LAST TIME,

AND THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW

IT.

AND THEY GO OVERSEAS, AND

YOU HEAR THAT SAYING,

"FREEDOM ISN'T FREE."

MEN PAID FOR IT WITH THEIR

LIFE'S BLOOD.

THERE ARE A COUPLE OF

STORIES I LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT

TO KIND OF BRING THAT

PICTURE OUT OF WHAT TOOK

PLACE AT THE CROSS OF JESUS

CHRIST TO BRING A STRONG AND

PROPER PERSPECTIVE OF WHAT

HAPPENED.

I THINK WE CAN KIND OF BE

FAR REMOVED FROM IT

SOMETIMES.

IT HAPPENED 2,000 YEARS

AGO.

BUT WE'RE VERY SENSITIVE TO

SOLDIERS THAT DIE FOR

FREEDOM

OVERSEAS TODAY.

Pat: YOU KNOW, I WAS IN

THE MARINES.

I WAS WITH THE COMBAT

DIVISION, BUT I WASN'T DOING

ANYTHING LIKE THE SEALS ARE

DOING.

YOU GO INTO TAKE A GUY BIN

LADEN, AND YOU'VE GOT TO

PARACHUTE IN THE DEAD OF

NIGHT INTO AN ENEMY

COMPOUND.

I MEAN, DO YOU GUYS GET

SCARED, OR ARE YOU SO

WELL-TRAINED IS THAT YOU

DON'T THINK OF IT.

I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, I

THINK WE'RE SO WELL-TRAINED

THAT YOU DON'T GET SCARED.

WE GO THROUGH SO MANY

SIMULATION GUN FIGHTS AND

ATTACKS THAT WHEN IT FINALLY

DOES HAPPEN -- I REMEMBER

THINKING TO MYSELF, HEY,

REMEMBER, THESE BULLETS ARE

FOR REAL THIS TIME.

I HAD TO REMIND MYSELF.

Pat: BUT YOU FOUND THE

LORD.

WHEN WAS IT?

IT WAS MARCH 14, 2007.

I FOUND THE LORD.

I GOT A GOOD PICTURE OF WHAT

TOOK PLACE AT THE CROSS.

THERE ARE CERTAIN NAVY SEALS

OUT THERE, ONE LIKE MIKE

MONSOR, WHEN HE WAS OVER IN

IRAQ, HE WAS UP ON TOP OF

THE ROOF, AND THE HAND

GRENADE WAS THROWN ON THE

ROOF AND HITS HIM IN THE

CHEST.

HE HAD AN EXIT JUST A STEP

AWAY.

BUT THERE ARE OTHER GUYS ON

THE ROOF THAT DIDN'T STAND A

CHANCE OF MAKING IT PAST

THAT EXIT AND PAST THE

GRENADE.

SO MIKE, IN AN ULTIMATE

SELFLESS ACT, HE JUMPED ON

THE HAND GRENADE AND

ABSORBED THE SHOCK OF THAT

GREN MADE, AND HE DIED.

BUT BECAUSE OF WHAT HE DIED,

THE OTHER GUYS ON THE ROOF

LIVED.

THAT IS A PICTURE OF WHAT

JESUS CHRIST HAS DONE.

JUST AS MIKE TOOK THE BLAST

OF THAT GRENADE ON HIMSELF

SO OTHERS COULD LIVE, JESUS

CHRIST TOOK THE BLAST AND

THE ETERNAL CONSEQUENCES OF

OUR SIN SO WE COULD PASS BY

THE GRENADE, AS IT WOULD,

AND LIVE WITH HIM IN

ETERNITY.

Pat: THEY USED TO GIVE

A MEDAL OF HONOR --

MIKE MONSOR GOT THE MEDAL

OF HONOR.

HE IS WITH THE LORD NOW.

Pat: HE IS WITH THE

LORD.

YES, SIR.

Pat: WHAT HAPPENED TO

YOU.

YOU WERE DRINKING LIKE

CRAZY.

IF YOUR BOOK IS TRUE, YOU

WERE THE ULTIMATE PARTY

BOY.

HOW DID YOU COME TO THE

LORD.

ROMANS 116 -- A PASTOR

WAS PREACHING THE GOSPEL,

AND SUDDENLY MY EYES AND

EARS WERE OPEN.

I UNDERSTOOD AND I REALIZED

I NEEDED TO RADICALLY

REPENT, AND DISOBSTRUCT WITH

MY SIN, AND PUT MY FAITH AND

TRUST IN JESUS CHRIST.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS I'M

EXCITED FOR IS I GET TO WORK

FOR THIS PASTOR.

WE HAVE A BIG EVENT COMING

UP AUGUST 25th, AND ITS

CALLED HARVEST AMERICA.

THERE ARE OVER 1800 CHURCHES

THAT ARE INVOLVED.

WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING A

LIVE FEED OUT TO THESE

SATELLITE CHURCHES, AND HE

IS GOING TO BE SHARING THE

GOSPEL TO ALL OF THESE

PEOPLE ACROSS AMERICA.

IT IS ONE DAY, ONE CHURCH.

ONE MESSAGE.

FOLKS CAN GO TO

harvestAmerica.com AND

THERE IS OVER 1800 CHURCHES

INVOLVED.

Pat: THIS IS

INCREDIBLE.

YOU'RE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL

OF US.

THE BOOK IS CALLED "THE SEAL

OF GOD."

IS IT SOLD ANYWHERE?

ANY MAJOR BOOKSTORE.

Pat: "THE SEAL OF

GOD."

IT IS AN EXCITING STORY

ABOUT HOW THESE GREAT

WARRIORS ARE TRAINED AND HOW

ONE OF THEM FOUND THE

ULTIMATE WARRIOR.

CHAD, THANK YOU, MY

BROTHER.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

HAVING ME ON.

I REALLY DO APPRECIATE IT.

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