Many military Chaplains afflicted for Christ
From Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmidt, Phd.
My friend Chaplain Sonny Hernandez explains the plight of modern military chaplains:
“In the US Armed Forces, Bible-believing military chaplains will be subjected to affliction. Chaplains that believe in the power of the Gospel and put their faith into practice—will be reprehended, reviled, slandered, not be liked or popular, forfeit special duty, and their military career will always be in jeopardy because others will view their conduct as scandalous. This is because Scripture informs every believer that if they serve Christ—they must be willing to pick up their crosses (cf. Mk. 8:34-38), rejoice over persecution (cf. Matt. 5:12), and consider it worthy to suffer for the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ (cf. Acts 5:41).
“Sadly, there are many professing Christian chaplains in the US military that will speak boldly from their chapels on Sunday, but the rest of their week they will act like politicians or practical atheists. I have witnessed several compromising military chaplains that will: Omit the name of Christ in public prayer, never offend anyone by confronting sin, or tell others that they are wrong, and will allow the military culture to dictate their faith instead of using the Bible to dictate their conduct. Why would a military chaplain do this? Fear, self-preservation, men-pleasing, desire to be liked, apostasy, and a love for their career than Christ are just a few reasons.
“Military chaplains that affirm the absolute sovereignty of God, and the plentitude of deity that resides in the resurrected and exalted Savior, must be willing to disavow every practice and argument that will impede on their responsibility to herald the name of Jesus Christ in the Armed forces. This article [explains] a few ways how.”
[Dr. Chaps’ comment: I’m so glad Chaplain Sonny is a bold voice for truth within the chaplain corps. Our military needs men and women of God, not compromisers and Pharisees as their pastors. Let’s pray for more chaplains like him to stand for liberty.]
Court bans Jesus Prayers by County Officials
An appeals court ruled 10 to 5 that county officials may not pray “in Jesus’ name” before government meetings, despite a previous Supreme Court ruling that Jesus is not illegal.
“The Fourth Circuit of the US Court of Appeals has ruled that Rowan County’s practice of prayer before county commission meetings is unconstitutional,” reports WBTV.
“A press release provided by the ACLU of North Carolina says that the court ruled 10-5 that the practice ‘violated the Constitution when they opened public meetings by coercing public participation in prayers that overwhelmingly advanced beliefs specific to one religion. The decision upheld a lower court ruling.’
The full 108 page ruling can be read here. http://ftpcontent4.worldnow.com/wbtv/pdf/7-14-17-Lund-v-Rowan-County-Opinion.pdf
Anti-Jesus complainers hailed the decision as a victory for silencing free speech by Christians.
“In March, the case was argued before the full panel of fifteen judges in Richmond, VA., in March of this year. In January of last year, the case was heard by a panel of three judges. In September, that panel reversed the ruling that Rowan County Commissioners violated the Constitution when they held prayers before public meetings that were specific to one religion. In October, the appeals court agreed to vacate and reconsider a divided 2-1 decision in September that found the practice constitutional.”
[Dr. Chaps’ comment: Sadly left-wing judicial activists have silenced free speech and turned the Constitution upside-down, pretending it bans certain words like “Jesus” as illegal speech that may never be uttered, or that only atheists may speak freely when elected. They create an unconstitutional religious litmus test banning Christians from holding public office or speaking about their faith after election. This must be appealed back to SCOTUS, who already ruled in 2015 that Jesus prayers are allowed.]
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