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Department of Defense states that it will punish Christians for evangelizing

ECM posted this story from Breitbart.

Excerpt:

The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense…Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis…”.

The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith.

(From our earlier report: Weinstein is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and says Christians–including chaplains–sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military are guilty of “treason,” and of committing an act of “spiritual rape” as serious a crime as “sexual assault.” He also asserted that Christians sharing their faith in the military are “enemies of the Constitution.”)

Being convicted in a court martial means that a soldier has committed a crime under federal military law. Punishment for a court martial can include imprisonment and being dishonorably discharged from the military.

So President Barack Obama’s civilian appointees who lead the Pentagon are confirming that the military will make it a crime–possibly resulting in imprisonment–for those in uniform to share their faith. This would include chaplains—military officers who are ordained clergymen of their faith (mostly Christian pastors or priests, or Jewish rabbis)–whose duty since the founding of the U.S. military under George Washington is to teach their faith and minister to the spiritual needs of troops who come to them for counsel, instruction, or comfort.

This regulation would severely limit expressions of faith in the military, even on a one-to-one basis between close friends. It could also effectively abolish the position of chaplain in the military, as it would not allow chaplains (or any service members, for that matter), to say anything about their faith that others say led them to think they were being encouraged to make faith part of their life. It’s difficult to imagine how a member of the clergy could give spiritual counseling without saying anything that might be perceived in that fashion.

Wow. So you can be openly gay in the military but you can’t be openly Christian. Thanks Barack Obama.

See, the problem is that the people who pass these laws think that a person can be a Christian without evangelizing. But Christianity is a missionary faith, there is an obligation to evangelize included in the practices of an authentic Christian life. To forbid evangelism is to be intolerant of genuine Christainity. The people who made this law are ordering Christians to override their obligations to Jesus Christ. It’s essentially fascism – using the power of secular government to force individuals to deny their freely chosen religion.

Let me illustrate from the Bible exactly what is expected of Christians.

Matthew 10:32-33:

32“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.

33But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9:

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.

Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.

Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

That’s what’s at stake here. These are just a couple of examples, there are many more.

People on the left should reflect and understand what it is exactly that they are doing by marginalizing Christianity and trying to stop people from believing it by shaming and intimidating Christians, and leading people into sin. If Christianity is true, then actions like that are probably the absolute worst thing you can do. It’s particularly nasty when you realize that the reason that secular leftists try to suppress Christians from being authentic Christians is because of their feelings. Secular leftists feel that they have a right to suppress the freedoms of others by force of law. They feel justified in forcing Christians to act like atheists because they feel offended.

Let’s double-check that with the Bible and make sure. (Note: This is Jesus talking)

Matthew 18:6-14:

“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!

If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.

And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.

12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?

13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.

14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

Trying to persuade a Christian that they are wrong is fine, but using the power of the state to take away a faithful Christian’s job, which discourages them from being Christian, is something else. It is wrong to intimidate someone away from an authentic relationship with God as he really is, just because of your feelings of discomfort at public expressions of religious faith. The right of each person to express their religion in public is a basic right, but there is no right not to be offended by someone else’s use of liberty to just be themselves. No one is asking for non-Christians to be forced to convert to Christianity or to be forced to celebrate and affirm Christianity by the power of the state. We’re just asking to be who we are without losing our jobs.

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9 Responses

  1. WorldGoneCrazy says:

    Excellent commentary on what it is to be an authentic Christian (versus a feel-good type) and how this ruling prevents that. Thank you for supporting your argument from within the Bible and from basic logic as well! That is a keeper.

  2. I think this is just the beginning of a potentially great persecution coming…

    • WorldGoneCrazy says:

      10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

      11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

      12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

      Matthew 5:10-12 (NIV)

  3. What they’re saying is that they are going to ignore the 1st Amendment and prohibit the free exercise of religion within the military. While this doesn’t exactly surprise me (liberals have been ignoring the Constitution for quite a while now), it does make me mad. I really hope someone challenges this pretty soon and gets it overturned. They can’t legally do that…but they will certainly try. And if no one does anything about it, they will get away with it.

  4. It is often quoted that history repeats itself.
    It is quite foreseeable in the near future that America will no longer tolerate Christians.
    This is just the beginning.
    This is nothing new – Western Christianity has enjoyed a extended season of peace (unlike those who suffered and succeeded to change the course of history at the cost of their own lives.
    Enclosed is a great read of those who have gone before us.
    Please take the time to read about the Theban Legion and pray/read/prepare that we will all stand bravely in the evil day as they did.
    Shalom

    http://www.bibleprobe.com/theban.html

  5. Askme says:

    A horrifying account of what Weinstein calls “spiritual rape” on behalf of a chaplain can be found here. It’s pretty graphic, so prepare…

    http://askthebigot.com/2013/05/01/the-gospel-the-new-rape/

    • WorldGoneCrazy says:

      That’s an excellent article, Askme – thank you for sharing – it will be forwarded!

  6. SLIMJIM says:

    As a Marine veteran of Iraq and a Christian, this is incredibly shocking for me to read. I suppose I have tried to be very charitable towards Obama to think it would never come to this, not in my life time…

  7. [...] Department of Defense states that it will punish Christians for evangelizing — And make no mistake, they will have incredibly loose definitions of “evangelizing.”  These radical changes to our freedoms of religion and speech are coming like a freight train.  If you are just a social Christian you should probably save yourself some trouble and get out now. [...]

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