Prayers of ‘Much Speaking’
Vol: 51 Issue: 22 Thursday, December 22, 2005
“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” (Matthew 6:7)
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13)
The history of the United States Chaplain Corps traces its roots to 28 November 1775. The 2nd article of Navy regulations states:
“the Commanders of the ships of the thirteen United Colonies are to take care that Divine services be performed twice a day on board and a sermon preached on Sundays, unless bad weather or other extraordinary accidents prevent.”
Given that the Navy regulations required Divine services twice a day and a Sunday sermon, one can reasonably assume the Divine services and Sunday sermon were Christian.
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln appointed three rabbis to serve the Union as Jewish chaplains. The reason Lincoln appointed them personally was because the Secretary of War refused to commission non-Christian chaplains. So, until 1863 then, US military chaplains were all Christians.
Since then, Jewish rabbis have distinguished themselves in numerous wars, sometimes even pinch-hitting for their Christian colleagues when necessary. But the point remains that the chaplain services were originally, and by design, a Christian service.
In October, 1906, a board of chaplains appointed by the Secretary of the Navy established guidelines and made recommendations that led to the commissioning of chaplains and the establishment of the modern multi-faith chaplain corps.
The chaplain corps was opened to Muslim chaplains during the Clinton administration. The Pentagon chose Muslim chaplains based on the recommendations of the American Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council (part of the American Muslim Foundation) and the Islamic Society of North America.
(Last year, Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi, the co-founder of the American Muslim Council and then the head of the American Muslim Foundation was arrested for having ties to terrorism)
The Pentagon continues to recruit Muslim chaplains through these Saudi-funded Wahabbist groups.
Navy Lt. Gordon Klingenschmitt is a Navy Chaplain. He is currently staging a hunger strike outside the White House to protest being dismissed from the Navy.
Lt. Klingenschmitt expressed his grievance to Julia Duin of the Washington Times; “I am a Navy chaplain being fired because I pray in Jesus’ Name,” he said.
How’s that again? A Navy Chaplain, traditionally commissioned to perform ‘Divine services twice a day on board and a sermon preached on Sundays’ being fired for praying in Jesus’ Name? Yup.
It seems that Christian chaplains are being ‘discouraged’ from offering prayers in Jesus’ Name, and Klingenschmitt is hardly an isolated case.
The American Center for Law and Justice has gathered 173,000 signatures on a petition seeking an executive order allowing military chaplains to pray according to their individual faith traditions.
And seventy-three members of Congress sent a letter to the President in which they complained, “In all branches of the military, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Christian chaplains to use the Name of Jesus when praying.”
What?? But wait! There’s more!
The Congressional letter noted that 80% of US troops are Christians. But the military singles out and censors Christian prayers. The letter added that military “censorship” of chaplains’ prayers disenfranchises “hundreds of thousands of Christian soldiers in the military who look to their chaplains for comfort, inspiration and support.”
Added Rev. Billy Baugham, executive director of the Greenville, S.C.-based International Conference of Evangelical Chaplain Endorsers;
“No Islamic chaplain has been refused to pray in the name of Allah, as far as we know. Neither has a rabbi been rebuked for making references to Hanukkah, and no Catholic priest has been rebuked for referring to the Blessed Virgin Mary.”
Navy spokeswoman Lt. Erin Bailey ‘sort of’ denied the ban on Jesus by telling the Times that, “Navy chaplains are encouraged to be sensitive to the needs of all those present.” Wouldn’t want to offend a non-Christian by hearing a CHRISTIAN CHAPLAIN invoke His Name as if maybe the chaplain believed in Christ, would we?
The Navy is facing two lawsuits, filed in 1999 and 2000, by FIFTY Christian chaplains, saying the Navy discriminates against evangelical and Pentecostal clerics.
Air Force guidelines allow “a brief, nonsectarian prayer” during military ceremonies “to add a heightened sense of seriousness or solemnity, not to advance specific religious beliefs.”
And Baugham told the Times he had “just got a call from an Army chaplain in Iraq who says he’d be hammered if he used Jesus’ Name. Chaplains are scared to death. They must clear their prayers with their commanders, they can mention Jesus’ Name at chapel services, but not outside that context.”
I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating. For years, I would read the prophecies concerning the antichrist and his government, the mark of the beast, etc., but could never picture it in the context of the United States.
I always expected the Rapture to remove the Church, but still had trouble seeing those Americans left behind lining up to renounce Jesus and worship some European guy.
Unfortunately, the picture is getting a bit clearer as the antichrist’s calling card keeps turning up in some of the least expected places.
“Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” (1st John 2:18)
“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.” (1st John 2:22)
“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” (1st John 4:3)
“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” (2nd John 1:7)