We have been asked as to why people in high leadership positions in the U.S. military would exhibit such an anti-Christian bias toward Christian believers, and especially to a particular segment of those who believe in a literal return of Jesus Christ. Today’s column is a feeble attempt to answer that question, although I must confess, it is very difficult to penetrate the inner recesses of evil minds, but we will try.
First, let me hasten to say that the monograph by Major Brian L. Stuckert titled Strategic Implications of American Millennialism is only the tip of the iceberg as to the Anti-Christ attitude that permeates not only the highest branches of the U.S. military today but all levels of government especially academia. This cancer has been festering for a very long time in our nation, but has just recently broken out as an open sore in our military with the Chaplain in the military episode and the most recent Franklin Graham fiasco.
In the first instance, Chaplain Lt. Gordon James Klingenschmitt was court-martialed from the U.S. Navy for praying in Jesus’ Name at a ceremony at the White House while in uniform in 2006. Since then, it has taken a special act of Congress to preserve the right of military chaplains to pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, but Chaplain Klingenschmitt was still not reinstated. At the same time, according to World Net Daily, "the Pentagon promoted a Wahhabi-trained Muslim chaplain who catered to al-Qaida detainees at Guantanamo and fought to establish the first Mosque in Marine Corps history." The account is archived at: http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/c2007/cbarchive_20070123.html
Some feel that the recent matter involving Franklin Graham is even more egregious. Both AP and the New York Times reported on April 22nd that the Pentagon actually caved in to Mikey Weinstein 's demands and disinvited Graham to pray with our troops on the National Day of Prayer, because of Graham’s Christian beliefs. Weinstein, head of an organization called “Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF)” accused Franklin Graham of daring to endorse Christianity, and daring to criticize violent Islamic terrorists. "Given the heinously hurtful, bigoted, and very public continual statements of Mr. Graham against [Islamic terrorists], and his position as honorary chairman of the [National Day of Prayer Task Force] we hereby demand that the Pentagon Chaplains Office immediately rescind its invitation to Mr. Graham," ordered Mr. Weinstein in a letter to Defense Secretary Gates.
And this is all it took for the Department of Defense to cave in to Weinstein’s demands. Obviously they were just looking for an excuse to get rid of the name of Jesus. http://www.themudflats.net
Ten Reasons Why Christians Are Not Fit to Serve in the Military
Following are the ten reasons that Major Stuckert gave in his report as to why Bible believing Christians should be deemed unworthy to serve in the military. A rebuttal will be given in a later article.
1. The fact that Christian believers believe in an infallible Bible will be a serious problem with their serving in the military.
“The central doctrine of Fundamentalism is that the Bible is inspired by God and is an infallible account of the words of God.” Pg. 7
2. Because Christian believers cause unbelievers to feel psychologically uncomfortable with their optimistic view of the future and confident belief that the hope of the world is in Christ and not in man’s humanistic efforts.
“In times of crisis Pre-Millennialism is psychologically appealing. It offers an interpretive framework for events around us. Pre-M is more adept at explaining the more troubling aspects of our world. More importantly, pre-M offers not only a hope, but also a genuine expectancy that there may be away to go to heaven without dying.” Pg. 6
3. Because Christian believers teach a climax to history (the end of the world) with the Lord Jesus Christ coming back again to reign on earth, etc., and the rest of the world doesn’t believe this, it causes America to be out of step with the goals of a One World Government.
“One of the most dramatic effects of Millennialism is the underlying theme that the world is moving toward a definite end. The present form of M in America functions as a type of deterministic fatalism. This makes the thinking of America different than the rest of the world which is cyclical in its thinking.” Pg. 6
“Pre-m – will drive the US further from the UN in the near future since many pre-m have come to view that body as a platform for the Anti-Christ.” Pg. 52
“Pre-m interpretations of biblical prophecy that predicts the emergence of a one world government led by an Anti-Christ causes distrust and even antagonism toward organizations like the U.N., the World Trade Organization, NAFTA, and OPEC.” Pg. 52
“The Christian Right constantly works to undermine the U.N. One particularly noteworthy example was a videotape produced by Phyllis Schlafley’s Eagle Forum titled Global Governance: The Quiet War Against American Independence, which prominently featured future Attorney General John Ashcroft denouncing the U.N.” Pg. 53
4. Because Christian believers will influence the military to blow up the world in order to bring about their eternal salvation.
“Because things like concern over apocalyptic war, an anti-Christ alive and at work on earth presently, and the need, “to secure our eternal destiny by our own hand,” will lead to a misguided foreign and domestic security policy that relies upon the employment of the military power.” Pg. 5
5. The fact that Christian believers believe that Christ is going to come again with an army from heaven to fight the battle of Armageddon; Christians who are in the military will recklessly finance and overly commit America’s arms and men for this purpose and bankrupt the nation.
“Dispensational-Pre-Millennialism and its apocalyptic world view will have numerous foreign policy and security implications for the U.S. in years to come. Things like “the end of the world, the Anti-Christ, the need to secure our eternal destiny by our own hand will add to our strategic hubris, justify increasingly reckless international action, and continue to over commit the military in ways the Nation cannot afford.” Pg. 43
6. The military admits that they are bigoted and intolerant toward Bible believing Christians.
Stuckert says, “One of the challenges for any administration is how to send … signals to millennially minded Christians without appearing overly bigoted or intolerant.” Pg. 43
7. Christian believers are a hindrance to America’s military leaders in setting their policy goals objectively.
“Because of the influence of Pre-m, it can be difficult for military leaders to see themselves and their government accurately and state policy goals objectively.” Pg. 58.
8. Christian believers are a hindrance to America’s military leaders because they are so full of pessimism and paranoia that it can cause planners to make inaccurate assessments.
“Pessimism and paranoia are two possible results of pre-m influence. This can lead to inaccurate assessments on the part of military leaders and planners.”
9. Military leaders should not be forced to work in an atmosphere around Christian believers who believe that the world is heading toward a horrible climax and that we are all going to be forced to face the judgment throne of Almighty God. We just can’t have these Bible thumpers in charge of our military with these kinds of ideas.
“A pre-millennial reading of Bible prophecy paints a dismal picture of a world disintegrating toward a cataclysmic end where we are forced to confront the wrath and judgment of God. Assumptions and plans based on this world view will be less than ideal.” Pg. 59.
10. Christian believers have this unswerving idea between good and evil, right and wrong which does not always serve well in foreign relations or security policy because sometimes military leaders have to lie, cheat, steal, torture, or assassinate foreign leaders and these Christians just stand in the way.
“A proclivity for clear differentiations between good, evil, right and wrong do not always serve us well in foreign relations or security policy.” Pg. 60
“As demonstrated by American history, Millennialists have predisposed us to stark absolutes, over simplified dichotomies, and a preference for revolutionary or cataclysmic change as opposed to gradual processes. In other words American strategists tend to rely too much on broad generalizations, often cast in terms of ‘good and evil,’ and seek the fastest resolution to any conflict rather than the most thoughtful or patient one.”
Anti-Christ Spirit Not New in America
This Anti-Christ spirit has been around for a very long time. It was present at the founding of our nation when enlightenment terms like the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” and “the protection of Divine Providence” found their way into our basic documents such as the Declaration of Independence and Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.
However, there was enough Christian salt in the nation at that time to override the humanist influence, and therefore Biblical and clear Christian principles and statements found their way into the laws and documents of our land, such as the Northwest Ordinance. Also, the Christian believers established Chaplains in the Congress and military, opened the courts with prayer in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, declared National Days of prayer and Thanksgiving to Almighty God, wrote the Ten Commandments on every building they could, including the Supreme Court building, established religious holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving, allowed crèches to be erected on public lands all over the country and permitted religious ceremonies, songs, sermons and even revival services to be held in public schools all over the Union.
But just like ancient Israel, after the second great awakening in America began to wear off and the Blessings of liberty began to be the Blessings of plenty, and America’s sins became the sins of Sodom in the words of Ezekiel the Prophet, “pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.”
The scripture says, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty.” As the nation began to go deeper into sin, the Spirit of God began to gradually leave, and as He leaves, we as a nation go deeper into sin and the consequent results of slavery.
So this spirit of Anti-Christ took a gigantic leap in the 19th Century in the form of theological liberalism when German rationalism came to America with the idea of, “Man’s ability to master nature and by a belief in his rational capacity to set his own moral course” [Encyclopaedia Britannica]. This rejection of the supernatural filled our seminaries and universities, and especially our teachers’ colleges, and then of course it permeated those who taught our children in the public schools. Needless to say, the pulpits of America are filled with the likes of these men -- and now women -- who have been taught by these that the Apostle Paul called, “…false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.”
Why should we be surprised that the highest ranks of our military are now filled with “humanoids” that are the products of these German rationalists? They have no Bible based religion that has endured from Christ and the Apostles. They are atheists/ agnostics, humanists, Darwinian evolutionists. Their god is the “god of forces.” They have no moral compass except that which is expedient. God have mercy on the next generation of Americans which has to live under the martial law that these lawless adult delinquents will enforce.
It is no wonder that we are now seeing this open hatred toward Christianity in America. We have sown the wind, and now we are to reap the whirlwind. First Christianity has been the brunt of laughter and mockery on radio, movies and T.V. for seventy-five years or more. At least five generations of children have been taught in public school and colleges that the Bible is a lie and Christianity is a myth. Following are some of the rotten fruit from the wild seed that has been sown.
Date Line – Boyton Beach, FL – Feb. 03, 2010 – “A witness has told police that 18 year old Jeriah Woody shot and killed Stephen Ocean and Tite Sufra after they tried to witness to him.”
Date Line – Owosso. MI Sept. 11, 2009 Owosso High School – “Jim Poullion was shot 3 times in the chest and once in the stomach as he held signs of pre-born children.”
Date Line – World Net Daily – April 22, 2010 - MARTYRED: “176,000 CHRISTIANS in ONE YEAR - A new ministry partnership has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the fact that an estimated 176,000 Christians around the world were martyred - killed for their faith - in a one-year period from the middle of 2008 to the middle of 2009. That's 482 deaths per day, one every three minutes.”
Date Line – Washington D.C. – April 28, 2010 - The national commander of The American Legion today hailed the 5-4 decision of the Supreme Court reversing a lower court decision that could have required the removal of a cross that has stood in the Mojave National Preserve for more than 75 years. However, the battle may not be entirely over. The Court remanded the case to the U.S. District Court to give it a chance to see if any other legal alternatives exist. However, the High Court reminded the District Court that "respect for a coordinate branch of Government forbids striking down an Act of Congress except upon a clear showing of unconstitutionality."
“The cross will remain covered pending the District Court's review.”
This statement must make the angels of heaven weep. The only thing that saved the cross from being removed was to have a private concern purchase the land so that it wouldn’t be on public property. What are they going to do about the crosses on the cemeteries of the sacred dead all over our beloved land?
Now for some good news
Date Line-Richmond, VA – April 28, 2010 - Bob McDonnell, the Governor of Virginia has restored the rights of six State Police Chaplains to pray publicly “in Jesus name,” reversing the policy of his predecessor Governor Tim Kaine, who forced the chaplains to deny Christ or resign from their jobs. “This victory comes after a two-year campaign for Jesus’ name,” said Chaplain Klingenschmitt, who led a 1,000 person rally outside the Governor’s mansion in 2008, then submitted up to 15,000 petitions to reinstate the chaplains’ jobs and free speech.
Thank God for Chaplain Klingenschmitt. Unless everyone of us steps up to the plate now, there will be nothing left of our Christian nation for the next generation, and you will see the open and massive killing fields of Christian believers in America as in other countries in the not to distant future.