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LCMS awaits response from DoD in request to protect troops’ religious freedom

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  1. Avatar Barry Harris says:

    I have heard that in Christian Services for the Military the Chaplains cannot preach John 14:6 “I am the way the truth and the life and NO one comes to the Father EXCEPT THROUGH ME.”
    They cannot preach that Jesus Christ is the only path to the Father in Heaven, which means NO other belief or religion is that path to the Father.

  2. Avatar John J Flanagan says:

    I do not believe the DOD will change their LGBT and Transgender inclusion policies. In fact, they will likely codify this behavior and celebrate it over the objections of LCMS chaplains and individual service members. The DOD can only be changed through the absolute purging of social activist leadership appointed by the Obama administration. Perhaps, a new direction under President Elect Trump can result in a reversal of these unCinstitutional mandates and can offer some protections for religious convictions. The ugliness of progressive policies as implemented by this current administration is reflected in their intolerant and anti-Christian attitude. If a Trump administration does not reverse this current policy, we can expect continued punitive actions by DOD against military personnel of Faith in the days to come. Thus, we can see how the Christian throughout history may often be faced with conflict, and the journey will not be always very smooth.

  3. Avatar Al List says:

    Probably should send a copy to President Elect Donald Trump who will be able to address this in January. I doubt whether you will get a reply before then.

  4. Avatar John J Flanagan says:

    We do indeed need to have a pastoral and compassionate approach to those dealing with same sex attraction in the military chaplaincy, as well as within the local LCMS churches, however, we cannot be called upon to “affirm” or celebrate homosexuality contrary to what the word of God teaches. If one struggling with the sin of shoplifting asks a pastor or chaplain for understanding or affirmation, and has no intention of seeking counsel or repentance, must an LCMS pastor, out of fear of offending, state that it is perfectly acceptable to shoplift? The LCMS does have the right approach at present. Since when did Christ advise His disciples to avoid calling sin what it is…?