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Sunday, 24 June 2012

Spiritual Warfare in North Carolina

Christians are being persecuted in the States. The trend to take Christ completely out of the culture is so obvious, but here is an article from The Christian Post which highlights the problem.

Police Chaplains Told Not to Pray in Jesus' Name at this link, points out the hideousness of selective prejudice. I am printing the entire article. If this tendency does not stop, only minority "church" chaplains will be allowed to practice. From Romans 1:16, we hear Paul stating this: For I am not ashamed of the gospel. For it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first, and to the Greek. DR

If we are not ashamed of Christ, He will not be ashamed of us.....Here is the article in full. 

Volunteer chaplains who serve the officers of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) in North Carolina have been told that they are no longer permitted to pray in the name of Jesus at public events.

Chaplains have been used for years in the department to not only support the officers, crime victims and their families, but to also offer prayers at public ceremonies and events. Terry Sartain, senior pastor of Horizon Christian Fellowship and a CMPD chaplain, was scheduled to pray at a recent promotion ceremony, but he backed out after he was told he could no longer pray in Jesus' name at public events or on public property.
The phone call he received about the policy change was "nice," he says, and he was offered the opportunity to withdraw "because they really respect my faith and the work that I've done as a chaplain." Sartain has worked with the CMPD for seven years.
"I understand the government's position, it's just I don't like it. I hate it, but I'm not going to compromise," Sartain told The Christian Post on Thursday.
He added, "Whether people believe it or not, Jesus has jurisdiction, divine rights over every human being ... The importance is it's not the words 'in Jesus name' but the only thing I have to bless people with is Jesus. He has given me his life, and I have nothing to offer. Christians only have Christ to offer."
Major John Diggs, who oversees the department's volunteer chaplain program, told The News & Observer that the decision to get rid of "Jesus" in department prayers was made about a month ago. The goal, he says, is to show respect for the variety of religious beliefs held by the over 2,000 department employees.


Anita Moore said...

I think this chaplain should have gone ahead and attended the event, and prayed in the name of Jesus anyway. To be driven out of the public square is precisely what the enemy wants. We should just go about our business, and make them come for us.

New Sister said...

US Armed Forces Chaplains are also forbidden from praying in the Name of Jesus. (the say instead, "in the Name of God") At my next promotion, and at my retirement, I will invite an FSSP priest, should he be able to so honor me, to bestow his blessing upon everyone, "in nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti" - HUAH!

New Sister said...

Anita - I've always thought the same thing. I see US Army Chaplains (mostly Protestant ones; not so with the the Catholic priests, given the demanding requirements of Catholic Sacramental life they must carry out) as having caved ad allowed themselves to be relegated to nothing more than social workers providing morale activities for military families. And yes, some priest-chaplains have, too. The chaplaincy is Protestant-dominated. I meet some good ones, but overall find Army, Air Force, and Navy chaplains whimpy (haven't yet met one from USMC) and, if things weren't bad enough from the world, anti-Catholic. I wish, just once, one would have the courage to do as you suggest, to pray "in the Name which is above every other Name, the Name of Our LORD and the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ" and let the headlines take it from there. +JMJ+