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Lord, we pray for our military chaplains. They have such an important job so we ask that you bless them, give them courage and compassion as they minister to our military.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) is once again creating a problem where none exists.

Their latest target is Cmdr. Richard Smothers, chaplain of Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island, who is teaching a 12-week, optional seminar called “Lead Like Jesus.”

This time, the MRFF decided to stir up unnecessary trouble when an email was sent to base leaders, containing a flyer with information about the faith-based seminar. They’re demanding that the base’s commander, Ian Johnson, conduct a full investigation of Cmdr. Smothers and anyone else who promoted the event with flyers or emails. They argue that through the email flyers, service members are being “voluntold” to attend a Christian event.

Last time we checked, a military chaplain’s primary function is to provide religious services and counseling, which inevitably means informing fellow service members of updates regarding faith-related seminars for which attendance is voluntary. However, it seems like the MRFF has invented a “mythical” version of the Constitution where chaplains are in violation of the law for…doing their job.

Below we explain not only why the MRFF’s claim is both outrageous and extreme, but also why it doesn’t have any solid legal basis. Additionally, we’re giving you a brief refresh of the longstanding history and the essential role chaplains play in keeping America’s military service members spiritually fit.

Christian Chaplains Can Talk About Jesus — It’s What They Do

Encouraging troops through faith is a chaplain’s job. How can a chaplain perform his duties if he can’t even mention his religion’s most important figure?

Most chaplains are endorsed by a particular church or religious organization, whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim or a host of other religions. They agree to uphold that organization’s beliefs and to carry out their duties as a representative of their faith. If they don’t, they lose their endorsement.

That’s why it’s so absurd when chaplains are attacked for sharing certain aspects of their faith—like a Christian chaplain giving a seminar about Jesus. It goes against their very job description.

Attending Religious Events is Optional for Service Members

Just like chaplains can choose an endorsing organization, military members can choose which chaplains they associate with or from whom they seek religious counseling.

Contrary to what the MRFF portrays, Christianity isn’t being forced upon any service member. If they elect to seek out a chaplain’s service, military policy allows them to choose one whose religious tradition best matches their own.

Responding to this most recent complaint, Elizabeth Baker, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman, stated: “It’s not any kind of directive from the chaplain to lead like Jesus…it’s a discussion series after services only for those who volunteer to attend.”

Chaplains are Intrinsic to America’s Military

During the Revolutionary War, George Washington recognized that spiritual fortitude is just as important as physical strength. That’s why one of his first requests to the Continental Congress was to have chaplains in each regiment, which eventually led to the formation of the Chaplain Corps in 1775.

Since the inception of the Corps, chaplains have served in every American war. Though the Army Chaplain Corps is the oldest branch of its kind, the Navy and Air Force later established their own chaplaincy programs. Throughout American history, over 400 military chaplains have died in war, sacrificing their lives for their troops, many of them receiving recognition for their valor.

To this day, the chaplain corps has withstood the test of time as a valuable asset and a necessary institution critical to each branch of the U.S. military.

(Excerpt from First Liberty. Article by Liberty McArtor.)


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  1. This is certainly the work of satan! Who else would a Christian pastor talk about but Jesus?! I pray the MRFF either comes to Full Truth or implodes upon itself and is no more in Jesus Name

    1. Lord, it’s time for your army within the armed forces to hear your call and be moved to effective action against the whining of the devil himself. Draw your army to the frontlines in your power and strength of conviction to silence the enemy in Jesus’ name, amen.

  2. God has asked that certain people He chose to speak the Word in Love. This is an example that God ordained minister to do his job. Leave him alone to do the work for what God wanted him to do. Isaiah 54:17, Jeremiah 1:19, keep on for JESUS..

  3. We thank you Jesus for divine intervention on Commander Smothers in this situation . Thank you lord that through the power of the Holy Spirit, that you spare him from this non sense accusations and give him your divine favor . He has a mission and assignment to fulfill in the military so Jesus we ask you that you work on his behalf. Enlarge his territory all the more to reach out to more military men so they will know the power of your salvation

  4. Father God, We know that each Military and Civilian Chaplain knows their service regulations, SOPs for their installation/base and guidelines along with the oath they took. We decree they will ask for your wisdom and seek you God in their day to day operations, strategies on how to win souls in their area of operation and compassion for those who don’t think or believe like them.
    We decree the Military Chaplains will align with your kingdom assignment as you guide each chaplain during their tour of duty. We thank you for the souls Chaplain Smothers will win for the Kingdom of God in Jesus name. Amen!

    We decree Psalms 91! In Jesus name. Amen

  5. Someone needs to tell the MRFF and especially their leader, it’s OK, they don’t have to attend but they do NOT have the right to tell those who want to attend, that they can’t!!
    President George Washington believed chaplains were necessary to the health and well being of his troops and with his request to the Continental Congress, the Chaplain Corps was established in 1775. and chaplains are still necessary to the health and well being of ALL military personnel now, today, in 2020 and in all the years to come!!!
    We must all continue to pray and fight for what is right, according the Bible and the Constitution of the United States of America.

  6. I pray Isaiah 54:17 that no weapon formed against any chaplain expressing the Word of God will prosper. In fact I pray for revival in our military and that Godly service members be raised up/volunteer who appreciate and stand up for the Word of God at any time, anywhere, in front of anyone. Thank you Lord you have heard my prayer.

  7. Father, I pray you would strengthen our chaplains and give them courage to speak in the name of Jesus. I pray for MRFF that you would foil their evil deeds and defeat their intentions to take you from the reach of our servicemen. Reign over the decision of the Navy. I plead the blood of Jesus over these proceedings that a righteous judgment will be rendered.

  8. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus…

    Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard (Acts 4:18-20)

    Did not we command you that ye should not teach in this name?…

    We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you slew and hanged on a tree. Him has God exalted to be a Prince and a Savior, to give repentance and forgiveness of sins. We are His witnesses and so is the Holy Ghost, whom God has given to them that obey Him. (Acts 5:28-32)

    Hold fast. Stay the course.


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