False teachers will be judged, Navy Chaplains and Klingenschmitt need our prayers

Yesterday we learned of the certainty of the coming of false prophets who sneak into our midst. They will “follow their own ungodly desires.” “These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.” (Jude 1:17-19 )

Today, we look at the inevitable fate of those who are false pretenders in our Christian churches.


5Now I desire to (A)remind you, though (B)you know all things once for all, that [a]the Lord, (C)after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe.Jude 1:5 (New American Standard Bible)

I love when God points to history from the Old Testament! We go to Numbers Chapter 14 and 15 to see the judgment of these false prophets who traveled amongst the Israelites out of Egypt.

Here we learn of the false prophets among the Israelites who have “ridden the wave of blessing” as they are amongst a people or group of people God has chosen to bless but in a day of reckoning, God “subsequently destroyed those who did not believe.” (Jude 1:5)

Numbers 14:18 “The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished…”

Numbers 14:20-23 “The Lord replied, “I have forgiven them, as you [Moses] asked. Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth, not one of the men who saw my glory and the miraculous signs I performed in Egypt and in the desert but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times – not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath the their forefathers. No one who treated me with contempt will ever see it.

The false teachers can be forgiven, but they will be punished. We see in Numbers 16:1-4 that some of these leaders “became insolent” and “with them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council. They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron.” They refused to acknowledge their authority asking “Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?”

These were Levites — priests — church leaders — community leaders! Numbers 16:32 shows us their judgment “and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them.” This is a perfect analogy for Jude because he goes on to characterize these false prophets in Jude 8:1 as those who “reject authority.”

We must remember that the priests were rejecting God’s authority. Moses and Aaron had not placed themselves as the leaders of Israel — God had. Moses didn’t even want the job! We must pray for discernment and remember that our ultimate allegiance is to God and our Savior Jesus Christ. When leaders begin to act immorally or subject themselves to another authority other than Christ — even the church itself — they have gone into the realm of false prophet as we learned in Jude 1:4 .

There are those among us who receive God’s blessing because they are part of a group of people God has chosen to bless (eg. America,) we may be angry because they are receiving a blessing — “the rain falls on the just and the unjust alike” (Matthew 5:45)– however — we see throughout the Bible that God’s judgment is always imminent, definite, and permanent.

Again, we must “contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.” Jude 1:3

Ultimately to discern false prophets and their teaching, we must go back to the authority of Scripture and know the Bible for ourselves…we will look at the early church tomorrow to see how they discerned the truth. We must make sure we know and teach correctly or we ourselves will be subject to judgment for our errors.

Today, I’ve scrapped plans to pray overseas and today I am asking for prayer for LT. GORDON JAMES KLINGENSCHMITT, CHAPLAIN and particularly our military chaplains. This man is on a hunger strike because the Navy will not renew his contract because he insists on praying in Jesus’ name in public. Until today, most mainstream media has ignored the story. Lt. Kingenschmitt is an evangelical Episcopal priest.

Klingenschmitt says,

“They teach all chaplains just to pray to God and say amen. In fact, they have mandatory lectures at the chaplain school, but my commanding officer told them to end my career. After 14 years of great fitness reports, I‘ll be out on the street, without a job, no retirement. My wife and daughter evicted from military housing, because I pray in Jesus‘ name.”

I want to stay in the Navy and I want to pray publicly in Jesus‘ name, but on Friday, admirals in the Pentagon, claiming to speak for the president of the United States, stripped me of my uniform for all public appearances. They said, “You can‘t pray in Jesus‘ name in public, unless you‘re wearing civilian clothes.” And so that‘s when I had enough. I began this hunger fast, and I‘m asking the president of the United States to sign an executive order, protecting all of our military chaplains‘ right to pray according to their diverse faiths.”

I will pray for him taking this courageous stand. When asking why the President hadn’t signed an executive order, he said “because there hadn’t been enough public outcry.” By sacrificing himself, he is making this a public issue! Notice, this is not just for Christians to be able to pray publicly but for all religions. No more neutral prayers. I agree — Jesus says either “be cold or hot” but that he despises “lukewarm.” (Rev 3:16 ) The namby pamby neutral praying that the military has asked to be done is lukewarm and powerless.

How can we help? #1 Pray #2 He asks us to “call the White House tonight, at 202-456-1414, and just ask the president of the United States to sign an executive order, allowing military chaplains to pray according to their diverse faiths. ” This was posted on December 22nd. (You can also e-mail your representative as I have done. ) The Navy is no stranger to such allegations, in May, the Baptist Press carried an article about a similar discrimination issue. The Christian Newswire profiled Klingenschmitt today in a press release about the tenth day of his hunger strike. Although his contract has been renewed, he is continuing his strike until he can “pray publicly in Jesus name.”

Lord, please let us as Christians be willing to stand up for Jesus Christ no matter the cost. Let us follow Jesus and forsake our very lives. Please let President Bush make the correct and wise decision. I pray for you to speak with him today. Encourage Lt. Klingenschmitt and let him do all things to the glory of Christ. Speak with him and give him discernment so that he knows what to say and what to do that most honors Jesus Christ. Let him not seek any honor for himself but only to aid the spread of the power and glory to Jesus Christ’s name. I love you, my Jesus. Forgive me when I do not understand issues such as this — there seem to be so many sides to stories and implications that we cannot fathom this side of eternity. I ask you to hold our country in your hands and guide our leaders. Let us Christians not be manipulated by false prophets greedy for gain but only bring honor and glory to Jesus Christ. Forgive us where we fail you. Please give us discernment in these days! In Jesus name. Amen.

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  • soupy
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    Unfortunately, you don’t have the facts. Chaplain Klingenschmitt is not prohibited from praying in the name of Jesus in public. All chaplain, if invited to give the invocation or benediction at a public event, are asked to do so in a non-denominational event since there are people of various faith backgrounds in attendance. But if he’s preaching in a religious service of his own denomination, he free to follow the prqctices of that denomination.

  • Vicki A. Davis
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    Readers — Here is the comment that I posted back to this blogger. I want you to know that I will be going back to his blog and looking at the facts that he says that he has.

    Also, I want you to know that I do not endorse his blog in any way. For those new to blogs, comments are a way that people on the Internet can post their opinion on other people’s blogs.

    Ultimately, as I brought this to your attention yesterday it was for prayer — as are all of the items that I bring to you.

    He is quite derogatory in his comments. Today, I’d like to ask the readers of this to pray for soupy.

    Lord, I pray for this blogger. I ask that you bless him. I ask that you speak to him and reveal Jesus Christ to Him. I pray that he will see the love of Jesus in someone today. He seems to have such anger, Lord, and I do not know why but you do. Minister to him in his hurts. Let me always treat others with the kind forgiveness that you’ve treated me. I love you, Jesus. You are my hope and my peace and my answer in a world of turmoil. Thank you for loving me! Amen

    My response to soupy’s post on his blog

    Hello soupy — I didn’t delete your post, I have it set for me to moderate the posts so that I can make sure that the information in there is indeed correct. This is a standard practice among bloggers as it prevents blog spam, It is important for me as a lot of my readers are new to the Internet and do not understand the difference between the comments and the content of the blog.

    I was off with my family yesterday and did not get your e-mail until this morning. I would love to have the facts that you state that you have read but I don’t see any facts that you’ve posted. I will more than happily correct myself and look forward to reading your research! I’ll visit you again today! I’d also love to know the verses that you feel are quoted out of context. Please take a look at them and let me know!

    Soupy, I get on my knees and pray daily and today I will pray for you. I’m not sure why you’re so angry at the world. If your post does not appear on my blog, it will be because of the allusion to profanity that you seem to be using in the prior post.

    It is very important to me that information be correct and I look forward to the facts. You seem to be angry at the world – – I pray you will learn the true meaning of peace and His name is Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth, and the life.

    As for politics, my blog is not political an if you’ll notice my prayer for Lt. Klingenschmitt does not contain any allegience in either direction. It is a devotional blog. Any matter that concerns the name of Jesus concerns those of us who pray. The right thing needs to happen in this situation and those who are privy to the information at hand need prayer to make the right decision. That person is neither yo u nor me but I know if I pray – the ONE in control will intervene so that the right decision will be made.

    I’m sure your reply will not be kindly to me but I wish you only the best. Here’s a copy of my prayer for this situation on the blog so you can see how I prayed in this situation. I’m not sure that you read the entire blog.


    Lord, please let us as Christians be willing to stand up for Jesus Christ no matter the cost. Let us follow Jesus and forsake our very lives. Please let President Bush make the correct and wise decision. I pray for you to speak with him today. Encourage Lt. Klingenschmitt and let him do all things to the glory of Christ. Speak with him and give him discernment so that he knows what to say and what to do that most honors Jesus Christ. Let him not seek any honor for himself but only to aid the spread of the power and glory to Jesus Christ’s name. I love you, my Jesus. Forgive me when I do not understand issues such as this — there seem to be so many sides to stories and implications that we cannot fathom this side of eternity. I ask you to hold our country in your hands and guide our leaders. Let us Christians not be manipulated by false prophets greedy for gain but only bring honor and glory to Jesus Christ. Forgive us where we fail you. Please give us discernment in these days! In Jesus name. Amen.

  • Brian Parker
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    I have actually been following this story. As a former Navy man myself I was shocked and appalled. I would also like to pray for him.

    Heavenly Father I come to you today asking that you would intervine in this situation. Please guide our nation’s leaders to do you will and let this man procliam the name of the Lord Jesus in and out of church. Please let him be a winner of souls unto you.
    I love you Heavenly Father and we thank you for everything.
    For I ask it in Jesus sweet and Holy name.
    Amen.

  • soupy
    Reply

    Please see today’s posting.

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