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Should Christian Military Chaplains be allowed to pray in Jesus name?

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Yes they are taking Jesus out of everything in preparation of the comming of the anti christ. There is power in the name of Jesus and the enemy knows it. Plain and simple. :)
---jody on 11/3/07

When George Washington was the Commander of the Colonial Army, I've been told that he would not allow his men to cuss. The first time you'ld be warned. The second time you'ld received 40 lashes with a bull whip. The third time it was serious! The reason for this ...he said to win the Revolutionary War we had to have God on our side.

Too bad we don't have more Americans like that.

I hope every American military chaplain prays in the name of Christ.
---trey on 11/3/07

As far as I know it has not unconstitutional. It is stopping the Chaplain's constitutional rights to do stop him. If that is the way he ends his prayers (in Jesus name) He is allowed to do so. However, if he is with a group of many different religions, he may be asked not to, but not when he is in a one on one with someone. Freedom of speech and constitutional rights do include Christians too. It seems that we are the only ones without rights! No one stops an Islam from praying in/to Allah's name.
---Allie on 11/2/07

Military Chaplains represent many Faiths besides Christian. The military population is very diversified and chaplains serve from a number of religions besides Catholic, Protestant and Jewish. There are also Islamic and Buddhist clergy in the Chaplaincy.

Having chaplains for military personnel had been found to be constitutional.
---Phil_the_Elder on 11/2/07

Elder, as I am in U.K. (which my post clearly states) I do not have a Congressman. I contact my M.P. regularly though. I am really pleased to hear that you, personally, have not encountered this problem because, when you were 'asked' you had someone prepared to speak up for you. From reports given out by the press it is obvious that many are not that fortunate. Most seem to be ordered not asked.
---m.p.a. on 4/24/07

If you are a Christian that is the only name!!!! WE should be praying in!!!!! To the Father in Jesus mighty name. Most powerful name....sweet name.....wonderful name....blessed name. You get the point.I would not let a job or anyone keep me from praying in Jesus, most precious name----only!
---robyn on 4/24/07

m.p.a., Humm.... behind times.
I am now a Military Chaplain. Sorry to shake your faith.
The same old rhetoric was tried on me. I told the Battalion Commander who "requested" me to refrain from praying in Jesus name, the Army Reg that said he was out of line.
I still serve that unit now.
Could be..... I am more up to date than the "slackers" know.
Could be also that instead of telling me what I don't know you should be writing your Congressman.
If you care......
---Elder on 4/23/07

m.p.a., Humm.... behind times.
I am now a Military Chaplain. Sorry to shake your faith.
The same old rhetoric was tried on me. I told the Battalion Commander who "requested" me to refrain from praying in Jesus name, the Army Reg that said he was out of line.
I still serve that unit now.
Could be..... I am more up to date than the "slackers" know.
Could be also that instead of telling me what I don't know you should be writing your Congressman.
If you care......
---Elder on 4/23/07

Elder, what I wrote was historical reality, not current politics. If you have access to a WWII document that says otherwise, please present it. I was not suggesting that Protestant chaplains were cowards, they had their orders. Bear in mind that I am Canadian, not American. We saw things from a slightly different perspective, not to mention a lot sooner.
---lorra8574 on 4/23/07

Elder you are not very up-to-date with the news. If you type 'Navy Chaplain not allowed to pray in Jesus' name' into a search engine you'll find quite a few reports. Some are only allowed to do this if they change into civilian clothes. Some are reprimanded when they pray in Jesus' name. It's U.S. navy I refer to but there have been similar articles here in U.K.
---m.p.a. on 4/23/07

Allowed? That's funny, all free tongues have freedom of speech and are allowed to speak Jesus' Name 24/7 without any damnable clay trying to stop it. Jesus instructs us to do so, so no one can censor nor impede against God's Word, if so, sue them royally in court for discrimination, harassment, and breaking the 1st Amendment to the Constitution.
---Eloy on 4/22/07

ABSOLUTELY! This is currently an issue at stake in the military, specifically the airforce...Pray about this, and for further information ACLJ has much info.
---Christina on 4/22/07

why not, to me i see no harm in that what so ever.
---irene7395 on 4/22/07

lorra8574, you must not know anything about the Military or the Chaplain Corp.
A Chaplain is assigned to a unit. Where that unit goes the Chaplain goes.
The denomination has no say over that at all.
Next, Chaplains do not have to reject their beliefs due to someone else of another faith. They can pray in Jesus' name and do.
---Elder on 4/18/07

Randy, during the great wars (WWI and WWII) many Protestants were grateful that Catholic priests were there for them. Other denominations often did not allow their own chaplains to go to the front lines, where-as the Catholics felt a greater urgency to be there. Catholic priests are sensitive to the dying and would not impose a Hail Mary on Protestant. But the most popular prayer in the Catholic Church remains the Our Father.
---lorra8574 on 4/18/07

ABSOLUTLY, POSITIVELY, WITHOUT FEAR, AND WITHOUT A DOUBT.. The Name of Jesus is above all other names. Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Mt 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
---MARK on 4/17/07

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Sure they should. Will they be? That is a different story.
---Bruce5656 on 4/17/07

I read recently that most of the Chaplains in the Military are Catholic while most Christian troupes are Protestant. Would you want the Priests to recite the Hail Mary for a general religious meeting? When I was in the military there were lots of different religions and the chaplains have to serve them all. Remember the Lords Prayer does not end in In Christs name.
---randy on 8/26/06

Thanks, Tofuabby. I had not heard that GOOD NEWS. I know it was an answer to many prayers.
Probably not many Christians realized that, for awhile, military chaplains were restricted in this way.
---Donna2277 on 8/24/06

What!! Why shouldn't they be? Anybody who is born-again should pray in Jesus' name.
---Helen_5378 on 8/24/06

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When I was an Army wife in the 70s, I was blessed to have evangelical, fundamental chaplains, a rarity in the Army. One graduated from Philadelphia Bible College, now Philadelphia Biblical University, right here where I live. They always prayed in Jesus name during our chapel services and prayer meetings.

The military is a missions field. I will pray for more evangelical preachers to go into the chaplaincy.
---Madison1101 on 8/24/06

Rebecca, early this year the Air Force and Navy issued new rules that chaplains cannot pray in Jesus name during public ceremonies. Their reasoning was that they need to be sensative to the needs of all not just the christians.

Thankfully, on May 11 this year congress passed a new defense authorization bill that includes language to allow chaplains to pray in the name of Jesus at public military ceremonies, undercutting new Air Force and Navy guidelines on religion. Conservatives win again!
---tofurabby on 8/24/06

Currently, military chaplains are allowed to pray in the name of Jesus during chapel (church) services only . At military events where the general population is made up of persons from many diverse beliefs, chaplains are encouraged to be sensitive to the needs of all those present, e.g., Muslims, Jewish, atheist, etc. Christian chaplains may decline an invitation to pray if not able to do so for conscience reasons. (Acts 24:16)
---Leon on 8/24/06

Rather than ask in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ on a worldwide TV broadcast Reverend Billy Graham said we ask all these things in the name of the "wonderful counselor" and since that is one name given to the Lord Jesus Christ(unbeknown of course to the Arabs) the powers To be deemed this to be correct. What is your opinion?
---mima on 8/24/06

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Why wouldn't they be allowed? Yes they should and need to.
---Rebecca_D on 8/24/06

What they should do if they are told they cannot pray in Jesus name is some simple substitutions. Rather than Jesus, say Christ... after that is banned... say Alpha and Omega, then Wonderful Counselor, then Prince of Peace, Lamb of God, Immanuel, etc. you get the picture.
---tofurabby on 8/24/06

A Christian minister must you Christ's name, else he is no Christian minister. I think a buddist chaplain, would use buddah's name; a hindu chaplain would use brahma or vishnu or shiva or krishna; a moslem would use the name of allah; etc. But a minister of Christ must use the name of Christ, and minister in the name of Jesus Christ only.
---Eloy on 8/24/06

Yes, they are Christians.
---Katie on 8/24/06

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