Navy chaplain removed for counseling on homosexual sin

3/9/2015 – A chaplain who once ministered to Navy SEALs could be thrown out of the military after he was accused of failing “to show tolerance and respect” in private counseling sessions in regards to issues pertaining to faith, marriage and sexuality, specifically homosexuality and pre-marital sex, according to documents obtained exclusively by Fox News.

Lt. Commander Wes Modder, who is endorsed by the Assemblies of God, has also been accused of being unable to “function in the diverse and pluralistic environment” of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C.

“On multiple occasions he discriminated against students who were of different faiths and backgrounds,” the Chaplain’s commanding Officer Capt. Jon R. Fahs wrote in a memorandum obtained by Fox News.

Modder told me he was devastated by the accusations. He believes charges have been trumped up.

Modder is a highly decorated, 19-year veteran of the military. Prior to becoming a Navy chaplain, he served in the Marine Corps. His assignments included tours with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Naval Special Warfare Command – where he served as the Force Chaplain of the Navy SEALs.

His record is brimming with accolades and endorsements – including from Capt. Fahs.

In Modder’s most recent review, Fahs declared that the chaplain was “the best of the best,” and a “consummate professional leader” worthy of an early promotion….

Zollie Smith, the executive director for the Assemblies of God, U.S. Missions, told me they stand firmly behind the chaplain.

“We stand behind him 100 percent,” he said.

In hindsight, Berry believes the officer was setting up his client – and in doing so may have committed a crime.

“I believe some of what the lieutenant has alleged could constitute a military crime – false statements – taking what the chaplain said and twisting or misconstruing it – in an attempt to get the chaplain punished,” he said. “He abused the position he was placed in as a chaplain’s assistant.”

By Todd Starnes – Fox News –

Army Chaplain Wrongly Punished for Offering Bible Scriptures: 24 Members of Congress

U.S. Army Chaplain Capt. Joseph “Joe” Lawhorn has been wrongly disciplined for offering spiritual guidance, including biblical references, during a suicide prevention meeting, said 24 senators and representatives in a letter.

“We are concerned that this disciplinary action violated First Amendment free speech protection that are undergirded by state reflected in the FY2013 and FY2014 NDAAs, along with the accompanying DoD regulations,” states the letter from the senators, sent to Army Secretary John McHugh.

“In fulfilling his duties as chaplain, Captain Lawhorn shared both his personal struggle with depression as well as biblical references and materials in accordance with the views of his endorsing agency and complementary to personal convictions.”

The lawmakers said that they have not received any indication from the Army that Lawhorn’s religious freedom rights were protected, and asked for a review of the incident in relation to federal law and Army policy.

Back in December, Lawhorn received a “letter of concern” from a superior at Fort Benning for sharing his Christian faith during the training class. Colonel David G. Fivecoat argued that during the suicide prevention meeting, the chaplain “perceived to advocate Christianity and used Christian scripture and solutions.”

“You provided a two-sided handout that listed Army resources on one side and a biblical approach to handling depression on the other side,” the letter read.

“This made it impossible for those in attendance to receive the resource information without also receiving the biblical information.”

Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, argued, however, that chaplains should not be punished for doing their jobs….

By Stoyan Zaimov – Christian Post –

Chaplain Ordered to Cover Christian Symbols In VA Chapel

TRUTH!

According to the website for the Oscar G Johnson Medical Center Veterans Administration hospital in Iron Mountain, Michigan, the chapel is described as “non-denominational,” although weekly Protestant and Catholic services are scheduled there “on a regular basis.” The hospital was told that Christian symbols, statues and religious items inside the chapel were no longer permitted. This according to a June 3, 2014, article by Christianity Today.

The article said that the chapel “was found in non-compliance with a 2008 federal regulation that mandates that the house of worship be nonsectarian.” In order to comply with the regulation statues, crucifix and an altar “were encircled with a curtain at the Iron Mountain chapel after an inspection by the National Chaplain Center discovered the unauthorized items. ”

[A witness reported]”I went to the VA Hospital in Iron Mountain today on business. While there I stopped at the Chapel and found pinky-purple curtains with mesh at the top, covering the altar. (You know the type. They use them between sick patients in the hospital). I stopped in my tracks, shocked at what I saw. I peeked behind the curtain, and found what used to be the welcoming part of the chapel, the Cross, a picture of Jesus, and other Christian icons familiar to the majority of Americans. I found Chaplain Bob Mueller, to ask what the meaning was of this change. This is what he told me. ‘A couple of months ago, an order came down from Washington DC to cover all things associated with Christianity in the VA. Their solution is to cover everything in all the VA Chapels across the country.’ Chaplain Bob went on to say, ‘A few weeks ago an official from the Madison VA came down here to tell me to “stop talking about Jesus, and to stop reading Scripture out loud.” Chaplain Bob also said that the rest of the Obama plan is to send more curtains to cover the rest of the stained glass windows, because there are Christian symbols on the stained glass. These photos reveal future plans by the White House. To use the same phrase President Obama so “eloquently” used concerning other matters at the VA, ‘I’m mad as hell…’ As Americans, we need to stand together to stop this insanity.”

From TruthOrFiction.com –

Public Universities Under Attack By Atheists For Allowing Christianity…

By Russ Jones – OneNewsNow.com –

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation claims both the University of Mississippi and Clemson inappropriately use school resources to promote Christianity. Mississippi State is also a target.

Steve McConkey, president of a sports ministry called 4 Winds, says FRRF is on a mission to “attack all Christian activity” if it appears faith and government are mixing.

“This is a group that needs to be prayed against,” McConkey says of the atheist group. “And if enough people stand up, they can be stopped.”

FCA Mississippi newspaper The Clarion-Ledger reported that FFRF is demanding extensive information about Ole Miss and its affiliation with John Powell, the chaplain for the football team, including email communications, Powell’s travel records with the team, and a list of religious services conducted by Powell.

McConkey points out that Powell is employed by the non-profit Fellowship of Christian Athletes, not the university.

“They’re very much aware that he’s with Fellowship of Christian Athletes,” McConkey says of the chaplain and the atheists attacking him.

 
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