Air Force Chaplain Urges Violation of Enlistment Oath

Sonny Hernandez, an Air Force Reserve chaplain, has an article at BarbWire outright demanding that Christians in the Air Force violate the Constitution and the oath they took to preserve it by denying the right of non-Christians in the military to practice their own religions.

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Counterfeit Christians in the Armed forces will appeal to the Constitution, and not Christ, and they have no local church home—which means they have no accountability for their souls (Heb. 13:17). This is why so many professing Christian service members will say: “We ‘support everyone’s right’ to practice their faith regardless if they worship a god different from ours because the Constitution protects this right.”

Christian service members who openly profess and support the rights of Muslims, Buddhists, and all other anti-Christian worldviews to practice their religions—because the language in the Constitution permits—are grossly in error, and deceived.

First, where in the Bible do the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, or Christ Himself, support or accommodate anti-Christians to give adulation to their false gods or to yield and obey anyone except the One true and living God? There is no exegetical support, and no moral justification for any Christian service member to openly profess or support the alleged rights of anti-Christians. Christian service members must share the Gospel with unbelievers so they can be saved, not support unbelievers to worship their false gods that will lead them to hell.

Second, professing Christian service members must answer this important question: “Do you appeal to the Holy Scripture, or the US Constitution as an ultimate standard to measure your conduct?”…

Also, is it wrong for a professing Christian service member to say, “I support the rights of all Americans to practice their faith since the Constitution protects their rights?” Absolutely!

This man should be removed from the Air Force immediately. He has violated his oath, which says that he does “solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” But he is himself an enemy of the Constitution, as he states quite explicitly. He put his hand on a Bible (presumably) and swore an oath to the Constitution, but now he says that his allegiance is to the Bible and the Constitution be damned.

I’m sure it will come as no surprise that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has received many complaints about Hernandez over the last few years, long before he wrote this article. They have filed an official complaint with the Pentagon over this because he “blatantly and indisputably advocates the subordinating of the U.S. Constitution to his personal Christian ideology and violated his Oath of Office as a commissioned officer, as well as Title 18, U.S. Code § 2387’s criminal prohibitions against counseling or urging insubordination, disloyalty, or ‘refusal of duty’ to other military members.”

This is undeniable. He should be stripped of his rank and removed from the Air Force with all due speed. And so should every chaplain that advocates similar ideas.

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