Beware of the NCMAF Compromise! An Adjuration for Bible-Affirming Chaplain Endorsers
An adjuration for Bible-Affirming Military Chaplain Endorsing Agencies to come out from among them (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)
by Sonny Hernandez
The National Conference on Ministry to Armed Forces (NCMAF) began in 1982 as a private, non-profit organization that connects member faith groups with military and VA chaplaincies, and claims to “celebrate the religious diversity of the United States of America.”
The NCMAF has members that are Roman Catholic, Jewish and Orthodox, Buddhist, Islamic, professing Christians, and even claims to span the total theological spectrum of religious life in the United States. What this means is that NCMAF has members that unite together who accept idolatry, blasphemy, sexual degeneracy, Trinitarian heresies, adulation to false gods, and even compromise from professing Christian endorsing agencies that align themselves with a theologically depraved conglomeration.
I. Biblical Edict
If an ecclesiastical endorsing agency affirms “the” (definite article) Holy Bible as the infallible rule of faith that constitutes salvation, then the standard for conduct inexorably rest on Scripture alone (Sola Scripture). The Bible is replete with ominous threats of false teachers, and how to combat their gross misconduct, which requires separation. What is Biblical separation? It means to separate from worldliness, religious apostasy, and any sinful practices that bring reproach upon Christ. This does not mean isolation from unbelievers in the world (1 Corinthians 5:9-10), but separation from those who would call themselves a believer, but live like devils (1 Corinthians 5:11). The Bible also commands:
- Do not eat with those who erroneously call themselves a Christian (1 Corinthians 5:11)
- Do not be deceived by false teachers (Ephesians 5:6)
- Have no fellowship with false teachers—expose them (Ephesians 5:11)
- Avoid false teachers who deceive the hearts of the simple (Romans 16:17)
- Turn away from those who appear to be godly, but are godless (2 Timothy 3:5)
- Never allow false teachers into your house or greet them (2 John 9-11)
- Rebuke false teachers sharply in the presence of others (Titus 1:13)
Additionally, 1 Thessalonians 5:22 states: avoid the appearance of evil. How can Bible-affirming endorsing agents avoid the appearance of evil if they, without compulsion, voluntarily become members with a group (NCMAF) that embraces evil in their membership? Paul warned in 2 Corinthians 6:17 to come out from among them, because purity can never be mixed with pollution, and because separating from wickedness to avoid the appearance of evil is not a conjecture—it is a command.
II. NCMAF Compromise
It is preposterous for a Bible-affirming, military chaplain endorsing agent to become members with a group (NCMAF) that will unify them with other endorsers, irrespective of their religion, that are diametrically opposed to Christ. A Bible-affirming endorsing agency has no need to unify themselves with NCMAF. A theologically competent endorsing agency should be equipped to endorse, protect, and train their chaplains to ἀπολογία (defend) the faith, κηρύσσω (proclaim) the truth, and support the Constitution, without capitulating theological dogma, or uniting themselves with those who embrace putrescent doctrines that God abhors. This is why the Bible perspicuously explains that either an individual is with Christ, or they are against Him (Matthew 12:30), and not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14).
A. NCMAF Eschewed Vision
According to the NCMAF website:
NCMAF will advocate for the First Amendment and provide a unified voice on religious freedom and religious diversity.
The NCMAF vision statement is fallacious.
There are non-theist worldviews and counterfeit Christian endorsing agencies that are members of NCMAF, and several of them embrace wicked ideologies that are irreconcilable with the Christian worldview. Why is this a problem? Unbelievers by nature, are wholly defiled in all faculties and parts of the body and soul, are at enmity with God and will not submit to His law (Romans 8:7), which is why it is impossible for unregenerate NCMAF members to be united biblically with a Christian on religious freedom because they both have diametrically opposed beliefs. A true Christian will support holiness, not homosexuality, and a true Christian will embrace freedom and truth, and not false teachers. This is why Christians must never unite with the wicked, and never build their foundation on anything except Christ alone or else suffer the consequences:
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it” (Matthew 7:24-27).
B. NCMAF Disconcerting Leadership
There are leaders and members of NCMAF that espouse devilish convictions that Christians should be aware of. Consider Sarah Lammert, for example, a supporter of homosexual perversion:
“…She is one of only three female endorsers. ‘The fact I am being put forward indicates a commitment to plurality and diversity.’ She noted that in this position she will be ‘a voice for everyone serving in the military, including LGBT folks.’”
Lammert is a representative of the Unitarian Universalists, which is a wicked association that embraces a gigantic litany of heresies, as they support a belief in false gods, killing babies (abortion), and sexual perversion (LGBTQ). For those professing Christian endorsing agencies that are members of NCMAF, Lammert is also the chair. It is important to remember that Christ never said to consort with false teachers—He taught that we need to beware of them (Matthew 7:15), and His Word says to expose them (Ephesians 5:11). This is why Lammert must repent of her wickedness (Luke 13:3), and why Bible-affirming endorsing agencies must flee NCMAF.
C. NCMAF Anti-Christian Training
On January 9-11, NCMAF held their 2017 annual conference.
On day 1 (January 9), the event started with training called, “Emerging Trends: serving on the cutting edge,” which was for new endorsers. This training was not taught by an instructor who is distinctively a Christian. This class was taught by Frank Clawson, endorser for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which is a Mormon cult that rejects many fundamentals of Christianity.
On the last day (January 11), Rev. Wollom “Wally” Jensen taught a class on, “Emerging Trends in Ministry-Moral Injury.” Jensen is the Executive Officer and Deputy Endorser, Federal Ministries (The Episcopal Church). It is important to note that Jensen is part of a homosexual-affirming denomination (Episcopal Church) that is open to ordaining their ministers, even if they are homosexual as well.
At this point of the article, you have learned that NCMAF is a concoction of biblical degradation, false unity, and compromise, given the fact that several of their member’s embrace anti-Christian tenets. Why would any Christian endorsing agency want to be part of a fellowship with false teachers, cults, and homosexual advocates? If a Christian endorsing agency is really Christian, they will come out from among them and seek a syndicate of like-minded brethren.
The International Conference of Evangelical Endorsers (ICECE) is a coalition to prayerfully consider. Since its inception, the ICECE has championed religious liberty for evangelical chaplains and service members, as they have underscored every opportunity to defend the rights of evangelical chaplains to pray in the Name of Jesus, and they fought the repeal of the military ban on homosexuals (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell). It is important to note that there are no homosexual supporters, cults, Buddhist, Muslims, or any other godless organizations that are part of ICECE—only men from Bible-affirming endorsing agencies that will not compromise. This is because the men of ICECE adore Christ, and they abhor compromise, which is something professing Christian endorsing agents must do, by coming out from among them (NVMAF):
“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,
I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you…” (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)
Chaplain (Capt) Sonny Hernandez is a US Air Force Reserve Chaplain assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In April 2015, he was selected as the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Individual Mobilization Augmentee Company Grade Officer of the Year, and in May 2016, he was selected as 445th Airlift Wing CGO of the Quarter, first quarter. Hernandez earned a Doctorate from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The opinions expressed here are solely his and do not necessarily represent the views of any government, military, or religious organization. Sonny Hernandez wrote this article as a civilian on his own time on an issue of public interest.