Response to a Counterfeit Christian, a Professing Atheist, and a Homosexual Activist
by Sonny Hernandez
The FOMC is a homosexual affirming, counterfeit Christian forum that desperately wants attention on their anti-Christian crusade. On February 10, 2017, the FOMC posted a response on their Facebook page to my article on the NCMAF with the question:
What is your reaction to this latest attack by Chaplain Hernandez?
The responses to my article from the FOMC were not confounding, since I did not receive a coherent or rational response to my theological argument. The responses were from a fake Christian, a professing Atheist, and a homosexual activist.
1. Fake Christian Stance on the Constitution
C. Neal Goldsborough Chaplain Hernandez obviously doesn’t support the free exercise clause of the Constitution he swore to “support and defend” as an Air Force officer. He should, therefore, resign his commission if he cannot serve in the religiously pluralistic world of the military.
Mr. C. Neal Goldsmith is an interim rector (per Paul’s Memorial Church website) at a church that represents a homosexually depraved, anti-Christian (1 Cor. 6:9-10) denomination called the Episcopal Church.
Goldsmith’s response begs the question, since he cannot elucidate why he alleges that I do not support the free exercise clause. Instead, he assumes that I do not support the Constitution since my convictions are not commensurate with his. Goldsmith does not seem to realize that his viciously circular argument contradicts his positon, as his emotive response proves that he does not even know what pluralism is, and that he does not support the Free Exercise clause of the Constitution since he feels that my free-speech should be restricted and I should resign since he does not like my beliefs.
It is important to note that I have never stated or implied that I do not support the Constitution, nor have I stated or implied that anyone who disagrees with my sincerely held beliefs should resign. I am grateful that everyone, to include myself, has the right to affirm a position without coercion or compulsion. For a person to be born again (2 Cor. 5:17), Christ alone must draw that person (John 6:63-65), and not the government. The US military is a mission field (Matt. 28:18-20), and if everyone affirmed Christianity, there would be no need to evangelize. Therefore, I support the Constitution for others, and also for myself, which is something that Mr. Goldsmith does not seem to comprehend.
2. The absurdity of atheism
Jason Torpy Why even post this? This insanity deserves no attention, other than a serious discussion with this chaplain’s commander. And if anything the ‘NCMAF compromise’ is bowing to exclusive, evangelical, gay-hating endorsers that have no business in military chaplaincy in the first place. (which does not necessarily exclude otherwise honorable individual chaplains of those endorsers who should find a new endorser)
If Torpy truly feels that my articles are wrong, he is contradicting himself, since atheism cannot declare anything wrong since is it is based on a relativistic, chance-based worldview. If Torpy makes claims that something is wrong, he must appeal to an absolute standard, since that is a prerequisite for moral evaluations. Since he cannot account for moral absolutes, he has to argue from an atheistic worldview (relativistic), and an absolute view that my biblical convictions are insane, which again, is contradicting. This is atheism 101.
Torpy’s atheistic worldview is not only contradicting, it also presupposes Christianity to be true. In Torpy’s atheistic worldview, truth is relativistic, and life is just matter in motion in a constant state of flux. This is why it is absurd that Torpy would make a truth claim that something is wrong, because when he does, he presupposes Christianity to be true since it is impossible to dialogue about truth unless truth exists.
Torpy’s worldview cannot account for moral absolutes, and it also cannot account for the laws of logic, the uniformity of nature, or anything. The Christian worldview (ethics, metaphysics, epistemology) can account for moral absolutes, the laws of logic, and the uniformity of nature, because of a super-naturalistic worldview that is consistent with abstract, universal, and invariant entities, which are justified by revelation (general, special, and incarnational). This is why Torpy has to borrow from the Christian worldview to claim anything is wrong.
Torpy, you are following in the footsteps of Michael “Mikey” Weinstein, who will not debate me, but hides behind a computer (just like Torpy), and has sent complaints to my chain of command – and you can see how far that has gotten him. Keep hiding behind your computer Torpy, and good luck.
3. A homosexual position on tolerance and free-exercise: my way or no way!
Tom Carpenter I disagree, Jason. While giving this nonsense any legs is problematic, those who care about the chaplaincy need to know about Hernandez’s outrageous views. As you are aware he is not alone. While he, and the so called Christian Fighter Pilot, pontificate on the blog with the same name, they live in an echo chamber. What I find most offensive is that Hernandez proudly publishes his credentials as an Air Force Reserve Chaplain while clearly making statements that make him a threat to the pluralistic workplace he is duty bound to support. His effort at a disclaimer is not worth much. Hopefully this will get to someone in the AF chain of command who can take appropriate action.
Tom Carpenter’s response contradicts the FOMC position, and concurs my argument that this homosexual man does not care about the free-exercise for all religions, but exclusively for his agenda. The FOMC website states [emphasis added]:
“The Forum supports the Chiefs of Chaplains in their constitutional duty to secure the free exercise of religion for all of America’s service members, to achieve denominational balance and symmetry within the Chaplain Corps consistent with national demographics, to provide an inclusive, socially and spiritually responsive program of training and education, and to extend a welcome and affirming presence to the troops and military families they are called to serve.”
If Carpenter feels my theological convictions (in my article) are “nonsense,” “problematic,” and a “threat to the pluralistic workplace,” then how can the FOMC say with integrity that they support the free exercise of religion for all of America’s service members? The FOMC is sending a message that the free exercise of religion is restricted for those who affirm convictions similar to mine, which is problematic, since the military chaplaincy is overwhelmingly saturated with Bible-affirming Christians.
Carpenter cannot seem to comprehend that when I espouse my convictions, I am not saying that I refuse to serve with certain people, or that I favor people, or that I will mistreat someone, or even demand that non-Christians resign from the military. I was called into the military as a missionary, and this means that I cannot isolate myself from those who need Christ (1 Cor. 5:9), but this does require separation from those who masquerade as Christians but live like devils (1 Cor. 5:11), which is a widely held belief among many Bible-affirming Christians. As a US service member, and a Christian, my right to my beliefs is supported by the Constitution, and others have a right to agree, disagree, or have no faith at all. Again, this is why I am a missionary, and why I will preach Christ.
My prayer is that one day, the counterfeit Christian (Goldsmith), the professing atheist (Torpy), and the homosexual (Carpenter) will understand my position, which is why I will continue to pray that my Lord will give them a new heart (Ezek. 36:26), and grant them repentance (Luke 13:3).
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.