Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Christian Cross' And Altars In VA Chapels Now "Unauthorized"?

I personally put no weight at all in "statues" and so-called "pictures of Christ". We do not have any true pictures of Jesus so they mean nothing or less than nothing. As for statues of Jesus or the Apostles, they are strictly forbidden in scripture and have no place in a Christian Church or chapel. But the Cross and altars and Christian Bibles are always acceptable in churches or chapels, whatever the denomination. The Bible itself is the only real essential in a house of worship.  RB

This from Truth Or Fiction

Truth Or Fiction

Chaplain Says Officials Ordered Him to Cover Christian Symbols In VA Chapel-
Summary of the eRumor:  Has the Veterans Administration (VA) ordered that religious symbols and statues no longer be allowed at facility chapels?

The Truth:  
According to the website for the Oscar G Johnson Medical Center Veterans Affairs 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 and religious items inside the chapel were no longer permitted. 

Article from "Christian Today" June 2014
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. "_________________________________

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Christian Symbols Removed From VA Chapel

Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 01:09 PM

I try to make it a practice to vett the circulating-emails I receive before I forward them on. I think one of the best sources to vett email rumors is TruthOrFiction.com. The site seems to lack a political bias one way or another, and are discerning in terms of religious rumors. They don't throw the baby out with the bathwater — particularly the baby in the manger.
The other day I received an email that I thought worth checking out. It claimed that in a chapel in a VA hospital, administrators had covered up Christian symbols because of a federal order to do so. In the chapel. I checked this out with TruthOrFiction.com, there it was labeled as truth.
TruthOrFiction.com went on to observe, "In order to comply with the regulation statutes, 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."
The policy went into effect in 2008. Since 2009, Under the Obama Administration, since 2009, things have only gotten worse.
I remember when Obama spoke at Georgetown one time. He demanded that they cover over "IHS" in the background — in that Catholic building.
I'll bet 90 percent of Christians don't even know what IHS stands for. I had to take New Testament Greek to find out myself. H, I, and S are the first three letters in the Greek language of Jesus — Iota, Eta, and Sigma. The English equivalent would be J, E, and S. It simply means Jesus.
It would appear that some in our government today seem to follow the ABC principle — anything but Christ. Like Dracula, they recoil at the sight of the cross.
America's founders gave us freedom of religion. Liberals today like to limit that liberty to freedom of worship. Yet, apparently at services at the VA chapels, even the freedom to truly worship has been truncated.
To what God are they allowed to pray? "To whom it may concern"? What an insult to the Christian veterans of whatever stripe. No one is forcing anyone to bow down to that cross in the chapel — or to worship the God of the cross.  How far we have fallen as a nation. When he was in Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, General George Washington insisted on hiring military chaplains systematically. Here were paid Christian clergymen to pray and serve the troops in an explicitly Christian way.
But leftists today take "the separation of church and state" to ridiculous lengths, often doing so in the name of Thomas Jefferson.
A letter written January 1, 1802 by Thomas Jefferson is the source of the phrase "a wall of separation between Church and State." He wrote this to the Danbury Baptists, who cheered him on as president and as a champion of religious freedom.
They closed their letter, "And may the Lord preserve you safe from every evil and bring you at last to his Heavenly Kingdom through Jesus Christ our Glorious Mediator."
Jefferson's obscure letter of reply changed history because in 1947, the U.S. Supreme Court took it as the Rosetta Stone of the First Amendment. No longer was that first right in our Bill of Rights understood to mean, "In these United States, there would be no national denomination" (which is what it actually intended).
Now, instead, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion . . . " meant that a strict wall separating church and state was to be built.
Ironically, if the liberals were right, Jefferson violated the separation of church and state in the very letter that gave us the separation of church and state, since he closes his reply with this, "I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and Creator of man, and tender you for yourselves and your religious association, assurances of my high respect and esteem." Prayer? To God? By a president?  We seem to have a case of national amnesia today, and that can be seen by what apparently is not seen in some of our VA hospital chapels of late. 


What is my reaction?  First, our government is spending far too much time regulating religion, churches and especially Christian Churches, which is a violation of our Constitutional Freedom of religion.  So, until we get rid of the present administration, the "Christian" chaplains should fill the chapel every service with free Holy Bibles for any vet who wants one, and then preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them, pray for them, and our power absorbed president and politicians.  RB