A Christian Air Force Veteran was removed from his position at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas after refusing to support homosexual marriage. Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk was asked by his commanding officer to affirm gay marriage and alleges he was subsequently punished for failing to do so. The conflict erupted after the openly-gay officer wanted to punish an Air Force chaplain for disagreeing with homosexuality.
According to reports:
“I was relieved of my position because I don’t agree with my commander’s position on gay marriage,” Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk told Fox News. “We’ve been told that if you publicly say that homosexuality is wrong, you are in violation of Air Force policy.”
“In one of our first meetings, she was talking about her promotion and she mentioned something about a benediction,” Monk told Fox News. “She said she wanted a chaplain but objected to one particular chaplain that she called a bigot because he preached that homosexuality is a sin.”
“She then said, ‘I don’t know what kind of people actually believe that kind of crap,’” Monk said, recalling the meeting. “I knew I was going to have a rough time in this unit and I would have to be very careful what I said.”
That moment came when Monk was called in to advise the commander on a disciplinary matter involving an Air Force instructor accused of making comments objecting to gay marriage.
The instructor was investigated and the members of his trainees were asked if the instructor had slandered homosexuals and whether he created a hostile work environment.
Monk said he quickly determined the instructor meant no harm by his public comments – comparing the United States with the fall of the Roman Empire.
“He said in spite of our differences, we can’t let that happen to the United States,” Monk said. “He then used homosexual marriage as an example – saying that he didn’t believe in it – but it doesn’t matter because he was going to train them the same way.” (source).
The commanding officer that she wanted to “lop the head off of the chaplain” for his beliefs. Monk, who was advising the officer on appropriate discipline, refused to express his own personal beliefs on gay marriage when pressed by the commanding officer. He was then told if he was not “on the same page” with his commanding officer on the issue of homosexuality, he would have to find another place to work. Monk opted to go on leave of absence, which his commanding officer granted.
Jesus Christ affirmed that marriage by Biblical definition is between a man and a woman:
And [Jesus] answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. – Matthew 19:4-6.
More and more the Biblical view on marriage is being silenced. In this instance, it was not about a vote on gay marriage or a political stance. Merely expressing the Bible’s view was a punishable offense, even for a chaplain. And in Monk’s case, he did not even give an opinion on gay marriage, but was punished for his silence. This is yet another example of the growing hostility to the God of the Bible and the Bible itself. The Liberty Institute, a legal advocacy group is representing Sgt. Monk in the event there are further disciplinary proceedings against him.
“Are we going to have a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy for Christians so we don’t get harassed for our beliefs?” attorney Hiram Sasser asked Fox News. “Here’s a guy who wants to have his religious liberty and serve in the military. He shouldn’t have to believe in gay marriage in order to serve.”
A spokesperson for Lackland Air Force Base public affairs told Fox News Monk was not punished and that he was simply at the end of his assignment.
“They did have a disagreement, but supposedly, they agreed to disagree,” the spokesperson told Fox News. “But the wing commander said there was no punishment. (source).
Pray for Sgt. Monk and the other soldiers who are being forced to hide their views and beliefs. And for all believers to stand for God’s Word in the face of persecution. While the times are growing harsher for Bible-believing Christians, it is nothing that the love and forgiveness found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ cannot change.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. – Matthew 5:11-12.
A news report on the case is below:
It’s just another sign of how close we are to Jesus/Yeshuah’s second coming. He said we would be hated by the nations for believing in his teachings. So this is just the beginning of what’s to come.
It’s going to take great faith and courage to make a stand for our faith despite losing jobs, violence etc. But he who endures to the end will wear the crown of life.
I’ve had similar events happen with me- One resulting in termination of employment, some resulting in demotion, and most resulting in a complete lack of respect.
I guess, in the end, we must simply get used to the idea that our very survival on this earth will literally depend upon the provision of God alone- For the world is only going to get worse, and we are only going to be more hated as time progresses.
You know if there is one thing I have learned in this life…..
….It’s that some people are not happy unless they have something to complain about.
Religious fanatics, race baiters, sexual deviants and atheists have made complaining a national sport, complete with cheerleaders in the left wing media.
The most common complaint by these silly people is that they’re “offended by the Christian morals and beliefs,” … as seen above.
Well here’s a message for the chronically offended:
YOU’RE NOTHING BUT BULLIES POSING AS CRYBABIES AND IF YOU’RE OFFENDED BY THE CHRISTIAN MESSAGE…YOU AIN’T HEARD NOTHING YET!!!!
Americans have tolerated your whiny complaints and lawsuits long enough. Whenever someone expresses an opinion that’s faith based you cry that they’re shoving religion down your throat.
In other words, you accuse us of doing what you do to others everyday.
Somebody once said that the best defense is a good offense. Well, it’s time for us to start offending these people and we need to offend them daily with the message that they hate!
It’s time for Americans to blast the crybabies of America with God and country!
One nation under God. In God we trust. Jesus is Lord. Every knee with bow and every tongue shall confess Jesus is Lord. We need to oppose their unholy agendas with Scriptures from the Bible!
Let them have it with both barrels. It’s like I said some people are happiest when they have something to complain about. I say…. Let’s make them happy!
AMEN TO THAT!
I’m getting ready for Jesus to come…
First worship Jesus daily.
Improve your relationship with God, very important.
Keep your family united, very important.
Don’t participate in any worldly activities or be part of the world’s system.
Stay away from the government as much as you can such as not breaking the law.
Get to know your rights, every important.
And last trust in Jesus because we may be facing something so dreadful.
Jesus is the way and the only way!!!!
Would everyone please grow the hell up!!!!!!!!!!This is the 2oth century not when the world was born , everything has changed since than . There are lots of same sex marriages now , if you love the person that is what matters the most , they are still god”s children and deserves the same treatment as everyone else.