FREE THOUGHT BLOGS – U.S. Naval Academy Officer’s Christian Fellowship Removes Slogan from Webpage After MRFF FOIA Request

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  • For many years, the “purpose” statement of the Officers’ Christian Fellowship (OCF), an organization of over 15,000 fundamentalist Christian officers operating throughout the military, was:“A spiritually transformed military, with ambassadors for Christ in uniform, empowered by the Holy Spirit.”
  • So, MRFF submitted a FOIA request to find out who was responsible for this blatant proclamation of a purpose so antithetical to the purpose of training future officers at the service academies — which is certainly not to be “ambassadors for Christ in uniform” whose goal is a “spiritually transformed military.”In the wake of MRFF’s FOIA request, the OCF page on the Naval Academy’s website has been changed to:“Our purpose is to glorify God by uniting Christian midshipmen for Biblical fellowship and outreach, equipping and encouraging them to minister effectively in the military society.”
  • Does this mean that the OCF has actually changed its purpose and is no longer trying to turn the U.S. military into a force of “ambassadors for Christ in uniform?” Well, no. As they said, “We will not allow the opposition, all of which is spearheaded by Satan, to thwart or prevent us from regaining territory for Jesus Christ and the U.S. military.” They’re just publicly being less overt about their goals by changing their official purpose statement.
  • Reading these statements should give everybody a pretty good idea of the OCF’s attitude towards the Constitution, and their desire to circumvent it to convert the military:“The main challenge is to continuously strive to advance the kingdom of Christ to ensure a godly America in a hostile world that continues to reject and resist the truth of Jesus Christ and his Holy Word.”“OCF faces a challenge that is critical to our nation’s military health–the “challenge of balance” — assisting chaplains and military personnel in keeping the First Amendment from becoming an idol of religious authority.”“In a society and military community that increasingly leans towards secularism and political correctness, how does OCF aggressively proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ so that everyone has a life changing experience with God?”

    OCF “must permeate the ranks and enlarge our membership and presence in the military.”

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