Military Chaplaincy, Part 9


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Our Work of the Chaplain passage for this episode is Luke 10:35-37 which says, “And on the morrow when the Samaritan departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from Francis Quarles. He said, “He that gives all, though but little, gives much; because God looks not to the quantity of the gift, but to the quality of the givers.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine book: “The Work of the Chaplain” by Naomi K. Paget and Janet R. McCormack.

Our topic today is: Military Chaplaincy (Part 9)

— Unique Status

Chaplains have the legal distinction of being the only military personnel who hold total, legal privileged communication for their clients. As a result, chaplains are often called upon to counsel, whether or not they have any formal counseling training or experience. Counseling may be related to spiritual and religious issues or to moral, ethical, and legal issues. Most often, however, counseling involves relational and work issues which would not typically require privileged communication, only confidentiality.

Chaplains are the only military persons who are considered to be 100 percent noncombatants- even doctors are expected to defend their patients physically from an enemy. In theory, this noncombatant status protects chaplains under the Geneva Convention Rules of War from being prevented from ministering to friendly and even enemy prisoners of war (POWs)—even if the chaplain is him or herself a POW.

Another unique aspect of military chaplaincy is that, although chaplains are staff officers without command authority except within their own career field’s duty section, chaplains are expected to advise commanders on issues pertaining to their specialty as religious “experts” and can thus influence a commander’s decisions. This is especially relevant where there is a question about issues of religious accommodation. The chaplain is often called on to advise commanding officers concerning the religious needs and rights of an individual and the needs of the military and the institution.

The chaplain stated respectfully to the commander, “Ma’am, it is indeed a part of the belief system for a Seventh-day Adventist to worship on a Saturday. If this were wartime or even an exercise where we simulated being at war, he would not be seeking your aid in this accommodation, nor would I be advising for it. However, since we (the military) are in a position to allow him to worship as per his faith background dictates without jeopardizing mission needs or adversely punishing others (since he is willing to pull a Sunday shift), my advice is to grant him his accommodation request.”

Chaplains also advise commanders on the general morale and welfare of the troops and sometimes on the broader moral and ethical practices and policies of the military and of particular officers. In the past, chaplains advocated for and succeeded in canceling the early military’s tradition of paying the troops in part with a ration of whisky; helped to remove strippers from being expected entertainment at officer’s clubs and military functions; and led the public cry from within the institution for equal opportunity and anti-harassment regulations and protections. Chaplains have the privilege and responsibility to minister to persons within the military institution, and they also have the ability to effect change in the institution itself.

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue learning about the Work of the Chaplain in our next podcast.

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— PRAYER —

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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