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12 Christian Denominations With Most Conservative Stance on Military

By    |   Wednesday, 06 May 2015 04:40 AM

It can be a difficult task to locate Christian denominations with an entirely pro-militaristic philosophy. Christian doctrine, by nature, tends to state a preference for peace in the world. That being said, a number of Christian denominations also maintain support for our nation's troops.

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1. Roman Catholic

The largest denomination of religious Christians in the world, Roman Catholics have traditionally maintained a desire for peace. Yet, there has also traditionally been support given to our nation's military. The Catholic Church has instituted a "Military Ordinariate," a section of the church whose mission is to "provide the Catholic Church's full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces."

2. Presbyterian


The Orthodox Presbyterian Church offers support in a similar way to Roman Catholics with its "Committee on Chaplains and Military Personnel." The Presbyterian committee publishes two digests: "Please Pray for Those Who Serve and Their Families" (a list of Orthodox Presbyterian Church members in the military) and "A Plea for Prayer" (a digest of current prayer requests).

3. Methodist


The Methodist Church opposes war, however, according to its website, it also "honors, supports, and upholds in our prayers those men and women who serve in our armed services and, in addition, honors and supports those United Methodist clergy who serve as chaplains."

4. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Mormon-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints maintains that, while anti-war, there are no restrictions against individuals who join the military. They may go on to serve their callings in the church. Also, conscientious objections to the military are discouraged.

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5. Pentecostal


The Pentecostal Church is one of the more conservative denominations concerning the military. It maintains that, "As a movement, we affirm our loyalty to the government of the United States in war or peace. We shall continue to insist, as we have historically, on the right of each member to choose whether to declare their position as a combatant, a noncombatant, or a conscientious objector."

6. Jehovah's Witnesses


Traditionally, Jehovah's Witnesses oppose war and forbid anyone within their congregation to serve in the military.

7. Evangelical

The Evangelical Church Alliance is supported by The department of defense in their sponsorship and ordination of licensed chaplains to minister to military personnel and their families.

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8. United Church of Christ

Routinely, United Church of Christ members serve as ministers overseas to the armed forces. In an article on the United Church of Christ website, retired Naval Captain, Rev. Donald P. Trost insists that, "We need UCC chaplains in the military … we need the diversity that they bring. We need the openness that they bring. We need the sense of mainline tradition that they bring."

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It can be a difficult task to locate Christian denominations with an entirely pro-militaristic philosophy. Christian doctrine, by nature, tends to state a preference for peace in the world. That being said, a number of Christian denominations also maintain support.
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