September 20, 1776 - Congress passed the "Articles of War" which was highly moralistic in tone, and while they didn't establish an organized chaplaincy, they did recommend diligence in services and established their authority over the chaplains in locations other than "the Army at Cambridge" (see January 16th).
The articles also provided for fines or confinement for soldiers not attending services and for AWOL chaplains to be court martialed and fined a maximum of one month's pay (Williams, 83). Washington was now of the opinion that one chaplain should not be expected to serve more than one regiment to prevent the possibility that some of the men would have a chaplain of a faith other than their own. Apparently most of the units were fairly homogeneous as far as religion is concerned.
Let's pray Ephesians 3 for our military and that we see revival come to our armed forces.
19 [That you may really come] to know [practically, [e]through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses [f]mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] [g]unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and [h]become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!