Monday, October 31, 2016

Are We Deceiving Ourselves About the Importance of the Supreme Court? - MICHAEL BROWN CHARISMA NEWS

Considering just how many close, monumentally important, rulings have come down in the last few years, the stakes really are quite high. (MitchellShapiroPhotography/Flickr/CC)

Are We Deceiving Ourselves About the Importance of the Supreme Court? 

MICHAEL BROWN  CHARISMA NEWS Oct. 31, 2016
In the Line of Fire, by Michael Brown
One of the biggest reasons Christian conservatives are voting for Donald Trump is the make-up of the Supreme Court, and the reasoning is simple: If Hillary Clinton becomes president, she will nominate two to four new justices, and that could have a disastrous effect on the nation for the next 20-40 years, threatening our fundamental liberties and making it virtually impossible to overturn Roe v. Wade for a generation or more.
But are these concerns exaggerated?
Dr. Benjamin L. Corey, who blogs as a committed (and formerly fundamentalist) Christian, recently posted an article entitled, "The Christian Right's False Hope In A Conservative SCOTUS," in which he challenges the idea that "if we had a SCOTUS filled with justices largely appointed by Republicans, we wouldn't have Roe v. Wade, right?"
Corey rightly observes that "it was a majority Republican appointed SCOTUS that legalized abortion in the first place," noting that five of the seven justices who voted for Roe were appointed by Republicans.
He writes, "Even in the time since Roe v. Wade, we've had periods of Republican dominance of SCOTUS—at one point with eight of the nine justices were Republican! And yet there have still been plenty of rulings that were objectionable to the right wing—including the upholding of Roe v. Wade."
He continues, "So here's my question: If legalized abortion was given to America by a Republican SCOTUS, and if it has been upheld by an almost unanimously Republican SCOTUS, why the heck is one of the major selling points of this election the idea that they'll get more court picks so that they can finally overturn it?"
In fact, Harry Blackmun, who authored the majority verdict in Roe v. Wade, was a Nixon appointee who was expected to hold a conservative position on abortion. Instead, he became a passionate supporter of a woman's "right" to have an abortion.
Is Corey, then, correct in reproving Christian conservatives who are trusting in Donald Trump to nominate good SCOTUS justices who will (hopefully) overturn Roe v. Wadeand stand for our fundamental freedoms?
On the one hand, he is absolutely right in raising a cautionary flag, reminding us of how often we have been disappointed with either the justices appointed by a Republican president or, even more profoundly, with the decisions made by some Republican appointees.
After all, it was Justice Kennedy, appointed by Reagan, who was the notorious swing vote in the Obergefell v. Hodges decision that redefined marriage, writing the majority opinion.
And it was Chief Justice John Roberts, appointed by George W. Bush, who was a strong, surprise vote in upholding Obamacare.
And so, we do well not to vote for Trump with naïve expectations, not only regarding the make-up of SCOTUS but for other reasons as well (although, as I have recently explained, I plan to vote for him). And we do well not to put our hope in the decisions that will be made by the Supreme Court, recognizing that the ultimate way America will be changed will be through the faithful witness and work of the church.
But there's something important that Corey appears to have missed, which is this: While the votes of conservative-appointed SCOTUS justices sometimes disappoint conservatives, the votes of liberal-appointed SCOTUS justices rarely disappoint liberals.
In other words, a liberal-appointed justice is much more likely to be consistent in his or her rulings than will a conservative-appointed justice, one reason being that it appears that Republican presidents have sometimes appointed more middle of the road conservatives while Democrat presidents have appointed more radical liberals.
Just look at how Justices Kagan and Sotomayor, both appointed by Obama, and Justices Ginsburg and Breyer, both appointed by Bill Clinton, have voted on major cases, including Obergefell and Hobby Lobby. There were no surprises from any of them in these cases.
And ask yourself how some recent, critically important, 5-4 decisions would have turned out if there was a Clinton or Obama appointee voting rather than Justice Scalia (appointed by Reagan) or Justice Alito (appointed by George W. Bush) or Justice Thomas (appointed by George H. W. Bush; note also that Scalia, Alito and Thomas have been quite consistent in their rulings).
Accordingly, while five out of the seven Republican-appointed justices disappointed their conservative constituents in Roe v. Wade, the two Democrat-appointed justices did not disappoint their constituents in voting in favor of Roe.
Not only so, but since 1973, the lines have been drawn much more clearly in the abortion debate and there are clearer litmus tests that can be used in appointing justices by either potential president.
And while I agree with Corey that there's certainly no guarantee that Trump-appointed justices would even attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade, let alone succeed in doing it, there is a virtual guarantee that Hillary-appointed justices would rule against pro-life legislation and for pro-abortion legislation, not to mention ruling the wrong way on the many religious liberty cases that are expected to come before SCOTUS in the coming years, along with other cases involving the meaning of marriage, the right to bear arms and more.
Just consider recent bills like California's AB 1266, which could effectively shut down Christian colleges, or recent rulings like Ninth Circuit's upholding of the California law that pro-life pregnancy centers refer clients to abortion clinics, and ask yourself how SCOTUS would rule with new Hillary appointees on board.
And what of the roughly 250, life-appointed, federal judges who the next president will nominate? Shall we factor that in as well?
In light of these realities, it does make good sense to vote for Trump and against Hillary, more with the certainty of the damage she will do rather than with the hope of the good that he will do.
Considering just how many close, monumentally important, rulings have come down in the last few years, the stakes really are quite high.
Dr. Michael Brown (www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Breaking the Stronghold of Food. Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.
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"Dutch Sheets' Strong Message to EVERY Christian: Start Measuring ... by What Is Really At Stake!" - The Elijah List


















October 31, 2016

"Dutch Sheets' Strong Message to EVERY Christian: Start Measuring ... by What Is Really At Stake!"


by Dutch Sheets, Dallas, TX

From the Desk of Steve Shultz:
Steve ShultzDutch Sheets is a personal friend. But FAR MORE than that, he is a FRIEND OF ALL CHRISTIANS and beyond that, he is a FRIEND TO THE UNITED STATES and HE IS A FRIEND TO GOD!

He is probably the most passionate intercessor and lover of the United States that I know.

This election is a "big deal!" —Now listen to Dutch!

Dutch just posted a MUST WATCH 2-minute video...that has a significant amount of views in just a few days so far. We are sending it out to all of our readers on the Elijah List and Breaking Christian News.

Dutch is very, very passionate in his video about the importance of this election. Below we share some highlights from his video such as:

"If we don't stop it now, you can forget recovery in four or eight years—it'll be 40 years. Because somebody's gonna stack this court with a minimum of two, three, maybe five appointees. And there going to end up in 4-8 years from now with a 7-2 advantage which will last a generation."

Please make sure and share this word and his video with everyone that you know. If Christians ever needed to come together as ONE VOICE...this is that time over our great nation of America! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List go here.)
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Enjoy!

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The Elijah List & Breaking Christian News 
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"Dutch Sheets' Strong Message to EVERY Christian: Start Measuring ... by What Is Really At Stake!"by Dutch Sheets, Dallas, TX


"You better take a stand, because you're not voting for a personality, you're voting for that Supreme Court!"

In a video posted on his Facebook page, well-known author, teacher and prophetic minister—Dutch Sheets shared a brief, but strong word for the Church. (Screengrab via Facebook)

Along with the video, Dutch added:
At Thursday night's #AppealToHeaven conference, I made some statements about the upcoming election. I firmly believe this election is about the Courts in our nation. The American Church must carefully weigh who they are voting for and what values they are going to support. 

This election isn't about a personality; it's about the Courts and how they will shape our nation over the coming decades. May the Church hear more clearly than ever before. And may we be bold, standing for righteousness and Biblical values like never before.

In the video, Dutch warned, "If we don't stop it now, you can forget recovery in four or eight years—it'll be 40 years. Because somebody's gonna stack this court with a minimum of two, three, maybe five appointees. And there going to end up in 4-8 years from now with a 7-2 advantage which will last a generation."

Other points Dutch Sheets mentions:

• "I submit to the ChurchYou better stop playing games and judging in the natural and start judging by the spirit."

• "Enough of this religious, 'I'm not going to vote at all because I don't like anybody!'"

• "In the days of the Ekklesia, in Biblical times, you are not allowed as a member of the Ekklesia to not show up and voteyou had to vote. And I say to the ChurchYou're going to have to take a stand!"

• "You're not voting for a personalityYou're voting for that Supreme Court!"
Watch and share this short but vitally important video by clicking here or click on video image below:


To read another vitally important word recently posted by Dutch Sheets "Election 2016: The Christian's Dilemma" click here. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List go here.)

Dutch Sheets
Dutch Sheets Ministries

Dutch Sheets is an internationally recognized author, teacher, and conference speaker. He travels extensively, empowering Believers for passionate prayer and societal transformation. Dutch has pastored, taught in several colleges and seminaries, and served on the board of directors of numerous organizations. Dutch's greatest passion is to see America experience a sweeping revival and return to its godly heritage. 

Dutch is a messenger of hope for America, encouraging Believers to contend for awakening in our day and reformation in our lifetime. Dutch has written over 20 books, many of which have been translated into over 30 languages. Dutch and his wife Ceci have been married for 35 years and now reside in the Dallas area. They treasure time spent with their two grown daughters, son-in-law, and grandchildren.

Report: FBI Has Search Warrant for 650,000 Hillary Clinton-Related Emails - BOB ESCHLIMAN CHARISMA NEWS

Hillary Clinton's problems with her email server are only just beginning to get worse. (Reuters photo)

Report: FBI Has Search Warrant for 650,000 Hillary Clinton-Related Emails

BOB ESCHLIMAN  CHARISMA NEWS
Last weekend was perhaps the most explosive of the entire 2016 presidential election cycle with FBI Director James Comey's letter to Congress signaling the bureau was again looking into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server.
In a nutshell, this is what we know, so far: During its investigation of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner—the estranged husband of Clinton's longtime aide, Huma Abedin—the FBI discovered approximately 650,000 emails. A cursory search for keywords indicated there were emails related to the private server investigation, which the bureau now has a search warrant to begin reading.
Donald Trump's campaign has pounced on the news, and the Clinton campaign is suddenly demanding "transparency" from the FBI. Even the liberal mainstream media picked up on the story, which in and of itself is perhaps one of the biggest headlines of the weekend, but some are warning that perhaps this is a distraction for something even bigger that could emerge.
Here are several headlines that will help get you up to date on what's going on:
Search Warrant Obtained
Sunday, the FBI obtained a warrant to search the emails it discovered on Weiner's laptop computer that may be related to its previous investigation of Clinton's private server. According to NBC News, FBI sources said Abedin used the same laptop to send thousands of emails to Clinton. The previous search warrant for the computer only applied to evidence of his communications with an underage girl in North Carolina, but now agents can compare the newly discovered emails with those that have already been investigated to determine whether any classified information was sent from Clinton's server.
It's Not Just 3 Emails
Initially, the Clinton campaign tried to imply the FBI only found three emails related to the original investigation and that there wasn't anything new to be learned. It also implied that Comey was making a politically motivated decision to announce this "new look" at the investigation—suggesting it wasn't actually reopened—but we now know it was "tens of thousands" of emails—or as The Wall Street Journal reports, it's 650,000 emails.
Did Huma Lie Under Oath?
Abedin's troubles may only be just beginning. She's already told the FBI she has no idea how those emails got onto her computer. But, as Judicial Watch would like to remind everyone, she told a court—in a sworn deposition—that she handed over all of her devices used to communicate with Clinton to the FBI. Clearly that is not the case, and if the bureau determines any of those emails originated from the laptop they now are searching, she could find herself guilty of perjury.
More Lies From Clinton World
In her first press conference to address the FBI letter to Congress, Clinton told reporters that only Republicans on Capitol Hill were informed of the new development in the bureau's investigation. Her campaign chairman repeated that lie twice more on Friday—even though they knew that wasn't true (Charisma Caucus reported that fact in its first article Friday afternoon). That led to this testy exchange between campaign manager Robby Mook and FOX News Channel's Chris Wallace on Sunday.
Columnist: Clinton Should Step Aside
John Kass, a columnist with The Chicago Tribune—a newspaper that is perhaps one of President Obama and the Democratic Party's biggest cheerleaders—wrote Saturday evening that Clinton should step aside for the sake of her party in the Nov. 8 general election. The Democratic Party should demand it, he added.
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Enjoy everything the Islamic State of Germany has to offer!

Germany is not what it once was.
It is unbelievable what is going on in the new and improved modernized Germany.
The Brandenburg Gate and so many other sites are cynically advertised in this short advertisement.
But, boy is this a scary reality.
Perhaps, the irony of modern history is that the two allies in World War II, are now basically self-destroying each other.
Published: October 31, 2016




Tell the Story of Israel ✡ "I Will Gather You" - ISRAEL365

Therefore say: Thus saith the Lord GOD:
I will even gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered and
I will give you the land of Yisrael.

לָכֵן אֱמֹר כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה וְקִבַּצְתִּי אֶתְכֶם מִן הָעַמִּים וְאָסַפְתִּי אֶתְכֶם מִן הָאֲרָצוֹת אֲשֶׁר נְפֹצוֹתֶם בָּהֶם וְנָתַתִּי לָכֶם אֶת אַדְמַת יִשְׂרָאֵל

יחזקאל יא:יז

la-khen e-mor koh a-mar a-do-nai Ha-shem v'-ki-batz-ti et-khem min ha-a-mim
v'-a-saf-tee et-khem min ha-a-ra-tzot a-sher nif-tzo-tem ba-hem v'-na-ta-tee la-khem et ad-mat yis-ra-el

Today's Israel Inspiration

Today's verse refers to God's promise to the Jewish people that there will come a time when He will gather the nations of Israel from all four corners of the earth to which they have scattered and return them to the Holy Land. This particular reassurance has never been so crucial as it is now when the world's Jews face discrimination and persecution, simply for being Jewish. God's guarantee is also evidence that although countless nations may make every effort to disregard Judaism's connection to Israel, such as in the recent UNESCO fiasco whereby two dozen countries denied any Jewish link to Jerusalem, God always remembers the deep bond between the People of Israel and the Land of Israel. CFOIC Heartland puts forth every effort to ensure that this message is one that will never be refused nor forgotten ever again.

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which should have read:

"ge-ver kha-kham ba-oz v'-eesh da-at m'-a-metz ko-akh"
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