Showing posts with label Supreme Court. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Supreme Court. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Shawn Bolz: God's Prophetic Blueprint Includes the Supreme Court - SHAWN BOLZ CHARISMA NEWS

The U.S. Supreme Court building

The U.S. Supreme Court building (MarkThomas/Pixabay)

Shawn Bolz: God's Prophetic Blueprint Includes the Supreme Court

God has a blueprint for justice for America, and Supreme Court justices are part of it.
One of my favorite quotes is "Justice is God's correction of every violation of love." —Jennifer Toledo"
I am always careful writing prophetic perspectives when it comes to politics because I have so many friends are in every type of political viewpoint or arena, but this is an important day for the Supreme Court of America.
When you look at America at face value, we are full of problems, division and huge justice issues. When you look with God's eyes, though, you start to see how He has a plan through His great love to correct injustice, and we can partner to this plan. He isn't as focused on what is not happening or in what areas humanity is failing. Jesus already a paid a price for this, He is looking at what His will is, His original plan and design, and His heart of love is searching for people to partner with this. When Roe v. Wade, among other terrible laws, was passed in modern history, God already had a plan in place to correct this, not only morally but legally. He has also been building a message in culture around family, love, marriage and morality that we needed to begin to have in place for the laws to stick.
I felt three years ago that God had three new Supreme Court justices in the next (now current) administration of presidency to pick. Brett Kavanaugh would now be his second appointment, and this appointment doesn't just affect us, it affects my daughter's generation. With so many small-interest groups lobbying for new norms that violate biblical patterns, part of our strategy of prayer was appointments into the Supreme Court who would have the good of all the people in their interests, not just these smaller interest groups that are trying to have a loud voice although they represent so few. I feel like before any great outpouring or revival in America we have faced political turmoil, but we have also seen God answer the prayers of America by raising up key figures who kept us in our lane in the nations. Picture Ronald Reagan when we were going through another season of moral and social bankruptcy, and God raised Him up as a fathering voice that caused America to turn at a key time.
I believe Kavanaugh. to be one of these potential appointments. Picture the Supreme Court that is willing to stick to America's balance versus siding with the massive liberal agenda. With such a volatile landscape where family identity, sexual identity, gender identity and child rights are so important, this might just be one of our biggest answers to prayer in our whole generation.
Let's pray together for this appointment; it will affect not only your future but your children's as well. I also want to prophetically state that there is another choice coming. God has a third Supreme Court justice to be put into place within the next four years, and I believe this will be even as important, or possibly more so, than what we are looking at right now.
Kavanaugh is a young man who can be in office for decades, and he needs our prayers now more than ever. God has a plan, and I believe Brett is part of it. Let's prophesy him into place, but also pray for his heart to come into the very necessary conviction that God intends for him to have with a Spirit of God's wisdom and Revelation. 
Shawn Bolz is the director of Bolz Ministries and the host of "Exploring the Prophetic" Podcast on Charisma Podcast Network.

Musings on the President, the Religious Right, Democrats and the Supreme Court - MICHAEL BROWN CHARISMA NEWS

U.S. President Donald Trump and his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
U.S. President Donald Trump and his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. (REUTERS/Jim Bourg)
Since there are many legal pundits far more qualified than I to debate the merits and demerits of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, I'll focus here on some larger, related issues.
1) This is the main reason many of us voted for Donald Trump. We do well to remember that many of us who identify as evangelicals had grave reservations about candidate Trump. Many of us said that, out of the 17 Republican candidates, he was our last choice.
Some of us (including me) frequently spoke and wrote against him during the primaries. (See, for example, this video I posted on Nov. 27, 2015, titled, "Why Evangelical Christians Should Have a Problem with Donald Trump." Because it was my position at the time, for the sake of integrity and honesty, we have kept it online even though I ultimately voted for Trump.)
Yet the major reason we voted for Trump in large numbers was because we hoped he would keep his word about Supreme Court nominees. And we voted for him because we were voting against Hillary, which leads us to reflect on this stark reality: Had Hillary been elected, President Obama would probably have been able to get his pick for the Court, namely, Merrick Garland, while Hillary would be making her first pick now.
So, you would have Garland instead of Neil Gorsuch, plus a presumably, far-left pick rather than Brett Kavanaugh. And maybe Justice Ginsburg would be more ready to step down, allowing for a young liberal to take her place, and giving Democrats a third pick already.
The implications for America's future—at least for the next 30-40 years—are massive.
To date, Donald Trump has not disappointed us in his picks, for either Supreme Court or the many other federal appointees. This is a major reason, if not the major reason, many of us voted for him.
2) President Trump is not the puppet of the religious right. In the days leading up to the president's Supreme Court nominee, this was a common charge. Yet it is one that can easily be dismissed.
Simply stated, if anything is clear about Trump, it is that he is his own man. No one can bridle him or rein him in, to the consternation of many. And he has sometimes embarrassed conservative Christian leaders with his rhetoric and temperament. That is not the behavior of a puppet.
I'm close to faith leaders who got close to Donald Trump during his candidacy, and some of them are part of his faith advisory council. While he listens to them with respect, to a person, they would tell you that he makes his decisions independently.
As one of the leaders told me face to face when I asked about Trump tempering his tweets, "It's unlikely that a 70-year-old man is going to change."
What is remarkable, though, is that he seems to have embraced the convictions of Christian conservatives when it comes to crucial issues such as abortion, religious liberties and the meaning of marriage. It is a providential, quite unexpected, and apparently sovereign union, one that goes beyond Trump's formula for victory. (In other words, it's more than just good campaign strategy.) Somehow, these issues became important to him, because of which he became close to many evangelical believers, who then earned his respect and loyalty. Again, this is a far cry from being a puppet.
3) President Obama nominated two far-left justices to the Supreme Court. What's so terrible about President Trump nominating two solid conservatives to the Court? Comedian Dennis Miller tweeted two days ago, "Just to keep things in perspective, or not, Trump could nominate either Amy Coney Barrett or Vladimir Putin tomorrow and the headlines would be exactly the same. #DennisMillerOption." Exactly so.
The one thing that was certain was this: Whoever Trump nominated, there would be an outcry from the left. The sky is falling! This is the end of the world! We must go to the streets and protest!
Fox News even played video clips Monday night of college students weighing in on the Trump nominee. They were interviewed hours (if not days) before Trump's announcement was made, but already, they were denouncing the pick as racist. One student suggested the nominee wear white robes rather than black robes.
Yet President Obama was able to make his picks, and when it comes to their ideological base, you could easily argue that they are much farther to the left than Gorsuch and Kavanaugh are to the right.
For example, in September, 2014, Justice Elena Kagan "officiated for the first time at a same-sex wedding, a Maryland ceremony for her former law clerk and his husband." Yet the Court did not rule to redefine marriage until one year later.
Already in 2010, CBS News ran this headline: "EXCLUSIVE: Documents Show Kagan's Liberal Opinion on Social Issues." Her decisions to date have been consistently to the left, sometimes in extreme form.
As for Justice Sonia Sotomayor (to give just one example), when it came to the Hobby Lobby decision, she claimed that it compromised "hundreds of Wheaton [University's] employees and students of their legal entitlement to contraceptive coverage."
Yet I don't recall the same level of outcry against Obama's nominees when compared to Trump's. Was there very strong concern about Obama's nominees from those on the right? Absolutely. Was there the same kind of hysteria? Not to my memory.
The real issue is that everyone knows that one of the greatest sacred cows of the left (and of the Democratic party) is now at risk, namely, Roe v. Wade. Even the possibility of this landmark, horrific ruling being threatened sends shock waves into the liberal world, and the reaction will no doubt be intense. The reaction will go far beyond words. It will turn to acts of violence.
My hope is that the extreme, shrill and over-the-top reaction of the left will turn moderates away.
For the moment, though, expect things to get ugly. Really ugly. May cooler heads prevail.
Dr. Michael Brown ( is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Playing with Holy Fire: A Wake-up Call to the Pentecostal-Charismatic Church. Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter, or YouTube.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Charlie Shamp's Prophetic Word about the Supreme Court - THE ELIJAH LIST

Charlie Shamp:
Prophetic Word Concerning the United States Supreme Court

Today's Elijah List Ministries Featured Video Messages...
From the desk of Steve Shultz:
I have come to really respect Charlie Shamp as both a prophet and a friend of God.
Please listen carefully to this prophecy. It has the heart of God and the mind of Christ.
Then do me a favor and pray into it!!!

 Steve and Derene Shultz
Steve and Derene Shultz

Tonight while in prayer I heard the Lord say, "Get ready for my Deborah will arise and take her place!"
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Friday, June 29, 2018

Why Evangelicals Want Trump to Pick Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court - CBN News Benjamin Gill, Ben Kennedy

Why Evangelicals Want Trump to Pick Amy Coney Barrett for 
the Supreme Court
CBN News Benjamin Gill,
The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has conservative Christians excited about 
a huge opportunity to shift American laws on issues like religious freedom and abortion. President 
Donald Trump has noted he has a list of 25 names as possible Supreme Court candidates, but there's 
one name that pro-lifers seem to really love.

CBN's Chief Political Correspondent David Brody says evangelical circles are buzzing about 
Amy Coney Barrett.

"Many of my sources, evangelical in nature, love her. They believe that she is the one that if they 
had their dream pick that she would be the one," Brody said on the 700 ClubFriday. "Barrett has 
been very outspoken of her Catholic views and God."


'The Dogma Lives Loudly': Notre Dame President Blasts Feinstein for Attacking Nominee's Faith

A Troubling Message to Those Who Want to Serve: 'Christians Need Not Apply'

Barrett is a mother of seven children and a devout Catholic. At just 46-years-old, Barrett holds 
promise for a potential decades-long term on the bench. She once clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia, 
taught law at Notre Dame, and has reported conservative views about protecting religious freedom.

"If President Trump appoints a woman who embraces the properly defined role for judges, it will 
demonstrate that this approach to judging is compelled by principle and not confined by race or 
gender," said Tom Riddle, Deputy Director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial 
Studies and Senior Legal Fellow.

A Barrett nomination could face a very tough fight in the Senate. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) 
opposed Barrett vehemently during her Senate confirmation battle for US Court of Appeals for 
the Seventh Circuit. Feinstein even implemented a religious test, blasting Barrett for her deep 
Catholic faith, calling it "dogma."

"When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you 
and that's of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for years," 
Feinstein said.

Feinstein specifically referenced a 2006 graduation speech where Barrett made several references 
to God.

Barrett had told graduates, "No matter how exciting any career is, what is it really worth if you don't 
make it part of a bigger life project to know, love and serve the God who made you?"

Sen. Dick Durbin also probed into Barrett's religious beliefs during that 2017 hearing, asking, "Do 
you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?"

Barrett did finally win approval for that Seventh Circuit post, and earned the votes of a few critical 
Democrat senators from moderate states. That could be key in her chances for Senate approval if 
she is in fact Trump's pick to replace Kennedy.

Senators Manchin (D-WV) and Donnelly (D-IN) voted to approve Barrett for the Seventh Circuit, so 
Brody reports some believe they might vote for her again.

"Look they already voted for her to be a federal appeals court judge, I understand the Supreme Court 
may be different so to speak but they are already on record voting for her," Brody said.

It turns out there are actually three Democrats facing difficult reelection races who could find it 
difficult to oppose Trump's Supreme Court pick. Manchin, Donnelly, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of 
North Dakota. All three of them met with Trump Thursday to discuss his upcoming Supreme Court 

"I just think you have to go through a process," Manchin said. "I want qualifications. Somebody 
that's well qualified, understands the Constitution and the rule of law."

Watch interview here: Supreme Court selection

Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Woman's Right to Pray in Her Own Home - CBN News Alegra Hall

Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Woman's Right to Pray 
in Her Own Home
CBN News Alegra Hall
In a stunning reversal of a lower court decision Thursday, the US Supreme Court sided with religious l
iberty, ruling unanimously that a Kansas woman does indeed have the right to pray in her own home.

The case, Sause v. Bauer, centers on Mary Anne Sause, a devout Catholic who was playing her radio 
in her home when, according to her attorneys, police were called to investigate “a minor noise 

Sause says the cops harassed her and threatened to take her to jail when she asked why she would 
silently, the officers allowed it and then ordered her to stop praying.

Sause later sued the officers, but their command was upheld by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

NBC reports that the courts sided with the officers, ruling that although “the conduct of the officers 
was unprofessional, there was no court decision finding a First Amendment violation based on facts 
like those in her case."

The lower court went on to say that the officers did not violate her First Amendment rights despite 
Sause’s testimony that when she showed them a copy of the Constitution, “One officer laughed and 
said, 'That's just a piece of paper' and, 'That doesn't work here,' " reports The Christian Post.

But Sause took the appellate court's decision to a higher authority, a move that ultimately led to 
Thursday's Supreme Court victory.

Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of First Liberty, which represented Sause in the case, had 
this to say: “No American citizen should ever be ordered by government officials not to pray in 
their own home.”

According to Ms. Sause, her prayers worked because she had a divine intervention to fight for 
her right to pray without fear of harassment.

“I am thankful that God provided me attorneys from First Liberty and Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, 
who fought this tremendous legal battle on my behalf,” she said.

Meanwhile, it's come to light that Sause's legal team was once led by James Ho, a possible pick 
to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Before taking the bench as a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, then attorney 
Ho led the legal team that ultimately won Sauce's fight for religious liberty.

Judge Ho was mentioned by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as a possible pick to replace Kennedy.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Supreme Court Rules Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Can't Be Forced to Join 'Sales Team for Abortion' - CBN News Jennifer Wishon

CBN News spoke with Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America about the Supreme Court's ruling. She said, "This just shows you how important elections are in our country."

Supreme Court Rules Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Can't Be Forced to Join 'Sales Team for Abortion'
CBN News Jennifer Wishon
WASHINGTON – Pro-life Californians scored a big win in the Supreme Court Tuesday. In a 5-4 
ruling, justices decided a California law that forces pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise information 
about abortion probably violates the Constitution.

The high court sent the NIFLA v. Becerra case back to a lower court where it says the pro-life 
argument is likely to win on the merits of their claim that the law violates the First Amendment.


Like 'Lung Association Being Forced to Promote Cigarettes': State Turns Pro-Life Clinics 

The justices struck down a second part of the law that requires unlicensed pregnancy centers to 
post a sign that says as much.

"We applaud the US Supreme Court for sending a clear statement today that pro-life Americans 
cannot be discriminated against and targeted by the government. The state of California's insidious 
effort to prevent pregnancy care centers from helping suffering women is appalling," Penny Nance, 
president of Concerned Women For America, said after the ruling.

And Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins says the ruling "put a halt to the 
abortion industry's campaign forcing pro-life advocates to act as a sales team for abortion."

Tired of the liberal media censoring the Christian perspective from the headlines?

The court examined a 2015 California law, called the "Reproductive FACT Act," that forces more 
than 100 privately funded pro-life clinics, many Christian-affiliated, to post notices on the wall 
informing women that free or low-cost abortions are available.

Failure to do so results in fines or getting shut down.

Basically, the law requires pro-life Californians to advertise a practice they believe is murder. 
However, critics say the case is about much more than abortion.

"This is a victory for freedom of speech, freedom of expression and for countless unborn babies. 
We should be grateful for this ruling, and we ought to pray for the crucial work of pregnancy 
resources centers around the country," tweeted Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and 
Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

The Supreme Court got it right today with the NIFLA case: the state cannot and must not be able 
to force pro-life organizations to participate in abortion.

This is a victory for freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and for countless unborn babies. 
We should be grateful for this ruling, and we ought to pray for the crucial work of pregnancy resources 
centers around the country.

"Freedom-loving women should celebrate the court's wisdom here in allowing all women to serve 
their fellow neighbor as their conscience dictates, free from government interference," continued 

Justice Clarence Thomas delivered the opinion of the court which was joined by Chief Justice 
John Roberts, Justices Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch.

Ryan Anderson at the Heritage Foundation says Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling will likely have 
a positive impact in other areas as well, tweeting: "Reading through Justice Thomas's opinion: what 
he says about professional speech should help protect many other professionals, and not just on
speech about abortion, but also speech about marriage, rightly understood."

Reading through Justice Thomas's opinion: what he says about professional speech should help 
protect many other professionals, and not just on speech about abortion, but also speech about 
marriage, rightly understood.
Brad Dacus, president and founder of the Pacific Justice Institute, agreed.

"Today's decision from the Supreme Court is a resounding reaffirmation of free speech principles 
and a sharp rebuke to the California Legislature," he said. "The so-called Reproductive FACT Act 
was never about objectivity or information—it was a blatant attempt to coerce pro-life advocates 
into promoting the very thing they abhor. We are gratified that the Supreme Court rewarded our 
efforts over the last several years to defeat this insidious legislation."

Justice Stephen Breyer filed a dissenting opinion, which was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 
Sonya Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan.

This case is expected to affect similar laws in other states.

Research shows when a woman considering abortion sees her baby on an ultrasound prior to making 
her decision, often at a crisis pregnancy center, 90 percent of those mothers choose life.

"I hope leaders in Sacramento will take heed and end the apparent race to appease the radical Left 
with more and more intolerance," said Dr. Jerry Johnson, president, and CEO of the National 
Religious Broadcasters.