When the Court Proves Itself Contemptible to God and the People
By Pastor Stephen Mashburn
“The Lord is known by His justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands. The wicked return to the grave, all the nations that forget God. But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.” Psalm 9:16-18
On Friday, July 18, 2003 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Pastors and Christians stood outside the Federal Building to solemnly uphold the Law of God in an Ecclesiastical Court. After 50 years of the United States Supreme Court issuing anti-Christ opinions diametrically opposed to God’s Law and the Constitution, approximately 100 representatives of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ publicly declared the Supreme Court in to be in contempt of both. Why? To what end? How does this affect me? Let us endeavor to answer these questions.
The charges of high treason against God’s Law, the Constitution and the People on six counts were read starting with the 1962 Engle vs. Vitale opinion which ripped prayer out of our nation’s public schools. Five other Supreme Court opinions were cited with each being followed by God’s judicial penalties against the guilty parties.
Abington vs. Schempp (1963) removed the Bible from schools.
Roe vs. Wade (1973) declared open season on killing the most innocent among us, babies in the wombs of their mothers. Since that date over 47 million, one-third of one generation and part of another have been ruthlessly murdered with impunity.
Stone vs. Graham (1980) removed the moral foundation of law, the Ten Commandments from the walls of our public classrooms. Without the authority of God, every law is relative when the foundation of all legal, ethical and moral freedom has been removed. The Court’s opinion stated, “If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments.” When told murder or stealing is wrong, citizens are free to ask, Says who?
In Planned Parenthood vs. Casey (1992) the Court decided man can become as God, free to declare his own reality apart from any objective truth or standard – God’s Law. The Court declared it was God and accountable to no one when it penned, “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning of the universe, and the mystery of human life.”
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold took this to heart. They lived out this newly created standard when they walked into Columbine High School in Colorado and mercilessly murdered 13 of their classmates, then committed suicide. Eric posted this on the internet before carrying out the murders: “My belief is that if I say something, it goes. I am the law, and if you don’t like it, you die…feel no remorse, no sense of shame.” (Washington Post, April 29th, 1999)
In its Lawrence vs. Texas opinion the Supreme Court found that there is a constitutional right to commit sodomy, overturning its own precedent and throwing out God along with 4,000 years of history.
Then Pastor Rusty Thomas read God’s sentence standing in front of six coffins, each with a ruling posted by name. After this children presented torn copies of these six abominable Court opinions in pieces as covenant representatives of our prodigy mentioned in the Preamble to the Constitution and the heritage of the Lord, in Psalm 127:3. They placed the torn opinions in a fire proof container to be publicly burned.
Why list these six Supreme Court opinions again here some might ask. Everyone must understand the reasons why we refuse to acknowledge the opinions of this illegitimate court. The saints representing us in Charlotte declared that “from this day forth, we pronounce this court dead to the Law of God, dead to the biblical heritage left to us by our Pilgrim Forefathers and our Founding Fathers, dead to the historical legacy of those who died to make us free, dead to the righteousness that comes from God alone, dead to the Constitution of the United States of America and dead before the Court of Almighty God.”
Read the Ecclesiastical Court document in its entirety here with the Word of God set forth clearly on this solemn matter. This was a righteous step of resistance to tyranny.
On July 2, 1776 Samuel Adams closed the signing of the Declaration of Independence with these words: "We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom alone men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven and from the rising to the setting sun, may His Kingdom come."
I have referred to the edicts by the court as opinions rather than rulings for a reason. These court opinions have illegally become rulings and to our shame and harm, they are falsely referred to as “the law of the land” today. Article IV of the Constitution states:“
"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
This clause declares even the highest federal court is bound by the Constitution and laws of Congress - both of which were based on God's Law. This nation's highest court is at odds with the Constitution, it is openly hostile toward God and His Law and the people, and therefore illegitimate. This court is as illegitimate if not more so than King George and the British governors were over 227 years ago!
Samuel Adams was a devout Christian who along with the other Founding Fathers stood on the principle that resistance to tyranny is obedience to God. That stand earned him the false label of “chief rabble rouser” by the British. Judge Roy Moore today is resisting tyranny in obedience to God by refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Supreme Court building. A three-judge panel at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in its ruling slandered Judge Moore when they compared his actions to governors of Alabama and Mississippi fifty years ago when they refused to protect black Americans from harm.
When Rev. Flip Benham took a lighter and set fire to the torn paper copies of these six opinions, he did much more than break a simple city trash burning ordinance in obedience to a higher law. Pastor Flip demonstrated his contempt for sin and an entire branch of government that has gone beyond usurping the role of God and declared sin to be good. The Charlotte Police Department stood over 100 officers strong knowing full well what was transpiring. Before this week and each day since, this city has gone out of its way to align itself with the child killing industry, the sodomite agenda and the demonic and violent religion of Islam. When Flip put the flame to the paper representing the Supreme Courts’ war on Christianity, he set fire to their sacred cows they have aligned themselves with.
For this they arrested Rev. Flip Benham, pulling him out of the arms of his youngest daughter. This is not about a city burning ordinance. OR/OSA had applied for a permit to hold an Ecclesiastical Court at the Federal Building. The City of Charlotte and Federal Marshals obtained a court order restricting the Christians to the sidewalk. If the truth be told, the city did not want to give OR/OSA the permit to set up the coffins or use a sound system to do what we did. The city hoped to limit the controversy and avoid risking OR//OSA staying in their city any longer so they restricted our location. No, this is all about whose laws are supreme, God’s Law or Man’s laws. This is about who is Lord.
The Holy Spirit and Word of God however cannot be bound or chained. Christians across America take notice. We are at the point in history where we must decide whether we will obey God and His Law or obey man and his ever-changing standard. There will be a high price to pay either way and there is no neutrality. A battle is being prepared in Montgomery Alabama at this very moment. Judge Roy Moore is already falsely accused of being a rebel for upholding the Law of God and the Alabama and U.S. Constitution.
In their order to remove Moore's Ten Commandments monument the judges wrote: "In the regime [Moore] champions, each high government official can decide whether the Constitution requires or permits a federal court order and can act accordingly. That, of course, is the same position taken by those southern governors who attempted to defy federal court orders during an earlier era." They will call you and I names too rather than deal with the real issue. Are we more concerned with our name or the Name above all names? Philippians 2:9-11
A call is going across the land to stand with Judge Roy Moore on God’s side. It is a battle we the Church have waited far too long to enter. Christians must either keep proclaiming the Gospel of Christ in the streets without compromise - or prepare to hide in shame while all our remaining freedoms are stripped away. It is time to demand our God-given rights be protected once again. Everything we hold on to as an excuse not to openly proclaim Christ will be taken from us by force.
To not resist by peacefully but steadfastly refusing to hold this court’s opinions relevant or binding upon us or our children is to render unto Caesar that which belongs to God alone - our overriding obedience to God. Heaven forbid we fail the Lord Jesus here!
Brothers and sisters, let us stand publicly for our Lord and King, Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit will grant boldness once we obey God in faith. "For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10)