The battle over abortion continues in the courts at this very moment in Texas—and the entire nation is on alert. Late Friday evening, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth District granted a “temporary administrative stay” in response to the request by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to reinstate the Lone Star State’s ban on abortions after six weeks. An Obama-appointed judge had blocked the ban earlier last week—but Paxton argued that “the sanctity of human life” is “a top priority,” as the Washington Examiner reported.
Abortions had resumed quickly in at least six Texas clinics after U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman halted “the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S.,” as the Associated Press indicated on Oct. 7. “But other physicians remained hesitant, afraid the court order would not stand for long and thrust them back into legal jeopardy.” Since early September, the Texas law known as Senate Bill 8 banned abortions once heart activity is detected in the unborn, usually around six weeks after inception.
Judge Phil Ginn, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, reacted to the topsy-turvy, fast-changing status of abortion law in the Lone Star State.
“Regardless of how the fight over the Texas abortion law ultimately comes out, Christians need to learn to depend upon the real Source of Truth for guidance,” said Judge Phil Ginn. “At SES, we believe that the Word of God is inerrant and infallible. We do not have that same faith in any governmental institution, including the Supreme Court. Our message then to Christians everywhere is that our time is short, so therefore be vigilant, be intentional, be courageous, and be steadfast in the Truth.”
Added Ginn, “Most people above the age of knowing in America have already made up their minds about what they think about abortion and its consequences. As a result, the respective views regarding the controversy over the recent judicial halt to Texas’s restrictive abortion law were divided pretty much along the same battle lines. Interestingly, hopeful individuals and groups on both sides of the issue are looking to the Supreme Court to correct the missteps of the other.
“However, given my legal and judicial background, I can testify to the whimsical nature of our court system—and that also involves the Supreme Court of the United States,” Ginn continued. “After all, the Roe and Doe cases were, at their best, legislation handed down from above by the Supreme Court, and any attempt to change or alter these decisions will, of necessity, be of the same category. Constitutionally, the judiciary was never intended to act as a legislative body, but it has on many occasions including the Roe and Doe cases. Never forget, in terms of American law, that what the Supreme Court gives it can take away.”
Judge Ginn added, “That’s why I do not believe that Christians should ever depend on an edict from the Supreme Court to determine the real truth, much less our morality.”
SES recently held the important livestreamed event, “Awaken,” on August 7, 2021. The event examined issues related to systemic racism in America, police violence, and people of color; the nature of true social justice; and how individuals can escape today’s “wokism.” Featured speakers included SES President Judge Phil Ginn, former police officer Eric Muldrow, and Monique Duson of the Center for Biblical Unity.
Judge Phil Ginn was appointed president of SES in April 2021. After a distinguished career as both a lawyer and a judge, Ginn retired as the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for the 24th Judicial District in North Carolina. Judge Ginn holds a B.A. from Appalachian State University, a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Doctor of Ministry from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Prior to his appointment as SES president, he had served as SES Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
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