THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES FOR OUR ACTIONS! by Earl Sutton

 

In 1996 a grain ship, “Bright Field,” was heading down the Mississippi River near New Orleans, when it lost control, veered toward the shore and crashed into a riverside shopping mall. The impact demolished parts of the wharf and injured 116 people. According to the Coast Guard investigation, the ship’s owner and crew had failed to repair long-standing engine problems. This is a clear example of not doing what you should do and receiving the consequences of bad decisions.

            The Devil deceived Eve into thinking that there would be no consequences for eating the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:1-7). God said, “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, ye shall not eat of it lest ye die” (v.3) The Devil said, “Ye shall not surely die.” (v.4) Eve dilly-dallied with the temptation and contemplated the possibilities that the Devil had suggested and threw away all restrain and ate the fruit!  Why?  The Devil deceived her into thinking that there would be no consequences for sin.

            The Devil continues to lie to us today and tells our society that a little sin won’t hurt, a little indulgence is not a problem, a little transgression will never hurt anybody! The Devil tells us that we are only human and go ahead and enjoy sin. The Bible says, “The way of the transgressor is hard.” ( Prov. 13:15)

            Our society believes that it can live in disobedience to God’s will by practicing homosexuality and never suffer the consequences. The scriptures teach that there will be consequences for our actions. “Be not deceived: God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption: but he that soweth unto the spirit shall of the spirit reap eternal life.” (Gal. 6:7-8) This basic principle applies to the physical world and spiritual realm as well. The word, “mocked” is a Greek word (mukterizete:) which means to turn one’s nose up at God. The point is that if a person sows to the flesh (homosexuality and sinful living) and turns up his nose at God, he shall go the way of all flesh, -- die and face the judgment of God where there will be consequences. (reap destruction – Gal. 6:8)

The scriptures emphasize the consequences of sin in other verses. Ezekiel said, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ez. 18:4) Paul said, “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:23)  Over and over, again and again, the Bible under all circumstances, emphasizes that we reap what we sow and that sin is always followed by consequences.

            There is rebellion in the hearts and in the behavior of many people in our society today. In view of the fact that sin will always have consequences, what can we predict for the future? According to the basic law of sowing and reaping, the answer can best be given in the words of the prophet Hosea, “They sow the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind.” (Hos. 8:7) There is one time of sowing (while alive), and there will be two times of reaping. We reap in this life and also reap beyond this life in the hereafter. Sin brings forth its consequences both here and hereafter.

            People may do things without realizing the consequences of their actions, but one day there is going to be an accounting! (Rev. 21:8)                                                                                                                                                                                           

GOD GUIDES AND CONTROLS THE AFFAIRS OF MEN by Earl Sutton, Ed.D.

 

Many years ago, delegates from all of the thirteen colonies met in Philadelphia in the Continental Congress for the purpose of working out some kind of plan to establish a strong Federal union. The problems were immense, and the success of the enterprise was often in doubt.

At other times, during these stormy sessions when the conflicting interests of the various colonies threatened to destroy the Congress, Benjamin Franklin said, “I have lived a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proof I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men.” At times, Mr. Franklin would rise and call for a season of prayer. It is heartening to know that our nation began in an atmosphere of faith in God and with constant petitions for God’s help.

It is good to know, in view of the deep state escalation of a coup against our president, that God still supervises and controls the events of our nation and our world. The deep state is at war with America. The CIA is running an attempted coup, and the mainstream media are its puppets. We are now witnessing the final chapter, because the left, CIA and media hacks are throwing everything at the president in a last-ditch effort to remove him from office before the 2020 election.

The Democrats know they cannot win because their ideas are completely ridiculous, and they have no ideas other than Socialism and handing out free stuff to everyone. The fake MSM has abandoned any last shred of credibility and is now faking every bombshell about our president. This face-off will end with just one party left standing, and God will decide which one that will be!

The left (deep state) cannot survive if they don’t take decisive action to take Trump out! The left has demonstrated to all Americans that they don’t care about any real issues Americans are facing such as health care costs, collapse of cities, corruption in pharmaceutical industrial complex, persecution of Christians, and most important of all, morality!

The left is willing to watch America burn and collapse, as long as they think they might be able to get Trump in the process. The left has become terrorists, criminals, and lunatics; and they have reached the point of insanity where they, quite literally, want to see this country burned to the ground rather than witness Trump win a second term.

  I believe, with God’s help, that the president should declare temporary martial law, including curfews, set up Military Tribunals for the deep state traitors with severe punishment all the way up to executions by hanging, for those found guilty of this most serious crime against this country. We can expect mass violence and chaos from the left which follows the “Rules for Radicals,” a blueprint for Communist revolts and violent overthrow attempts of governments.

 There is also proof in the Bible that God has the power necessary for Him to control our nation and destroy those who 100% defy Him (the left and deep state). Throughout the history of the Old Testament, it is apparent that when man is willing to heed God’s directions, he is blessed; but when man turns away from God in rebellion, he curses himself.

We clearly see evidence of God’s control in the affairs of men in the lives of Joseph, Esther, Daniel and the three Hebrew captives. In his direction of the affairs of men, God utilizes the talents, positions of powers of men such as King Cyrus, King of Assyria, and the President of USA in order to promote the cause of righteousness. “The powers that be are ordained of God” (Rom. 13:1). It is our prayer that the Lord’s will be done!                    

HAS SALT LOST ITS SAVOR? by Earl Sutton

 

Jesus tells his disciples that they are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. “Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is therefore good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men” (Matt. 5:13). Jesus compares Christians to salt. We are a preserving influence and remind the world that there is a standard of morality. Even though evil and wicked people in our society may not appreciate Christians, they are of great value to the world.

          We see today the shear intensity of the hatred toward Christians, and the hostility of the attacks is hotter and meaner now than I have ever seen it! Where is this hostility coming from? We could expect the atheists, secular movie stars, Socialists and the Progressive left to hate us. But now the vicious attacks are coming from everyday people, our co-workers, schoolteachers, factory workers, college students, healthcare workers, police, firemen and many other groups.

          Could it be that the globalists have grown an anti-Christian consensus in America over the last two decades? This is the way it started in Germany against the Jews. As they became more isolated and marginalized by the Nazi propaganda machine, as popular hatred and prejudice against the Jews increased among the German people, wholesale hostility and attacks followed.

We have seen the escalation of anti-Christian attitudes by the Freedom From Religion Foundation having free reign in our public schools across the country to pass out literature, “You can be good without God.” The Hollywood actors have vilified Christianity. The FBI, which is still corrupt, has branded Christians as hate mongers. The IRS and activist judges have been involved in the persecution of Christian ministries and businesses.

Under Obama it was drilled into our heads that America is not and never was a Christian nation. Our Department of Homeland Security labeled Christians as “homegrown terrorists.” Activist judges have consistently ruled against Christian symbols in public. Today we have school children forced to sing songs about Allah, while the name of Jesus is never uttered. America has its propaganda machines with the MSM, owned by globalist, with the goal to destroy Christianity and America!

          After 20 years of anti-Christian propaganda, American Christians are more isolated, more marginalized, and most have become extremely timid and apathetic about their faith. As the militant LGBT and transgenders have come out of the closet, these timid church goers have taken up residence inside. Most Christians have the attitude, “Better to keep one’s mouth shut than to rock the boat.” Our churches have bowed the knee to the progressive left that has seized power in our government.

          Preachers refuse to preach the whole counsel of God and bow the knee to the opinions of our culture in order to remain and be well liked. Certainly, nothing controversial is allowed to be spoken by a great majority of Elders in the church today!

          How did we end up in this situation? We’re in this spot today because of our compromises with the world, and too many cowardly Christians rolled over and let the ungodly have more and more ground. The Bible says salt that has lost its savor is useless and no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. It is time we wake up now, out of our apathetic stupor, and clearly understand that this is a spiritual battle we are in. The enemy of our souls is out to destroy us!          ---- Earl Sutton, Ed.D.

WILL YOU STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH? by Earl Sutton

 

The church is the army of Christ, and every member of the church is a soldier in that army. However, it is saddening to note that many in the church do not understand the crucial situation that our country and church is in today. Many are like Nikodemus who liked to talk about Jesus in the night, and came to him secretly for fear of criticism and political correctness.

 With our world plunging headlong into anti-Christian hate, where are the faithful soldiers of Christ who will stand up for the truth?  The Bible cautions us to not turn to the right or to the left (Deut. 5:32). The point here is that it is always wrong to move either to the right or left of God’s instructions. Some in the brotherhood write articles that criticize those in the church who stand up against those who are destroying our country, with the clear goal to destroy religion.

Some Christians view the political process as a no-man’s land, and Christians should not be involved in it. What should be the attitude of leaders in the church concerning our involvement in politics? The Bible plainly states if we don’t call out evil in our society, God will hold us responsible (Ezek. 3:18-19). Both John the Baptist (Luke 3:19) and the Apostle Paul (Acts 24:25) saw to it that the authorities understood and followed morality.

In the Old Testament, the prophets Isaiah and Amos rebuked and called out other nations for their sins. Jesus didn’t apologize when He went into the synagogue and threw out the money changers and called them out for the evil that they were involved in (thievery).

I make a strong case through the examples of Daniel and Esther that God wants all of His people to seek the welfare, not only of the church and city where we live, but also to call out the evil that is in politics and the world!

In today’s society, religious issues have been made political issues by corrupt government policies. In the Lord’s church, we must stand up for the truth and speak out even if some use criticism that the Devil laughs at Christians who wade into the mire of politics and spend hours defending the truth. Doesn’t matter what the Devil thinks, God expects us to stand up for what is right and to try and keep this country from being turned into a Socialist/Communist nation that would destroy religion.

Now, for over two decades, there has been war declared on the home, family and the church. Sadly, this challenge has gone unheeded by a majority of our church leaders. The main response has been to bury our heads in the sand and hope that the problem will go away. While Christians have remained silent, the vocal minority of liberal activists (less than 1% of our population) have radically changed our culture in America.

It is high time that Christians re-engage in our civic responsibility as voters and assert our Constitutional rights of freedom of speech and religion. It is time to wake up and see that the church is in a battle for its very existence, because if the globalists win the next election, our religious freedom will be replaced with tyranny.

The bottom line is the majority of church leaders are limping between two sides  -- one to keep silent and the other to speak out. What the left in politics is doing (platform that is 100% against the Bible) is very serious. We need the total mobilization of all Christians in our nation to rise up, speak out concerning the evils, and help restore Christian values in America! This is the only way to stem the tide of corruption. God has given us a leader who fights for Bible principles, and we need to do our part and support him.

                                      ---  Earl Sutton, Ed.D.

 

PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANITY by Earl Sutton

 

What is progressive Christianity?  It is very difficult to pin down what actually qualifies someone as a progressive Christian. One of the main differences between progressive Christianity and Christians in the Bible, is peoples’ views of God’s word.

          Historically, Christians have viewed the Bible as the Word of God and authoritative guide for our lives. Progressive Christianity abandons Bible terminology and emphasizes their personal beliefs over Biblical mandates.

          The language that so-called progressive Christians say is something along these lines, “The Bible is only a human book; I disagree with the writer on that issue; the Bible condones immorality in many places, so I am obligated to reject what it says in many places.” In progressive churches, personal experiences, feelings and opinions are valued more than objective truth. The Bible ceases to be viewed as the infallible word of God and becomes what a person feels to be the truth, which also becomes the ultimate authority for their faith and practice.

          The language that so-called progressive Christians say is, “Scripture doesn’t resonate with me; I thought homosexuality was a sin until I befriended a gay person; I just can’t believe that Jesus would send good people to hell.” Progressive Christians are open to redefining and reinterpreting the Bible on hot-button moral issues like abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, fornication, pedophilia, calling evil good, globalist movement, Islam, corruption in government.

          In so-called progressive Christianity, the only sacred cow is no sacred cow! They believe that the church’s historic position on sexuality is archaic and needs to be updated within a modern framework.

          They reason that the idea of a literal hell is offensive to non-Christians and needs to be reinterpreted. If you ask the so-called progressive Christian if they believe the Bible to be divinely and inerrantly inspired, they will answer “yes,” the Bible is inspired in the same way and on the same level as other Christian books. This is not how Christians have understood the doctrine of divine inspiration.

          The language that so-called progressive Christians use in just about every word is “Love.” They pluck it out of its Biblical context, and it becomes a catch-all term for everything that is anti-authoritarian, non-confrontational and non-offensive which reflects their humanistic spirit of tolerance for sin. They say, “God wouldn’t punish sinners, because He is love. They also say it’s not our job to talk to anyone about sin; it’s our job to just love them.”

          Many so-called progressive Christians in our society today find the concept of God willing His son to die on the cross to be appalling. The idea of blood atonement is de-emphasized or denied altogether and replaced with social justice and good works. They say, “Sin doesn’t separate us from God, because we are made in His image; we don’t really need to preach the gospel; we just need to show love to the oppressed.”

          The bottom line is, “Watch out for false prophets, they come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Matt. 7:15).  If one is a so-called progressive Christian, this belief system influences his/her approach to morals and ethics The idea that a person expresses in words and actions is demonstrated in his/her conduct. These words are products of their thinking, and this thinking comes from their philosophy and not from the Bible. “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart, and they defile” (Matt. 15:18).

                                                --- Earl Sutton, Ed.D.

WOULD JESUS SUPPORT SOCIALISM? by Earl Sutton

 

It is true that Jesus confronted the money changers and challenged believers to give to the needy. But, would he support Socialism? Increasingly, our society thinks He would!

          In a recent poll (Barna), it was found that Jesus would prefer Socialism than those who believe He would prefer capitalism. According to a Reason-Rupe survey, 53% of Americans under 30 view Socialism favorably, compared to less than a third of Americans over 30. According to a Gallup poll, 69% of those under 30 said they would be willing to vote for a Socialist presidential candidate.

Many Millennials (those born between 1981-1996) are wary of our current system. They have witnessed one of the most partisan eras in American history and a system that desperately needs reform. Socialist may sound compassionate, but it is actually antithetical to everything the Bible teaches! It is based on a materialistic worldview, which is its basis.

To Socialists, all that really exists is the material world. To Socialists, suffering is caused by the unequal distribution of stuff, and success is achieved by the redistribution of stuff. There is no acknowledgment of spiritual issues. There is just an assumption that if everyone is given equal stuff, all the problems in our society would somehow dissolve. This view contradicts Christianity which teaches that mankind’s greatest problems are spiritual! Therefore, Jesus would not support Socialism.

As the parable of the talent (Matthew 25:14-30) shows, those with good character tend to accumulate more. Each one of these men in this parable received talents in proportion to their ability, and so do God’s children today. The five-talent man came back with 10. The two-talent man came back with 4. The Lord said, “Well done.”

When we stand before Christ at the judgment day, the one supreme question will be, “Have you been faithful in the use of your talents?” It will matter little how much wealth we have accumulated.

To one of these men, the Lord gave but one talent; because his abilities were not as great as the others. As soon as he had received the one talent, he went and hid his Lord’s money and refused to use it. Notice the attitude of this one-talent man when the Lord demanded a reckoning. He said, “I knew that thou art a hard man, so I hid my talent.” He thought his duty was too exacting, and his Lord was too demanding, so he returned his talent. In condemning this man, the Lord said, “Thou wicked and slothful servant.” He was wicked because of his wrong attitude toward his master, thinking him to be a slave driver and taskmaster. He was slothful, because he hid his talent and refused to use it for the Lord.

          What is the application to Millennials? At the present time, many Millennials are not contributing anything to our society  --  they are not using their talents. Their idea of insisting upon getting whatever they want and making other people pay for it, under the guise of fairness, is completely wrong. Therefore, Jesus would not support this attitude.

          The Millennials have more opportunities to succeed than any of those who came before them. They need to appreciate the opportunities they have and not feel entitled. The bottom line is, you don’t get rich without working. Be challenged to go out into the world, leave Socialism behind, learn to take care of yourself and remember the redemption of your soul is the only true success.

                                                         

NEGLECT OF PREACHING AGAINST SIN! by Earl Sutton

 

Many conservative gospel preachers in our society today preach and speak as the oracles of God (I Peter 4:11). The gospel truth can, in fact, stir people in a negative way, no matter how loving and kind the preacher is.

          Preaching about God being the one true God will stir up the Muslim population. Preaching about morality and absolute truth will stir up the immoral and the relativists who think in terms of a social gospel. Preaching the authority of the scriptures will stir up the liberal and post-modern crowds who think we have outgrown the ancient and obsolete scriptures. Preaching against liquor will stir up the social drinkers in the church. Preaching on marriage, divorce and the home will stir up those living in adultery and delinquent parents. Preaching about marriage as being only between a man and woman will stir up homosexuals and transgender people. Preaching on work ethics will stir up the lazy. Preaching against gambling will stir up those who hope to get rich by gambling rather than by working. Preaching on honesty stirs up the dishonest, the liar, cheat and the hypocrite. Preaching against the corruption in government will stir up the evil left who advocate killing unborn babies and socialism.

          Preaching against sin is a very unpopular subject with many liberal preachers and many of the elders in the Lord’s church. As a general rule, the strength of any sermon depends more on the strength of conservative elders. Many preachers know that they should be preaching against sin; but in order to remain on the payroll, they must water down their comments on the subject of sin. Has our preaching gotten too watered down in an effort to please the masses?

          It is right for a preacher to use the pulpit to oppose corrupt political issues such as legalizing liquor, gambling, abortion, easy divorce, homosexuality, transgenderism, and other such things. My friends, these are not only just political issues but are moral and biblical issues. It is a complete shame and disgrace for any preacher to hide his head in the sand and refuse to preach on sin issues that so adversely affect the morality of our community and nation!

          In the Lord’s church, there are matters of great concern. Preaching on modesty, which was common a few decades ago, is hardly ever mentioned today. Preaching about attendance with irregular members and the importance of faithfulness is also hardly mentioned anymore. It is true that preaching about sin will stir up the post-modern, post-moral, post-loving people in the church who seem to think of God as the Great – Freebie – Giver who enjoys watching us enjoy ourselves with no restrictions.

          Our society and church, to a certain extent, has become anti-authoritarian; and our preaching has become non-confrontational and non-offensive that reflects the humanistic spirit of tolerance and good feelings.

          When preachers stand before God in judgment and give an account for how they have handled His word, they will not be rewarded for making people feel good but rewarded for convicting sin. My point is some elders and preachers are failing their congregations by not preaching and teaching strong lessons against sin, which is all around us today.

                                                         

SIN IS STILL SIN by Earl Sutton

 

The most tragic word in the English language is the word SIN. It is a deceptive word, a discouraging word, a disappointing word, a disturbing word.

In the New Testament, the word that is used more for the word SIN than any other word is the Greek word, Hamartia. The Apostle Paul used this word that simply means SIN some 60 times in his writing. In Greek, the word originally meant “the idea of failure.” Sometimes it is translated as “to miss the mark.” The illustration is of a soldier with a spear, but he misses the mark. The New Testament Greek word, Hamartia, suggests the idea of unrighteousness.

One of the ways that our society falls into unrighteousness and wickedness is to rename their sins.  SIN used to be called SIN, and people actually felt bad and were convicted and tried to change their ways. Today we have so many new names for SIN so we can keep from feeling bad and be convicted of it. SIN is SIN whether it be a failure on our part to do right (omission – James 4:17) or doing that which is not right (commission – I John 5:17). Instead of SIN, we now call it an addiction, a dependency, a mental disorder, a chemical imbalance, an obsession, a phobia, a disease, a quirk, an indiscretion, a mis-spoken word, a mistake.

We notice today how Americans have changed the names of its SINS. The rich don’t steal; they confiscate. People are not greedy; it’s just business. People don’t curse but rather speak adult language. People are not drunks but rather alcoholics. People are not called liars, but rather they are creative. Women are not whores but call girls. People are not whoremongers but are players. Radical, left wing people that kill babies are now called abortionists. People don’t fornicate anymore but co-habitate. Homosexuals are called gay people. Pedophilia is being renamed as “intergenerational attraction/” Convicted felons are called “justice involved people.”

How often do the wicked justify themselves and their SINS. They have abortions, because they are too young or can’t afford to have the baby. They are drunks, thieves, or homosexuals because they were born this way. They commit fornication outside of marriage, because they want to make sure he/she is the right one for them. Rapists often are portrayed as those who were molested as a child.

How many times when Christians try and correct anyone, who refuses to turn away from their SINS, they are called derogatory names. If they speak out against riotous women, they are called sexists. Glorified names such as cougars and players draw many into sinful lifestyles.

Is it any wonder to see our society today who kill preborn babies without regret. Is it any amazement to see so many who are living together outside of marriage without shame. Is it any wonder to see homosexuals blending into this wicked society so perfectly, and now are being allowed the privilege of marriage.

SIN is defined as a “transgression of the Law of God.” “Whosoever committeth SIN transgresseth also the Law: for SIN is the transgression of the Law. (I John 3:4). SIN is transgression of God’s will. It is breaking the law. SIN is putting one’s desires in the place of the Law of God. Lawlessness and SIN are the same. SIN is disregarded for the will and authority of God. SIN results in immoral behavior.

SIN, no matter its name, is still SIN! Changing the wording doesn’t change the SIN. The wages of SIN is death (Rom. 6:23). All who SIN and refuse to repent of them and obey the gospel plan of salvation will burn in an everlasting hell! (Rev. 21:8) Here, SIN brings sorrow, sickness, suffering and death; but in the hereafter, brings eternal condemnation.                                       ----  Earl Sutton, Ed.D.

IS IT A SMALL MATTER? by Earl Sutton

 

In Isaiah 7:13, Ahaz asked this question of his people, “Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also?” Can any sin be regarded as small, or can any transgression be looked upon as a light thing? Is sin something we might subject to censorship that one might be declared big and another little?  Are some sins possible and others punishable?  Are some sins to be condemned and others to be condoned?  Should we wink at one and weep over another?

          Maybe this is what is wrong with our society. If so, we need to re-evaluate this thing, for we have the wrong idea altogether. God does not classify sin, but lets us know that every sin is horrible, and not a single one is honorable. Any sin is grievous before the Lord, and not a single one is granted by the Lord. Each one is serious, and not a single one is sanctioned.

          Sin is sin in God’s sight, whether it be a failure on our part to do that which is right (omission – James 4:17) or whether it be a doing of that which is not right (commission – I John 5:17). There are no small sins, for there is no small God to sin against. The Lord tells us that every transgression and disobedience will receive a just recompense of reward (Heb. 2:2). Did you notice that the Lord said, “Every transgression and disobedience?” This means that the Lord will make no allowance for sin!

          Is homosexuality a small thing? This degrading and despicable sin is described in the scriptures in which depravity is found in its greatest depths (Rom. 1:21-27). The punishment of the homosexuals of Sodom and Gomorrah was a complete annihilation. Homosexuality was a sin in the days of Abraham and Lot; it was a sin in the days of Moses; it is sin today!

          Is pedophilia a small thing?  The radical left is desperately trying to standardize the most deviant of behaviors and bring society’s standards into conformity with pedophilia! This is a clear attempt to force acceptance of deviant behavior upon our society. There is mounting evidence of organized pedophilia and child-trafficking networks throughout the world.

         There is no direct mention of pedophilia in the Bible, but this behavior is discussed in Galatians 5:19. Paul uses the Greek word, porneia, to describe all types of immoral sexual behavior that includes pedophilia. Those who commit this act will not inherit the kingdom of Heaven (Gal. 5:21).

          Is being a moocher and being lazy a small thing? Socialists promise all kinds of free stuff, but they never discuss the true costs. The Apostle Paul said, “IF any will not work, neither let him eat” (II Thess. 3:10). Paul had a very strong work ethic (capitalism). He was a tent maker. Paul made it very clear that the ones who would not work were not to eat at the expense of others who did work.

          Is calling evil good and good evil a small thing? The lying, corrupt mainstream media have become the greatest threat to our country and freedom. They are owned by the global elites who script what is said, word for word, and they have been reporting lies, half-truths and complete falsehoods with the clear intention of deceiving the American public!

          Can we regard these matters lightly? It is time to stand up for the truth  --  enough is enough – and take our country back!

 

DIVERTING ATTENTION by Earl Sutton

 

The parable of the Good Samaritan was brought on by the question asked by a lawyer (doctor of the Law of Moses) in Luke 10:25-37.  Upon hearing Jesus speak, he asked, “Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He was not seeking information but trying to embarrass Jesus. The question was a highly controversial one, about which the Jews did not agree. He felt that any answer that Jesus gave would be incriminating and bring upon him criticism and scorn.

          With great skill, Jesus replied by asking a question, “What is written in the Law? How readest thou?” In reply the lawyer answered, “Thou shalt love the Lord they God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind, and thy neighbor as thyself.” This lawyer knew the answer to Jesus’ question and gave the correct answer. However, he had not been practicing these precepts. Jesus, therefore, told him his answer was right but suggested that he begin obeying these commandments if he would have eternal life.

          Jesus’ statement strongly implies the lawyer loved neither God nor his neighbor, and it was embarrassing because of his hypocrisy. Anxious to justify himself, he sought to DIVERT  ATTENTION from what Jesus had said by asking another question, “And who is my neighbor?” The Jews believed in loving neighbors (not Gentiles), but they could not agree on who their neighbors were. They had so perverted this command that they believed only selected Jews were to be counted as neighbors. In order to convince this lawyer of his error and to show him who his neighbor really was, Jesus uttered the parable of the Good Samaritan.

          In like manner this week the mainstream media, who are controlled by the global elite and are pushing a one world government, were avoiding talking about the Squad, Epstein, Democrat Debate disaster, Kamala Harris’s records deleted as District Attorney in CA, ruling on Julian Assange, legally published HRC’s emails to begin raising a highly controversial question of gun control and white supremacy. (When there is an unlawful scandal in the news about the left, there is always a mass shooting. Is there a correlation with the CIA’s Mk-Ultra mind control program?)

          The MSM was anxious to divert attention away from these issues to mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso in order to push gun confiscation in America. Our Constitution, recognizing our God given rights to self-defense and liberty, says that the “right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon.” Our Constitution does allow deprivation of liberty with due process. If the government, using Red Flag Laws, can take your guns based on someone’s word (prediction) today, what will stop them from taking away our religious freedom tomorrow based on someone’s word.

          There is a strong suspicion that the radical left is behind the diverting of our attention in America with the support of our corrupt CIA. How? The CIA is using a mind-control program called “Mk-Ultra” on individuals to do heinous deeds to divert our attention. Allen Dulles, first Director of the CIA in a speech to the joint Congressional Committee in 1953, revealed this information. President Kennedy tried to shut down this evil agency and was killed in the process.

          My point, as Jesus showed how insincere the lawyer was, the left’s hypocrisy is crystal clear; they want strict background checks on American citizens gun owners but zero checks on illegal immigrants. Each day 3,000 innocent babies are murdered in abortions, and they act like a mass shooting bothers them  -- pure hypocrisy!

                                     

WHEN GOD SAYS "NO" by Earl Sutton

 

For 40 long years, Moses had led God’s people through the wilderness wanderings in hope of reaching the Land of Canaan. During that time, something happened that kept Moses from entering the Land of Canaan. This was the time when God told Moses to speak to the rock, but he smote it instead. The people were thirsty, and there was no water to drink. God had told Moses that if he would but speak to a certain rock, water would come forth.

          On a previous occasion God had provided water for His people by having Moses take his rod and strike a rock. This time he was only to speak to it. In doing other than what God said, Moses disobeyed the Lord, and this act of disobedience cost him the Land of Canaan. God had already informed Moses of this, but apparently Moses thought it might work out otherwise.

          When Moses came to the brink of the Jordan, he pleaded for God to reverse His decision; but God said to him, “No!” The conversation between Moses and the Lord is recorded in Deut. 3:25-27. This passage begins with Moses’ petition to the Lord, and then gives God’s reply to him. What a sad and disappointing moment this was for Moses.

          During the wilderness wandering, Moses dealt with a stubborn and rebellious people. There were times when they even thought of killing Moses. He was called upon to solve many problems, suffer many privations, and endure many hardships. Had it not been for his mighty leadership, and particularly his intercessory prayers, this people of Israel would have perished long ago.

          Moses was truly their salvation, and time and time again his prayers turned God’s wrath from them. What great afflictions this man had endured that he might reach the promised land!

          In a sense this seems unfair, but it was Moses’ disobedience that did it. Many today would think that what he did, in smiting the rock rather than speaking to it, was very insignificant but not so. No disobedience is insignificant! There is no trivial sin and no minor transgression. Any disobedience to God is a serious matter, as we can well learn from this incident. When God says “No,” He means NO!

          If we ask God to take away our bad habits, He will say NO. It is not for Me to take away but for you to give up. If we ask God to make our handicapped child whole, He will say NO, because his spirit is whole, and his body is only temporary. If we ask God to grant us patience, He will say NO, because patience is a byproduct of tribulations, and it isn’t granted but learned.

          If we ask God to give us happiness, He will say NO; because He will give us blessings, and happiness is up to us. If we ask God to spare us pain and sorrow, He will say NO; because suffering draws us apart from the worldly cares and brings us closer to Him. If we ask God to make our spirit grow, He will say NO; you must grow on your own. But God will prune us to make us more fruitful! If we ask God to give us all things that we might enjoy life, He will say NO; because He gave us life so that we can enjoy all things.

          Are you willing to admit that God does know best always? When God says “NO,” it is for man’s own good. We must respect everything God has said. May you, therefore, obey Him that in the final day His answer to you will be, “YES.”

                                               

EVIL AGENDA by Earl Sutton

 

Jeroboam, the first king of the Northern Kingdom, had an evil agenda by changing the place of worship from Jerusalem to Bethel and Dan in the Old Testament (I Kings 12:28). It was one of the most wicked and high-handed acts of which you can read about in the sacred scriptures. This evil agenda was a deliberate attempt to draw away the hearts of the people from the true God of their fathers.

          Jeroboam’s evil agenda was to substitute the house of worship in Jerusalem to his high places in order to conduct the idolatrous rites that he had instituted. Jeroboam’s evil agenda was to change the priesthood and not allow the authorized priests (only the descendants of Aaron) to function, because he knew those would teach the people the truth. Under the guise of doing good, he led Israel from the right way to the wrong way.

          The Rothschild family, who are the wealthiest family on the face of the earth with assets of over $500 trillion, also have an evil agenda toward America (and the world)! They are one of the families that control the globalist movement and are working overtime to erode our Constitution and to destabilize our government for their own corrupt purpose of bringing in a one world government. It is one of the most wicked and high-handed acts against our country since its birth in 1776.

          These globalists literally hate the influence of Christianity and feel it is an obstacle to their global control. They want everything that relates to God and religion removed from our society. Their evil agenda is a deliberate attempt to draw away the hearts of our people from the truth by completely controlling the mainstream media (MSM) with the goal of pushing Muslim ideology, Socialism, and the LGBTQ agenda down the collective throats of Americans.

          The Rothschild family, under the guise of doing good, have led our country from the right way to the wrong way. They control the central banks around the world. In the US, it is the Federal Reserve Bank. President Kennedy declared, by his Executive Order #11110, to strip them of this power. They loan money, created by computer key strokes, to our country with interest which in effect controls practically everything in our nation. (By the way, the Federal Reserve is not

Federal, but has shareholders who receive the interest we pay on money created by them.)

          President Kennedy’s Executive Order gave the U.S. Treasury Department the authority to issue Silver Certificates (money in circulation based on our silver reserves). Whereas, the Federal Reserve Note was not backed by anything of intrinsic value. President Kennedy’s Executive Order would have prevented the national debt from reaching its current level of $21 trillion if all the subsequent presidents had enforced it.

          The assassination of President Kennedy was a warning to all future presidents not to interfere with the private Rothschild Federal Reserve’s control over our money. On November 23, 1963, JFK was killed in Dallas, TX, by a so-called mystery bullet. President Kennedy’s Executive Order has never been repealed, amended, or superseded by any subsequent Executive Order and is still valid.

          My friends, there still exists a hidden “shadow government” with an evil agenda in America today! Christians need to continue to speak out against the corruption going on in our government and pray that President Trump will put things back in order by restoring moral and religious principles, the rule of law, ID for voting, and term limits in Congress.

                                                         

I HAVE PLAYED THE FOOL by Earl Sutton

 

Saul, the first king of Israel said, “I have sinned, return, my son David, for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day. Behold, I have played the fool and have erred exceedingly” (I Samuel 26:21).

          How had Saul played the fool and got off track with the Lord?  When God told him to go against the Amalekites, he was commanded to take none of the spoils and to spare none of the lives of the people. Instead of doing what God had told him to do, he spared the life of King Agag and brought back the best of the flocks and the best of the herds. When Samuel reprimanded him for this, Saul blamed the people for his own mistake. He was told by God’s prophet that because he had rejected God’s word, God had rejected him from being king over Israel.

          After Saul had disobeyed the Lord, the Spirit of the Lord departed from him, and an evil spirit troubled him. Had he acknowledged his wrongs and in penitence sought God’s help, his later mistakes as in our text when he tried to kill David, would have been different. Instead, he grew bitter and let envy and jealousy fill his life. When young David fought and won the victory over Goliath, and women began to sing the praises of David instead of Saul, he became envious and jealous and filled with hate!

          Saul made every attempt possible to kill David, but the time came when David could have retaliated. Instead, David returned good for evil. It was on one of those occasions when David returned good for evil that Saul said, “I have played the fool and erred exceedingly.”

          When former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before the House Committee on Intelligence about his report on Russian interference in 2016 presidential election, he was made a fool of. He really played the fool by saying, “I can’t speak to that; I can’t answer to that.”

          The left on the Judiciary Committee tried to drive home the report’s conclusion that Trump wasn’t exonerated for obstruction of justice. But Mueller’s report concluded that neither Trump, nor his campaign, nor any American conspired with the Russians to influence the presidential election.

           Mueller played the fool when Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) asked if he could remember when a former FBI director ever had the role of exonerating an individual. Mueller responded, “I cannot.”

          Mueller played the fool when Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colorado) asked, “Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office? Mueller said, “Yes” then at the end of his discussion said, “We did not reach a determination as to whether the President committed a crime.”

          Mueller played the fool when the first part of his report concluded there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in the 2016 presidential campaign. Then Mr. Collins, ranking member of the Judiciary Committee said, “In context, collusion and conspiracy are synonymous terms, is that correct?” Mueller said, “No” then Collins showed how foolish this statement was by referring to Mueller’s report which said they were “synonymous.”

          Mueller played the fool many times in this hearing by declining to answer why his team didn’t prosecute those who lied to investigators. The bottom line is that the liberal left hates American values and are trying to move America away from the vision of our Founding Fathers (rule of law, freedom of speech and religion, etc.) and are becoming foolish as Saul was by leaving God out of their lives.

          My friends, if we don’t take an interest in the affairs of our government, then we are doomed to live under the rule of fools.

                                                         

 

WALKING CONTRARY by Earl Sutton

 

In Leviticus Chapter 26, the Bible tells of the blessings Israel would receive “IF” the commandments of God were heard and obeyed. It also tells of the curses which would fall upon them “IF” those commandments were ignored or disobeyed. God said to His people, “And if ye will not harken unto Me, but walk contrary unto Me, then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I will chastise you for your sins” (Lev. 26:27-28). God is showing good leadership by telling those backsliders who were walking contrary to His law that they were going to be chastised for their wrongdoing.

          President Trump has shown good leadership by telling those in Congress, who are walking contrary to the laws of our nation, “If you’re not happy in the U.S., if you’re complaining all the time; very simply, you can leave.” Really, any member of the House or Senate, who is against the United States, openly hates America in public, or obstructs national security measures should immediately be forced out of their leadership roles.

          The left who openly hates America and obstructs national security protections, like the wall, should be arrested for sedition. There needs to be severe consequences for those who go inside Mexico to coach those wanting to gain asylum in America or illegally enter America. These words from President Trump are a chastisement and warning to those who are walking contrary to our laws, and they could find themselves behind bars if they continue working against our country. The President is chastising them for their unconstitutional actions.

          Also, Senator Lindsey Graham called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three other freshmen Democrats Communists; because of their policies and hatred for our country. Ilhan Omar has been interviewed as walking contrary to our country’s security by refusing to condemn Antifa attacks on ICE facilities.

          The big issue now is do we really want these anti-Americans (and Communists) out of our Congress? Have we had enough of their hateful speech and anti-Semitic language toward Israel and the U.S.A.? Have we clearly seen that their motives for changing our country are going in the wrong direction? Have they brought unprecedented hatred of our laws and beliefs to a boiling point?

          Does the Squad of Four women who are in Congress who hate our Constitution, flag and country, be allowed to make our laws? Do they need to return to their own roots where their passions for walking contrary can be appreciated by their own kind? Have they proven to be anti-American, anti-God, and don’t have America’s interests at heart? If they don’t care for American values, should they take our tax dollars for their paychecks? Should any representative who thinks evil toward our country be allowed to serve?

          My friends, these anti-Americans in Congress work for you and me as taxpayers and voters. We have the power to send them packing in the next election if we will stand up and speak out.

          We can no longer sit on the sidelines and give in to the sin of tolerance. Before they leave, they need to wash out their mouths with lye soap and clean up their speech. Either show respect for God and country or step down from their leadership roles.

                                                       

 

DON'T EVER GIVE UP! by Earl Sutton

 

About 15 years ago, I got a phone call one Saturday morning from Bob Spurlin from Hartselle, AL. He asked if I would help him sell his new book entitled, Don’t Ever Give Up!  He explained that he had been bedridden for nearly nine years and was coping with the disease of Multiple Sclerosis. This disease had him confined to a hospital bed. Being in this condition gave him a special insight into the problems of human suffering.

          I later learned that he had preached for over thirty years before MS took control of his life. His family bought him a computer, which he operated with a control from his mouth, because MS had left his hands almost unusable.

          Bro. Tom Holland and Bro. Paul Sain provided great encouragement for him to write a book. I ordered enough books for every member of our congregation at Elkins and contacted other churches of Christ in Cannon County about buying his book. Bro. Garland Elkins wrote an introduction for this book, and Bro. Paul Sain published it. (Copies can be purchased from Sain Publications

(931-363-6905.

          In fact, Bob wrote three books which reflect his conviction, dedication and faithfulness to the Lord and His church. His first book is entitled, Tackling Life’s Troubles.  His second is Dial 911: Essentials to Living. His third book is Don’t Ever Give Up. The cover of this third book shows a crane swallowing a frog that has its hands around the crane’s neck (don’t ever give up).

          Bob said that the difficulties and trials of life can be overwhelming at times. Regardless of our station in life, whether we be rich, poor, high on the social ladder or a social outcast, misfortune and hardship will occur to each of us. “Don’t ever give up” is not just a pleasant slogan to the ear, but rather it is the only formula allowing us to meet the hurts and hardships that confront us.

          The Bible tells us of all the suffering and hardship that Job endured, all his sons and daughters suffered death, Sabeans took his oxen and donkeys, killing his servants, his sheep died in a fire, enemies raided his camels and destroyed them with a sword, his body was covered with sore boils from the sole of his feet to the crown of his head. The pain was so terrible that he sat down among the ashes (Job 2:8). Job’s wife told him to curse God and die. But Job’s strength was in God and regardless of what his wife said, his loyalty to God was steadfast despite his wife’s wishes.

          Job was not one to ask why but answered his wife that she was one that speakest foolishly. In all of this did not Job sin with his lips (Job 2:10). Job’s wife, friends, loss of property, livestock nor the loss of all his children would shake the faith of this patriarch of the Old Testament.

          My friends, when calamity and heartaches strike at our door, may we draw strength from our faith in God as did Job and Bob Spurlin. When life seems its worst, “Don’t ever give up” is the only sane and sensible approach in confronting the trials of life. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and never give up!

                                                         

AMERICA, WAKE UP! by Earl Sutton

 

We are only one election away from open borders, Socialism, gun confiscation, total full-term murder of babies, Sharia Law and a Godless nation. The party of the left has adopted as their agenda everything that God condemns, they affirm. Everything that God punishes, they exalt. This includes lies, deceit, killing babies, sexual perversions, and anti-American values.

          The Bible says that the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all unrighteousness including those who hinder the truth and work unrighteousness (Rom.1:18-31). The Gentiles knew the truth, for God had made it known to them; but they did not glorify Him as God and their foolish hearts became dark. Just like the party of the left, they became vain in their imaginations. Their reasoning power was used to rationalize their actions, and their thinking became senseless and void of direction. They rationalized that they were wise, but they became fools. The smarter they thought they were, the dumber they became.

          Instead of worshipping God and giving Him the honor due, they chose to worship as they pleased. The left now supports the Satanic Temple and a statue of a goat-headed, winged creature called Baphomet. These worshippers see Lucifer as their independence and turning away from the true God of the Bible as their enlightenment.

          One of their rituals is spirit cooking. They terrorize a child and extract its blood. They believe this blood (with the adrenaline) provides energies for themselves.

          These worshippers of Satan are determined to bring in a one world government and destroy true Christianity. The bottom line is that God gave the Gentiles up and did not seek to restrain them. Just like the party of the left, they left their natural affections. Their sexual pleasure, which was intended for man and woman in the marriage relationship, became sodomy.

          Since they rejected God, He gave them up to a depraved mind to do those things that are vicious  -- “to do those things which are not fitting” (V. 28). The things not fitting included homosexuality, injustice, destructive behavior, greedy, deep-seated hate, selfishness, murder, quarrelsome with anger, dishonest, extreme evil, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, braggers, inventors of evil things, senseless, faithless, heartless toward family, pitiless, cruel and ruthless. “Who knowing the ordinance of God, that they that practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but also consent with them that practice them” (V.32) They not only did these things, but they rejoiced when others did them!

          My friend our next election is a struggle for the very survival of our nation and religious freedom. This election will determine if we are a free nation or whether we only have an illusion of democracy controlled by a handful of ruling elites.

          Just as Elijah addressed these words to the people of Israel, who had allowed themselves to be influenced by a false party (Baal), they apply to voters today. So many people today are influenced by mainstream media, owned by globalists, “How long halt ye between two opinions?” (I Kings 18:21)

          Many Christians, in our society, are limping between two sides  -  one to keep silent and the other to speak out. We need the total mobilization of all Christians in our nation to raise up, wake up, and to speak out! We can no longer sit on the sidelines and give in to the sin of tolerance which accepts anything and everything that society is doing.

          The true picture of America’s moral condition is paralleled by Paul’s description of the Gentile world  -- Wake up and vote Biblical values!                            

 

CALLING EVIL GOOD AND GOOD EVIL by Earl Sutton

 

We are living in a time when the words of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah are especially appropriate concerning the great moral divide in our nation today. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20). This text reveals that some in the ancient society had become so corrupt that they had lost all sense of moral direction.

          This is the same attitude that the left has adopted as their agenda today. It has become the party of hatred, lies, Communists, Socialists, deceit, baby killers, Islamists, sexual perverts and anti-Americans. What God condemns, they affirm. What God punishes, they exalt. We must remember that sin is sin, whatever it may be called; and that God is not pleased by our attitude of, “I don’t discuss politics.”

          My friend, if you, as a Christian, ignore politics now, evil politics will erase your right to be a Christian very soon! In today’s society, religious issues have been made into political issues by our government sticking its nose into the business of the home, family and church.

          Leaders in the church and Christians can no longer not challenge our corrupt government policies and not take a Biblical stand for the truth. This challenge has gone unheeded by the majority of church leaders and Christians. The tragic results have allowed a vocal minority of radical, liberal activists to radically change our culture in America. We can no longer sit on the sidelines and give in to the sin of tolerance, which accepts anything and everything that society believes and practices, regardless of what it is!

          Our culture has accepted two great lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both views are pure nonsense!

          Christians don’t have to compromise their convictions to be compassionate toward others. How long are we going to bury our heads in the sand and say, “I don’t discuss politics.” How long are we going to use Pilate’s washbowl?  How long are we going to sit around and let sin, with all of its consequences, run rampant because we don’t want to be called, “politically incorrect?” When is the last time you heard anything from the pulpit about sins going on in our society today? The fact is when we become tolerant toward sin, we have committed a sin!

          In the last election, 54 million Christians stayed at  home and didn’t vote. There are now 72 million registered Democrats in this country. Are they going to identify themselves with a party that believes it is alright to kill innocent babies? If Christians would simply vote Biblical values, not party, nor race, we can turn this country around.

          We as Christians can conform to the dictates of society, or we can heed one of the great imperatives that the Apostle Paul gave to “transform” those about us, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed, that ye may prove what is good and acceptable” (Rom. 12:2). It is all too easy to follow the crowd and gradually be molded into a pattern that the world follows.

          The spiritual chaos of the wicked in our society today is like a chicken with its head cut off. Its body is in a state of complete confusion, doesn’t know what it’s doing or where it’s going!

          We must defend the truth of God’s word and stand up against the evils in our society.

                                                      

 

JUDGE NOT THAT YE BE NOT JUDGED by Earl Sutton

 

I read a story about a man and his wife who entered an opera house and found a man lying across their seats. They asked him to move, and his only response was an inarticulate moaning sound. They summoned an usher who told the man that he had to get up, because he had these people’s seats. The only response was a guttural sound. The usher said, “He’s drunk, so I’ll call the police.” Then the police came and asked the man, “Who are you, and where did you come from?” The man finally managed to say, “I fell out of the balcony.” This is a clear example of judging a situation without having all the facts.

          This verse, Matthew 7:1, does not teach that Jesus meant that we cannot pass judgment on anyone at any time (John 7:24). In the context of this verse, Jesus is condemning a fault-finding attitude without having all the facts. One must form an opinion based upon facts and not impute wrong motives on a situation he/she knows little about.

          It is not judging to take the Bible and show a person that what they believe and practice is not in agreement with the word of God. It is not judging to emphasize that fornication, adultery, homosexuality, and drunkenness are sinful behaviors and will cause a person to be lost when they die! (Gal. 5:19-22) It is not judging to try to help people out of their sinful practices.

          Those who engage in immoral behavior such as homosexuality, pedophilia, transgenderism and lesbianism often quote Matthew 7:1 when attempting to defend their sinful behavior. The LGTBQ detractors would tell you that the reason that Christians do not celebrate gay pride month in June is because they are bigots, homophobic, and transphobic.

          My question is, why shouldn’t everyone celebrate gay pride week supported by LGTBQ? If I’m convinced that homosexual practices are contrary to God’s design, why should I celebrate it?

          The big question in our society right now concerning the foolishness about genders is the idea posed by those on the political left that there is a distinction between gender and sex. The fact is there is a difference between sex and gender. The term, sex, refers to the biological and physical differences between a man and woman. The term, gender, refers to their characteristics, behaviors, and role expectations. The idea that a person might be a man trapped in a woman’s body or vice-versa is not supported by any scientific evidence.

          Dr. McHugh, a former psychiatrist at John Hopkins, has revealed the truth about the transgender myth that has the left using LGTBQ to destroy the family. Dr. McHugh said, “It’s biologically false that one can change his/her sex. The truth of the matter is a transgender man does not become a woman nor does a transgender woman become a man. All that have changed have become feminized men or masculinized women, which are counterfeits or impersonators of the sex with which they identify.”

          Dr. McHugh was the psychiatrist-in-chief at John Hopkins Hospital for 26 years and pioneered sex-change surgery and later ceased this practice. He stressed the idea that one’s sex is not fluid and a matter of choice.

          I will not celebrate LGBTQ pride because there is an agenda attached to it. The legitimizing of homosexuality as a normal alternative to heterosexuality requires that all opposition to homosexual behavior must be delegitimized. This requires that homosexuality, which is a gender dysphoria and mental disorder, be looked upon as normal.

          The bottom line is about creating new categories of sin and pushing them down the throats of society. God’s condemnation throughout the Bible is pointed directly at those of either sex who try to break down the sexual differences which exist between a man and woman (Deut. 22:5).

          We are to love them, but love does not mean we must tolerate error.

                                               

 

WHAT THE RAINBOW DOES NOT REPRESENT by Earl Sutton

 

In Genesis 9:8-17, God made the rainbow covenant with Noah. God had resolved in His heart not again to destroy the earth and all flesh therein by a flood. This covenant embraced not only all of those living on the earth but all who should later live, both man and beast. This covenant was a promise, a pledge, a covenant by Jehovah.

The design of this covenant was for the good of all men and all creatures then living and all of their descendants. The covenant was to have a token, a sign, by which it would be recalled; and this would endure so long as the earth stands. “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth” (v. 13).

A rainbow results when the rays of the sun are reflected from falling raindrops at an angle from the viewer. A lovely arch of variegated light is thus formed, and the rainbow indicates that the sky is not wholly overcast; otherwise, the rays of the sun could not appear. Thus, a more fitting symbol of the assurance of God in this respect could not be imagined, when we see in the sky the beautiful rainbow.

Let us recognize the rainbow as God’s token of His goodness and kindness to us and not a symbol that represents homosexuality, which is a degrading and despicable sin as described in the Bible (Romans 1:21-27). Homosexuality was a sin in the days of Abraham and Lot; it was a sin in the days of Moses; it is still a sin today. For many years those who practiced homosexuality did so in secret hiding their shameful act of sin of which it is. Now they have surfaced from their cesspool of abominations and are parading their sinful acts of perversion before the world with a so-called Pride month.

These perverts of God’s natural laws fail to understand that God clearly condemned homosexuality, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. Christians cannot support the sin of homosexuality, because it is a sin they have chosen on their own volition. It is not something they were born with but have chosen this sinful lifestyle.

The word of God can definitely be blasphemed by homosexuals using the rainbow as their symbol! (Titus 2:5) “That the word of God be not blasphemed.”  The word “blaspheme” simply means to speak evil of it or to hurt the influence of as the homosexuals are doing with God’s symbol, the rainbow! When we say one thing and practice another, we give the world an occasion to speak against the word. It was said of some who were blaspheming God, “They profess that they know God: but in works they deny him, being abominable, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1:16).

The homosexuals claim to have the right relationship with God; however, they have turned away from the truth. Since they have turned away from the truth, they live ungodly lives. Their ungodly lives deny that they have a right relationship with God. The reason they live ungodly lives is because they are abominable (despicable and detestable). The Bible plainly teaches that homosexuality and lesbianism are despicable sins.

Because of the practice of the very grievous sin of homosexuality in those cities, the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire out of heaven! (Gen. 18:20) Under the Law of Moses, the sin of homosexuality was punishable by death (Lev. 20:13). Therefore, I refuse to recognize LGBTQ month using the rainbow to celebrate their sin of homosexuality!                                

PRAY FOR OUR RULERS by Earl Sutton

 

Paul encourages Christians to pray for all men, including kings and those in high places such as President Trump. “I exhort therefore that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men: (v. 2) For kings, and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty”      (I Timothy 2:1-2).

To pray for kings and all that are in high places means to pray for the rulers of the land. The purpose of these prayers is that the rulers might rule in such a way that Christians may worship and serve God unmolested. We are to pray for civil authorities and all who are in authority. No matter how good or how bad they are, pray for them. No matter how moral or immoral they are, pray for them. No matter how just or unjust they are, pray for them. To those who hate Donald Trump as our President, pray for him.

 Many Christians felt disdain for Obama when he went overseas and apologized for America and when he announced that America was no longer a Christian nation. It was very upsetting when he told us that bathrooms would be genderless. When he said that no big jobs would be coming back to America, it took away our American dreams. But Christians accepted him as much as we could.

We waited and prayed for a president who would take a stand for America and the Christian faith as President Trump has done. He may not be a perfect man, but he is a true patriot! We need to pray for our president, his safety, and his ability to defeat the evil powers working against our nation that is immoral and indecent.

We know that God can save a nation through one person like Esther, or spare a multitude through the prayers of Moses. Help our president and all Christians to cry out against the evils going on in our society  --- the evils of abortion and killing innocent babies, homosexuality, transgenderism, corruption in government. The enemies of God, on the left, are pushing Federal persecution of Christians with legislation that would criminalize Christianity if we don’t promote homosexuality (so-called Equality Act/HR#5).

Help our president and all Christians to cry out against the evil and horrible abuse of children being put into the sex industry in America. The Deep State is working hard to take over our liberties with the goal to remove God from our society and replace Him with a one world government with Satan as it’s god!

The bottom line is that the world cannot be saved through intellectual snobbery, hyper-intellectuals; but we must return to the old paths. If America ceases to be good, she will cease to be great in the eyes of God.

 The hope of America lies in Christians standing up for God, morality and restoring values in our society which are being removed by social engineering. Don’t hesitate to cry out against that which the global elites are trying to destroy, because the very foundation on which our nation rests is at stake.

 Therefore, we must pray for our president, that he is filled to the brim with wisdom, knowledge, morality, courage, boldness and understanding so that peace and security can rule throughout our land.

                                               

NEED TO SPEAK OUT CONCERNING THE TRUTH by Earl Sutton

 

The Bible cautions us to not turn to the right or to the left (Deut. 5:32). In politics or religion, the “right” connotes conservatism and the “left” points to liberalism. The point in Deuteronomy is that it is always wrong to move either to the right or left of God’s instructions.

          Liberalism is the name given when persons are less strict than the truth demands, even though they may regard themselves as fair and honest in their handling of the scriptures. The “left” in religion will compromise essential matters of faith. They hold that there is no way to prove as true any one version of the Christian faith.

         According to this view, Christianity is not unique but is only one religion among many world religions. They reject the Bible as being the actual word of God to man, and the Bible must constantly be reinterpreted in light of scientific evidence. They restate the doctrine of Christ to show that Jesus was subject to limitations of knowledge that only applied to the people of His day and time. They deny that mankind is lost and under the condemnation of sin. Their main concern is about reforming the social order through humanitarian efforts.

         They have no concern for the New Testament concept of the church. They view the church as a useful social agency to be used in promoting universal justice and equality. The liberals say that love should make us tolerant of error.

         Those on the “right,” conservatives, believe and teach that Christ established only one church (Matt. 16:18). All those who obey the gospel are added to that church when they are baptized unto the remission of their sins (Acts 2:38, 47). Christ’s church must abide in His doctrine (II John 9-11). Christ’s church is not on par with denominations established by men and perpetuated by false doctrine (Matt. 15:13).

         CAN WE KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT OR WRONG IN RELIGION? Can people teach contradictions and both be right? Can two and two equal both four and seven? Can baptism be both essential and non-essential unto salvation?  Can instrumental music be both authorized of God and sinful in New Testament worship?

          How can we tell who is right and who is wrong in religion? Not by the number of people who believe and practice a certain thing. Not by our personal desires in the matter (Prov. 14:12). Only by the word of God, and it alone, can we know who is right or wrong in religion. The Bible is the inspired and authoritative word of God which is the absolute standard in all spiritual matters (II Tim. 3:16-17).

          The “left” will argue that the Bible is subject to human interpretation, and we cannot see it alike! If we cannot see the Bible alike, then Paul required an impossibility when he wrote, “Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that ye all speak the same things, and that there be no divisions among you, but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (I Cor. 11:10).

          If we cannot see the Bible alike, John postulated sheer foolishness when he required Christians to distinguish between true and false teachers of the word (II John 9:11). The false notion that we do not have to be correct in our religious beliefs and practices is completely false!

          Faithful elders, preachers and members of the church must cease being a silent majority when the truth of God is mocked and begin to speak out concerning the truth.