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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

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.     

                                             

 

NAILING UP HOLE IN FENCE! by Earl Sutton

 

A father once told his little boy about a lost sheep, telling him how the sheep had found a hole in the fence and had crawled through it. He told the little boy how the sheep had enjoyed skipping and playing in the sunshine, and after being free, how it had wandered so far away that it couldn’t find its way back. At long last, the shepherd found the little sheep and brought it safely home! After being told the story, the little boy surprised his father by saying, “Daddy, did they nail up the hole in the fence?”

          Many times, we discover what’s wrong with our country but not enough are willing to start doing anything about it. Let’s not fail to nail up the hole in the fence, and this will depend upon Christians taking some action.

          In the last election, 54 million Christians stayed at home and didn’t vote. If Christians will simply vote Biblical values – not party nor race – we can turn this country around. Voting is one measure whereby we can promote the common good in our country and bring our country back to being one nation under God.

          The left has vowed to make passing the so-called “Equality Act” as one of their top legislative priorities. This act gives people of faith an ultimatum – change your faith-based priorities or face government punishment. This is a frontal assault on religious liberty that we have not seen in the history of our nation. It actually strips us of our Constitutionally protected rights. If Christianity is to survive in America, then it is time we start standing up and speaking out against the left and organizations that disrespect God, religion, and the church.

          The leftists exploded in rage as a NASA head praised prayer and Christian influence in government. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the First Amendment. Because of the double standards the left is pushing, public officials can’t even talk about faith without getting hate-filled rebuttals.

          But hypocrisy is the name of the game for the left. Their goal is to purge faith from public life and history. If activists can’t get Christians to stay quiet, then they’ll try to drive them out of government. This will be tough to do in this administration, thanks to the fearless leadership of President Trump.

          We need to support the Congressional Reform Act of 2017. No tenure and no pension for Congressmen/women. They collect a salary while in office and receive no pay when they are out of office. No more perks. Congress past, present, and future would participate in our Social Security as do all other Americans. Congress must purchase their own retirement plan. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as all Americans do. Congress must abide by all laws they impose on the American people. Serving in Congress is an honor and not a career. They need to serve no more than two terms and then go home.

          My friends, this is nailing up the hole in our fence. The hope of America lies in the heart of each individual. If God could save an entire nation through one Esther and spare a multitude through the prayers of one Moses, who knows your dedication to God will go a long way in keeping our nation a Christian one.

          Don’t hesitate to cry out against that which is destroying religion and the very foundations on which our nation rests! (II Chronicles 7:14)

                                         

 

CRITICISM by Earl Sutton

 

The story is told of an old man whose grandson rode a donkey while they were traveling from one city to another. One critic said, “Would you look at that old man suffering on his feet while that kid is totally capable of walking.” So, then the old man rode the donkey while the boy walked. And the next critic said, “Would you look at that – a healthy man making a poor little boy suffer.” So, the man and the boy both rode the donkey, and the next critic said, “Would you look at those two brutes causing that poor donkey to suffer.” So, they both got off and started walking until the next critic said, “Would you look at that waste, a perfectly good donkey not being used.” Finally, the old man and the little boy decided to carry the donkey on a pole between them. The next critic said, “Would you look at that, two idiots carrying a donkey.”

          The bottom line is that no matter what you say or write, someone will always criticize it! To prove this point, the first steamboat took 32 hours to go from New York City to Albany; critics laughed. The horse and buggy passed an early motor car as if it were standing still, and critics laughed. The first electric light bulb was so dim that people had to use a gas lamp to see it, and critics laughed. The first airplane came down 59 seconds after it left the ground, and critics laughed.

          If you try to write articles that deal with the problems of our society as they relate to Biblical teaching, expect the critics to swarm. There are watch dogs who feel that they are called upon to keep their eyes on what others write so they can growl and complain that Christians should always be silent.

          Some in the Lord’s church feel that elders and preachers should never talk about the relevant issues and controversial topics, especially those they consider political issues. They completely forget that in today’s society, religious issues have been made political issues which include the war declared on the home, family and the church.

          Because of loud-mouth critics, this challenge to stand up for the truth has gone unheeded by a majority of our church leaders with the results of gay marriage and allowing a vocal minority of liberal, loud-mouth activists to radically change our culture in America.

          One doesn’t have to be a prophet to predict that churches can expect slanderous criticism from the left-leaning radicals who support

socialism, abortion, same-sex marriage, globalist movement of one world government. We must oppose such sin and not go along with it. We must not be quiet and continue to let the morals of our nation slip further down the drain. We must stand opposed to open borders, because eventually this will destroy our nation.

          Christians need to re-engage in our civic responsibilities; and like the Apostle Paul, be bold in asserting our Constitutional rights against the present anti-Christian establishment of globalists. Christians cannot afford to take a live-and-let-live approach to sin. We will never change what we tolerate; and what we tolerate, our children will embrace tomorrow.

          If we start whittling ourselves down to fit what the critics think, those who accept sin, we will very soon be whittled away completely! The Bible says, “And be not conformed to this world” (Rom. 12:2). The Lord’s plan is that Christians change the world, not that the world should change us.

                                            ---  Earl Sutton

 

SUPPRESSING THE TRUTH by Earl Sutton

 

How come Judge Jeanine Pirro gets into trouble for speaking against Sharia Law, but Ilhan Omar can speak against Jews and remains in Congress? How can a woman wear a hijab, yet people get assaulted for wearing a Trump cap?

          We are not a nation of immigrants. We are a nation of citizens. We should get sick and tired of American citizens and Christians being demeaned and treated as second-class citizens while the left treats those who cross the border illegally as being good, top-notch citizens.

          At the present time, the mainstream media, owned by the global elitists, are pushing a one world government and suppressing the truth about the dangers of globalism and the brutal cultures that are infiltrating our western civilization. The radical left, big-tech companies, and the left-wing propaganda media are working hard to stamp out our great freedoms in America  --  two of which are our freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

          We are battling an ideological, culture war in America. An ideology is a doctrine or belief that guides an individual or group with reference to some political, religious, or social plan and the devices for putting it together.

          Major Muslim leader, Eugene Ele Thorp, gives a message to all Christians. “If  you refuse to convert to Islam, then the only thing between you and us is the sword.” Americans could soon be charged and prosecuted for “cyber-terrorism crimes” if we criticize Islam on social media. Big tech companies are already complying with Sharia Law and banning users who dare speak the truth about Islamic terrorism. The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is now seeking to exploit the New Zealand mosque shooting to impose Sharia blasphemy laws in the United States. Mosques in the USA have been used extensively by al Qaeda operatives and other Islamic terrorists to recruit, finance operations and train zealots to build bombs and use the mosques as centers for propagation of Islam.

Those who think that Islam is just another religion are not seeing this movement for what it really is. Islam is a political ideology under the guise of religion which aims to control, not only a person’s religion, but every phase of human life. Its goal is to bring the whole world into subjection to its teachings and promote brutal violence toward unbelievers. When we fully understand that the principle of deception is a part of Islam’s teaching, how can we actually believe anything that a Muslim might have to say in the public media? When we fully understand that “taqiyya” is part of the Islamic teaching rooted in the Quran, we have to ask ourselves, why is our mainstream media not condemning and denouncing Islamists who daily kill hundreds of people around the globe in the name of Islam?

          Forty-nine (49) Muslims were killed in New Zealand, and the media goes crazy. Forty (40) Christians were killed by Muslims in Nigeria, and the media doesn’t even notice. Why? They are owned by global elitists pushing the one world government with Muslim support. The problem with our society is that the vast majority is unaware of the dark side of Islam which promotes bloodshed and slavery.

          The Bible commands that we “walk circumspectly” (Eph. 5:15). That means to be watchful, look around as to what is going on in the world. This involves knowing what Muslims are carrying out, which is the evil deeds that are taught in the Quran.                                

PURE POLITICS by Earl Sutton

 

As Jesus continued His journey to the cross, He was betrayed, denied, and unfairly treated. Throughout all this ordeal, the Lord faced constant human failure, constant human neglect, and plenty of on-going pure politics. As Jesus faced Pilate for His official Roman trial, He was confronted with pure politics (Matt. 27:11-26).

          Jesus comes face-to-face with a career politician who was rotten to the core! Pilate was a politician and wanted to keep the religious leaders happy, because they had a great influence over the people. These religious leaders made Pilate’s governorship profitable, and he knew that it was envy and jealousy driving this group.

          Pilate could also tell that Jesus posed no threat to Rome or to Rome’s power in Judea. He knew that Jesus was innocent and didn’t deserve death. So, Pilate, the clever politician, played pure politics and conducted a trial to satisfy the enemies of Jesus.

          This same thing happened in Tennessee when the “Heartbeat Bill” was not voted out of committee. Most of the senators were pressured by more than 14 corporations that support the LGBTQ position to vote against the bill. These special-interest groups freely give hush money, and those voting didn’t want to lose their share! Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent and as the legal judge for the Roman government, he should have declared Jesus innocent and sent Him away. That was the right thing to do. Just as our senators knew the “Heartbeat Bill’ would protect innocent babies from being killed but bowed to political pressure to keep their mouths shut!

          Pilate also had the political pressure of Jewish rulers and tried to force the decision of releasing Jesus onto others. This same approach was used by our Lt. Governor, who declared that when Roe vs Wade is decided, we won’t need this bill.

          Pilate fell back on a custom that called for the release of a prisoner. This was usually a political prisoner, popular with the people. But Pilate, thinking he is clever, decides to offer the crowd a well-known felon. Barabbas was a plague on any decent society, so Pilate is sure the crowd will seek the release of Jesus, if for no other reason, to keep this criminal in jail. But the crowd didn’t cooperate, just like the voters of Tennessee who called and kept the senator’s phones ringing off the hook in support of this “Heartbeat Bill.”

          Pilate, like our senators, avoided doing what was right by forcing the choice onto others (Roe vs Wade and the Supreme Court). The problem is that the power was his, and the decision was his, just as the “Heartbeat Bill” was a decision for TN senators.

          Pilate played games with the leaders and the crowd; but in truth, he ought to have released Jesus. The Lt. Governor and many of the senators have played their game; but in truth, they ought to have brought this bill to the full floor for a vote. Instead, they refused to get it out of committee, because of the pressure from special-interest groups (aligned with LGBTQ). Pilate played pure politics and avoided his responsibility to do the right thing. Pilate was guilty, because he failed to be honorable and followed pressure from special-interest groups that had no morals. He pretended to wash his hands, but that did not take away the guilt.

          The same is true now. Some can pretend that they are innocent and say it is not in our best interest at this time, but doing what is right is simple. When we have the chance to do good, do it. We as Christians need to stand up and do the right thing. When we stoop to playing pure politics, we cannot stay clean!                     

DON'T JUDGE GOD BY HUMAN STANDARDS by Earl Sutton

 

It has always been a mistake of mankind to try to judge God by our human standards and human wisdom. From our human perspective, some things in the Bible appear to be wrong and foolish. This is only because we try to judge God by our standards and ignore the fact that God doesn’t reason as we do.

          The Bible says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith Jehovah. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

          This is one of the most revealing verses in the entire word of God. God is omniscient and has complete knowledge of the past, the present, and the future. Man is finite and has limited experiences and limited reasoning power. Man cannot see the end from the beginning. It is not in man that walketh to direct his own steps. Those who insist on doing so will find that their lack of wisdom and experience will lead to spiritual destruction. The way of the Lord is perfect, and it leads to eternal life.

          How much higher are the heavens than the earth? This question implies that the heavens where God exists is meant. The heavens mentioned here go on forever. God’s thoughts and ways are that much higher than man.

          In Genesis 2:5-6 is the first mention of rain. The promise of God was that Noah and his family would be saved in the ark. But all of those out of the ark would perish in the flood. Here is an example of the people in that day and time who tried to judge God by human standards. There was no record of rain on the earth before this, but Noah is told to build a huge boat to save his family and the animals upon the earth at that time. Can you imagine the derision that the people had as they laughed at Noah! But their laughter was soon to be drowned out, because they were judging God by a human standard.

          In Numbers 21:4-11, after God had delivered Israel from slavery in Egypt and had given them a law to live by, they murmured (complained) against Him. God, in order to chastise them and bring them to repentance, did this. He sent fiery serpents among them, and they bit the people and many died. The people had no cure for snakebites. God told Moses to make a fiery serpent, put it on a stick, and everyone that was bitten could look upon it and live. From the perspective of mankind that would not work, because it was judging God by human standards. But everyone who was bitten by a snake in the camp of Israel was cured by God’s way, because it was God’s will and it had His power.

          In Joshua 6:3-5, Israel had come out of the wilderness after forty years of wandering. Now they faced the walled, armed, and fortified city of Jericho. God told them that in order to breach the walls and take this city, they were to march around the city for 6 days. But on the 7th day, march around it 7 times, blowing trumpets and shout. From a human standpoint, this was a foolish plan. This is because humans judge God by human standards.

          We don’t have the right to sit in judgment of God and judge His standards by our human standards (Eccl. 12:13).                                                    ---  Earl Sutton, Ed.D.

 

 

DON'T AGRUE WITH GOD! by Earl Sutton

 

When the Leper Naaman sought a cure for his dread disease, he was told by the prophet of God to go dip seven times in the river Jordan (II Kings 5). But Naaman was evidently a proud man and wanted to argue with God. He was a  man of some importance in his own nation of Syria, and he displayed a spirit not unlike some in our society who are pushing an agenda of sin. He said, “Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? May I not wash in them and be clean?” (II Kings 5:12) And the Bible says, “He want away in a rage.” Naaman was insulted and didn’t like God’s plan and began to argue with God!

          It is the same “spirit of Naaman” that the LGBTQ is pushing the foolish transgenderism movement and its concept that gender (sex) is malleable (capable of being altered). Their goal is the destruction of the family unit and traditional marriage between a man and woman. Both the Bible and science clearly refute this lie (Deut. 22:5). Don’t argue with God!

          The Bible is filled with many examples of God’s refusal for man to have or do certain things that are wrong and sinful. Among these is the occasion when men once thought they could build a tower that would reach unto heaven (Gen. 11). Plans were made, work on the tower began, but this was not at all according to God’s will. These people had to deal with God who had the last word, “No.” Don’t argue with God!

          The sin of homosexuality is also not according to God’s will and is going in the wrong direction. Those who practice this sin will also have to take God’s answer of “No” at the final judgment. The punishment of the homosexuals of Sodom and Gomorrah was a complete annihilation. Don’t argue with God!

          We find that on another occasion God said “No” to Pharaoh and the Egyptians when they tried to cross the Red Sea in pursuit of the Israelites (Ex. 14:27). Since they were working against God, they were going in the wrong direction.

          Today in our society, the left-wing states are also going in the wrong direction with late-term abortions that is nothing less than first-degree murder and a license to kill a pre-born child at will. It is the same “Spirit of Pharaoh” we see with those on the left who were fighting against God; but they will lose. Don’t argue with God!

          We see that on another occasion, there was a man by the name of Balaam who pursued a course that was against God’s will. God sent an angel to stand in the path as an adversary against him (Num. 22:24). Don’t argue with God!

          The Quran and Muslims are also pursuing a course that is against God’s will. The Quran promotes brutal violence toward all unbelievers with its false doctrine of hate. It encourages all followers (each and every one) to be violent (Sura 2:191). The Muslim cannot hope to succeed when they go against God’s will. Don’t argue with God!

          On another occasion, God had to say “No” to the Israelites who were trying to take a short-cut to the Land of Canaan (Num. 20:17).  God always knows what is best, and no arrangement of His can be improved upon.

          The Bible makes it clear that national sovereignty includes defined borders (Acts 17:26). It is arguing with God to support open borders. Don’t argue with God!

          We cannot expect any forgiveness from God, unless we walk in the direction He is going.  Even at the judgment, some will try to argue with God (Matt. 7:21-23). Don’t argue with God!

                                                          ---  Earl Sutton, Ed.D.

 

FIGHTING AGAINST GOD by Earl Sutton

 

One of the most noteworthy statements that a non-Christian ever made came from the lips of a man by the name of Gamaliel. He was a member of the Sanhedrin Council, a Pharisee, a doctor of the Law of Moses.

          This man turned the tide in a plot that was underway to kill Peter and John. They were on trial for preaching Christ and the resurrection. They had been put in prison, but a miraculous thing happened. The angel of the Lord, by night, opened the prison doors and brought them out and said, “Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life” (Acts 5:20).

          Their strange release from prison caused quite a reaction among the people. When they were later found teaching in the temple, the captain with the officers brought them out. They were then brought before the Council and asked this question: “Did we not strictly command you that ye should not teach in this name?” (v. 28) The Bible says, “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, ‘We ought to obey God rather than men.’” (V. 29)

          What courage these men had! Because of their loyalty to the word of God, they were now in danger of being put to death. This would, no doubt, have been done had it not been for a speech given by Gamaliel. He said to the Council, “Take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. . .. Refrain from these men and let them alone for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to naught. But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it, lest haply ye be found even to FIGHT  AGAINST  GOD.” (Acts 5:35, 38-39) What reasoning and logic this man Gamaliel had! How sensible was his analysis! What a great truth he spoke!

          Gamaliel was fair-minded enough to suggest that they put this thing to a test. He believed that time would tell whether the work or counsel of Peter and John was of God or of men. Gamaliel didn’t say that this work was of God, but he said, “If it be of God.” The Bible clearly says that not all that claim to be of God are of God” (I John 4:1). Some things, therefore, are definitely of God and some are not of God. Gamaliel warned the members of his Council to proceed with caution, lest they engage in a battle against God.

          To fight against some work of God that the Left is engaged in today (such as homosexuality, transgenderism, pedophilia, lying, stealing, supporting a one world government with the goal of destroying Christianity, the home and the church) is to fight against God Himself! Gamaliel knew that one could not do this and win. In spite of the infinite love and awesome power of God, there are millions today in our society who are fighting against God.

          In view of the fact that we shall all stand before the Lord in judgment, “So then each of us shall give account of himself unto God” (Rom. 14:12), it would be wisdom on our part to ensure we have obeyed Him. It is utter folly and utter recklessness to bypass the words of Christ, for He has promised to judge us by these words (John 12:48).

          We ought to have extreme reverence toward the one who could slay 185,000 of the enemy in one night (II Kings 19) or defeat 135,000 Midianites with only 300 men (Judges 7:2). There is absolutely no future for those who advocate killing babies, promoting sin and persecuting Christians with a flippant attitude toward God.

          Gamaliel gave some very sensible advice, “If it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it.” This simply means you cannot shake it off, cause it to fail, pervert it or dissolve it. May we not in any way be found fighting against God (Matthew 10:28; Romans 3:4).                    

THE REAL MOTIVE by Earl Sutton

 

The Pharisees were determined to get rid of Jesus at any cost! They began to plot how they would tangle him up in things that he said in order to accuse him of being a traitor to the Roman Government.

          The Pharisees’ real motive was completely evil; because Jesus was supporting a new religion, and their law was being replaced by it. “Then went the Pharisees and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk” (Matthew 22:15). They asked, “Tell us, is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not” (v. 17)? The way the Pharisees had it figured, anyway Jesus answered he would offend a great many people. If he answered, yes, the zealots would be offended. If he answered, no, the Sadducees would be offended, but Jesus perceived their wickedness and said, “Why make ye trial of me, ye hypocrites” (v. 18). Jesus knew their thoughts and intents and called them hypocrites, because they were pretending to ask a sincere question, but their real motive was ulterior and evil!

          The Democratic party, now controlled by globalists who are pushing a one world government, is determined to get rid of President Trump at any cost. They are plotting how they can win the next election. They accuse him of showing a lack of spirit for the humanitarian crisis at our border by not letting illegal immigrants into our country. The Democratic party is now, as a matter of policy, calling for the legalization of all illegals in this country, which would amount to the citizenship voting rights of at least 22 million new voters.

          Yale University has just released a study that shows the actual number of illegal aliens in this country is not 11 million but is actually over 22 million. The real motive of the Democrats who support illegal immigration and open borders in our country is to rig the next election in their favor. This is pure hypocrisy because 98% of them opposed this from 2012-2016, and the Bible strongly condemns this two-faced action of pretending one thing and doing another.

          House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has revealed in an interview exactly why the Democrats want open borders and illegal aliens to be able to come into our country freely. It is to rig the next election for her party. The false front of helping a “humanitarian crisis” is completely bogus. It is a fact that the largest margin in American presidential history was 17 million votes in the 1984 election between Mondale and Reagan. The left knows that if you can add 22 million to our voter rolls, it would win them elections for many years to come.

          This is what the illegal controversy is all about. It has absolutely nothing to do with making our country better, serving our labor needs or helping poor people from other countries. It is strictly about putting the Democratic party in power forever in order to bring in a new world order by globalists.

          The real crisis in America at the present time is the Democratic party pushing this one world government concept which would do away with our Constitution and religious freedom. The American people and all Christians need to come together, stand up for America’s values, the church, home, and family which are under attack by the radical left.

          In the last election, 54 million evangelical Christians stayed home. If Christians will show up and vote our values, we can turn this country around.