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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

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.

                                                         

ARE WOMEN TO KEEP SILENT IN THE CHURCH? by Earl Sutton

 

I Corinthians 14:26-40 throws a great deal of light upon the assembly of the early church. First, Paul is stressing order and dignity. Second, the primary purpose for worship is to bring glory to God, edify and teach His followers.       The subject is the place of tongues and prophecy in the church. The rules are given to control the assembly services.

          The guiding principle, spiritual gifts, is to be used in the church only to edify and teach people (v. 26). Speaking in tongues is to be limited, and there must be an interpreter (v. 27-28). Prophecy is to be limited and discerned (v. 29-33). Women are to keep silent in the church and are not to exercise the gift of tongues or prophecy in the church assembly (v. 34-35).

          It seems the Corinthian Christians had allowed women with the gift of tongues and/or prophecy to speak in the church worship assembly. It seems that they thought they had the right to modify God’s law laid out in Genesis 3:16. (Also, see I Timothy 2:11-14). In matters of the church, God has decreed that men must be the leaders.

          Paul teaches the rule for women in the assembly of the church, “Let the woman keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak: but let them be in subjection, as also saith the law” (v. 34). In the churches (en tais ekkl-siais) means in the formal assembly when the entire church is present. This command is very clear. No person has an excuse for misunderstanding it. Women are to subject themselves to men during the worship assembly.

          Women preachers and women taking leadership roles in the worship service fly in the face of this instruction. Certainly, this verse does not mean that women are never to be heard in the church. If women are never to speak, how could they sing or make a public confession. It is clear that Paul was attempting to correct women who were speaking in tongues or prophesying during the assembly and causing chaotic conditions. Also, some of the women were asking questions during the assembly and disrupting the speakers. For that situation, women were told to wait and ask their husband at home. Paul is telling them that they are not to exercise the gift of tongues or prophecy in the main assembly.

             In interpreting verses 34 and 35, we must keep in mind the context of I Corinthians 14. To lift these verses out of context and say that a woman cannot speak in a Bible class (which is an informal setting) violates scriptures. Paul’s point in this matter is because some women were competing with men for time to speak in tongues or prophesy. Paul is telling them to calm down and keep quiet to bring order to the church assembly. Verses 34 and 35 are directed both to the local problem of the Corinthians and to any other church where women or men were abusing the gift of tongues. Gifts of tongues and prophecies were for instruction and building up of the faith.

          It would be wrong to take these words of Paul out of the context for which they were written and make them a universal rule that disallows women from participating in a class discussion during Bible study. Paul’s exhortation to the women involves that they keep silent in the church worship assembly, for it was improper for a woman to speak in the worship assembly.

          Paul’s final charge concerning spiritual gifts involved that they desire earnestly to prophesy while not forbidding to speak in tongues. However, let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner.

          The admonition to us is do not take a general principle and make it into an iron-clad rule for the church by taking the scriptures out of context.

                                                      

FOOLISHNESS ABOUT GENDERS by Earl Sutton

 

In the Bible we find that there is no evidence to support the foolish transgender movement and its concept that gender/sex is malleable (capable of being altered or controlled). The scriptures clearly say, “A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the Lord your God” (Deut. 22:5).

          The big question in our society 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. Christians can no longer sit quietly on the sidelines of this issue. Our society now makes gender malleable, and thus creates an environment in which the reproductive organs of a newborn do not validate the sex of the child.

          This question of transgenderism foolishness has now become a matter of right and wrong, truth versus lie. The issue should be based, not upon emotions or feelings, but wholly upon facts.

          My question, “Are sex and gender the same thing?” The terms sex and gender are used interchangeably in our daily conversations. The term, sex, refers to the biological and physical differences between men and women. The term, gender, refers to their characteristics, behaviors and role expectations. It seems as if the majority of society believes that gender is malleable is because of the mainstream media, controlled by the political left, is pushing this false doctrine. This view has some very serious contradictions. 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. It is about time that science stepped up and dropped a bombshell on the transgender myth.

A former psychiatrist at John Hopkins Hospital has revealed the truth about the transgender myth that the left is pushing to destroy the family. Dr. McHugh unleashed some very compelling scientific facts that, “It’s biologically false that one can change his/her sex.” The truth of the matter is transgender men do not become women nor do transgender women become men. All that have sex changes become feminized men or masculinized women which are counterfeits or impersonators of the sex with which they identify.

Dr. McHugh was psychiatrist-in-chief at John Hopkins Hospital for 26 years and pioneered sex-change surgery and later ceased the practice. He stressed the idea that one’s sex is fluid and a matter of choice. He later said, “This is extremely damaging to young people.” He said that those who wish to change their gender suffer from a psychotic condition and not an accident at birth. He further stated that “gender dysphoria” belongs in the family of disordered assumptions about the body. Its treatment should not be directed at the body, as with surgery and hormones, but should be considered a mental disorder.

          The bottom line is that it’s not nice to fool mother nature. The truth is that the transgender movement is a part of the gay agenda to destroy God’s design for the family. This campaign is designed to confuse the masses, especially young people on sexuality. 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.

          The reckless disregard for this mental disorder in favor of enforcing preferred pronouns is completely foolish! We must train our children by the basic principles of biology and let them know and clearly understand that their gender is based upon their sex, which is one and the same.

          Approximately 0.6% of society is transgender. We are to love them, but love does not mean we must tolerate error.

                                                         

THE IRON RULE OF LIFE by Earl Sutton

 

Our society has a large segment of both believers in God and those who are not believers. That is where we are in our country today. We are fraught with constant competition of good vs evil, right vs wrong. How believers and disbelievers behave differently can be clearly seen in our government today. The reason why people behave differently is because of their belief system.

          If you believe that God is the Supreme Lawgiver, that means God provides the ethical, social, political, cultural and legal standards for life. Then you are likely to believe that there are absolute universal standards and moral absolutes applicable to everyone, and you will be in subjection and obey God’s commandments. Also, you will want everyone else in your community to abide by His commandments, because it will provide uniformity within society.  In contrast to moral relativists whose worldview is secular (humanism), the believer’s worldview provides a solid standard, and authority can be confidently followed.

          The Bible says that God, Himself, is absolute and unchanging (Heb. 13:8). Because He is absolute, the morals which He reveals to us in the Bible are also absolute, since they are based on His character. It is always wrong for anyone to kill babies, as the left is doing and gloating over it, merely because the babies are an inconvenience.

          It is also wrong to engage in pedophilia, torture, and Satanic rituals using children. Pedophilia is now being portrayed as normal behavior. It is always wrong to lie, kill, steal and engage in immoral behavior, as the left is doing; because they are non-believers in God. On the other hand, if you do not believe in the existence of God, then you are likely to think that there are no absolute, universal standards and moral absolutes; and you will not obey His commandments. Without God, law and ethics are considered relative, situational and autonomous. Your personal ethical standards may easily shift to fluctuating political values of a permissive society driven by political correctness.

          In analyzing the behavior of people, one discovers that most all of our human behavior and beliefs fall into about three groups. The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-28) illustrates the working of these three rules of life. First is the Iron Rule of Life. The thieves who stripped this man, wounded him and departed, were living by the Iron Rule of Life  --  might makes right. Simply stated, do unto others what you would not want them to do unto you!  This is the pagan law of the jungle, and you viciously do unto others whatever you may wish as long as it serves your own purpose. The left is living by this rule that political power makes right. Ahab and Jezebel lived by this rule (I Kings 21:1-6). Cain lived by this rule (Gen. 4:8). The liar, deceiver, one who steals, one who kills are living by the Iron Rule of Life.

          Secondly, the priest and Levite were living by the Silver Rule of Life. Do not do unto others what you would not want them to do to you. This rule would forbid you from speaking out against evil in our society (blindly following political correctness). It is absolutely silent on standing up for the truth and refraining from hurting anyone’s feelings.

          Thirdly, the Samaritan lived by the Golden Rule of Life (which Christians must live by)  --  do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Matt. 7:12). He had compassion on the poor man, ministered to him, took him to an inn and paid for his care. If you believe that there is no God, then you will not be motivated toward godly living.

          To turn individuals and societies from wickedness to righteousness requires knowledge of God and following the Golden Rule of Life.

                                                        

A PRAYER OF FAITH FOR OUR NATION by Earl Sutton

 

If Christians really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we would be speechless. It is quite evident, both in the teaching of Jesus and in the life which He lived, that He believed in prayer. The people whom Jesus left behind believed in prayer. Midway in the ministry of Jesus, an incident occurred of which we read about, “And it came to pass as He was praying in a certain place, that when He ceased, one of the disciples said unto Him, Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). Jesus gave them the model prayer in Matthew 6:9-13.

          There is now a group of Christians organizing a time to pray every evening at 8:00 P.M., Central time, from one to five minutes, and pray especially for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation.

          From a biblical standpoint, the scriptures teach us that prayer should be addressed to God and offered through the name of Christ (John 14:14). Our prayers should contain praise for God, include thanksgiving, confession of sins, request for those four things mentioned above (which are underlined).

          In order for our prayers to be heard, they must be prayed in faith (Matt. 21:22). A faith in God’s promise that He will hear our prayers. For without faith, our prayers have no assurance of being heard. A second basic requirement is that the one who prays must be living a life of humble obedience to God (John 15:7). “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” Notice how big an “IF” is involved. If ye abide in Christ and if His teaching abides in us, He promises to answer our prayers.

          There is also a passage in the final chapter of the book of James which has instructions concerning prayer (James 5:13-18). While it may not be possible to prove conclusively to a person who is a skeptic or a doubter that prayers are answered, when you turn to those who know, to Christ, the apostles, and others mentioned in God’s word, we have the assurance that prayers will be answered. God has promised that when faithful Christians pray, He will cause things to happen that would not have happened otherwise. God has promised to hear and to respond, according to His infinite wisdom, to the petitions of His children. God doesn’t always say yes, but He does give an answer to every Christian’s prayer.

          Would you join me in prayer at this time. Heavenly Father, in whom we live, move and have our very being, we thank thee for all the many blessings of life, both temporal and spiritual. We humbly ask that You look into our hearts and forgive us of any sin that we have committed, both omission and commission. We pray at this time if it be in accordance to thy will that you will keep America safe from the enemies who are trying to destroy her. We pray that you will continue to bless America. We know that You can save a nation through one person, Esther, and spare a multitude through the prayers of Moses. Help us as Christians to cry out against the evils going on in our society – the evils of abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, corruption in government, adversity against Christians, killing the innocent babies, and the horrible abuse of children put into the sex industry. We pray for our troops that you will look over them, guard and guide them safely. We pray for our citizens that they may come to realize that righteousness exalts a nation and sin is a reproach to any people. We pray for a return to a Godly nation and realize that America’s hope lies in these words, “If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then you will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.” We close by praying for our president, his safety and his ability to defeat the evil powers working against us,  our nation, and everything that is moral and decent. In the name of Christ, we pray, Amen.                                                       

EMPTY DECEPTION by Earl Sutton

 

The Colossians are an example of believers who were in danger of buying into an empty deception. The Apostle Paul warned that they were being presented with religious philosophies that looked good on the surface, but when examined, they were found to be hallow and empty of truth. “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit” (Col. 2:8).       

          The Colossian Christians were in danger of being carried into captivity by the false philosophy of Gnosticism, so they would become slaves to spiritual darkness. The basic characteristic of this philosophy was it was after the teaching of men, not the word of God. This vain philosophy taught one had to believe in Christ and obey the gospel but added this philosophy that they needed something more than Christ in order to be saved. Paul denied this and taught all that one needs to be saved is Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:16).

         America is also in danger of buying into an empty deception concerning who controls this country. The truth behind the real political power in America is not what it appears to be. Our entire democratic system is not what it appears to be. One of the ruling elite, the Rothschild Family is one of the wealthiest families on earth with assets of at least $500 trillion. They, along with other ruling elite, control the globalist movement pushing a one world government with their front man, George Soros.

         These ruling elite control our central bank in the United States (Federal Reserve) and have control of every bank in the world except Cuba, Iran and North Korea. They control the deep state and have total control and ownership of our mainstream media. They have controlled almost every president for at least one hundred years. President John F. Kennedy was elected by the ruling elite, because his father, Joseph P. Kennedy, was one of them. JFK and brother Bobby learned how deep their tentacles reached and planned to get rid of the Federal Reserve. They both lost their lives as a result of turning on the ruling elite.

          They have an unlimited amount of money and power. They can manipulate any country and its leaders including the USA. They control the top layers of the CIA, FBI, big banks, major corporations, many long-term members of Congress, and high-level judges (including the Supreme Court).

          They are now working overtime to erode our Constitution and destabilize our government for their own corrupt purposes of a one world government. They are trying to divide America using race, gender, religion, social class, and education.

          You might think that they would choose to remain in the shadows running their criminal activities of drug trafficking, gun trafficking, human trafficking and human organ trafficking. Their goal is a plan to eliminate all threats to their survival, which includes closed borders. Their ultimate goal is the one world government, under their control through the United Nations. They are dismantling cultures, borders, and national identity under the guise of social justice by creating a false narrative of racism, colonialization and capitalism to destabilize and corrupt our society. When we don’t accept this, they call us intolerant and other names to shame us into silence.

          The deep state joined with the Muslim Brotherhood and was able to get Obama elected president. During his term, with Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, our military secrets and classified information were leaked to our enemies.

          We, as the Apostle Paul said, are in danger of being carried into captivity by a false system becoming slaves to darkness. Let us ask God’s help to support our President and get us out of this corruption and deception (Ezekiel 22:25).                                   

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO PARTAKE UNWORTHILY? by Earl Sutton

 

 

For nearly 2,000 years, Christians have assembled each Lord’s Day to worship God in the manner described in the New Testament. Eating the Lord’s Supper is one of the five avenues of worship taught in the scriptures.

          Perhaps the most meaningful of all the passages in the New testament concerning the Lord’s Supper is found in I Cor. 11:23-30. After having established the church at Corinth and having given the Christians oral instructions concerning this memorial meal, the Apostle Paul wrote those words.

          First, there is the retrospective look, “This do in remembrance of me (v. 24). The Lord’s Supper is a period of several minutes each Lord’s Day in which we Christians look back to the life of our Lord and contemplate His love and sacrifice for us.

          In the second place, there is the prospective look, “Ye proclaim the Lord’s death till he comes” (v. 26). The Lord’s Supper is to be eaten by Christians, those who not only remember that their Lord dies to make possible their salvation, but who also look forward to His eventual coming again.

          What does it mean to partake of the supper unworthily? “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily (Greek word “anaxious” meaning treating it as a common meal) shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.”      (v. 27) The words of warning were written to cause each Christian to realize the seriousness which attends the eating of this memorial meal. It is to be done reverently and thoughtfully, never carelessly and idly. During the time of the eating of the Lord’s Supper, every Christian should make a supreme effort to be sure that he/she is worshipping acceptably.

          What does it mean? Some have thought that the passage refers to a person who has lived a sinful life during the recent past, and that he/she should not partake of the Lord’s Supper. In this passage, Paul is speaking directly to the Corinthians who were guilty of partaking of the Lord’s Supper with a spirit of division (v. 18), factions (v. 19), selfishness in indulgence (v. 21), neglecting the poor (v. 21) unthoughtfulness and carelessness in approaching the Lord’s Supper. This list seems to indicate that having sin within one’s heart and life is what is meant by partaking unworthily. But this verse does not have reference to the life of the one partaking, but to the manner of the actual eating of the Lord’s Supper itself.

          Not to discern (diakrino, means to separate thoroughly) or think of Christ and His death for us while eating the Lord’s Supper is the sin being warned against in this verse. The manner in which the individual partakes of the Lord’s Supper is the message in this verse.

          The Lord’s Supper is a witness of the great sacrifice of all ages. “But let a man examine (dokimazo, process of proving) himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” (v. 28) As one prepares to partake of the Lord’s Supper, he/she should examine themselves and make sure that they approach it as a memorial to the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord  --  not a common meal.

          It is true, however, that the Christian who has fallen into sin does need to repent genuinely and pray for God’s forgiveness before he/she comes to the Lord’s Table. When this is done, he/she needs to come and partake; because this person, above all things, needs the spiritual strength that this Supper provides.

                                               

FIRST DEGREE MURDER by Earl Sutton

 

Roe vs Wade has been the most wicked decision in U.S. history with the aftermath of 63 million babies have been aborted/murdered. Even the leftist Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is now missing in action in the Supreme Court, earlier said, “Roe was a heavy-handed judicial intervention which was difficult to justify.”

          In New York and Virginia and other liberal states, the state governments are working to loosen restrictions on late-term abortion up to just before the baby is born. The action of this expansion of abortion rights leads directly to first-degree murder of a human being.

          At present, the Supreme Court’s decision allows judges across the country to block abortion restrictions using nebulous standards, such as whether they impose a “substantial burden” on a woman’s right to obtain an abortion. When leaders pass a law to legally kill a baby on the day it is to be born and it’s celebrated, this is morally repugnant.

          These Democratic bills in these liberal states have the goal to shore up that existing framework and ensure that abortion rights remain available even late in pregnancy, no matter what happens to the makeup of Federal courts. These wicked bills seek to erase limits on abortion, portray it as routine health care and glorify it as a good social measure. Most OB/GYN physicians argue that late in a pregnancy is killing a healthy fetus and is never required to save a mother’s life. To argue for abortion on the grounds of fetal abnormality, amounts to defending the selective killing of a human being with disabilities or terminal illnesses.

          A Gallup polling from 2018 found that only 13% of Americans favor making third-trimester abortions legal. Democrats are exposing an uncomfortable reality. They embrace abortion as a woman’s right to end the life of her fetus at any stage. This is why the abortion-rights movement has long relied upon euphemisms to obscure the unpleasant truth about the right they advocate.  Phrases like women’s rights, right to choose, and reproductive freedom, along with the dismissive jargon like clumps of cells cannot cover up murder.

          The Bible doesn’t use the term abortion. It is a modern-day term used for ending a pregnancy prematurely. But the Bible does speak of birth, unborn children and the value of life. Most arguments concerning abortion deal with a woman’s right to choose. What is missing is the right of the child within her. Is the fetus a person? If so, any abortion is killing an innocent life  --  first-degree murder.

          What does the Bible say about babies in the womb? The Bible refers to the life that is in the womb by the same Greek word that describes a child who has been born and is outside the womb. Before the child is born, we read, “And it came to pass that when Elisabeth heard the salvation of Mary, the baby (brephos) leaped in her womb” (Luke 1:41). After the child is born, the Bible uses the same Greek word, “And they came with haste and found Mary, Joseph and the babe (brephos) lying in a manger” (Luke 2:13).

          My point here is that life that is in the womb is the same as a life outside the womb. The unborn is a person which is proven by God’s word. (Psalm 139:12-16; Jeremiah 1:5) Christians need to apply some common sense to this issue. If you went to your doctor and asked him/her to remove your healthy leg, do you think he/she would do this? No! In fact, the doctor would do all that is possible to save your leg, even if it were unhealthy for some reason. Yet, that is exactly what abortion does. It removes healthy, living tissue which is a living human being for no reason except it will be inconvenient for the birth mother.

          Human life is sacred, and only God has the right to give and take life. Abortion is a grave sin that cries to heaven for vengeance!  

THE EPITOME OF PURE EVIL by Earl Sutton

 

Rehoboam, son of Solomon and rightful successor to his father’s throne, demonstrated his utter unworthiness and incapacity to reign over his people by his stupid and foolish decision to increase the burden of the people rather than provide relief for them (I Kings 12:1-20). As a result, ten of the twelve tribes rebelled; and Jeroboam became their spokesman and later was crowned their king.

          Jeroboam was the epitome of pure evil and one of the most wicked kings of all times. Twenty-three (23) times, he was said to have caused Israel to sin. The first thing he did in his evil reign was to change the place of worship. The Law of Moses required every male Israelite to go to Jerusalem three times a year, on the occasion of the great feasts (Deut. 12:11). To keep them away from Jerusalem, he made two calves of gold and put one in Bethel and one in Dan.

          The second thing he did in his evil reign was to substitute the house of worship from the Temple to houses of high places to conduct idolatrous rites that he had instituted. The third thing which he did in his evil reign was to change the priesthood and allow his authorized non-priests to serve. The Bible says, “After this thing, Jeroboam returned not from his evil way” (I Kings 13:33). Again and again, we are reminded in the history of the kings of Israel that they followed in the steps of Jeroboam and his purely evil plans and kept adding sin to sin!

          Today, we clearly see the left radical party keep adding sin to sin and are the epitome of pure evil. The globalists and left-wing party working together are attempting to white-wash God and religion from American history. They are using our biased mainstream media, which they own to manufacture a consensus to transition our country from American values to their immoral values and agendas. This includes trying to change our national identity with acts of persecution pointed at our deep-rooted spiritual beliefs.

          We must defend the truth of God’s word and stand up against the evils of abortion, homosexuality, normalizing pedophilia and transgenderism. Planned Parenthood, radical feminists movement (pro-abortion), LGBT, ideology of Islam are eroding our Constitution to destabilize our government, and open borders to destroy national sovereignty.

          Transgenderism is an attempt to overthrow the moral order in our society that exists between male and female. The bottom line is the destruction of gender distinctions which will inevitably dissolve the family. If the pure evil transgender distinction is enacted into law, it will cause the traditional marriage between a man and woman to be obsolete.

          We are in a battle to save this country. The forces of evil (radical left, deep state) are fighting against the forces of good (Christians and anyone who supports moral purity, honesty and freedoms). The time to protect the infringement of our religious freedom is now, because for far too long our religious leaders have given a free pass to evil and evil doing in our society.

          There is a moral difference between the radical left and the conservative right. Those on the left keep adding sin after sin. Those on the right try to follow the moral high road and abide by the principles of God’s word.