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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

WHY DO WALLS AND BORDERS MATTER? by Earl Sutton

 

Only walled cities could be defended successfully against attacks by enemies of God’s people wanting to enter into Jerusalem during the time of Nehemiah. Enemies of the wall tried to stop the building of walls realizing it would give security and protection to the Israelites living in Judea.  Living in Jerusalem prior to the rebuilding of the wall was regarded as to be so dangerous that very few people lived in the city itself. “Now the city was large and great, but the people were few there in, and the houses were not built” (Neh. 7:14).

          During the time from the return of 50,000, who returned along with Zerubbabel in 536 B.C., and about 1,750 with Ezra in 458 B.C., the Jews had lived in the surrounding cities and villages. Any concentration of Jewish homes in the ruins of Jerusalem during this time would have met with the same type of resistance which Nehemiah had to contend with in 445 B.C. when he led the last group of exiles home and rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem.

          After the city walls had been erected and brought to completion in less than two months (52 days), an effort was begun to move people from the country into the city. Lots were cast and every tenth person was required to move (Neh. 11:1).

          Why do walls and borders matter? Borders are a physical representation of when good ideas begin (security) and when bad ideas start (illegal voting). If you don’t believe this, just ask East and West Germany or North and South Koreans. If you believe in open borders, you do not believe in the physical delineation of where good ideas start and where bad ideas start. The wall is also important because of a fairness and sovereignty issue.

          We are not Mexico. We have a unique culture, and the globalists pushing the one world government concept have the goal of destroying our sense of nationality, that we are no longer Americans but citizens of the world. To push the open borders issue by globalists and push the idea that we should have some kind of transferable citizenship, cheapens the idea of the American identity and culture.

          To the people who have waited in line legally and the millions of immigrants who have flown or sailed halfway across the world to come into this country legally, we need to build the wall!

          What is the difference between a looking glass and a fool? The looking glass reflects without speaking, and the foolish speaks without reflecting on facts. The bottom line is that those on the left speak without reflecting on facts and have an aversion to facts, especially when it doesn’t fit their narrative. We need to deal with facts in regard to building a southern border wall.

          An illegal alien in the state of Arizona is twice as likely to commit a crime versus a natural-born citizen, Fact!  Ninety % (90%) of all heroin and fentanyl comes across the southern border without a wall, Fact! Over 10,000 kids are illegally sex trafficked across the southern border every single year, Fact! We have 56,000 illegal immigrants in our Federal prison system, Fact! One hundred thirty-five billion dollars ($135 billion) a year is the financial burden on the U.S. taxpayer that illegal immigrants drain from our system, Fact! When you put these facts all together, it is a very compelling argument that we have some serious problems with our southern border.

          We need to build a wall high and wide with a big door so everyone can come in legally.