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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

GENDER INCLUSIVE MOVEMENT GROWING by Earl Sutton

There are now 24 states with 69 congregations of the Lord’s church that allow women to preach and teach in direct opposition to God’s plan. Those six churches in Tennessee that have registered as gender inclusive are 4th Avenue, Franklin; Maury Hill in Columbia; Otter Creek in Brentwood; Stones River in Murfreesboro; Sycamore View in Memphis, and Woodmont Hills in Nashville.

            Their rambling and out-of-context argument goes something like this: We are all priests, both men and women, and; therefore, equal to enter into the presence of God. We are all ministers and as such equal to do what our spiritual gifts determine. The Spirit has given speaking gifts to women, and God is no distinguisher of persons to tell a woman she cannot use her gifts.

            What does the Bible have to say on this subject? God’s wisdom is far above the wisdom of radical feminism where this movement had its beginning. Liberal elders follow along in disobedience to God as did Nadab and Abihu

            The Bible warns us about those who would distort the word of God, that those who are “unlearned and unstable wrestle the scriptures, unto their own destruction” (II Peter 3:16).

            There is not any direct account in all of the New Testament of any woman preaching! The Bible is very clear and specific on this issue that women are not permitted by God’s authority to preach, wait on the Lord’s table, lead prayers, lead singing or in any way usurp authority over the man. “Let a woman learn in quietness with all subjection. But I “permit not a woman to teach nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness” (I Tim. 2:11-13). (Quietness -- Greek noun, hesychia, means stillness. From Greek verb , hesuchago, which means refrain from speech, hold one’s peace, be quiet)

            What does the scripture mean here? She is to serve the Lord in a spirit of quietness (hesuchago) and submissiveness. Why? In consequence to Eve’s sin, there would be hardship in bearing children, and her husband would rule over her in the home and in the church (Genesis 3:16).

            God’s plan has made the leadership of the church and leaders in worship to be male which includes elders, deacons, and preachers. Why? This was God’s punishment to Eve, because she seized the leadership role to be first in disobeying God and then tempting Adam to sin! “For Adam was first formed, then Eve, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression” (I Tim. 2:13-14). She became the leader and led Adam into sin rather than following him into righteousness. God’s sentence upon Eve doesn’t imply lesser worth, intelligence or ability. The fact that women are not authorized to preach or teach publicly does not suggest inferiority or a second-class status in the church, but it is simply God’s plan.

            The radical feminists in our society today spew hate with passages in the New Testament which teach the wife’s submission to her husband (Eph. 5:22; I Cor. 14:34).  The radical feminist activists see the gender-based role distinctions in the Bible as being oppressive and unfair to women. Their pursuit for equality has evolved into a pursuit for sameness in the church also. The goal of radical feminists is to redefine the structure of the home, family and the church.  Christian women should follow God’s plan and learn in a spirit of quietness and submissiveness in worship without being disruptive, arguing, grumbling, griping and complaining.