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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT BORDERS? by Earl Sutton

 

In Ezekiel 22:30, “And I sought for a man among them, who would build a wall and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none.” In all of the land of Israel, there was no man, nor any group of men who had the courage to stand up for righteous living.

          Not one of the last five presidents (Bush Sr., Obama, Bush Jr., Clinton and Carter) have had the leadership skills to solve the immigration problem. Every single one has kicked the can down the road. Only President Trump has had the courage to stand up against the globalists who are pushing a one world government with open borders to destroy our sense of nationality and classify us as citizens of the world.

          This wicked plan cheapens the idea of the American identity and culture. As we watch this utter humanitarian disaster unfold on our southern border, a man-made disaster being pushed and controlled by globalists, it is time to gain more insight from the Bible.

          We learn from the Bible that borders were God’s idea, and one is not to be crossed without permission. Crossing a border without permission is like breaking in the back door of a house to help yourself to all the goodies instead of being invited in by the owners through the front door. You might get to eat either way, in the same house and from the same cupboard, but in one case you would be doing something that will land you in jail. If you come invited, you will be following the rule of law.

          The Bible makes it crystal clear that national sovereignty, including defined borders, is God’s idea. In Acts 17:26, we read, “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.” Paul’s point here is that God guides the history of all men and nations. All men come from one source, from God Himself. All men have the same blood, different from animal blood. God shows no partiality to one person over another.

          Paul says that all men and nations are determined a time to live and are given an exact place within which to live. God rules over all, guiding, directing and keeping everyone within certain bounds. Two things we are told by this scripture, we are under God’s sovereign control, how long a nation lasts and where its borders are.

          The verb translated, “having determined,” is the Greek verb “horizo” from which we get the word, “Horizon.” It means to mark out or to define. So, God has marked out and defined the borders of each country. Our southern border is there by God’s design. To disregard it, to treat it as if it were not there, to regard it as something not worth respecting and defending is an insult to the God who put it there for our benefit. Each nation’s sovereignty is marked by its borders, and each nation has the moral right to decide who will be given permission to enter its sovereign territory.

          My friends, borders are biblical and are there by God’s sovereign design. Borders are to be respected by everyone including the radical left who are pushing a one world government with open borders.