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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

LEGACY OF LIES AND DECEIT by Earl Sutton

 

Obama, after eight years in office, leaves America more divided than when he arrived. His legacy will be a combination of being bitterly hostile to Christianity and traditional American values. His legacy will be that of snake-oil salesman with a set of very radical beliefs and who surrounded himself with like-minded aides.

            Obama told big lies during his “Farewell” speech and rambled about his legacy and how great he was for our country. He bragged about reversing a great recession and his longest stretch of job creation in our history. Actually, he was responsible for the weakest recovery in American history by increasing the national debt $9 trillion. He bragged that he won marriage equality. Actually, he opposed same-sex marriage until his 2012 re-election campaign. It was Anthony Kennedy and his vote on the Supreme Court that won the so-called marriage equality issue.

            Obama bragged that health care costs are under control. Actually, healthcare premiums have skyrocketed under Obamacare. He bragged that race relations have improved under him. Actually, they have gotten markedly worse over the last eight years.

            Obama bragged about his “scandal-free” presidency which was the biggest lie that he told during the farewell speech. He operated the Fast and Furious program to use straw purchasers to arm the Mexican drug lords.  His so-called scandal -free presidency included the selective targeting of conservative groups by the politicized Internal Revenue Service. He allowed Hillary Clinton to use a secret server for State Department classified documents. The infamous pallet of cash to Iran, he claimed, wasn’t a ransom for kidnapped Americans. Our Libyan Ambassador and three other Americans were allowed to die in Benghazi. (He didn’t want anything to interfere with his re-election.)

            What kind of legacy will you and your mate leave? Will it be lasting? Or, will you leave behind only tangible items, buildings, money and/or possessions?

            The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to invest his life in faithful men who would be able to pass God’s truth on to the next generation. “And the things which thou hast heard from me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (II Tim. 2:2). Paul wanted Timothy to leave a good legacy (spiritual rather than material) by him teaching faithful men the truth, which he had heard from Paul’s preaching. These faithful men were to teach others also. What a spiritual legacy to leave behind.

            It is our privilege as Christians to hear the gospel, and it is our responsibility to teach it to others.  Teaching others the gospel is leaving a spiritual legacy behind.

            Jesus tells us how to leave a good spiritual legacy behind in His story of the soils and the seed in Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. He turned the spotlight of His divine insight on the question, “Why do men not respond to the gospel?” He gave the parable of the soils--  wayside ground, rocky ground, thorny ground and good ground. Here is a grain of wheat (the gospel), and you drop it into the good soil (very receptive hearts). It will bring forth a stalk of wheat on which there are 100 more grains. Could this mean that in the course of our lifetime, one person could influence 100 people to become Christians?  What a good spiritual legacy to leave behind!