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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

FAKE TEARS -- A SIGN OF DECEIT by Earl Sutton

The apostle Paul tells us not to let anyone deceive us with empty words that are filled with errors (Eph. 5:6).

            Recently Obama went on TV using fake tears for his anti-gun control laws. He stared directly into the lens and raised his hand to wipe his left eye and suddenly sheds tears! If you watch carefully, you will notice that he wipes downward, across the lid, then runs his finger along the whole bottom rim. If you look even more closely, his eye is dry, completely lacking dampness, then he wipes away tears. Finally, a tear drops out of the right eye. Mission accomplished; camera got the shot and as fast as tears came, they disappeared. 

            How did he manage the tearful performance? The article, “How to Cry-- An Actor’s Guide to Crying and Tears,” sheds light on this subject. A dab of Vicks Vapor rub or similar menthol-laced product will do the trick.

            Now, let’s get into some more deceit. Michael LaVaughn Robinson, born 1/17/64, had surgery (reassignment) at John Hopkins University Hospital on 1/13/83 as documented by researcher Matthew B. Glasser. When the American people find out about Barack and Michelle’s charade, their deceitfulness will turn to real tears while being exposed by the truth.

            This reminds me that the Devil is a deceiver like Obama, who will tell us with fake tears in his eyes, that one church is as good as another; and you can be saved outside the church. What does the Bible say? Jesus said, “I will build my church” (Matt. 16:18). In Ephesians 5:25 we are told that, “Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it.” It is further stated that he purchased the church with his own blood (Acts 20:28). God authorized only His son to build the church, and others have no divine approval to do so. Rather Christ said, “Every plant which my heavenly father hath not planted, shall be rooted up” (Matt. 15:13).

            The   Devil is a deceiver, like Obama with fake tears in his eyes, who will say that if you are sincere and honest, it doesn’t make any difference about one’s religion. “What difference does it make” about the church one belongs to, if he/she is honestly endeavoring to serve God?

            Does it make any difference about what one believes? Surely, there must be a difference! When it comes to material things of this life, we say that it makes a difference. There is a difference when we purchase an insurance policy, about the premium, the benefits, or exclusions. There is a difference when we build a house concerning the plans, specifications and blueprints.

            There are many Bible examples which answer the question, “Does it make any difference?” In I Kings 13, we have a conclusive answer to this most important question. There was an older prophet who deceived a younger prophet, but the younger prophet had to pay the penalty for his disobedience to God. The point is the belief of a proposition, though honest and sincere, does not make it right.

            The ideology that if we are sincere in our spiritual activities, God will approve of our conduct and bless us accordingly. Inspiration declares: “There is a way which seems right to a man, but the ends thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

            Sincerity and honesty are not sufficient (Acts 23:1; 26:9-10). Honesty is necessary in spiritual matters, but by itself, divorced from true obedience, has no redeeming power.