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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

Controversy to Change AD/BC Calendar - Earl Sutton


Christians have used the labels A.D. for the Latin “Anno Domini” meaning in the year of our Lord, and B.C. for “Before Christ” to designate calendrical years for hundreds of years. This portrays human history as directly relative to Christ. This dating system was proposed by the monk, Dionysius Exiguus, in the year 525, and he never stated a date for Jesus’ birth!

    Now this AD/BC system has become an affront to non-Christians, liberals, secularists, and Muslims because of its religious significance to Christ!  They argue that Christians need to leave behind the AD/BC dating system, because it perpetuates the stereotype that we are arrogant and insist upon couching all of human history including non-Christians and Islamists into our religious claims.  They also argue every time Christians insist upon the AD/BC dating system, we impose our own relative dating system upon our society!

    Muslins insist that their rights are being violated, because of our Christian dating system. They believe that we are in year 1430 (AH-Anno Haiiri of the prophet Muhammad). The Muslim calendar is based on year of the heigira, the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina.

    Non-Christians insist that the Bible is a figment of our imagination, and AD/BC dating system is wrong.

    Liberals insist that we need something new and different such as the CE/BCE dating system in order to be politically correct. The reason that this system is needed in our modern world of scientific reason and religious plurality is to please everyone. This system CE (Common Era) and BCE (Before Common Era) would eliminate Christ from the calendar!

    Just using common sense, there is no need to change our dating system, because the AD/BC requires no re-dating of historical events! Also, those who oppose the AD/BC system need to demonstrate their faith in some more meaningful way than simply insisting upon a particular set of calendar labels!

    From a Biblical standpoint those who oppose the AD/BC dating system need to develop a kinder religious tolerance instead of a refusal to accept different belief systems.  In matters which are primarily concerns of custom and culture, it would be wise to exercise patience, understanding and religious tolerance    

    Without Christ, mankind could not be saved but would slip back into paganism and barbarism. Christ has opened to mankind the door of heaven and has made salvation possible.  It is indeed terrible to contemplate trying to wipe the influence of Christ out of our civilization by removing our Christian calendar that reminds us of His life.

    Measured by any standard, the life of Jesus is the greatest life ever lived on earth, and it is folly for us to try to erase the calendar that reminds us of that life! (Col. 1:13-20)

                        -----  Earl Sutton