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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

ARE THERE MORAL ABSOLUTES? by Earl Sutton

 

Our world no longer believes that there are moral absolutes. That is, our society has generally rejected that certain actions are always right or always wrong regardless of the circumstances. We are now reaping the fruit of such a view of morality that all moral decisions are relative to the person and his/her situation.

            Our society believes that what might be wrong under one set of circumstances could very well be right under another condition. This view does not believe that God has laid down laws which are for all men, at all times, under all conditions. Summing up the relative moral philosophy of our society today, “You have your way, I have my way. As for the right way, it does not exist.”

            In contrast to moral relativists whose worldview is secular (humanism), the Christian worldview provides a solid standard and authority that can be confidently followed. God, Himself, is absolute and unchanging (Heb. 13:8). Because He is absolute, the morals which He reveals to us in the Bible are also absolute since they are based on His character. Therefore, it is always wrong to lie, kill, steal, and engage in immoral behavior; because these actions are against His holy nature. Such absolutes provide prohibitions upon a society that would otherwise be morally subjective and morally chaotic. It is always wrong for anyone to torture babies to death, merely because they are an inconvenience. It is always wrong to engage in pedophilia activities against children!

            Nevertheless, some argue that no absolute moral standard is necessary, because society has a self-balancing method of determining proper behavior by reducing harm and increasing harmony. After all, people just want to get along so they don’t hurt anyone lest they get hurt in return. But this assumption asserts an absolute moral standard by stating that reducing harm and increasing harmony are morally good since they are goals which we ought to seek if our society is to live in harmony. My friends, this is pragmatism and is dangerous, because if a society were to decide that killing of people over the age of 70 was good for the whole of society so as to increase harmony, then the moral person and those over the age of 70 would have no right to complain.

            The Bible explains the cause behind what we are witnessing today in our society concerning immorality and belief that there are no moral absolutes: “Because that, when they know God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (Rom. 1:21-22). Our society has turned away from God! It has refused to acknowledge Him, His authority, His word! Our society has turned to wickedness, murder, lying and sexual impurity, because ithas refused to have God in its knowledge!

            This country was founded at a time in history when our society generally believed in the existence of God and acknowledged the Bible as His word. Thus, it was that civil statues written into our laws reflected Biblical standards. The use ofprofanity in public was prohibited, sexual perversions such as homosexuality, and transgenderism were declared criminal acts. Now our society no longer shares these basic concepts, and the rug of Bible truth has been pulled from under us by our Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage!

            Until the authority of the Bible is again recognized, all hopes of restoring morality to our society will be in vain. Christians must be the instrument of God unto righteousness in an evil age (II Chron. 7:14). The Bible demands moral purity of the people of God! (I Peter 1:13-16) We must be bold enough to speak against immorality and call it sin, because there are moral absolutes!