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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD by Earl Sutton

 

In Proverbs 6:16-19, is a brief catalog of traits which God abhors, hates and are odious to Him. One of these is “hands that shed innocent blood.” There is perhaps no practice today that illustrates the shedding of innocent blood more than the bloody phenomenon of abortion.

          Since 1973 abortion clinics have aborted approximately 57,000,000 unborn babies. Planned Parenthood has come under intense scrutiny by lawmakers and the public for selling aborted baby parts. They have made as much as $23 million annually. The American people can now clearly see this organization for the evil that it is.

          This abortion giant, supported by our tax dollars, has given millions of our dollars to the political left to keep the Democratic party in power. The political left is the big supporter that keeps abortion legal.

          The unborn child is not merely a mass of tissue but is a living, innocent human being. The Bible clearly shows that the unborn is a real person. God said to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you: I appoint you a prophet to nations” (Jer. 1:5)

          King David understood that God Himself intricately formed him in the womb and numbered his days (Psa 139:13-16). The apostle Paul said that God set him apart even before he was born (Gal. 1:5). God has always spoken against the taking of the life of an innocent person (Prov. 6:17). God will hold accountable those who engage in, assist, or endorse this vile practice.

          Underline the expression, “hands that shed innocent blood,” and in your margin write, abortion pure and simple! God has declared that those who shed innocent blood are to pay with their own blood. The lax laws of our society today allow such persons to get away with their crimes, but God will not. Hands that shed innocent blood are those of a murderer who will pay for his crimes at the day of judgment. Cruelty and bloodthirstiness are of the Devil and are hateful to God, because they have in it the Devil’s image.

          What do the scriptures say about a baby before it is born? The Bible refers to the life that is in the womb by the same Greek word that describes a child who has been born. “And it came to pass that when Elisabeth heard the salvation of Mary, the baby (brephos) leaped in her womb for joy” (Luke 1:41). After the child is born, the Bible uses the same Greek word to describe the baby. “And they came with haste and found Mary, Joseph and the babe (brephos) lying in a manger” (Luke 2:13). The point here is that life that is in the womb is the same as a life outside the womb. Life begins at conception, and a new life develops from that point on and is a human life.

          Life beginning at conception is not just theory; it is also scientific. The point is very clear, the unborn is a person which can be proven by God’s word. Also, it is a biological and scientific fact that human life begins at fertilization when the chromosomes from the mother’s egg and the chromosomes from the father’s sperm unite. The growing embryo begins to actively metabolize.

          Most arguments concerning abortion deal with a woman’s right to choose. That is, the person carrying the baby has the right to decide what to do with her baby. What is missing in this argument is the rights of the child within her. Simply put, abortion takes a life that God has created, a living human being, and casts it away , because it is inconvenient for the birth mother.

          For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness  ,. . . (Rom. 1:18). Verse 29 looks at murder (which is the willful and malicious taking of human life – abortion).  In verse 32 they that practice such things are worthy of death (eternal death in hell) (Matthew 25:26).