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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

RELEVANCY OF OUR MESSAGE by Earl Sutton

 

How do we deal with the problems of our society, as they relate to Biblical teaching, in the most effective manner in the church today? Is the message of the church relevant to what is going on in our society? Is our information timely concerning the issues that we are dealing with in our society?

            The big issue facing the church and Christianity today is the push by globalists to establish a one world government which would abolish our religious freedom. How many sermons or articles have you heard condemning this evil force?

            The globalists are using our biased mainstream media to create a consensus to transition our country from Christian values to accepting homosexuality, pedophilia, pornography, rape, late-term abortions, lawless disturbances, racism toward whites, divisiveness, Islam and political corruption.  At least 63,000,000 Americans have had enough of the way this country is headed. It is believed that a second Civil War is on the horizon.

            How many sermons or articles have you heard condemning this evil? Most elders are using a market-driven approach that the customer is always right. In other words, you do whatever it takes to keep the members happy, the pews filled, and the collection plate full. We believe that anything more would cause the members to take their religion somewhere else.  We rock along doing whatever it takes to keep the members happy so they don’t become uncomfortable or dissatisfied and leave. Elders and preachers have become too accommodating to mention the sins of homosexuality, pedophilia, pornography, abortion, racism, one world government, evil intentions of the globalists, allah, and political corruption.

            Some in the Lord’s church feel that elders should never talk about the relevant issues and controversial topics, especially those they consider political issues. They completely forget that in today’s society, religious issues have been made political issues by former government leaders. This includes the war declared on the home, family and church.

            Sadly , this challenge has gone unheeded by a majority of our church leaders with the results of gay marriage and allowing a vocal minority of liberal activists to radically change our culture in America.

The Bible plainly says if we don’t call out evil, God will hold us responsible (Ezek. 3:18-19). Isaiah and Amos called out sins in other nations. Jesus called out the sin of thievery in the New Testament. If the preachers and elders are seeking to accommodate members, then they will have to compromise the truth; because the truth of God’s word is not designed to make us feel good and comfortable all the time.

            While I do not believe we should preach just doom and gloom, it is unwise to ignore the sin and evil that is going on in our society. We cannot bury our heads in the sand and hope the problems of evil will just go away.

            The church is in a battle for its survival; because if the globalists win their battle against our Constitution, they will abolish all religious freedom in America and replace it with tyranny and slavery.  So many of our younger generations do not know their Bible, their world or American history. They laugh that these calamities could come upon us. It’s in our future unless we stand up today.  

            The bottom line is that truth is relevant and steps on our toes and demands that we deal with condemning the sins that our society has now accepted. This calls for us to submit ourselves completely to God’s word and not compromise the message of truth in order to accommodate our members’ personal feelings and desires. We can no longer accept the sin of tolerance which accepts anything and everything that society believes, regardless of what it is.

            The Bible says, “And be not conformed to this world” (Rom. 12:2). The Lord’s plan is that Christians change the world, not that the world should change us! (Prov. 14:34)