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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER by Earl Sutton

 

What does the Bible say about defamation of character?  The prophet Jeremiah said, “For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side” (Jeremiah 20:10). The action in this chapter was precipitated by the words which Jeremiah had spoken about the leadership of Israel and his support of God’s constitution. The leadership became inflamed with anger and did not take favorably to severe criticism. They felt they were above the law and no one who believed in the Constitution of God should be that bold.

          Jeremiah was given the ritual defamation of character course  --  put in stocks, tongue lashings, and defamation of character. An attempt was made to involve Jeremiah’s friends, who turned against him. Pressure and humiliation were brought upon him. They punished him for things he had said. His foes did not prevail, because they set themselves up in opposition to God.

          Haven’t we just seen this same thing being played out by the radical left with the Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh? The radical left will not prevail. Now those guilty should be brought to justice and have to give account for their evil deeds.

          As we know from the lives of Christian saints in the Bible in ancient Rome, those who refused to worship the gods of pagans were executed publicly. In the Middle Ages, those who refused to bow to the dictates of the elite were drawn and quartered publicly. That was the sentence passed upon St. Thomas by King Henry VIII. The point of this ritualized torture was to cow the observers into obeisance and fear with the intent to dehumanize the victim and make their beliefs less likely to appeal to others.

          Today’s radical left has a similar and even more painful method of public torture; it is called ritual defamation of character. In her essay for the FEDERALIST, Stella Marabito wrote, “Why the Senate’s Ritual Defamation of Brett Kavanaugh Threatens Every American,” she points out how the radical left has followed a ritual defamation of character course.

          Step #1 – In a ritual defamation of character, the victim must have violated a particular taboo. Step #2 – The method of attack in a ritual defamation of character is to assail the character of the victims using vague challenges.  Step #3 – Avoid engaging in any kind of debate over the truthfulness of what has been expressed - only condemn it. Step #4 – The victim is someone in the public eye, because visibility enhances vulnerability for ritual defamation of character. Step #5 – An attempt is made to involve others in the defamation of character. Step #6 – The victim must be dehumanized. Step #7 – Must bring pressure and humiliation on the victim from every quarter, including victim’s children. Step #8 – Any explanation the victim offers, including the claim of being innocent, is considered irrelevant.

          The radical left has used all these elements of ritual defamation of character in smearing Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. The bottom line is that by dehumanizing Judge Kavanaugh, they will intimidate others so that his beliefs are less attractive and will not spread. The radical left is trying to make sure that no one who shares Judge Kavanaugh’s Christian and Constitutional values will ever run for this office again.

          In this goal, they are exactly the same as the ancient Romans and Middle Ages tyrants who used public torture and execution as a means of dehumanizing leaders against false gods in order to maintain their grip on political power.