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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

ACT OF PURE HATE by Earl Sutton

 

Last Sunday night’s massacre outside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas ended with 59 dead and more than 529 wounded, making it the bloodiest mass shooting in recent American history. The deceased Stephen Paddock appears to be the prime suspect in this massacre. Evidence suggests he did not act alone.

            This was an act of pure hate, and the gun control advocates pushing for outlawing of guns need to understand that passion doesn’t make any policy good or worthwhile. A heavy-handed government policy, that doesn’t achieve the end for which it is aimed, on the heels of horror is not wise.

When something horrific occurs, we hear from the gun control advocates saying, “that those opposed to their policies don’t care enough about the poor victims.” This was true after Sandy Hook, after the Pulse Night Club, after Virginia Tech, after Columbine, and after every mass shooting. The aim here is complete gun confiscation in the USA in order to remove gun resistance when bringing in the one world government.

Now is the time to contemplate the nature of human evil and hate. Now is not the time to push one’s favorite policy or the use of people’s emotional response as a fuel tank for legislative change.  You cannot regulate evil or hate. The bottom line is good policy is good regardless of timing, and bad policy is always bad regardless of timing. Re-injecting bad policy out of a massacre is not wise! The emphasis in the massacre in Las Vegas should be the act of pure evil and hate and contemplate the nature of human evil.

In the Old Testament, we have an example of pure evil and hate committed after Shechem forced himself on Dinah, the daughter of Jacob. Shechem then asked his father to make arrangements to marry her, but Dinah’s brothers were angry, because this was completely disgusting to them. They considered what had happened was a pure act of evil and hate and an affront to their entire family.

The chief ruler, Hamor, Shechem’s father, asked Jacob to allow Dinah to marry his son, but Jacob’s sons said it was unthinkable to allow a marriage between an uncircumcised male and a daughter of those who were circumcised. Jacob’s sons set up a plan to have all male Shechemites to be circumcised, including Hamor and his son. They knew that tenderness from the circumcision procedure would become great after a couple of days and the men of Shechem would be incapable of resisting an attack.

            This, like the massacre in Las Vegas, was a despicable action. It was made possible by deception. They killed both Shechem and his father, Hamor, with the sword and all the men of that city. It was one of the bloodiest mass killings in the Old Testament. It violated existing policy that God had already put in place (Gen. 9:6). The crime of criminal assault was punishable by death and was the national law through Moses (Ex. 20:13). Later on in Genesis chapters 48-49, Jacob remembered this despicable action and said to Simeon and Levi that they would be scattered and divided after his death, because of the fierceness of their anger and hate in causing the bloodiest killing in ancient times. This was not a gun issue in Las Vegas or a sword issue with the Shechemites but a hate issue. It hearts without God that are filled with hate.