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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

WE BROUGHT NOTHING INTO THIS WORLD AND WILL SOON CARRY NOTHING OUT! by Earl Sutton

Experts predict that a major market correction is coming soon, and the world’s debt bubble will implode! They say it could blow at any time now, and when it does, it could obliterate $15 to $20 trillion of this country’s household net worth. The Federal Reserve has injected $3.5 trillion of freshly printed money into the Wall Street casino during the last 84 months, where it has been spent and re-spent over and over by the traders and gamblers there.

            The Bank of Japan has tried to print its way out of debt, as well as European Central Banks, and China and Russia have followed suit. The deluge of money pumped into the global economy has now reached $22 trillion which inflates the global economy. The total worldwide credit market debt has exploded from $40 trillion in 1994 to $200 trillion today. One thing all economists agree on is that our smooth sailing will soon be over throughout the world’s economy, and soon paper money will be almost worthless!

            What is our problem? We are suffering as a nation (individuals and governments) because many push too hard for more and more, while entering into debt that they cannot meet. The Bible says, “Owe no man anything” (Rom. 13:8). This simply means to pay all of our debts and does not necessarily forbid borrowing. More than anything else, our society’s attitude toward money has caused this disaster of our debt bubble about to burst! The Bible teaches us, “not to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God” (I Tim. 6:17). If money becomes our security, it can be an insulator from God.

            There are other pragmatic principles concerning money taught in God’s word. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroys and where thieves break in and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:19-21).  Jesus is teaching in this passage that the most important treasures are those laid up in Heaven, not the ones on this earth. If we lay up treasures in Heaven, we have nothing to worry about when our debt bubble bursts.          Jesus also is contrasting the true values of life in this passage. He doesn’t forbid the accumulation of property or worldly good, but condemns the hoarding of things for selfish purposes. Material things are useful in this life, but they should not be the number one priority of life, because they are temporary and will soon perish.     

            Are you ready to deal with money’s value deflating? More importantly, are you now living in such a way as to lay up treasure in Heaven? The only way to do this is to live in accordance to God’s will and obey the plan of salvation found in the Bible. It means that your priorities are right, and God is first in your life and not money. If a person puts God first, he will do God’s will. If a person’s treasure is in Heaven, that person will evaluate lightly the things on earth. If a person’s treasure is in material possessions (silver and gold),  he/she will put them first and trust in himself instead of God.

            My friends, the heart cannot be in both places; it must choose between the temporal and the spiritual as soon as possible (Luke 16:13).