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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

HOW LONG HALT YE BETWEEN TWO OPINIONS? by Earl Sutton

 

Elijah addressed those words to the people of Israel, who had allowed themselves to be influenced by the false prophets of Baal. “How long halt ye between two opinions?” (I Kings 18:21)  Apparently, many of them still retained some faith in God; but they evidently believed in Baal also. The prophet represented them as limping back and forth between the two views  --  good and evil. Sometimes the people were strongly inclined toward God, and at other times disposed to follow the leading of the prophets of Baal.

          The question forced the issue of whether to yield to the popular influences of the day or to return to the religion of their fathers. This was the question the people had to settle. To help them do so, the prophet arranged for a contest on Mount Carmel to settle this matter once and for all  -  if Baal was the true god or whether it was Jehovah.

          Leaders in the church today limp between two sides  --  good and evil – relevant issues and controversial topics, especially those they consider political issues. They forget that in today’s society, religious issues have been made political issues by government leaders. This includes the war declared on the home, family and the church.

          Sadly, this challenge of forcing the issue between scriptural marriage between a man and woman versus gay marriage has gone unanswered. The result has allowed a vocal minority of liberal activists to radically change our culture in America while church leaders have become accommodating to the sins of homosexuality, pornography, abortion, Allah and political corruption.

          The biggest issue facing the church and Christianity is the push by globalists to establish a one world government which would abolish our religious freedoms (and all our freedoms). Again, our leaders in the church go limping along doing whatever it takes to keep the members happy so they don’t become uncomfortable or dissatisfied and leave. The Bible is very plain on this topic and says if we don’t call out evil, God will  hold us responsible (Ezak. 3:18-19). The Bible also says, “And be not conformed to this world” (Rom. 12:2).

          I believe God has answered our prayers and chosen President Trump to force the question of the issue between good and evil in our country. He has ripped the mask off of a game that both the Democrats and Republicans have played in Washington for many years concerning waste, pay-for-play, fraud and incompetence. The President has laid out his convictions  --  Make America Great Again. He has exposed his opponents true colors, and his supporters have rallied behind him.

          President Trump says what everyone is thinking but is afraid to say. Church leaders are afraid to tackle the hot-button issues which many members want them to speak out on. A recent poll by the Barna Group asked the question --   what should the church stand against? Ninety-one ((91%) percent wanted to take a public stand on abortion, 86% wanted to address the persecution of Christians, 83% wanted to speak out about restoring morals, 82% wanted a clearer position on traditional marriage.

          President Trump is truly crushing a corrupt system and giving our church leaders a great example of forcing the issue between good and evil. The mainstream media (owned by the globalists), the radical left, and professional politicians are so desperate that they have been forced to take extreme measures.  Many members of Congress are nervously worried.

          The bottom line is the majority of church leaders are limping between two side  --  one to keep silent and the other to speak out. We need the total mobilization of all Christians in our nation to raise up and speak out against abortion, homosexuality, persecution of Christians, gay marriage and restore Christian values in America.