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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH by Earl Sutton

 

What has started out with Christian bakers and photographers will soon blossom into persecution much broader with the IRS, DOJ, OSHA, BATF, and EPA getting involved! We will soon see Christians singled out, harassed, audited, inspected, intimidated, sued, and shut down with the support of the Obama machinery and those who challenge our religious freedom.

            Obama said in his book, Dreams of My Father, that we need to liberate ourselves from poisoning influences of the European culture (destroy Christianity). Obama fully supports the homosexual agenda and attended a LGBT fundraiser in New York City and said, “Gay rights supersedes religious freedom.” Now the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage to legitimize same-sex unions has opened new persecution to those with religious convictions based upon the Bible that same-gender sex is sinful and certainly unnatural.

            Now LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) activists are publicly calling this “hate speech” by labeling the words “same sex” as sinful! This could lead to making it illegal to quote certain Bible passages in public or preaching lessons that condemn homosexuality!

            How should Christians respond to a hostile society when the going gets tough? My friends, we need to stand firm in our Biblical convictions and not compromise the truth. We need to warn our society of the coming judgment and what God has said concerning homosexuality in order to lift the guilt from our shoulders (Ezek. 3:18). We need to use our judicial system to the fullest extent to fight against imposed consequences by the Obama administration.

            What is the cause of our problem? For the last 50 years, preachers and church elders have ignored Biblical doctrine on oneness of church, plan of salvation, New Testament pattern of worship, marriage and divorce and sin issues that will keep individuals out of Heaven in order to not offend anyone. The results of these decades of silence is showing up with the majority of Christians that have a shallow knowledge of God’s word.

            Our society grows more menacing every day with judicial decisions being made that will threaten our right to stand up for Biblical principles to protect the unborn, discipline our children, condemn the practice of homosexuality, and uphold the sanctity of marriage.

            Added to these difficulties now in parts of the world where Islam holds full power, they are brutally killing Christians! Think what would happen if they get a foothold in the USA!

            The anti-Christian sentiment in our society today is growing at a fast and alarming rate. It is important that we prepare ourselves for difficult days ahead when the going gets tough. The Bible says, “Ye, and all that would live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (II Tim. 3:12). The bottom line is that when anyone accepts the high standards of God rather than the standards of the world, he/she will encounter persecution. Why? Persecution is the way for Christians, because this world and its society, “Lie in the power of the evil one” (I John 5:19)

            To all Christians, the Bible says, when the going gets tough, take heart and comfort knowing that God will avenge all wrongs and troubles that this world has put us through in the final judgment! (Romans 12:19-21)                                        ---  Earl Sutton