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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

EXHORTATION TO WAKE UP! by Earl Sutton

 

“And this, knowing the seasons that already it is high time for you to awake out of sleep: for now is salvation nearer to us than when we first believed” (Rom. 13:11). There is an urgency here; time is slipping away very fast, and it is time to be diligent in doing those things that need to be done! This admonition emphasizes there must be an urgency concerning living right, because of the brevity of life.

            The word, “knowing,” (eidotes) means to make sure that you understand. The phrase, “high time,” (tov kairos) means a critical period. What critical period of time is meant? The day of “our salvation;” the day when we shall meet the Lord face to face.

            Time is very important for without time, man is no more. Therefore, it is critical for every person to know the threat of time. In verse 11, the believer is to know the time. Verse 12 “the night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” The night here refers to one’s life on earth. The day is at hand refers to the second coming of Christ. Christians must cast off the works of darkness, that is, they must lay aside the deeds of idleness and worldly concerns.

            Too many believers are slumbering and paying no attention to what is going on in the world. Too many are complacent and asleep at the stick. Paul is describing a spiritual condition called, “sleep,” and calls for people to wake up out of it which shows the dangers involved in it. The person who sleeps is in a state of insensibility and does not know anything that is going on around him. Paul says it is time to “wake up” (egeiro) and be aroused and stirred. It is time to get up and act now before it is too late.

            The application is twofold. First, get up and pay attention and look at the world situation. We can no longer not challenge our corrupt government policies and not take a Biblical stand for the truth. We can no longer sit on the sidelines and give in to the sin of tolerance which accepts anything and everything that society believes, regardless of what it is. We can no longer go along with the pressure to conform to our society on issues that conflict with the Bible (homosexuality, transgenderism, Sharia Law, political correctness, etc.).

            Secondly, get up and pay attention to our commitment to serving the Lord. Too few are meeting the needs of the suffering and dying masses of the world. It is time to get up, move, and act.

            The point is dramatic; judgment is almost here. The night is nearly over, the day is almost here. What day? The day that we will meet God face to face, either through death or through the Lord’s return.

In that day, I feel sure God is going to ask each Christian, “How many souls did you save?” “Why did you conform to the temporal world in your thoughts, deeds and actions?” “Why didn’t you stand up for the truth?”

God is going to ask non-Christians, “Why didn’t you obey the gospel plan of salvation and put on the armor of light?” My friends, time is fleeting. Let us do our duty (Luke 17:10).