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 WICKED RULE, PEOPLE MOURN by Earl Sutton

 

President Obama’s use of government power to encourage the destruction of innocent life, enforce a sexual agenda and create a culture of political corruption at the highest levels of government has unleashed moral corruption unprecedented in American history.

            Obama’s legacy will clearly show that he helped create and did more to undermine religious liberty than any other president in American history. History shows that when religious freedom is dismantled, it is a certainty that other liberties will be abolished next.

            Obama’s rewriting of discrimination laws has legitimatized discrimination against anyone holding a Biblical view of marriage. The bottom line is that when the Federal government advances a political agenda opposite their Constitutional purpose of interpreting (not creating) laws, government decides what values its people can hold.

            The Bible says, “When the righteous rule the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule the people mourn” (Prov. 29:2). This shows that good leadership promotes the well-being of its followers, but corrupt leadership leaves the nation in distress and tyranny. Our founding fathers realized that a republic divorced from moral and religious principles would destroy itself in crime, corruption; and without a concept of sin, tyranny is certain.

            If there are no moral absolutes in our society, they cannot be expected in government. Without them in government, policies are based on raw power only. This leads to whoever is in power shapes the laws to serve them rather than protecting the Constitutional rights of its people.

We cannot allow ourselves to be swept up by the promotional campaigns of a godless society. This includes Obama’s tidal wave of corruption of doing away with the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which protected states that banned same-sex marriage, expanding legal protections to all same-sex couples and making LGBT central to his foreign policy. He even targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status using the IRS.

            Members of the Lord’s church must rebel at the corruption in our government and ask our new president to put things back in order by restoring moral and religious principles.

            The broken-hearted weeping prophet summed up our dilemma in America, “Let uslie down in our shame, and let our confusion cover us: for we have sinned against Jehovah our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day; and we have not obeyed the voice of Jehovah our God” (Jeremiah 3:25).

            Millions today, in our society, are walking in the darkness of spiritual apathy and defilement. Our shameful lives will conquer us unless the wickedness and corruption in government is not addressed. Without Christian values in government, we subject ourselves to devious, immoral leaders such as Obama who has brought shame to our nation under his administration. More evil was committed than we can count.

            Elders, preachers and members must continue to speak out against the corruption going on in our society. Christ cannot be magnified in our life unless we put our approval on things that are right (Phil. 1:10, 20).