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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD IN 2017 by Earl Sutton

 

The mainstream media, which includes the three major networks, have been using “a lying tongue” to deceive the American people in many areas. During the 2016 election, they rigged pre-election polls by weighting samples with many more Democrats. Mainstream media ignored the political rallies that were taking place every day across America, where Trump attracted tens of thousands of voters, while Mrs. Clinton was only drawing a few hundred.

            The mainstream media (MSM), on a regular basis, vilified Trump supporters as racists, homophobes, and haters. Had the dissemination of news and commentary been dominated by big media alone, lying Hillary would have won the election and packed the U.S. Supreme Court with justices that would have completely done away with our religious freedoms.

            But because of the internet, social media, and other alternative media sites, there was an exponential free flow of political information. This alternative media leveled the playing field, and the elite media could not shut out the truth. They couldn’t shut out the power of Donald Trump to reach the American people with his plan to restore Christian values. They couldn’t shut out the truth about Obama and the Clinton corruption going on in our government.

            The application of this truth to our lives as Christians is very simple. We need to practice “discernment,” which means knowing the difference between what is false and what is truth. It’s the ability to think biblically and to ponder God and His word in all things, in every aspect of our lives.

            The Bible says, “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.” (Phil. 1:9-10)  This verse shows as the Philippian Christians grew in love, knowledge and discernment, they would see the difference between right and wrong.

            The word discernment (Aisthesis) is used only here in the New Testament and means to perceive, notice, understand and to test to see if something is genuine or false. It is not wrong to be discerning and to know when to speak out against evil or even to acknowledge when evil is taking place in our society.

            Our government has, unfortunately, not always been honest with its citizens. We must be careful to not join the unsuspecting crowd who will fall for anything. The example of Eve shows that she allowed herself to be deceived, being gullible to the devil, not recognizing that he was a liar.

            The playing field has now been leveled by Donald Trump’s victory. After our storm of moral corruption by the Obama Era, we must continue to speak out and support our new president to restore moral and religious principles. Christians need to re-engage in civil stewardship, from a biblical perspective and like the Apostle Paul, be bold in asserting our Constitutional rights.  Just as Paul insisted on his rights as a Roman citizen to speak and practice his religion, despite an anti-Christian political establishment, Christians must do the same today.

            Obviously, good leaders cannot rule unless Christians help to get them elected and then support their plans to restore moral values. Without Christian values in government, we subject ourselves to tyranny (Prov. 29:2).