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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

THE APOSTLES' CREED by Earl Sutton

 

Why is President Trump being criticized for not saying the Apostles’ Creed?  The mainstream media, owned by the globalists, are making a big deal out of the fact that President Trump didn’t recite the so-called profession of faith in the Apostles’ Creed at the funeral for former President George H. W. Bush. Footage from that event shows much of the church, including the former presidents seated with Trump, standing to recite the Apostles’ Creed. Trump and the First Lady stood but did not recite the Creed which was written in the program.

          He opted not to participate in the saying of the Apostles’ Creed. Why?  It may be that he realized that he was not a Roman Catholic. The Creed implies that Jesus was created which he wasn’t. The Apostles’ Creed was written by the Catholic Church and called the “Symbolum Apostolicum” (symbol of creed of apostles) and appeared for the first time in a letter written by Ambrose, from a council in Milan to Pope Siricius in about A.D. 390. This creed had absolutely nothing to do with the apostles, not produced by them, not found in the Bible but was written by man.

          When one questions the place of human creeds, the answer most often heard is, statement of Christian belief, shared beliefs of a religious community in the form of a fixed formula summarizing core tenets.

          What does God say about the presumption of adding creeds to help clarify heaven’s message to man?  Can man do a better job than God Himself? The Bible says, “For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the things of God none knoweth, save the Spirit of God” (I Cor. 2:11) Just as the Spirit knows what man thinks, so the Spirit of God knows what God thinks; therefore, the Spirit of God reveals God’s wisdom to man through truth contained in the Bible, the Holy Scriptures, and not in some creed of the apostles!

          God has said, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways, saith the Lord” (Isa. 55:8). How presumptuous to attempt to improve on God’s revelation by writing a so-called Apostles’ Creed! The Bible says, “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  that the  man of God may be perfect thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (II Tim. 3:16-17).

          Wherein is there any room for what man says in the Apostles’ Creed?  What can this Creed do to improve on God’s revelation? Also in the Bible, we find, “His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (II Peter 1:3). Therefore, nothing that the creeds of men can offer pertain to life and godliness, and not even related to good works! The brilliances of men’s efforts in councils and synods have only confused and caused bewilderment (Matt. 11:25).

          My friends, we only need faith and obedience to accept what God has said and not an Apostles’ Creed! The Bible plainly says, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life through His name” (John 20:31). There is just no allowance made for humanly devised creeds in the Word of God!