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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

CHALLENGING APATHY IN THE CHURCH by Earl Sutton

 

I retired from business and industry with over 30 years of experience  using the instrument, DISC, to develop a personal profile for employees, supervisors, managers, and top executives. My career included working as training manager at Auto Mart of Nashville, Batesville Casket Co., Sverdrup Technologies, Kantus Corporation, Rand McNally, DOCUS Systems, and I retired from Quebecor World Printing where I was corporate director of training in this company with over 23,000 employees. My first job out of college was Assistant Superintendent in post-secondary education that was then called Nashville Area Vocational-Technical School.

            The DISC profile system was a tool to identify one’s behavioral style, learn how to create an environment to help motivate others, increase one’s knowledge of different work styles, and most important of all, minimize potential conflicts with other employees.

            I received several awards for the implementation of outstanding training programs using this instrument; such as, assessment for hiring management, ISO 9000 certification, Kizan shop floor improvement, technical education development for the Air Force (received their highest award), TQM program to reduce defects, received the National Member of the Year Award from the American Management Association in 1990, and National Certified Manager Distinguished Service Award in 1997 from ASTD.

            How does this training apply to the Lord’s church? In business and industry, I found that 80% of the employees have the “S” style profile. The “S” style has characteristics that include: strives to maintain the status quo, difficulty with innovation, continues to do things the way they were always done, and holds onto past experiences. The strengths of this group are: dependable, loyal, hard working, persistent, systematic. This group’s weaknesses are slow to respond to others, will not share information, no sense of urgency to change the environment, let circumstances force decision making, highly possessive.

            I have also used this instrument with church groups and in doing pre-marital counseling. I have found that 80% of church members have the ”S” style profile also. This might explain why there is so much apathy in the Lord’s church. This explains clearly why so many modern-day Christians have apathy concerning the Lord’s work and not letting their collective values be heard in the community, in the voting booth, public forum to confront sin. This also explains why many members will not standup and fight against the evil practices of homosexuality, transgenderism, pedophilia, Sharia Law, political corruption, etc., because there is no urgency to change these situations.

            This group has no desire to confront cultural issues and is the silent church majority. They prefer to let sin run rampant with all of its negative consequences in our society, because they are too busy with sports, concerts, travels, etc. and feel no sense of urgency to turn these issues around.

            Their basic style calls for working as part of a closely-knit group and only helping those in that group and not going outside of it which might explain no church growth. They prefer to have things go along smoothly following the same patterns as they have in the past. They do not like to have a feeling of being burdened by too many responsibilities. They are sensitive individuals, can remember things that happened 30 years ago and tend to hold grudges. This group is steady, hard-working, and sincere; but have an attitude of indifference and no sense of urgency concerning calling out the sins of our society.

            They do not see the big picture that the church and our society is in a battle for its very survival, and do not understand that if the globalists win, we will lose our religious freedom. The correct way to get this group more involved is to emphasize how their actions to stand up and speak up will enhance church practices to restore Christian values in our nation. Their children and grandchildren will thank them for helping stem the tide of corruption.