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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

A NIGHTMARE PERFORMANCE AT SUPER BOWL! by Earl Sutton

The news media said that Cam Newton’s (quarterback for Panthers) dream season ended with a nightmare performance. Newton was stymied by an aggressive Denver Broncos defense and didn’t get much help from his own offensive line which allowed him to be sacked seven times. Newton overthrew wide receivers and generally ran for his life and could never establish a running game. The Denver Broncos won the 50th Super Bowl with a score of 24 to 10.  Also, it was quite obvious to me that Newton had a problem with his ego and needed a lesson in humility. He got that lesson and didn’t leave with his usual strut and swagger. He acted like a sore loser and walked out of a three-minute press conference wearing a hoodie over his head.

            What a nightmare performance each person is going to have at the Judgment Day if they refuse to obey the gospel plan of salvation! After our lives end on this earth the Bible says, “It is appointed unto men once to die and after this comes the judgment” (Heb. 9:27).

            In Matthew 25, we have the story of the wise and foolish virgins with the foolish experiencing a nightmare performance also. Jesus said a girl was going to get married, and she had ten bridesmaids. The bridegroom tarried in his coming, and they all went to sleep. About midnight the cry went forth, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh.” The girls awakened and began to trim their lamps. The wise had plenty of oil, but the foolish didn’t have enough. Their lamps were about to go out and they said to the wise, “Give us of your oil.” The wise said, “We can’t, because we would not have enough for ourselves.” So the foolish left and went to buy some more oil. While they were gone, the bridegroom took his bride and the five wise bridesmaids to his father’s house. They shut the door, had the marriage ceremony and then the marriage feast. The five foolish girls came later, heard music inside, and rapped on the door and said, “Lord, Lord, open to us.” What a nightmare performance on their part when they couldn’t get in!

            This is a picture of the judgment. Many people at the judgment, recognizing that they are going to be lost eternally will say, “Lord, open up and let me in.” The time for accepting the Lord’s invitation is now while we live and not trying to do so at the judgment (Matt. 11:28-30). It will truly be a nightmare performance to try to accept Christ as our savior then.

            The Bible says that there will be plenty of nightmare confessions on that day to no avail, because “every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess Jesus Christ” (Phil. 2:10-11). Wouldn’t it be better for you to say now, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God” than to be forced by God to say it on the day of judgment.

            What a nightmare performance many in denominational churches will have at the judgment day, because they have followed human devised schemes of redemption. According to Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus will say to them, “I never knew you.”

            What’s the problem?  They have religion but not the religion ordained by God. When our religion is tried by fire and the storm of judgment sweeps across your religion, will it stand? Is it authorized? Is it ordained by the scriptures, or is it something built upon the foundation of men? Your religion and mine will be tested at the judgment day. The only religion that will stand is the one in harmony with the teachings of the New Testament. All other religions will have a nightmare performance at God’s Super Bowl of all times! (Rev. 20:12)