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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

DON'T STRADDLE THE FENCE by Earl Sutton

The forces of good have always been at war with the forces of evil and darkness. I believe that a line has been drawn in our country, and it is not between the liberals and conservatives.  This war is between the forces of good and the forces of evil. There is no longer a fence to stand on but sides to choose, and choose we must as leaders in the Lord’s church. For far too long, our country has given a free pass to evil and evil doings.

            Now the tides are changing, and our true enemy is Satan. He is trying desperately to keep the ground he gained under the previous ungodly leader for the past eight years. We need to stand behind our new President and embrace the wave of change sweeping this great country.

            I believe President Trump is God’s choice to carry out sweeping reforms concerning abortion, law and order, moral decay, political system, and sanctity of marriage. Sometimes a nation out of control has to hit rock bottom before drastic changes are made.

            God has a moral standard by which He judges nations, and when they reach a certain depth of depravity, such as we have reached in America (obstruction of justice, treason, fraud, homosexuality, pedophilia), God finally brought it down around the globalists and their supporters.

            The Bible says that God gave Ninevah (Assyria) 40 days to renounce their evil deeds/ways, or He would bring it down. I believe that America has been given a short time under a new President to turn our nation around and bring it back to the foundational principles upon which it was founded. If not, it, too, will be brought down! I also firmly believe that God determines both the events of our lives and the events of the world. There is no doubt that God controls and guides the events of our world in such a way as to bless His children.

            God can put a man in the White House who will uphold law and order and provide a good example of honesty and fairness. This was done by the many prayers offered by Christians through God’s guiding hand to make America great again. God has done His part, now as Christians and leaders in the Lord’s church, let’s work with our new President to restore Christianity in America.

            The forces of good have always been at war with the forces of evil. From the very beginning (Gen. 6:1-4), the battle lines were drawn in the time of Noah when the population of the earth began to increase. The descendants of Cain came in contact with the descendants of Seth. Cain was a wicked, evil and godless person. Seth kept alive the true religion of God through which Christ would come into the world. Until this time, the good had very little in common with evil and had been separated from each other. The point here is that wicked people shun the good people, and the good were not dispersed to have fellowship with the forces of evil. But now the sons of God (descendants of Seth) began to marry the daughters of man (descendants of Cain). This meant that godly men, those of Seth’s lineage, didn’t pick their wives on the basis of moral purity but on the basis of physical appeal. These women were beautiful on the outside, but full of evil on the inside. The result was the corruption of the whole society which led to the destruction of the world (Gen. 6:5).

            This election has clearly been between the forces of good (Christianity) and forces of evil (globalists). The battle for moral purity has begun. We need now to stand up for God, the church, and what is right. The election is over, whether we like the outcome or not. The current focus for Christians should be to help our President restore Christian values. Don’t straddle the fence!