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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

SHOULD THE SUPREME COURT MEDDLE IN RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS? - Earl Sutton

SHOULD  THE  SUPREME  COURT  MEDDLE  IN  RELIGIOUS  AFFAIRS?

 

The Supreme Court has decided to review the constitutionality of the laws in four states prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying. This case could ultimately determine the survival of our civilization!

    The Bible says, “Let every soul be in subjection to the higher powers: for there is no power but of God; and the powers that be are ordained of God” (Rom. 13:1).  The higher powers means civil government, and to be in subjection means to acknowledge the authority of government and live in obedience to its edicts.  Why? Because “there is no power but of God,” which simply means that civil powers derive from God and not man!

    The sphere of authority is to be noted. The government has authority only within the civil realm and not in the religious realm! The authority of government does not extend beyond its position!  The Supreme Court simply needs to keep its nose out of God’s business! When the laws of civil government conflict with the explicit commandments of God then Christians must say, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). This conflict in the above scripture was clear; men said, “Don’t preach in the name of Christ,” and God said, “Do preach in the name of Christ.” The conflict with homosexuality is clear; men say it is okay, and God says it is not okay and is not called a marriage but is called a sin!

    When the Supreme Court makes a decision contrary to God’s law, they are going beyond the civil authority delegated to them by the Lord. Why?  Because government is established by God; that is, the existence, the authority, the position, and the offices of government are all established by God! (Rom. 13:1-3, I Peter 2:13-17)

    There are three institutions established by God, (1) home (2) church (3) government. All three exist, because God set them up as the means by which men are to relate to each other and to Him. God’s laws, and not the Supreme Court, govern the home and the church, and only civil law is governed by government!  God doesn’t determine the kind of government, whether a democracy or dictatorship, or immoral!

    God’s law concerning the family and home is very clear. He made the laws that govern marriage and homosexuality and not the Supreme Court. God’s law condemns homosexuality, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament (Lev. 20:13, Romans 1:24-32, Gal. 5:19-21) God’s law laid down in the beginning of time ordained that marriage is only between one man and one woman for life (Gen. 2:23-24).  The purpose of marriage is to propagate the human race which two men living together or two women living together cannot do! (Gen. 1:27-28) The real issue before the Supreme Court has nothing to do with, “God-given rights” or religious liberty, or political correctness but redefining the institution of marriage.

    The institution of marriage between a man and woman has been the cornerstone of civilization for thousands of years. It is a union designed by the God who created this universe to fill the need to procreate and ensure the survival of the human race. The Supreme Court should properly operate only in the field of civil authority and have no authority to redefine marriage!

    Do nations turn around once they have started a slide toward moral chaos?  Tragically, they almost never do!  No nation in the past could survive a moral collapse of supporting homosexual behavior without total failure. Gibbons who wrote the history of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire listed the number onecontributing factor to its fall, “undermining the sanctity of the home, which is the backbone of society.” The homosexual trend in this country is one of the most dramatic indicators that we are a nation on the brink of utter immoral irrationality!

    The Supreme Court needs to remember that government is established by God, and rulers are answerable to Him and will one day give an account! (Heb. 9:27) This means that no matter who is on the Supreme Court, they will all have to answer to the higher power, God Himself, if they try to redefine His laws concerning the home and marriage.

    “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Psalm 119:172). Righteousness is right doing. A nation that does right is elevated, but a wicked nation will ultimately perish because of corruption. Sin is a reproach to any people, because it ultimately degrades and destroys those who practice it.  Ancient Rome is evidence of what happens to a nation when its government and people cease to respect the laws of God!

    The Supreme Court has already set a precedent in 1870 that upheld a state law against polygamy even though the law restricted the religious freedom of one group that supported it   --- the Mormons! The point here is that the Supreme Court has set a precedent and agreed with the views of most Americans that immorality (polygamy) was unnatural and wrong!

    The question of morality has been fairly decided by four states concerning the issue of homosexuality. The Supreme Court should follow the framers of the Constitution who saw the church and the government as free institutions within a free society. The church was not within the state, and the state was not within the church. This simply means that the Supreme Court should keep its nose out of religious matters, because the Constitution does not give the government authority over the church and religious matters!

    In 1878 the Supreme Court stated judicially that the First Amendment was intended to erect “a wall of separation between church and state.” Justice Jeremiah S. Black said, “The Constitutional Fathers built up a wall of complete and perfect partition between church and state.” This simply means that the Supreme Court should keep its nose out of religious matters!

    It is easy for a nation to lose moral perspective, to develop distorted laws concerning the institution of marriage and support those who are looking for an excuse to do wrong. As men and women rebel against the standards of morality set forth by their creator, they are headed for enslaving lusts that will ultimately bring the penalty of the loss of their souls!

    If freedoms that destroy are granted by the Supreme Court, that nation’s downfall is inevitable! Solomon said, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. 14:34). It would be well to ask, “Which way is the new ruling by the Supreme Court taking our nation”?  Separation of church and government has been firmly established for more than 239 years, but now the Supreme Court has stuck its nose in religious matters to redefine the institution of marriage.

    We the people must uphold and defend the Constitution, or it will become a dead-letter law!  It has become clear that the wall of separation between church and state has been breached. In the last presidential election, 16 million Christians didn’t vote. Now is the time to take our stand and vote for what is right and for Christian values!

    The Supreme Court does not speak for God but only speaks for the society in which we live, which changes constantly. God’s rulings do not change, and His will is not changed by what the courts of the land declare is the “Law of the land.” The Supreme Court does not have the authority to overrule God in the institution of marriage!

 

                            ----   Earl Sutton, Ed.D.