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 WAY OF THE TRANSGRESSOR IS HARD by Earl Sutton

 

The Bible says, “The way of the transgressor is hard” (Prov. 13:15). The one who scorns the law of God is held in scorn by the Lord. His way is hard, because he has been foolish enough to count God as an enemy and one to be contended with. The way of such a person is indeed hard!         

The terrible blight of corruption is seen all about us in our government and society. It is not pleasant for any person to awaken to the seriousness of personal iniquity and one’s doom because of their evil deeds.

As we all know, Obama was one of the most corrupt presidents ever. His policies did more to hurt and destroy America than any other president. He sowed racial division, drove the economy into the ditch, neglected our military, put down Christianity and let thousands of undocumented migrants into our country (who are now killing and raping our citizens).

The House Judiciary Committee has passed a bill to stop an Obama “slush fund” policy. This is a huge step for the American people in taking back its Constitutional powers lost over the last eight years. The Executive branch should never be allowed to circumvent Congress to support anti-American groups with our tax dollars. Obama’s actions show a person who is a terrorist and traitor to our country. President Trump has asked Congress for a congressional investigation. This could call for Obama’s arrest and prosecution for his tyrannical, corruptive behavior and treasonous, criminal activities.

It is alleged that Obama has illegally wiretapped Trump Tower during the presidential campaign, but this would not be the first time he has made such a sleazy move. WikiLeaks, which has a reputation of being honest, has revealed a list of a dozen people who were the victims of Obama’s lawless wiretapping. Obama needs to receive jail time for using the powers of the FBI, CIA and NSA to spy on political opponents. President Trump is not going to let him get away with this.

Truly, the way of the transgressor is going to be hard! When we think of what Obama has done to destroy our country, we clearly see the principle that sin is always worse than what a person thought it was going to be. When Cain murdered Abel (Gen. 4:8-13), God placed a curse upon him commanding that he go out from His presence into the Land of Nob. The Bible indicates that Cain went forth as a fugitive and vagabond upon the earth with the prospect of every man turned against him. As Cain turned away from God, he complained, “My punishment is heavier than I can bear.” He found out that sin is a lot worse than what he thought it was going to be.

            If Adam had fully recognized what God meant when He said, “In the day thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die,” he would not have committed the sin of eating of the forbidden fruit. If Adam could have realized that he would have been expelled from Eden and that the penalty of death with all the anxiety, cares, turmoil and diseases would be visited upon his descendants as the result from that sin, he would not have committed it. Apparently, he was without any idea of the enormity of his sin and how it could affect the whole world.

            Christ cannot be magnified in our life unless we put our approval on things that are right and stand against evil. (Phil. 1:10, 20)