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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

What is the Cause of Our Moral Decay? - Earl Sutton


By Earl Sutton

The problem of moral decay in our world is apparent to almost everyone!   Young people speak out to condemn the prejudices, materialism and hypocrisy of the older generation. The older generation strikes back by calling attention to drug abuse, promiscuity and laziness of the younger generation. The government has supported the removal of the Bible and prayer from the classrooms and now has convened a summit to try to understand why young people embrace immoral behavior. This is a case of being a day late and a dollar short!

    What is the cause of our modern moral decay?  What has  unleashed this fury of immorality and brought about a situation where plays, movies, music, TV programs, and novels actually glorify unprincipled living and make it appear glamorous and acceptable!

    The Bible explains the cause behind what we are witnessing today in moral decay!  “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful” but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. (Rom. 1:21-22). Men have turned away from God! They have refused to acknowledge Him, His authority, His word!

    When men turn away from God, their reasoning power that is used to rationalize their actions and thinking becomes senseless and void of direction! Man establishes his standards then by his own opinions and not according to the Laws of God. Man then rationalizes that he is wise, but in reality becomes a fool!

    Men have turned to wickedness, murder, lying, homosexuality, pre-marital sex, unabashed vices, and unspeakable moral decadence, because they have refused to have God in their knowledge. They have turned from Him and rejected His truth!

    Our country and government was founded at a time in history when men generally believed in the existence of a personal God and acknowledged the Bible as His word. Thus it was that the civil statutes written into our law books and practiced in schools reflected Biblical standards. Now our society no longer shares these basic concepts of belief in God and the Bible, and such laws as marriage between one man and one woman for life (Gen. 2:23-24) are regarded as archaic infringements on personal liberties. Now the Supreme Court has acted in a way that shows it will probably redefine the institution of marriage in favor of homosexuality which the Bible condemns! (Lev. 20:13, Rom. 1:24-32) The rug of Bible truth has been pulled from under our society, and the results are moral decay! 

    The Bible says, “And even as they refuse to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up unto a reprobate mind (Greek – “Adoki mon”  --  debased) to do those things which are not fitting.” (Rom. 1:28) The things not fitting included homosexuality plus a list of other sins described in Romans 1:29-31. These sins tear at the world and destroy human life; therefore, the judgment of God is assured and those who commit such things will be held accountable in the final judgment! (Rom. 1:32, Heb. 9:27)

~ Earl Sutton