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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

"Do Not Conform!" - Earl Sutton



The Bible says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Rom. 12:2). The word, conform, is the Greek word, “soos-khay-mat-idꞌ-zo,” which means “to fashion alike”  -- that is conform to the same pattern. 

    This teaches that Christians are not to be like the temporal world in which we live. The reason for this action is because if we base our lives upon the things that are temporal, we will become carnal rather than spiritual, which is sin.   This clearly teaches that Christians are to change their minds to follow the teachings of God and not go along with the pressure to conform to our society on issues that conflict with the Bible.

    The big issue is our society now is to accept homosexuality as a legitimate lifestyle, but Christians must resist the temptation to conform to this sinful practice. What our society calls “gay,” God calls  a sin (Lev. 19:4-5). What our society calls an alternative lifestyle, God calls an abomination!  We must remember that the Bible is the standard for right living, and its principles and precepts must be applied to every situation of life in order to do that which is right and pleasing to God. 

    We must also remember that “world” (aion) including the heavens and earth and all things therein, is aging, deteriorating and dying, and will one day pass away. (II Peter 3:10-14)

    Christians are not to conform, that is, fashion ourselves after the world. That means (1) not to follow the fellowship of the world (II Cor. 6:17-18), (2) not to follow the fashion, the evil desires (homosexuality) and lusts of the world (I John 2:15-16), (3) not to follow the ways of this world (Eph. 2:2), (4) not to follow the god of this world (Satan) (II Cor. 4:4), (5) not to follow the leaders of this world   (I Cor. 2:6-8). President Obama has tried to uproot American culture and values, dismantle the Second Amendment, and more than once lied to us. (6) not to follow the false security of the world (I Thess. 5:2-3), (7) not to follow the crowd to do wrong in this world (Ex. 23:2), (8) not to follow false doctrine, false organization of worship in church (I John 2:15).

It is all too easy to follow the crowd, but that is the way of eternal death. If we allow ourselves to be saturated with the ways of the world, we will gradually be molded into a pattern of unrighteousness. To be conformed to this world is to follow worldly ends, guided by the wisdom of the world. If we allow a stream of evil to enter our lives, such as ungodliness, lying, cheating, stealing, cursing, deceitfulness, greed, etc., this sinful behavior will steadily replace the righteousness which was originally there. The bottom line that in order to go to Heaven when we die is to obey the gospel, live the Christian life and not be made into the image of this world.

    The Lord’s purpose is that Christians change the world  --  not that the world should change them!

                    ----  Earl Sutton