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 IRON RULE OF LIFE by Earl Sutton

 

Our society has a large segment of both believers in God and those who are not believers. That is where we are in our country today. We are fraught with constant competition of good vs evil, right vs wrong. How believers and disbelievers behave differently can be clearly seen in our government today. The reason why people behave differently is because of their belief system.

          If you believe that God is the Supreme Lawgiver, that means God provides the ethical, social, political, cultural and legal standards for life. Then you are likely to believe that there are absolute universal standards and moral absolutes applicable to everyone, and you will be in subjection and obey God’s commandments. Also, you will want everyone else in your community to abide by His commandments, because it will provide uniformity within society.  In contrast to moral relativists whose worldview is secular (humanism), the believer’s worldview provides a solid standard, and authority can be confidently followed.

          The Bible says that God, Himself, is absolute and unchanging (Heb. 13:8). Because He is absolute, the morals which He reveals to us in the Bible are also absolute, since they are based on His character. It is always wrong for anyone to kill babies, as the left is doing and gloating over it, merely because the babies are an inconvenience.

          It is also wrong to engage in pedophilia, torture, and Satanic rituals using children. Pedophilia is now being portrayed as normal behavior. It is always wrong to lie, kill, steal and engage in immoral behavior, as the left is doing; because they are non-believers in God. On the other hand, if you do not believe in the existence of God, then you are likely to think that there are no absolute, universal standards and moral absolutes; and you will not obey His commandments. Without God, law and ethics are considered relative, situational and autonomous. Your personal ethical standards may easily shift to fluctuating political values of a permissive society driven by political correctness.

          In analyzing the behavior of people, one discovers that most all of our human behavior and beliefs fall into about three groups. The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-28) illustrates the working of these three rules of life. First is the Iron Rule of Life. The thieves who stripped this man, wounded him and departed, were living by the Iron Rule of Life  --  might makes right. Simply stated, do unto others what you would not want them to do unto you!  This is the pagan law of the jungle, and you viciously do unto others whatever you may wish as long as it serves your own purpose. The left is living by this rule that political power makes right. Ahab and Jezebel lived by this rule (I Kings 21:1-6). Cain lived by this rule (Gen. 4:8). The liar, deceiver, one who steals, one who kills are living by the Iron Rule of Life.

          Secondly, the priest and Levite were living by the Silver Rule of Life. Do not do unto others what you would not want them to do to you. This rule would forbid you from speaking out against evil in our society (blindly following political correctness). It is absolutely silent on standing up for the truth and refraining from hurting anyone’s feelings.

          Thirdly, the Samaritan lived by the Golden Rule of Life (which Christians must live by)  --  do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Matt. 7:12). He had compassion on the poor man, ministered to him, took him to an inn and paid for his care. If you believe that there is no God, then you will not be motivated toward godly living.

          To turn individuals and societies from wickedness to righteousness requires knowledge of God and following the Golden Rule of Life.